During the NHL’s hiatus, we at the Last Word on Hockey are going to look back at each date’s historical significance to the game. We’ll remember the moments that shaped the sport of hockey that happened on this day. Here’s our look at this date in hockey history for June 9th, featuring Patrick Kane.
Today in Hockey History
Patrick Kane Ends Blackhawks 49-Year Cup Drought
2010: The Chicago Blackhawks scorer nets the game-winner 4:06 into the extra frame of Game 6. Kane’s OT-goal helps beat the Philadelphia Flyers, 4-3, for Chicago’s first title since 1961. He beats Flyers goalie Michael Leighton with a shot, but it goes unnoticed until a video review after the next stoppage.
The officials look over the footage and give the goal to the Buffalo native. Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews is named the Conn Smythe winner for playoff MVP. Chicago would win two more Stanley Cups during the decade in 2013 and 2015.
Other Notable Events
1971: Montreal Canadiens great Jean Beliveau retires after winning his 10th Stanley Cup under a month ago. He netted 22 points in his final post-season. The Habs also appoint Scotty Bowman as the team’s head coach, who would win five Stanley Cups with the team.
2003: Martin Brodeur gets his seventh shutout in the same playoff and third in the final as New Jersey wins Game 7, 3-0. The Devils get their record 12th home win of the playoffs to stop the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim.
Happy Birthday to You
1951: Dan Labraaten
1954: John Paddock
1973: Grant Marshall
1988: Jason Demers
1992: Zach Hyman
1999: Michael DiPietro
2000: Barrett Hayton