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 14th, featuring Brian Leetch.
Today in Hockey History
Brian Leetch Wins Conn Smythe as Rangers End Drought
1994: The New York Rangers defenceman scores along with Adam Graves and Mark Messier as the Blueshirts win the championship. New York wins 3-2 over the Vancouver Canucks in Game 7 for its first title since 1940. Leetch becomes the first American to win the playoff MVP award.
Trevor Linden scores a pair of goals for Vancouver to create tension with the Madison Square Garden faithful. However, Craig MacTavish wins a key faceoff and Mike Richter plays stellar in goal. The Rangers also win their first Cup at home since 1926.
Other Notable Events
1945: The Board of Governors rejects a team in Philadelphia that would start in 1946-47. The Philadelphia Quakers last played there in 1930-31.
The Pittsburgh Penguins also let go of Pierre Creamer after just one season behind the bench.
1993: The Florida Panthers are officially given membership into the NHL. Florida’s team will be based in Miami, but move to Sunrise, Florida eventually.
Happy Birthday to You
1894: Jack Adams
1901: Hap Day
1929: Johnny Wilson
1933: Parker MacDonald
1963: James Patrick
1969: Eric Desjardins
1973: Sami Kapanen
1978: Steve Begin
1987: Andrew Cogliano
1992: Devante Smith-Pelly