Every hockey fan remembers certain goals scored that stand out from all others. But if one had to name just 20 as the greatest ever accomplished, what would they be?
There's Paul Henderson's third game-winning goal in 1972, the one that clinched the Summit Series for Canada against the Soviet Union. Also Mike Eruzione's upset "Miracle on Ice" winner for the United States against the Soviets at Lake Placid in 1980. And don't forget the famous Stanley Cup winners by the Toronto Maple Leafs' Bill Barilko in 1951 and the Boston Bruins' Bobby Orr in 1970.
From the goal by the Montreal Victorias against the Winnipeg Victorias in the 1896 Stanley Cup rematch that truly made hockey's most famous hardware a national event, to Wayne Gretzky's 77th goal in 1982 that beat Phil Esposito's single-season record for goals, to Sidney Crosby's "golden goal" in the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics, author Eric Zweig serves up a slice of exceptional hockey moments that's sure to provoke heated discussion.
The red light is on, the sticks are up, and Canadians are celebrating after Mario Lemieux's Canada Cup-winning goal on September 15, 1987, against the Soviet Union, (Courtesy Hockey Hall of Fame)
Almost three decades after their sensational triumph over the Soviet Union in the 1972 Summit Series, Yvan Cournoyer, Ken Dryden, Ron Ellis, Paul Henderson, Phil Esposito, Stan Mikita, Rod Seiling, and other members of Team Canada were present at the Hockey Hall of Fame on November 10, 2000, for the unveiling of a monument acknowledging the Canadian Press designation of the "Team of the Century." (Courtesy Hockey Hall of Fame)
Ericzweig is a managing editor with Dan Diamond & Associates consulting publisher to the National Hockey League. His previous books include Tough Guys. Hockey Rivals in Times of War and Disaster Crazy Canucks: The Uphill Battle of Canada's Downhill Ski Team, Star Power: The Legend and Lore of Cyclone Taylor, and the teen novel Fever Season. He lives in Owen Sound, Ontario.