Wednesday, July 21, 2010

17 Years

So, with Ilya Kovalchuk’s gleaming new 17-year contract in limbo at the moment, we stop and ask ourselves, just how long is 17 years? Well, 17 years ago…

-- Martin Brodeur had a grand total of two NHL wins on his resume, getting a late season cup o’ coffee after completing his season at Saint-Hyacinthe Laser of the QMJHL.

-- Sidney Crosby had not yet celebrated his sixth birthday. This did not keep fans from voting him to his (and ESPN’s) first ESPY award as best NHL player.

-- The NHL just completed its last season with real names for divisions – Patrick, Adams, Smythe, and Norris.

-- There was still NHL hockey being played in Winnipeg, Quebec, Minneapolis, and Hartford.

-- The San Jose Sharks won 11 games… total… for the season.

-- The Ottawa Senators won 10 games… total… for the season.

-- Teemu Selanne won the Calder Trophy.

-- No one saw more rubber go into their own net among non-goalies than Kevin Hatcher. He was on the ice for 162 goals against the Washington Capitals.

-- Alex Ovechkin – age 8 – would soon develop his passion for hockey by enrolling in hockey school.

-- Chris Chelios just completed his tenth season in the NHL.

-- Gary Bettman was just months into his tenure as Commissioner of the NHL.

-- “I Will Always Love You” by Whitney Houston was Billboard’s top hit of 1993.

-- “Jurassic Park” was the top grossing film of 1993.

-- The Buffalo Bills still had not lost four Super Bowls (they just lost their third).

-- Cal Ripken still had two more seasons before he would pass Lou Gehrig for first place in consecutive games played in major league baseball history.

-- Apple ended its production of “Apple II” personal computers

17 years can be quite a long time...


sleza said...

"Teemu Selanne won the Calder Trophy" sigh. all the cool stuff happened before i was aware of things

but hey, maybe kovy still wants to play when he's 50...

Red Army Line said...

Selanne had 76 goals and 132 points, tying for the goals lead with Mogilny (if memory serves). Best rookie season ever, I think it's safe to say.

Anonymous said...

George McPhee was in his second year as director of hockey operations with the Vancouver Canucks.

Bruce Boudreau was beginning his coaching career with the Muskegeon Fury.

Mike Knuble and Brendan Morrison were playing college hockey at University of Michigan.

Ted Leonsis was beginning his career at AOL.

Goose said...

And the Penguins had just relinquished two years of ownership of the Stanley Cup to Montreal Canadiens (who, by the way, have yet to win it again since the league stopped favoring them in the rules).

Anonymous said...

Look at what Capitals' owner Ted Leonsis had to say.