Montreal native, Mike Bossy played for the New York Islanders for his entire career and was a crucial part of their four-year reign as Stanley Cup champions in the early 1980s. Among many other remarkable achievements, he was the only player in NHL history to score consecutive Stanley Cup winning goals, in 1982 and 1983, the only player to record four game-winning goals in one series (1983 Conference Final), is the NHL all-time leader in average goals per regular season game, and one of only five players to score 50 goals in 50 games.
"You have to rely on your preparation. You got to really be passionate and try to prepare more than anyone else, and put yourself in a position to succeed, and when the moment comes you got to enjoy, relax, breathe and rely on your preparation so that you can perform and not be anxious or filled with doubt." - Steve Nash
Happy 40th birthday to Lakers point guard, Steve Nash.
In his 18th season in the NHL, Gordie Howe already had scored more points (1,220) and had more assists (676) than anyone in history. On November 10, 1963 he sought to stand alone among goal scorers.
Teammate Billy McNeill took the puck inside the Official Detroit Red Wings' blue line and headed up ice, with Howe trailing and yelling at him to keep going. After getting inside Montreal’s blue line, McNeill passed to Howe, who immediately fired. His black dart of a shot never got more than an inch off the ice and whistled through the narrow gap between goalie Charley Hodge and the right post. Mr. Hockey had scored his 545th goal, breaking his tie with Maurice the Rocket Richard.
The 15,027 fans in Detroit’s Olympia Stadium gave their hero a 20-minute standing ovation. The goal itself left Howe, who had been feeling the pressure in his chase to pass “The Rocket,” more relieved than elated. “Now I can start enjoying life again,” he said after Detroit’s 3-0 win, looking at the mob of reporters and photographers who had been chronicling his every move.
Richard won the Stanley Cup eight times in Montreal, was captain of four straight cup wins from 1957-1960 and was inducted into the NHL Hall of Fame in 1961 (the customary three year waiting period was waived).
Did You Know: Maurice Richard was also the first NHL player to achieve the feat of 50 goals in 50 games. He did so in the ‘44-‘45 season and it took 35 years before anyone matched the feat again. Also on that list: Mike Bossy, Wayne Gretzky, Mario Lemieux, Brett Hull.
On September 24, 1988, Ben Johnson won the 100m final at the Summer Olympics in Seoul, lowering his own world record to 9.79 seconds. Johnson would later remark that he would have been even faster had he not raised his hand in the air just before he finished the race. However, Johnson’s urine samples were found to contain stanozolol, and he was disqualified two days later. He later admitted having used steroids when he ran his 1987 world record, which caused the IAAF to rescind that record as well. Johnson and coach Francis complained that they used doping in order to remain on an equal footing with the other top athletes on drugs they had to compete against. In testimony before the Dubin inquiry into drug use, Francis charged that Johnson was only one of many cheaters, and he just happened to get caught. Later, six of the eight finalists of the 100-meter race tested positive for banned drugs or were implicated in a drug scandal at some point in their careers: Carl Lewis, who was given the gold medal, Linford Christie, who was moved up to the silver medal and who went on to win gold at the next Games, Dennis Mitchell, who was moved up to fourth place and finished third to Christie in 1992, and Desai Williams, Johnson’s countryman who won a bronze medal at the Los Angeles Games in 1984. In the ESPN documentary ESPN 30 for 30 Films: 9.79*, eventual silver medallist Christie states, and footage of the race shows, that Lewis “ran out of his lane… two or three times” during the race, which should have resulted in Lewis’ automatic disqualification.
"Goaltending is a normal job, sure. How would you like it in your job if every time you made a small mistake, a red light went on over your desk and 15,000 people stood up and yelled at you?" - Jacques Plante
The previous record was 9.85 held by Leroy Burrell of the United States. Donovan Bailey's time of 9.84 in Atlanta was the 100 m world record from 1996 until 1999, when it was broken by Greene. The time also stood as the Commonwealth record from 1996 until 2005, when it was broken by Asafa Powell, and is the current Canadian record (shared with Bruny Surin since 1999). His Olympic record was broken by Usain Bolt at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.