Monday, May 30, 2011

The Original Six : A Return to the Cup Final

For the second consecutive year, the Original Six era will be represented in the Stanley Cup final. Boston's 1-0 victory over Tampa Bay sent them to the final against Vancouver. Last season, hockey's Golden Age emerged victorious with Chicago's Cup win.

Here are some interesting facts relating to Original Six teams and players in the post-expansion era...

ORIGINAL SIX STANLEY CUP WINNERS 1968-2010

-Montreal, 10, 1968,69 1971,73,76,77,78,79 1986, 1993
-Boston, 2, 1970,71
-New York Rangers 1, 1994
-Chicago 1, 2010

ORIGINAL SIX HEAD TO HEAD BATTLES (LOSING TEAMS IN BRACKETS)

-Montreal, 1971 (vs. Chicago)
-Boston, 1972 (vs. New York)
-Montreal, 1973 (vs. Chicago)
-Montreal, 1977 (vs. Boston)
-Montreal 1977 (vs. Boston)
-Montreal 1979 (vs. New York)

INDIVIDUALS WHO PLAYED IN THE ORIGINAL SIX & COACHED AN ORIGINAL SIX TEAM TO A STANLEY CUP

-Toe Blake, 1968, Montreal
-Al MacNeil, 1971, Montreal
-Tom Johnston, 1972, Boston

INDIVIDUALS WHO PLAYED IN THE ORIGINAL SIX & COACHED A NON-ORIGINAL SIX TEAM TO A STANLEY CUP

-Fred Shero, 1974 & 1975, Philadelphia
-Al Arbour, 1980 to 1983, New York Islanders
-Glen Sather, 1984,85,87,88,89, Edmonton Oilers

ORIGINAL SIX PLAYERS WHO LOST IN THE CUP FINAL AS COACHES

-Billy Reay, 1971, Chicago
-Emile Francis, 1972, New York
-Billy Reay, 1973, Chicago
-Bep Guidolin, 1974, Boston
-Floyd Smith, 1975, Buffalo
-Fred Shero, 1976, Philadelphia
-Don Cherry, 1977, Boston
-Don Cherry, 1978, Boston
-Fred Shero, 1979, New York
-Glen Sonmor, 1981, Minnesota
-Glen Sather, 1983, Edmonton
-Al Arbour, 1984, New York Islanders

ORIGINAL SIX PLAYERS WHO SCORED THE WINNING GOAL IN THE CLINCHING GAME

-J.C. Tremblay, 1968, Montreal
-John Ferguson, 1969, Montreal
-Bobby Orr, 1970, Boston
-Henri Richard, 1971, Montreal
-Bobby Orr, 1972, Boston
-Yvan Cournoyer, 1973, Montreal

LAST ORIGINAL SIX GOALIES TO WIN THE STANLEY CUP (NON-ORIGINAL SIX GOALTENDING PARTNERS IN BRACKETS)

-Gump Worsley & Rogie Vachon, 1968 & 1969, Montreal
-Gerry Cheevers & Eddie Johnston, 1970 & 1972, Boston
-Rogie Vachon (Ken Dryden), 1971, Montreal
-Bernie Parent, 1974 & 1975, Philadelphia

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