They scored 446 goals, and NHL record which still stands today. The Oilers also became the first team in NHL history to have 3 players score more than 50 goals: Gretzky (87), Kurri (54), and Anderson (52). Also, Paul Coffey became the second defenceman in NHL history to score 40 goals in one season, and he finished with 126 points. In the 1983-84 Stanley Cup playoffs the Oilers deafeated the New York Islanders in 5 games to become the first former WHA team to win the Stanley Cup. Mark Messier won the Conn Smythe Trophy that year.
A team formed of college kids represented the U.S. at the 1980 Olympics. They seemingly did not stand a chance against the Soviet team. Led by their ambitious coach, Herb Brooks, the team was able to overcome a 3-2 deficit in the third period and they defeated their Cold War rivals. Mike Eruzione scored the winning goal. He never played in an NHL game before, which makes the victory even more miraculous.
In his final year of peewee hockey he scored an improbable 378 goals. By the time Wayne was a teenager he was making waves across Canada with his play. At the age of 15 he started playing for the Peterborough Pete’s of the Ontario Hockey Association, where his dominance continued. Wayne’s future status as an NHL star was furthered at the 1978 World Junior Championships in Quebec City, where Wayne played for his home country and led the entire tournament in scoring. Wayne Gretzky was eager to turn professional but barred from leaping to the NHL because of the league's age restrictions, Gretzky signed with the Indianapolis Racers of the fledgling World Hockey Association
Crosby vs. Gretzky Canada’s own Wayne Gretzky is undoubtedly considered the greatest player ever in the fast-paced game of hockey since he dominated the game in the 1980’s. However, the tables have been turning in the last a few years as Sidney Crosby, another young Canadian, has emerged as a dominant player and taken the professional league by storm. Comparing the two players isn't easy. The game of hockey looks drastically different than 35 years ago; it has been constantly evolving and technology has helped players move faster, become physically stronger and has made them better equipped to deal with injuries than ever before. Wayne Gretzky’s accomplishments are well known; he still holds many records in many different categories and is considered to be the best player in modern hockey.
Wayne Gretzky started skating at just three years old in the hockey rink his father built in their back yard. Wayne would practice up to four or five hours a day with his brothers. An example from the story “10,000 Hours,” by Malcom Gladwell; Malcom talks about athletes and how it takes ten thousand hours of practice in order to achieve success. Wayne like many other athletes put in many countless hours of practice. It was obvious at a young age that Wayne was no ordinary athlete.
Ultimately, the team that scores the most goals in the allotted amount of time wins the game. As the sport became more and more popular different leagues sprouted up across the globe, but the National Hockey League, or NHL, has become the most prestigious of leagues and attracts players from all over the world. The NHL was organized in 1917 in Montreal, Canada during World War 1. Since then, the sport has been on an incline in popularity due to its fast paced play and lenient rules towards fouling the other team. This sufficed for the true hockey fans that loved to watch the game for what it is, but to bring in more spectators, the league implemented new versions of the rules to make the game more exciting to the viewers.
He’s also a competitor and leader for Canada internationally by winning multiple medals in the World Championship, Canada Cup, and World Cup. Even after retirement, Gretzky continues to be a great Canadian by launching The Wayne Gretzky Foundation as well as giving his time to countless other charitable endeavours. Wayne Gretzky should be considered a great Canadian because many has regarded Gretzky as the greatest hockey player ever in the NHL which made lots of people proud to be Canadian and changed hockey into a Canadian sport. Firstly, ever since Wayne Gretzky was a kid, he played minor hockey at a level far above his peers (Larry Schwartz). When he was six years old, his father, Walter, built a rink in the family's backyard, and it was there that Wayne skated for hours on end, every day, practising his skating, shooting and stick handling and learning everything about the game from his dad (Wayne Gretzky Biography).
According to Gladwell’s theory; success comes with the right circumstances and opportunities. In the book “outliers”, Gladwell writes about the Canadian hockey players who were born in the earlier part of the year will be more successful than the rest. The research and the experience show that the best hockey players were not born with their innate athletic ability. For example, here is the roster of the 2007 Czech Junior hockey team at the world championships shows that 50% of the hockey players were born in January, February, and March; the best hockey players based on the month which they were born. Kids who are born in the early part of the year will get more opportunities to work on their athletic skills.
Road to victory of Vimy Ridge From April 9 to April 12 1917 the Canadian corps accomplished the impossible = the successful capture of Vimy Ridge, the highest and best defended position on the western front. During the previous 3 years the French and British had lost nearly 200,000 men trying to capture Vimy Ridge, but it was the Canadians who did it. The Canadian victory at Vimy Ridge proved that they were an elite fighting force. Victory was possible because they learned from past mistakes and successes and planned effectively. Next the Canadian prepared by training infantry and artillery.
They have qualified for four Stanley Cup Finals, winning the Stanley Cup three times in their history in 1991, 1992, and 2009. The following report will analysis Pittsburgh Penguins by discussing, History, Statistics, Hall of Fame, Rivals and Charity Events. Table of Contents Introduction | Page 1 | History | Page 2 | Statistics | Page 3 | Hall Of Fame | Page 4 | Rivals | Page 5 | Charity Events | Page 6 | Conclusion | Page 7 | Glossary | Page 8 | Appendix | Page 9 | Works Cited | Page 10 | History ------------------------------------------------- Before the Penguins, Pittsburgh had been the home of the NHL's Pirates from 1925 to 1932. In the spring of 1965, Jack McGregor (state senator) from Kittanning, began a campaign to bring an NHL team back to Pittsburgh. The Penguins joined the NHL in 1967.