Colin Fleming's fiction appears in AGNI, Commentary, Boulevard, the VQR, and Cincinnati Review, and he also writes for Rolling Stone, The Washington Post, The Atlantic, Vice, and JazzTimes. He's the author of The Anglerfish Comedy Troupe: Stories from the Abyss, and a regular guest on NPR's Weekend Edition.
Tim Kerr's power play brilliance. Theo Fleury's tenacity. Pat Verbeek’s ability to rack up penalty minutes alongside goals. Each deserves enshrinement in the Hockey Hall of Fame, but will they ever get it?
Tom Barrasso went from high school to stopping NHL pucks in short order, racking up two Stanley Cups, several individual awards and NHL records along the way with the Buffalo Sabres and Pittsburgh Penguins, though he's yet to enter the Hockey Hall of Fame.
For one magical playoff run, these players posted stats that seem almost impossible. While they didn't raise the Stanley Cup or any other hardware at the time, these players certainly made these postseasons ones to remember.
When Wayne Gretzky is the fouth-fastest skater on a team, it's easy to give it the nod as one of the best-skating teams on NHL history. The 1987 Edmonton Oilers, stocked with players like Gretzky, Paul Coffey and Mark Messier, are that team.