Top 5 Newfoundland Hockey Moments

Updated: September 25, 2014

Here at Newfoundland Hockey Talk, we have been scouring through years of hockey stories coming up with what we consider the Top 5 Newfoundland Hockey Moments.  What to include in this top 5 list was not an easy decision and after much debate (and a few tilts to get our point across), we have compiled this Top 5 Newfoundland Hockey Moments.

Coming in at Number 5 in our list is the folding of the Newfoundland provincial senior hockey league in the 1989-90 season.  There were always ups and downs in the senior league and the fans had been treated to some of the best hockey during the league’s hay day in the late 1980s that saw the Corner Brook Royals move on to win the Allan Cup in the Canadian senior hockey championship.  However, the small town teams were unable to sustain the financial commitment of paying the import players and many teams were left buried in debt.  This financial drain was the ultimate demise of the league, resulting in what everyone in the province knew was going to eventually happen but did nothing to address.
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Our Number 4 in our Newfoundland Hockey Moments list has to be the Corner Brook Royals 1986 Allan Cup Championship.  After being close to victory the year previous and losing a heartbreak series, the Corner Brook Royals stepped back on the national scene determined to bring the Allan Cup back to the province.  With a powerhouse lineup like no other backed by one of the hottest goaltenders in Dave Matte, the Royals did the province proud becoming the first Newfoundland team to win the Allan Cup Championship.

In the Number 3 spot of our Top Newfoundland Hockey Moments we have turned our sights on the NHL and a player that blazed the way for other Newfoundlanders and Labradorians to play in the big league.  We have selected for our number 3 moment Alex Faulkner being signed to an NHL contract.
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  Born in Bishop Falls, NL, Faulkner made history when he became the first Newfoundland born NHL player to crack an NHL lineup, playing for both the Detroit Red Wings and the Toronto Maple Leafs.
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  This accomplishment has to be acknowledged as one of the greatest moments in Newfoundland hockey history and one that has paved the way for others from the province to do the same.

The Number 2 spot in our Top 5 Newfoundland Hockey Moments was one of great debate.  There were many stories that were on the list but ultimately, we selected John Slaney’s third period goal in the 1991 IIHF Junior World Championships to fill this spot.  In the final game of the tournament with the score knotted against the powerhouse team from the USSR, Slaney’s goal late in the third period secured the gold medal for Team Canada and cemented Slaney in hockey history.  This goal was named as one of the Top 10 goals in great Canadian hockey moments as well.

Finally, our Number 1 for Top Newfoundland Hockey Moments has arrived.  We have selected Dan Cleary and his Stanley Cup win in the 2007-2008 season.  When the Detroit Red Wings won the Stanley Cup, Cleary became the first Newfoundland and Labrador player to have his name on the Stanley Cup.   Throughout the series, Cleary played his heart out and became showed his skills as a defensive forward with the grit needed to succeed.  Raising the Stanley Cup capped off one of Cleary’s best seasons in the NHL, cementing him as the number 1 choice for Newfoundland Hockey Talks Top 5 Newfoundland Hockey Moments.

We know this list is not all inclusive, have we missed any story or overlooked something that should be here?  We are sure you will let us know in the comment field below!


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