Anthony Mantha scores first NHL goal, his grandfather sheds a tear
Mantha’s grandfather is Andre Pronovost, a former NHLer himself who played for the Montreal Canadiens, Boston Bruins and Detroit Red Wings. He was in attendance at Joe Louis Arena for a game in March of 2016, when Anthony scored his first career NHL goal.
Pronovost, who was 79 at the time, was moved to tears as he was capturing the moment on his phone.
Jeremy Roenick after the Blackhawks’ 2010 Stanley Cup win
Roenick was drafted by Chicago eighth overall in the 1988 NHL draft and played seven seasons for them before moving on to the Phoenix Coyotes. The furthest he got with the Hawks was the Stanley Cup final in 1992, where they were swept by the Mario Lemieux-led Pittsburgh Penguins.
When the Hawks won in 2010, it ended a 49-year drought since their last win in 1961. Roenick, who had retired as a member of the San Jose Sharks a year earlier, was now a commentator on the NHL Network and was reduced to tears as the Cup was being celebrated on the ice.
Eric Lindros’ Hart Trophy Acceptance Speech
Four years after he was selected first overall by the Quebec Nordiques against his wishes, Eric Lindros totalled 29 goals and 70 points in 46 games for the Philadelphia Flyers for his first, and only, Hart Trophy as league MVP.
At the time, it seemed like this one would be the first of many for the 6-foot-4, 230-pound, swift-skating centre who meant as much to the future of the game then as Connor McDavid does now. But although he had some great years left in him (including a follow-up 115-point campaign), concussion issues interfered with Lindros’ great career.
“I promised Mess I wouldn’t to this”
This is, far and away, the most famous NHL crying moment — and it relates to the most famous trade in league history too.
Wayne Gretzky had been traded from the Edmonton Oilers to the Los Angeles Kings and was holding a press conference. Gretzky had spent nine NHL seasons with the Oilers, winning four Stanley Cups, eight Hart Trophies, seven Art Ross Trophies, and two Conn Smythes.