Many believe the 1992-93 NHL season was among the finest staged in the League's history. From the addition of two teams through expansion, to the sudden prominence of European players, to the heroics of Pittsburgh's Mario Lemieux, to the crowning of Montreal as Stanley Cup champions, the season was full of memorable moments. On its 20th anniversary, NHL.com will spend the year looking back at the key moments of that '92-93 season to see if it may indeed be the NHL's Greatest Season.
An eight-year old boy named Zach Parise sat in the stands at Met Center 20 years ago watching in amazement as adults around him started tearing apart the seats following another loss, the 969th in the history of their favorite team.
"They were either keeping them or throwing them onto the ice," Parise, now a 28-year-old superstar in Minnesota, told NHL.com.
That was April 13, 1993, the final home game and second-to-last game in the history of the Minnesota North Stars.