Jay Greenberg has covered hockey for parts of five decades, covering the expansion Kansas City Scouts and the Philadelphia Flyers as a beat writer, as well as writing for Sports Illustrated, The Hockey News, The Toronto Sun and New York Post. He authored the book Full Spectrum, a history of the Flyers' first 30 years, while another book, Gordie Howe's Son: A Hall of Fame Life in the Shadow of Mr. Hockey, co-authored with Mark Howe, will be published in October. This fall, during Hockey Hall of Fame induction weekend in Toronto, Greenberg will receive the Elmer Ferguson Memorial Award for excellence in hockey journalism, presented by the Professional Hockey Writers' Association. To celebrate a life in hockey, NHL.com asked Greenberg to rate his top 20 moments from the Stanley Cup Playoffs during his illustrious career.
Regrets? I have a few, even after being lucky enough to cover every Stanley Cup Final but two between 1976 and 2003, then three more since.
Forced against my will as a general sports columnist to cover basketball come spring, I only was able to watch pieces of the grand wars between the Detroit Red Wings and Colorado Avalanche on television. And in the salary-cap era, this old dynasty lover fears he never again will see a Final rematch like Detroit and the Pittsburgh Penguins in 2008-09. I wanted badly to be there.
My problem is that I have seen enough to realize that I never will see enough. So when asked by NHL.com to rank my greatest playoff memories, I only wanted to know: How many? We decided on 20. Here they are: