TORONTO (April 21, 2006) - NHL Network has teamed up with Reebok (Rbk) to recognize the most exciting goals from the world of professional and amateur hockey with Rbk Hockey's Greatest Goal - an interactive online promotion that gives Canadian hockey fans the chance to choose their favorite goals from the 2005-06 hockey season.
The two-month promotion began on Friday, April 21, and culminates on Wednesday, June 22 with the 30-minute TV special Rbk Hockey's Greatest Goal, airing on NHL Network at 7:30 p.m. ET. The program counts down the year's best goals from the season as compiled by NHL Network's team of experts and previously showcased in its monthly Top 10 program.
The top goal from each month during the NHL regular season was posted on www.rbkgreatestgoal.ca. Along with these seven chart-topping tallies will be an additional five non-NHL goals, for a total of 12 leading contenders to date. Additional NHL candidates will be added during the course of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Visitors are invited to vote for their favorite goal (once per day per visitor), and the goal with the most votes will then be presented as the 'Viewer's Choice' Rbk Hockey's Greatest Goal during the half-hour show on June 22.
The current list of NHL goal candidates includes unforgettable markers by Jason Spezza, Marek Malik, Nikolai Zherdev, Alexander Ovechkin, Patrice Bergeron and Michael Cammalleri. Current non-NHL goals nominated for the promotion are scored by NCAA Women's Division I sophomore Marykate Oakley, the AHL's Robert Nilsson and Ryan Shannon, and Russia's Nikolai Kulemin during semifinal play at the 2006 World Junior Championship.
Zherdev went on an end-to-end rush through the entire Blackhawks team with 23 seconds remaining, scoring to force overtime. Zherdev finished his second NHL season setting career highs with 27-27-54 in 73 games played.
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