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Top-20 Hockey Games I've Attended

04/22/2010 at 12:23pm EDT

After going to last night’s awesome Bruins 2OT victory, I had a friend ask me about the best games I’ve ever been to. I couldn’t sleep, so I decided to take some time to think about it and throw this list together. I’m extremely lucky to have seen some incredible hockey games in my life so far. I am hoping that there are no glaring omissions, but if so, I will update the list!

I wanted to post this somewhere to share it with friends and fellow hockey fans and the KK Member Blog came to mind as the perfect place. Feel free to share your top games attended in the comments!

For some clarification on why certain games are so special to me, I am a senior at Boston University and am a huge BU hockey fan. I have been a big Pittsburgh Penguins fan ever since learning about Mario Lemieux at a young age, and hailing from Charleston, SC, the ECHL’s South Carolina Stingrays are my hometown team.

1. NCAA National Championship
Boston University 4 vs. Miami (Ohio) 3 OT
Verizon Center, Washington, D.C.
April 11, 2009
Lasting Memory: Bonino scoring the 3rd goal; being scared

2. NHL Stanley Cup Final 2009, Game 7
Pittsburgh Penguins 2 @ Detroit Red Wings 1
Joe Louis Arena, Detroit
June 12, 2009
Lasting Memory: Elation after MAF’s final save; Sid lifting the Cup

3. NCAA Frozen Four
Boston University 5 vs. University of Vermont 4
Verizon Center, Washington, D.C.
April 9, 2009
Lasting Memory: Bonino’s insane move on his assist on Saponari’s goal; puck trickling through Millan’s legs; feeling scared/relieved

4. NCAA Quarterfinal
Boston University 2 vs. University of New Hampshire 1
Verizon Wireless Arena, Manchester, NH
March 29, 2009
Lasting Memory: feeling scared then feeling lucky; Millan standing on his head

5. NHL Stanley Cup Final 2009, Game 6
Detroit Red Wings 1 @ Pittsburgh Penguins 2
Mellon Arena, Pittsburgh, PA
June 9, 2009
Lasting Memory: Tyler Kennedy’s goal; the crowd

6. Beanpot Championship 2007
Boston University 2 vs. Boston College 1 OT
TD Garden, Boston, MA
February 12, 2007
Lasting Memory: McGuirk getting the OT winner; Johnny Curry being awesome

7. Tie:
Hockey East Championship 2009
Boston University 1 vs. UMass-Lowell 0
TD Garden, Boston, MA
March 21, 2009
Lasting Memory: UML no-goal controversy; relief

Hockey East Semifinal 2009
Boston University 3 Boston College 2
TD Garden, Boston, MA
March 20, 2009
Lasting Memory: 3 goals in 44 seconds

8. NHL Stanley Cup Final 2006, Game 7
Edmonton Oilers 1 @ Carolina Hurricanes 3
RBC Center, Raleigh, NC
June 19, 2006
Lasting Memory: First time seeing the Cup raised live, Brind’Amour not shaking Bettman’s hand (likely due to post-lockout hate)

9. NHL Stanley Cup Final 2006, Game 1
Edmonton Oilers 4 @ Carolina Hurricanes 5
RBC Center, Raleigh, NC
June 5, 2006
Lasting Memory: Crazy comeback; Roloson’s injury; Conklin’s gaffe

10. NHL Stanley Cup Conference Quarterfinal 2010
Buffalo Sabres 2 @ Boston Bruins 3 2OT
TD Garden, Boston, MA
April 21, 2010
Lasting Memory: Comeback; excitement of OT/about 10 minutes with no stoppages in OT 1; my friend Allison (a Sabres fan) pinching me in fright

11. ECHL Conference Semifinal 2001
Mobile Mysticks L @ South Carolina Stingrays W 2OT
North Charleston Coliseum, N. Charleston, SC
Lasting Memory: Feeling like I jumped the highest a little fat kid ever had when Chad Remackel slid the puck to Damian Prescott, who netted the winner; Jody Lehman (in his silver pads) seeming like Patrick Roy in my mind

12. ECHL Conference Quarterfinal 2000
South Carolina Stingrays W @ Pee Dee Pride L OT
Florence Civic Center, Florence, SC
Lasting Memory: Dave Seitz getting the game-winner the day my dog Mitzi died

13. Frozen Fenway
Boston University 3 vs. Boston College 2
Fenway Park, Boston, MA
January 8, 2010
Lasting Memory: I wish…the band? The cold?

14. NHL Winter Classic
Philadelphia Flyers 1 @ Boston Bruins 2 OT
Fenway Park, Boston, MA
January 1, 2010
Lasting Memory: Sturm’s OT winner; being cold; the spectacle

15. Winter Olympics Semifinal 2010
Canada 3 vs. Slovakia 2
GM Place, Vancouver, BC
February 26, 2010
Lasting Memory: Luongo’s glove save in the dying seconds to seal the victory

16. Boston University 6 @ UMass-Lowell 4
Tsongas Arena, Lowell, MA
November 7, 2008
Lasting Memory: Crazy comeback that made me realize this team could play a terrible game and still find a way to win in the end, a strong sign of a champion

17. Boston University 3 @ Boston College 1
Conte Forum, Chesnut Hill, MA
December 6, 2008
Lasting Memory: ChrisCo’s penalty shot goal; Bonino’s empty netter from the opposite blueline; loving leaving that place screaming

18. Winter Olympics Bronze Medal 2010
Finland 5 vs. Slovakia 3
GM Place, Vancouver, BC
February 27, 2010
Lasting Memory: Comeback

19. Beanpot Championship 2009
Boston University 5 vs. Northeastern 2
TD Garden, Boston, MA
February 9, 2009
Lasting Memory: 3 shorthanded goals for BU

20. Tie, somewhat jokingly:
Junior C National Semifinal 2008
Charleston Wolverines 4 vs. Atlanta Knights 3
New England Sports Center, Westborough, MA
March 28, 2008
Lasting Memory: My first video-broadcast game call; Ryan Nowak being a brick wall; being so happy to beat those jerks

South Carolina Scholastic Hockey League 2004-05 Playoff Game 1
Porter-Gaud 4 vs. Fort Dorchester 6
Carolina Ice Palace, N. Charleston, SC
January 2005?
Lasting Memory: Wondering how we got there/being so proud after losing 10-0 to them at the beginning of the season; the crowd

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