ESPN Classic will celebrate the beginning of the 2002-03 NHL Season with two days of classic NHL-related programming, Monday and Tuesday, Oct. 7-8, beginning at 11 a.m. on Oct. 7. The complete lineup is listed below.
All time Eastern
Monday, Oct. 7 (11 a.m.-midnight ET)
Tuesday, Oct. 8 (11 a.m.-9 p.m. ET)
Monday, Oct. 7
|May 25, 1991: Lemieux, who led the Penguins to two Stanley Cup titles, celebrates a Cup-clinching 8-0 win over Minnesota.|
11 a.m. - 1994 Stanley Cup Finals Film
The Rangers win their first Stanley Cup in 54 years, defeating the Vancouver Canucks in seven games.
11:30 a.m. - 1996 Stanley Cup Playoff Film
The Avalanche sweep the Panthers on Uwe Krupp's triple overtime goal.
Noon - 1980 Stanley Cup Finals, Game 6: Flyers at Islanders
Bob Nystrom's second goal of the game, off a perfect pass from John Tonelli at 7 minutes, 11 seconds of sudden death overtime, helped the Islanders hold off the Flyers 5-4 for their first of four consecutive Stanley Cup championships. The Flyers trailed 4-2 after two before rallying to tie it in the third on goals by Bob Dailey and John Paddock.
2 p.m. - 1999 Stanley Cup Finals, Game 6: Stars at Sabres
The Stars might have been the first Stanley Cup winner too exhausted to lift it. Brett Hull scored at 14:51 of the third overtime, putting a rebound over weary Dominik Hasek as Dallas won hockey's biggest prize as much by exhaustion as execution, outlasting the Buffalo. 2-1. It was the second-longest overtime game in Stanley Cup finals history and the longest to decide a winner and a disputed winner at that. The angry Sabres protested that Hull's left skate was in the crease as he scored. For Hull, it was his third goal of the series and third career overtime playoff goal.
4 p.m. - 1993 Campbell Conf. Finals, Game 7: Kings at Maple Leafs
Wayne Gretzky recorded his eighth career post-season hat trick to lead the Kings to a dramatic 5-4 victory, sending LA into their first Stanley Cup finals. Mike Donnelly snapped a 3-3 tie with 3:51 to play and Gretzky followed with his 108th career playoff goal for Los Angeles. Dave Ellett, who inadvertently directed Gretzky's third goal past goalie Felix Potvin, scored with 1:07 to go, but Toronto still failed to make the finals for the first time since 1967.
6 p.m. - Lord Stanley's Cup
|Win or lose, Patrick Roy exudes confidence.|
A look at the greatest trophy in the world of sports -- the Stanley Cup. Awarded since 1893, the Stanley Cup has become the game's greatest ambassador. "Lord Stanley's Cup" examines the history of the trophy and some of the men -- and the teams -- who have competed for the right to hoist it.
7 p.m. - Masked Men
The story of the men who play the most important position in the game of hockey -- the goaltenders. ESPN commentator Darren Pang hosts this look at the men behind the mask through the years. Featuring Mike Richter, Martin Brodeur and Patrick Roy.
8 p.m. - SportsCentury: Mario Lemieux
In the late eighties and half of the nineties (when his health permitted it), Lemieux surpassed Wayne Gretzky as the most prolific scorer in the world. With his puck-handling dexterity, long reach and accurate shot, he won three MVP awards and six times was the NHL's leading scorer. Lemieux ranks first all-time in point per game at 1.97 (1,601 in 812 games) through the 2002 season. His goal-scoring percentage of .805 (he has 654 goals) is the best for players with 150 games. He saved a floundering franchise by leading the Penguins to back-to-back Stanley Cups, winning MVP playoff honors both years. But Lemieux's most remarkable feat is overcoming Hodgkin's disease, a cancer of the lymph nodes that had taken the life of one of his cousins, and a debilitating back injury.
8:30 p.m. - SportsCentury: Bobby Hull
Bobby Hull was instrumental in two hockey leagues in two decades. The Golden Jet of the Chicago Blackhawks won seven goal-scoring titles, three overall scoring championships and two Most Valuable Player awards in the National Hockey League in the sixties.
Then the flamboyant left wing's signing with the Winnipeg Jets gave instant credibility to a new league, the World Hockey Association, in the seventies. Hull had five 50-goal seasons and his 610 goals were the record for NHL left wings until Luc Robitaille passed him in 2002.
|Bobby Hull celebrates the Blackhawks' 5-1 win over Detroit to win the Stanley Cup in 1961.|
9 p.m. - Greatest Goals
A look at the greatest goals in NHL history and the super-scorers who stood above the rest. Hosted by Dennis Leary.
10 p.m. - Overtime
The story of the men -- and the teams -- that excelled when the pressure was at its greatest -- overtime in the Stanley Cup playoffs. Featuring Wayne Gretzky, Mark Messier and Patrick Roy.
Tuesday, Oct. 8
11 a.m. - 9 p.m.: CLASSIC NHL (continued)
11 a.m. - 2000 Stanley Cup Film
The Devils defeat the Stars in six games on Jason Arnott's game-winning goal in the second overtime.
11:30 a.m. - 2001 Stanley Cup Film
The Avalanche oust the Devils in seven games as Alex Tanguay nets the game-winner in Colorado's 3-1, Game 7 victory.
Noon - 1994 Stanley Cup Finals, Game 7: Canucks at Rangers
Fifty-four years of waiting, 54 years of wanting, are over. The New York Rangers are Stanley Cup champions at last! Brian Leetch and Adam Graves scored first period goals to give New York a 2-0 edge. After Trevor Linden scored shorthanded, captain Mark Messier answered with a power play tally to regain the Rangers' two-goal edge after two periods. New York held on for the 3-2 victory and chants of "19-40", turned into chants of "1994!"
2 p.m. - 1997 Stanley Cup Finals, Game 4: Flyers at Red Wings
The Red Wings end a 42-year drought with a 2-1 victory to sweep the Flyers and win their first Stanley Cup since 1955. Nicklas Lidstrom scored with 33 seconds left in the first period and Darren McCarty added a breakaway goal with 6:58 left in the second to account for the Wings scoring. Eric Lindros scored late in the third for the Flyers, but that didn't stop the octopus flying, fireworks exploding and confetti dropping from the rafters of Joe Louis Arena.
4 p.m. - All Access
Hosted by Bill Clement -- Behind the scenes, locker room access, wireless mics, etc.
|Wayne Gretzky has more assists (1,963) than any player has points.|
5 p.m. - Power Players
An off the ice look at the top ten players in the National Hockey League. Featuring exclusive interviews with Pavel Bure, Chris Chelios and Sergei Fedorov.
6 p.m. - Hockeytown
The story of the 1996-97 Detroit Red Wings. The team that ended Hockeytown's 42-year Stanley Cup drought and brought a championship back to the Motor City. Features exclusive interviews and behind the scenes footage.
7 p.m. - Millennium of Memories
In a sport that has given us so many unforgettable moments, we boil it down to the top 25 of all time. Featuring Mario Lemieux, Mark Messier and Wayne Gretzky.
8 p.m. - SportsCentury: Wayne Gretzky
He was The Great Gretzky as a kid and through his career in the NHL. And, most incredibly, he always lived up to that name. When he retired in April 1999, he had scored 2,857 points in the NHL. That's about one point for every record that he owns, or so it seems. Gordie Howe, Gretzky's idol as a youngster, has the second most points in NHL history and he's more than a thousand points behind him. With 1,963, Gretzky has more assists than any player has points. Known primarily for his playmaking, Gretzky scored a record 894 goals in his 20 seasons. When few players were scoring 100 points in a season, Gretzky was surpassing 200. Four times he accomplished this feat, the only four times it's been done, peaking at 215 in 1985-86. Of the 11 times a player has scored more than 161 points, Gretzky has done it nine times and Mario Lemieux twice. He lead the Oilers to four Stanley Cups and won the Hart (MVP) nine times, the most of any athlete in a team sport, and the Ross (scoring) seven times in the 1980s, plus three more times in the 1990s.