Friday, May 27, 2022

Take the ‘Who Didn’t He Play For?’ quiz (Playoff Hero edition)

We’re two rounds into the playoffs, and as always, plenty of heroes are emerging. Some of them are names you expect, like the unstoppable Connor McDavid, the red-hot Andrei Vasilevskiy, or Game 7 OT winners from Artemi Panarin and Johnny Gaudreau. But there have also been the surprising names, with guys like Nick Paul, Ian Cole and Louis Domingue having big moments.

That’s part of the fun of the postseason, as the ultimate team sport allows individuals to take the spotlight, however briefly. Sometimes it’s the expected performance from a superstar, sometimes it’s the start of a new phase of someone’s career, and sometimes it’s just one of those flukes that never happens again. Often, those last ones are the best of all.

Today, let’s remember some playoff heroes of the past with the return of Who Didn’t He Play For? It’s a simple quiz, one where I give you a player and four teams and you tell me which one he never played for. If you’ve missed the previous editions, you can test your knowledge of Hall-of-Famers, some Hall-of-Very-Good guys, and the goaltenders. Fair warning: This one is going to be a bit tougher than those last three, because some of these guys end up being more obscure than others. But it’s the playoffs, we all have to raise our games.

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