Wednesday, June 14, 2023

Take the NHL ‘Who Didn’t He Play For?’ quiz (Stanley Cup-winning goal edition)

The Vegas Golden Knights have won the Stanley Cup for the first time in franchise history, meaning the players, coaches and staff will get their name engraved on the Stanley Cup. That’s history, the sort of honor that they can never take away from you (for roughly 60 years or so, but that’s another story). One player made a particular kind of history: Reilly Smith, who scored last night’s winning goal. That makes him a member of the Cup-winning goal club, a wonderfully eclectic list that includes legends like Wayne Gretzky, Mike Bossy, Patrice Bergeron and Guy Lafluer, but also a bunch of lesser-known players who made the most being in the right place at the right time.

I enjoy the Cup-winning goal club a lot, as you might have guessed. So today, let’s honor this group by dusting off the Who Didn’t He Play For quiz. It’s nice and simple: I give you a player and four teams, you tell me which one he never played for. Then you score yourself based on the chart below:

0 – 3 right: You lost in the first round. You should decide to fire your GM.
4 – 7 right: You lost in the second round. You should decide to keep your GM, then somehow end up firing him anyway.
8 right: You won two rounds and then got swept. You are the Hurricanes.
9 – 11 right: You came close. Nice job driving up expectations for next year to unattainable levels.
12 – 15 right: You fell just short in the final, but will surely be right back in the mix next year, just like the Habs.
16 right: You won the Stanley Cup! (By cheating on this quiz.)

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