Best of luck this season, Chara. Hope to see you again next year.
By - standtallnofall
Seinfeld was the number one watched show on TV during Chara’s rookie season
For Jagr it was Cheers.
I feel so old
Cheers the Vaudeville show
It's still the number one show in my heart.
Agreed. 800 channels and countless streaming services available? You’ll still catch me watching Seinfeld at 11pm
Not that there’s anything wrong with that.
A few years ago there was this website that just played Seinfeld 24/7 through the whole series it was so great. You could just put it on whenever and there would be a different episode on. I was so bummed when it got shut down.
You can just download it…
Sergei Samsanov? Had no idea he won the Calder
He also retired 10 years ago after a relatively productive career. That kind of puts Chara's career into perspective.
I doubt a good portion of this sub remembers Samsonov, haha
Why wouldn’t I know who Washington’s goalie is? /s
Boston picked Thornton that same year.
Samsonov was part of that package that sent Glen Wesley to Hartford for three first round picks in 95, 96, 97.
Samsonov was the best of those three...
Samsonov was fucking smooth. Still remember seeing him when I saw some of my first NHL games at seven years old.
Too bad his wrists were made of pretzels.
Had him on my wall as a kid. Bourque was my hero, but Samaonov's hands were something else.
Loved him in our playoff run in 06
If this is the right Samsonov, I think I remember him playing with the Detroit Vipers in the IHL.
Yes, part of the list of famous former Detroit Vipers like [Miroslav Satan, Petr Sykora, Peter Bondra and Gordie Howe](https://www.nhl.com/news/sunday-long-read-forgotten-vipers-rocked-detroit/c-756771)
I still am bitter over that 3OT goal Sykora scored in game 5 of the 08 finals. Wings still won in the next game but it would have been awesome if they won at home. Crowd was wild after the Rafalski goal.
I remember watching Manitoba Moose games and wishing he was on our team.
I got NHL 2000 as a kid, played as Boston. That guy was a goalscoring machine, my favourite together with Jason Allison. I still got a couple of his cards at my parents house :)
At least during his best years. He was a good depth guy for a while after he left Boston, but man was he good in the late 90s-early 2000s
Dude played for the Detroit vipers no?? I am positive I got to witness that dude play
He was my hockey star crush as an elementary school kid that could barely skate and didn’t know what girls’ hockey leagues were. Feel old thinking about that lol.
Not only do I remember him, he lived down a few blocks.
Graphic design is my passion
haha unfortunately, it is not mine.
Just bustin' your balls, OP. Perfectly serviceable and informative. You're killin it buddy.
I know, I took no offense. I wish I was better at it.
For any confused Elton John fans, the #1 song around the time of Chara's debut was *Candle in the Wind 1997 / Something About the Way You Look Tonight*. Chara was not playing back when the original version of *Candle in the Wind* came out in 1974. Nobody plays for that long ^^unless ^^Jagr ^^does ^^it .
I could be wrong but wasn't the 1997 version for the passing of Princess Diana?
That is correct.
That track started my love for Elton John. My wife and I are actually expecting our first son this week or next. We named him Benjamin Jett. Mostly because of Bennie & the Jets but also the Winnipeg Jets and in the Sandlot, his name is Benny "the Jet" Rodriguez.
Wait, Mario played with Crosby but was inducted into the HOF Chara's rookie year?
Has anyone else been an active HOFer for several seasons?
Guy Lafleur. Both retired got inducted and came back later. There could be more, but those are the two I know... Jaques Plante maybe? I think he was retired before coming back to play for St, Louis, not sure if he was in the Hall or not.
Geordie Howe was inducted in 1972 but played in 79/80. I believe it was just the three of them.
Gah! How did I forget Howe?!!
Howe did I forget Howe?!!\*
Howe did I forget??
He retired briefly when he was diagnosed with leukemia if I'm remembering right.
In the years after they inducted him to the HHOF, he became part of Penguins ownership, them kicked leukemia's ass and came back to the NHL and dominated for another 3 or 4 years.
I love that you can be an active HOF player in NHL. Wish the other leagues would do that.
The Jackal was underrated. Tell Declan he can’t protect his women. Also featured a young Jack Black, basically guesstimation.
I appreciate you but completely disagree. The Jackal was a complete mess and it changed Caton-Jones' career forever. His first handful of films were great. Scandal was legitimately amazing as were Memphis Belle and This Boy's Life. Then, he made the Jackal which was a trainwreck and it all went downhill from there. Basic Instinct 2 is perhaps in the worst 10 movies I've ever seen and Asher was vomit-inducing.
Yes! So underrated!
I still remember as a little kid seeing in ESPN the magazine a full two page (I think) comparison with him next to Theo Flurey and being like Wow that is a huge hockey player.
Are you sure it was Fleury? I remember a pic of him next to his own teammate Ziggy Palffy... But thinking on it a bit longer I think that one was in the Hockey News.
I remember that comparison being made in Sports Illustrated For Kids with Palffy
Is there an N64 rendering of Chara?
There will never be a better goalie than Hasek in his prime, and I'll stand firm on that to the end of time.
I don't know about ever, but there hasn't been one yet
I was born in '87 and it's incredible just how much the quality of the NHL has grown, specifically the net-minders. If prime Hasek wasn't the best (which I agree with you, he was), he's at least in good company with Roy, Brodeur, Luongo, Lundqvist. And Bucky of course ;)
He led the league in losses once, he can't be that good /s
🎵What goes around comes around🎵
I remember watching him play in Kentucky. Its been a while.
“Mario Lemieux had just entered the HOF”
Shit….has it been THAT long since Mario was put in the HOF? I remember watching him all the time as a kid. Time flies…
I think he will fit in great in there system
Yeah but Jagr just scored his first goal of his 34th pro season and he’s been playing pro since before the fall of the USSR
imagine younger kids seeing samsonov winning the calder and being confused,probably think it's ilya's dad