Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Boomer's Wall of Fame Wednesday


Due to the fact that the Los Angeles Kings (NHL franchise), are about to win their 1st Stanley Cup in the team's history (Tonight 8 PM NBCSN), two guys that had a lot to do with getting them to their first ever Stanley Cup appearance back in 1993, are getting inducted up onto Boomer's Wall of Fame. Enjoy, and please if you are not doing anything tonight, watch Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Finals, NBC/NHL need the viewers (ratings are bad).

First up on the players side, "The Great One" Wayne Gretzky.

Wayne Gretzky

The greatest to ever lace up a pair of skates and hold a hockey stick at the same time. Gretzky made his name and legacy as a part of the Edmonton Oilers franchise from 1978-1988. During his time with the Oilers, Gretzky won 4 Stanley Cup Titles in a 5 year span. Playing along side teammate Mark Messier, the two formed one of the greatest 1-2 punches the game of hockey has ever seen. Then came August 9, 1988, the Oilers traded away Gretzky, shipping him to LA, where he would play for the Kings (1988-1996). In his time in LA, Gretzky would go on to set the all-time record for career goal's passing Hall of Famer Gordie Howe. Gretzky lead the Kings to the 1993 Stanley Cup, where they were defeated by the Montreal Canadiens 4-1. In February of '96, Gretzky again was traded from LA to St. Louis, where he finished that season playing for the Blues. Gretzky signed with the NY Rangers as a free agent over the summer and played the final three years of his career with the franchise and old-buddy from the Edmonton days, Mark Messier. The dude was lights out on the ice, don't believe me check this out Gretzky's List of career achievements. With that it is my honor to induct, Wayne Douglas Gretzky up onto Boomer's Wall of Fame.

As for the coach this week, the Mullet himself, Barry Melrose.

Barry Melrose

The man, the myth, the legend, the mullet...haha. Barry Melrose, played the defensive position in the game of hockey from 1974-1987. He played for four different teams and during his playing career he played in 300 games, had 10 goals, 23 assist and 728 penalty minutes. Most notably, Melrose is known for his coaching career, yet brief he guided the LA Kings to the Stanley Cup Finals in 1993 (1st season). After coaching the Kings for 2.5 years, Melrose got into hockey analyzing with ESPN and various other hockey networks. Then in June of 2008, the Tampa Bay Lightning hired Melrose as their head coach. His stay in Tampa lasted just 16 games, with a record of 5-7-4, the Lightning fired Melrose and he would return to the ESPN family in January of 2009. Melrose is famous for sporting that god awful hair style (The Mullet) and flashy suit jackets. Well, Melrose was pretty pathetic as a Head Coach, here on "The Rock" we honor those that at least get to the big game/series, even though, they might not be as fortunate enough to win it all. Heres a salute to Canadians finest dressed man, Barry Melrose and his induction up onto Boomer's Wall of Fame.