19/05/2012 8:17 AM
If you’re older than a teenager, there’s no need for me to explain this article’s title. So, for every teen or child reading this, here’s what I mean. Kirk McLean stood up for his team for two reasons.
The two-time Vezina trophy finalist was a heck of a goaltender who led the Canucks to the playoffs seven times, including a breathtaking trip in 1994 to the seventh game of the Stanley Cup final. A two-time All-Star to boot, what more is there to say?
Before we move to reason #2, please enjoy the following clips from the 1994 Stanley Cup Finals. Here’s a hint for reason #2: Pay attention to the kick saves in the second clip.
Kirk Mclean was a stand-up goalie. Why? Because he actually stood up when the opposing players were taking shots at him. Easier said than done. The stand-up style is actually the oldest playing style for a goaltender and McLean and Bill Ranford were probably the last masters of the defunct goaltending style.
McLean’s stand-up habits probably led him to realize one of the greatest saves in NHL history.
Featured in our current spring 2012 auction is the Kirk McLean personal collection that includes:
Lot 12 - Kirk McLean's 1993-94 Vancouver Canucks Clarence Campbell Bowl Trophy (11")
Lot 27 - Kirk McLean's 1998-99 Florida Panthers Game-Worn Goalie Mask
Lot 29 - Kirk McLean's 1999-2001 New York Rangers Game-Worn Goalie Mask - Photo-Matched!
And many other amazing items.
Click here for the complete collection.
Finally, here’s a small video montage that we found. It pays a great tribute to a goaltender that certainly remains one of the great crease defenders in history. Just thought you would like it. Again, the kick saves are simply amazing…
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