Over the years, NHL fans have been treated to many great bloopers and mistakes from players. And not the everyday pointless giveaways and fumbles. We’re talking about the kind that make people all over the world cringe as some poor player makes a fool of himself on national television. Some are so bad that you feel sorry for the player, others just too ridiculous to not laugh at and some are simply downright hilarious. Here are the best of the worst. Just sit back and enjoy…
1. Patrick Stefan
There’s a reason this is at #1, and it’s because it was basically the exclamation point for Patrick Stefan’s career. After being drafted #1 overall in 1999 (before the Sedins!), Stefan never lived up to his expectations and this dreadful blooper sums up just about his whole NHL career in less than 10 seconds. Patrick’s parents would be proud.
2. Dion Phaneuf
Although Dion Phaneuf is one of the best defenseman in the NHL, this attempted fight is definitely not one of his shining moments. After dropping the gloves with Jarkko Ruutu, he suddenly stumbles to the ice for no apparent reason before anyone even throws a punch. And to make matters worse, he has to skate right to the Canucks’ bench to pick up his gloves. It doesn’t take much imagination to get an idea of what they’re saying.
3. Dennis Wideman
It’s not often that you get to see a blooper during a shootout, but when they do happen, they are absolutely hilarious. And this is the cream of the crop right here. Dennis Wideman, one of the most reliable D-men in the NHL, demonstrated why he isn’t the greatest offensive defenseman during a shootout against Chicago. I really do envy Hawks’ goalie Corey Crawford; he had the best seat in the house to watch this mishap.
4. Niclas Wallin
Niclas Wallin isn’t a household name around North America, but he definitely helped his name get out there with this gem of a blunder. While the Martin Brodeur was off the ice for the extra attacker during a delayed penalty, Josef Vasicek passed the puck to Wallin, who then got chased by a Washington Capitals player to the neutral zone. Then, for no apparent reason (I think he was trying to pass back), he dished the puck backwards and straight into his own net!
5. Vesa Toskala
Up until Vesa Toskala let in this crazy goal, he was one of the top goalies in the NHL. Ever since then, it’s been all downhill for him. Just watch the video below and you’ll understand how a goal like that (from 174 feet away) can ruin a goaltender’s reputation.
6. Doug Gilmour
Doug Gilmour is one of hockey’s greats, but one of his most memorable moments came when he was off the ice. After being sent to the penalty box during a game, he slammed the penalty box door in frustration. Much to everyone’s surprise, the glass shattered completely, causing the game to be delayed while a cleaning crew tried to sweep the fragments up.
7. Eric Belanger
Eric Belanger doesn’t often make highlight reels around the NHL, but this is an exception. During a game between the Carolina Hurricanes and the Colorado Avalanche, Belanger was the target of a hit that caused his jersey to be stuck between the boards. Needless to say, the game was stopped to give an astounded Eric a little assistance.
8. Unknown Singer
OK, so maybe I cheated by putting in a blooper by a non-hockey player, but this is just too terrible to not have it on this list. While at a hockey game between the U.S. and Canada, the singer brought out to do the national anthems messed up on the Star Spangled Banner. With boos cascading down on her, she decides to restart, but when she comes back on to the ice, she slips! Thankfully, she realized that enough was enough and walked off the ice for good.
9. Dion Phaneuf
Everyone knew Dion Phaneuf had a very hard slapshot, but no one realized just how hard until he shattered the glass at the Pengrowth Saddledome twice in one period! The first shot was just intended to be dumped into the Minnesota zone, but instead he ended up delaying the game so the repair crew could replace the glass. The second was another dump as the first period ended, but this time it was from behind his own blue line! I feel sorry for anyone who has had to block Dion’s shots.
10. Nate Thompson
We started this list with a missed empty net, and that’s also how we’re going to end it. However, unlike Patrick Stefan’s epic failure, Nate Thompson actually showed some skill to give himself the chance to get an open net goal, but instead he just demonstrated an unbelievable lack of finish. He also made us realize why we’d never heard of him before this mistake.
And that finishes our list of the Top Ten Bloopers Of All-Time. If you have any questions or opinions, please don’t hesitate to comment.