Blackhawks 2010 and 2015 Stanley Cup champion Kris Versteeg, who officially retired from pro hockey on Tuesday, joined NBC Sports Chicago's Sports Talk Live Thursday to reminisce about the 2010 championship and more.
The forward took STL host David Kaplan through Patrick Kane's unbelievable — literally — 2010 Game 6 overtime goal in the Stanley Cup Final at Philadelphia and what he saw transpire with the puck after it was determined to be the goal that gave the Hawks their first Stanley Cup in 49 years.
"Right after (Kane) scored, he came by the bench," Versteeg said. "I didn't know where it went. I thought it hit [Flyers goalie Michael Leighton's] stick. He came by the bench and threw the gloves off and I'm looking around like, 'What's going on? Obviously it's in.'
"So I jump on the ice and I'm like, 'Wow, this is crazy.' I throw [my gloves] off. Then in the back of my mind I'm like, 'I really, really hope this is in because if I just threw my gloves off and it's not a goal, this is going to be very, very bad.'
"We got down there and I remember we were all kind of looking around and the one ref (Steve Miller) went in the meshing and he kind of pushed it out a bit. And I remember, I just saw the puck and that's where, around that time [I knew]. And our video coach was telling their coaches that it was in, we kind of got word from them and a few of us saw the ref pull it out and that was it. I hear they still can't find the puck, but I 100 percent know I saw someone pull the puck out."
Kris also remembered former Chicago GM Dale Tallon predicting a monumental reception from the Windy City awaited the young Hawks should they win the Stanley Cup.
"Dale Tallon told us in 2008, he goes, 'If you guys win this, there will be a parade on Michigan Ave. and you guys won't believe the amount of people that will show up," Versteeg said. "And at that time, we're like, 'Yeah, no chance.' When that parade happened, what we saw far exceeded any expectation of what we were even told and it just shows you that it's truly the best sports city on the entire planet."
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