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Sunday
Jun242012

N.J. Devils Draft Stefan Matteau 

 

One of the most memorable goals in NHL hockey history happened in 1994, when in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference finals, New York Rangers left winger Stefan Matteau scored in the second overtime against the New Jersy Devils to advance the Rangers to the 1994 Stanley Cup Final, where they would win the Stanley Cup. For the past 18 years, Devils goalie Martin Brodeur has been serenaded with chants of "Matteau!, Matteua!, Matteau!" by the Madison Square Garden crowd, referencing the famous call made by then Rangers radio broadcaster Howie Rose.

In a very ironic twist, the New Jersey Devils drafted Stefan Matteau with the 29th pick overall, in the NHL Draft on Friday.  Matteau has the same name as his father who scored that famous goal against the Devils 18 years ago.  The junior Matteau is a 18-year-old, 6-foot-2 center.  To make things even more surreal, the Rangers had the 28th pick and passed on Matteau, and chose a defenseman named Brady Skjei one pick earlier.

How the Rangers passed on Matteau's kid is beyond me?  They owed it to Matteau and the Ranger fans to draft him. Now Ranger fans have to root against one of their most beloved players son's and watch him play for that swamp land team?  Rangers management blew this one big time!  I bet the Madison Square Garden faithful will give Matteau's kid a big hand.  "Matteau!, Matteau!, Matteau!" will never be tarnished, even if his son is a Devil.

 

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