May 24, 1980: 35 Years Ago Today


Here’s the Islanders’ radio call of the goal:

The usual play-by-play call that accompanies this video is the Canadian TV broadcast, but Dan Kelly, the long-time voice of the St. Louis Blues, called the game for American viewers, who saw the game on CBS. Here’s that call:

There are moments that happen in sports that you know you’ll never forget even as they happen before your eyes (whether live or on TV). For me, this continues to top the list.


20 thoughts on “May 24, 1980: 35 Years Ago Today

  1. Christopher Shelley May 24, 2015 / 2:00 am

    I got the alert for this post on my phone, and all I saw was 🙂

    For two clicks I wondered, and then I realized: “This is a hockey thing.”

  2. John Foskett May 24, 2015 / 7:38 am

    Not to detract from the moment but what was Dailey thinking on that play? And I’d forgotten that the tv broadcast made The Rat come off as Gretzky.

    • Brooks D. Simpson May 24, 2015 / 11:49 am

      Gary Dornhoefer was the color man … that’s why. As for Dailey, I think the Flyers were getting hammered in their own end and just weren’t thinking clearly.

      • John Foskett May 25, 2015 / 8:54 am

        Mr. Dornhoefer – few recall that he bumped around in the B’s organization until expansion, where his 20 G/150 PIM “skill set” then flourished. I suppose that to him Linseman did look like Gretzky.

        • Phil LeDuc May 27, 2015 / 12:56 am

          Whenever I think of Gary Dornhoefer I think of Larry Robinson and “The Hit” – a wonderful memory.

          • John Foskett May 27, 2015 / 8:35 am

            IIRC, after Big Bird delivered they had to fix the boards.

          • Phil LeDuc May 27, 2015 / 4:08 pm

            Reply to John’s comment below –
            You’re right. A maintenance guy had to come out and mail them back into place. The Hit is available on YouTube.

          • Phil LeDuc May 27, 2015 / 4:09 pm

            Rather, your comment above –

          • Phil LeDuc May 27, 2015 / 4:12 pm

            And that’s “nail”, not “mail”. Although the check was hard enough that pieces of the boards may have wound up in Toronto or someplace where they would have to be mailed back.

  3. Alfred. Hintz May 24, 2015 / 5:01 pm

    I cut class Spring Semester at Washington & Lee to go back to Long Island to go to this game. Round trip 18 hours in the car but one of the best decisions I ever made.

  4. John Hennessy May 24, 2015 / 7:26 pm

    Is it really necessary to post the video of the Nystrom goal THREE times? Seems a bit excessive to me.

    Then again, it has been 32 years since the last one for you. I guess repetition of single moment from long ago helps fill the lengthening void.

    • Brooks D. Simpson May 25, 2015 / 12:01 pm

      Three different descriptions of the same event. Surely a real historian would value the differences.

      • John Hennessy May 28, 2015 / 10:41 am

        And is it necessary to leave this post as your lead for so long? I think we get it. Time to move on. How about something new, like a post on Grant’s drinking?

        Did you know Fitz John Porter was accomplished as a hockey player? I am guessing he was a checking winger… Not fast. Diligent. Loyal. No offense. Lousy Corsi.

        • John Foskett May 29, 2015 / 6:50 am

          Bad locker room influence, as well. Too much talking to the beat writers about the front office. But he ran a great neutral zone trap.

  5. Mark H. May 26, 2015 / 2:26 pm

    Just a hunch, but I have a feeling I know what your posts of 5/21/16, 5/16/17 and 5/17/18 will lead with.

    Have you picked up your first Sun Devils hockey t-shirt yet?

  6. Buck Buchanan May 28, 2015 / 7:29 am

    I remember cursing at a snowy TV screen in Morgantown, WV when thsi happened!

  7. Erik May 28, 2015 / 4:08 pm

    The Isles were due. They lost a heartbreaker to the Rags a year or so earlier in the semis and were a very good team in the late 70s. My Habs we’re going for five straight and fell short. Loved seeing The Rat, whom I modeled some of my own game after. Great spring for Ken Morrow, eh? Gold medial and a Cup! Mike Bossy is one of the greatest goal scorers in history but his career was too short so is rarely included in the discussion. Thanks for the walk down memory lane.

    • John Foskett May 29, 2015 / 6:55 am

      I once had a Habs fan tell me that they were “screwed” by the League going to the open draft, because otherwise they would have had dibs on Bossy, Trottier, and Potvin. He was outraged that they had to trade in order to get no. 10 from the clutches of Charlie Finley.

      • Erik May 29, 2015 / 4:13 pm

        Funny thing, none of the players they had dibs on and took never really panned out to be stars in the NHL. They did better in the WHA. They did buy a league to get Beliveau. The Flower was also one of my boyhood heroes.

        • John Foskett May 30, 2015 / 8:42 am

          Ironically, they could have picked Dionne with the first. They probably would have been fine either way once they snookered Finley.

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