A glove tap to Down Goes Brown for this one. It was 16 years ago tonight that Kerry Fraser blew the call that cost us Leaf fans a berth in the Stanley Cup finals. I wrote about it over six years ago (man, I've been blogging a long time) in an open letter to God.
What exactly do you have against my Toronto Maple Leafs? Why to you use your omnipotent power to crush us at every opportunity? You tortured us with the Harold Ballard regime, forcing me to grow up in a decade almost completely void of playoff victories. Then, when everything lined up perfectly for a Habs-Leafs Stanley Cup Final in '93, you gave The Great One yet another break and used your mighty power to blind the refs as Gretzky clearly high-sticked Gilmour. We deserved to win that night. You made sure it didn't happen.
Here's that non-call we'll never forget.
DGB has a great picture we can print and hang on our cubicle walls today. Happy Kerry Fraser Day!