Sunday, September 24, 2006

Being Uwe Krupp

The Mark of the Beast

If you have studied your Penguins history, then you know Uwe Krupp is a bonafide Penguin killer. In the 1989-90 season, Uwe Krupp scored a Wayne Gretzky-like three goals. One of those goals was scored in the last game of the season, in overtime, against the Pittsburgh Penguins in the Civic Arena. It doesn't sound like a big deal until you realize that the Penguins needed a tie in that game to clinch a playoff berth. It is the first time I remember crying. My birthday was less than a month away, so I knew a Penguins playoff berth meant playoff tickets (as it has meant every year the Pens make the playoffs).
The game wasn't televised, so I resorted to listening to the game on the radio. At the end of the radio broadcast, it felt like someone stabbed me in my five year-old scrotum. Penguins announcer Mike Lange thanked fans for a season of support and then, done. Radio broadcast over. Season over. My life over. I refused to watch the highlights on the local news that night and I've only seen footage of the goal once, during a Penguins game broadcast in 2005-06. The footage of that goal will be used against me like rats were used against Winston Smith in George Orwell's 1984.

Uwe Krupp's 16-year was quite an eventful one. He was a man of March.

  • March 22, 1989 - Uwe Krupp is chasing St. Louis Blues forward Steve Tuttle towards the Buffalo net. They collide with Buffalo goaltender Clint Malarchuk and Tuttle's skate blade nicks Malarchuk's jugular vein. The footage below is kinda gruesome; not for the faint of heart (or wimps).

    Here is Clint Malarchuk's story. WARNING!!! Gruesome photo in that article (and in this post).

  • March 20, 1993 - Uwe Krupp is only New York Islander player to record 5 points or more in a game during the 1992-93 season. Nearly two months later, on May 14, his New York Islanders squad upsets the heavily-favored Pittsburgh Penguins in the second round of the playoffs.
  • March 1, 1995 - Uwe Krupp (Quebec) is only NHL defenseman to record a hat trick during the 1995 strike-shortened season.
  • June 10, 1996 - Uwe Krupp scores the Stanley Cup-winning goal in the third overtime of Game 4 against the Florida Panthers.
  • 1999-2000 Season - Detroit suspends Uwe Krupp without pay for going dog-sledding while recuperating from a back injury. I couldn't make it up if I tried.
  • Mid-March 2003 - Uwe Krupp announces his retirement from the NHL.

(Some people think this Clint Malarchuk.
But it's actually me in my bedroom, shortly after Krupp's OT goal in '89)

I don't even know what to make of this.


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