And after 16 years…. KIMMO TIMONEN! 1,108 regular season games, 105 playoff games, a 5-time NHL All Star, a 5-time Olympian for Team Finland, and finally a Stanley Cup Champion. A lot of similarities here between this moment and 2001 when Ray Bourque finally won his first cup after playing for 22 seasons. Kimmo’s career may not be quite as illustrious as Ray’s was, but it’s certainly a fair comparison and this moment from last night is something that I will always remember for the rest of my life.
Hockey is such a beautiful game. And Kimmo has given everything he has in that little 5’10” (that seems like a general listing) body of his to the sport of hockey. He has put his heart and soul into his career and his years in Philadelphia will never be forgotten. It sucks that he wasn’t able to achieve his lifetime dream here with the Flyers, but I couldn’t be happier that he finally got to lift that cup over his head and end his career with a win. And I guess I can finally forgive the Chicago Blackhawks now for what they did in 2010. This makes us almost even. There isn’t enough time in the world to thank Kimmo for all he’s done for the Philadelphia Flyers organization and what he’s done for the game of hockey in general, but I’m sure he knows how much he’s appreciated.
Most likely Kimmo will return to the Flyers organization in some capacity next season so this isn’t the last we’ll see of him. But his playing career was over so let’s just take a quick minute to appreciate it.
Thank you, Kimmo. And now hopefully the Flyers can go ahead and win one because watching another team win a Stanley Cup being the greatest moment in my life isn’t exactly sitting well with me right now. Or if anyone in this damn city could do something for that matter.
Is it October yet?