Marty McSorley is not the only one to have used a stick illegal in the Stanley cup final of 1993 between the Montreal canadiens and Los Angeles Kings.
In an interview aired on the show Salut Bonjour TVA network, on Tuesday morning, the former striker of the Habs Stéphan Lebeau told that some of his teammates for violating also the rules and regulations. The difference is that they have not been taken into default.
“There were several players who played with sticks illegal on our side, too, has found Lebeau. Vincent Damphousse, John LeClair, Brian Bellows… but they changed the sticks at the end of the match to avoid having.”
According to Lebeau, this was glaring on the ice something was wrong with the stick of McSorley, but that of a star player of the Kings was also the object of suspicion.
“We hesitated between McSorley and Luc Robitaille”, he confided.
With a little less than two minutes to play in the third period in game two of the series, the referee Kerry Fraser had given reason to the Canadian and head coach Jacques Demers, sending McSorley in the dungeon. The Kings clung to that moment at an advance of 2 to 1.
The result is history. The CH took the advantage of a man to create equality before eventually win in overtime thanks to a third goal of the game, the defender’s Éric Desjardins.
“What people don’t know is that yes, they had the numerical advantage, but it was 20 numerical advantage that it does not mark the goal,” said Lebeau.