Mark Messier is all smiles as he accepts the 1994 Stanley Cup from NHL Commisioner Gary Bettman. The Rangers ended their record 54-year championship drought by defeating the Canucks in seven games. The year’s Rangers squad has a seventh game of their own on Thursday night when they face off against Ottawa at Madison Square Garden. (John Biever/SI)
SI VAULT: Rangers, Canucks face off in memorable series (6.20.94)

Mark Messier is all smiles as he accepts the 1994 Stanley Cup from NHL Commisioner Gary Bettman. The Rangers ended their record 54-year championship drought by defeating the Canucks in seven games. The year’s Rangers squad has a seventh game of their own on Thursday night when they face off against Ottawa at Madison Square Garden. (John Biever/SI)

SI VAULT: Rangers, Canucks face off in memorable series (6.20.94)

Kings center Jarret Stoll celebrates after beating Canucks goalie Cory Schneider for the series-winning overtime goal on Sunday. Los Angeles knocked out Vancouver in five games and will play the Blues in the second round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. (Derek Leung/Getty Images)
NEWCOMB: Canucks hope for comeback prove fruitlessVIDEO: Watch Game 5 highlights of Kings v. Canucks

Kings center Jarret Stoll celebrates after beating Canucks goalie Cory Schneider for the series-winning overtime goal on Sunday. Los Angeles knocked out Vancouver in five games and will play the Blues in the second round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. (Derek Leung/Getty Images)

NEWCOMB: Canucks hope for comeback prove fruitless
VIDEO: Watch Game 5 highlights of Kings v. Canucks

Vancouver’s Alexander Edler flattens New Jersey’s Ryan Carter during a Vancouver-New Jersey game in late February. The Canucks are heating up at the right time, winning all four of their games last week and ascending to first place in Adrian Dater’s weekly NHL Power Rankings. (Chris Trotman/Getty Images)
DATER: Canucks take top spot in weekly Power RankingsDATER: Handing out awards for the 2011-12 NHL season

Vancouver’s Alexander Edler flattens New Jersey’s Ryan Carter during a Vancouver-New Jersey game in late February. The Canucks are heating up at the right time, winning all four of their games last week and ascending to first place in Adrian Dater’s weekly NHL Power Rankings. (Chris Trotman/Getty Images)

DATER: Canucks take top spot in weekly Power Rankings
DATER: Handing out awards for the 2011-12 NHL season

Sports Illustrated is letting you pick the cover of our  annual  year-end issue. We have compiled the top 15 sports moments of  the year  and you can choose the one you think is most cover-worthy.  Just visit  SI’s Facebook page and cast your vote, whether it’s Tim Thomas leading the Bruins to the Stanley Cup or another  event. (John Iacono/SI)
CAST YOUR VOTE: Click here to help choose the year-end SI cover

Sports Illustrated is letting you pick the cover of our annual year-end issue. We have compiled the top 15 sports moments of the year and you can choose the one you think is most cover-worthy. Just visit SI’s Facebook page and cast your vote, whether it’s Tim Thomas leading the Bruins to the Stanley Cup or another event. (John Iacono/SI)

CAST YOUR VOTE: Click here to help choose the year-end SI cover

Canucks defenseman Dan Hamhuis knocks Bruins forward  Milan Lucic off his skates with a hard check during Game 1 of the 2011  Stanley Cup Finals. This photo was chosen by SI photographer David E. Klutho as one of his best shots of the year. Find out which other photos were chosen by SI photographers below. (David E. Klutho/SI)
GALLERY: SI Photographers Pick Their Best Photos of the YearSI VAULT: Thomas helps bring Stanley Cup to Boston (6.27.11)

Canucks defenseman Dan Hamhuis knocks Bruins forward Milan Lucic off his skates with a hard check during Game 1 of the 2011 Stanley Cup Finals. This photo was chosen by SI photographer David E. Klutho as one of his best shots of the year. Find out which other photos were chosen by SI photographers below. (David E. Klutho/SI)

GALLERY: SI Photographers Pick Their Best Photos of the Year
SI VAULT: Thomas helps bring Stanley Cup to Boston (6.27.11)