1. Justin Williams Cup Sealing Goal (2006 Stanley Cup Final, Game 7 vs Edmonton)
For obvious reasons, Justin Williams’ goal to seal the Game 7 victory and deliver the Hurricanes their first (and only) Stanley Cup remains the most memorable goal in Hurricanes history.
In front of their own fans at what was then known as the RBC Center, with just 1:02 left in Game 7 of the Cup Final, a Williams empty net goal was the dagger to claim the 3-1 victory.
The sheer emotion of the goal was breathtaking. Eric Staal was wildly celebrating as soon as he passed the puck forward to Williams, who was in alone behind the defense and made no mistake hitting the open goal.
The Hurricanes team, fans, and the Doc Emrick broadcast crew went ballistic, and to this day that moment was a high that the Hurricanes have yet to repeat. We hope day they will, but regardless, it’s a moment that can never be taken away from the team or from the fans.
And how fitting for the goal to be scored by Justin Williams, who, 13 years later, led the Hurricanes on another improbable run to the East Final after sitting dead last in the Metro division at New Years 2019, and fingers crossed he may come back for retribution this year!
Regardless of the outcome, Williams’ Game 7 goal is forever the pinnacle moment of Carolina Hurricanes hockey, and will never ever be forgotten amongst the fans of the team, and hockey fans in general.