Own goals: They’re the most heartbreaking parts of hockey. As most teams would tell you, though, they are just part of the game. For those of you who don’t know, own goals are goals scored by players on their own team. While most own goal
shots are deflected, this isn’t always the case. No matter how the goals happen, it’s a major letdown for teams. Here’s a breakdown of some of the most unforgettable own goals in hockey history.
1. Niclas Wallin of the Carolina Hurricanes
Niclas Wallin probably doesn’t want to be known as the guy who scored one of the most epic own goals of all time, but he is. Attempting to set up a scoring situation, Wallin mistakenly sent the puck up into the blue line and straight into the back of the net. While some own goals happen at the speed of lightning, this one made it impossible to notice that the net was empty. Bummer.
2. Philippe Furrer of Team Switzerland
Some own goals involve a defenceman obtaining a puck through a faceoff. In this tragic own goal, though, Furrer mysteriously just puts the puck into his own net, despite the fact that he’s facing no pressure whatsoever from other players.
3. Ryan Suter of the Nashville Predators
Ryan Suter will go down in hockey history for the two soccer-style goals he scored on his own team in this game. When an airborne puck soars at him, he kicks up at it, bouncing it right off the crossbar and into his own goal. This was the second own goal he scored in this game, and Suter’s reaction says it all.
4. Steve Smith of the Edmonton Oilers
This own goal takes place in the spring of 1986. The Edmonton Oilers had just won two Stanley Cups as well as a Presidents’ Trophy. Unfortunately, this game started to change things. In the first part of the third period, the game was all tied up at 2-2 when Steve Smith banked a pass into his own net. You can see the heartbreak in Smith’s reaction when he just crumples to the net after the pass is complete.
5. Marc Bergevin of the St. Louis Blues
If you’ve never seen a player catch a puck and just throw it into his own net, this is the video to watch. A supremely confusing play, this brings together the bad-enough scenarios of a defenseman closing his hand on the puck and the unfathomable reality of then tossing it into his own net. Watch it and weep.