Chris Pronger’s Top 5 Most Memorable Moments

Jordan Ramsay | Updated Apr 17, 2023

We're looking at the most memorable moments from NHL Hall of Famer and Sports Interaction brand Ambassador Chris Pronger's 18-year career.

Chris Pronger will go down as one of the best and most intimidating defencemen in NHL history after stints in Hatford, St. Louis, Edmonton, Anaheim and Philadelphia. Pronger captained three teams (Blues, Ducks, Flyers) and made it to three Stanley Cup Finals with three different franchises (Edmonton, Anaheim, Philadelphia).

A four-time Olympian, Pronger is also a member of the elite Triple Gold Club (Olympic gold medal, World Championship gold medal, Stanley Cup championship).

From Stanley Cups to gold medals, here’s the top five moments from Pronger’s 18-year professional career.

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Drafted Second Overall

After two standout seasons with the Peterborough Petes of the OHL, Pronger was selected second overall by the Hartford Whalers in the 1993 NHL draft. A rare blend of size, speed, skill and toughness, he earned a spot on the NHL All-Rookie Team, but only played two seasons in Hartford before being traded to St. Louis.

Pronger had some of his best seasons in his nine years with the Blues, winning a Norris Trophy, a Hart Trophy, two Plus-Minus Awards and being named to five All-Star games. He also captained St. Louis from 1997 to 2003 before the introduction of the salary cap essentially forced the Blues to trade Pronger to Edmonton following the 2004-05 NHL lockout.

Pronger only played one season with the Oilers, but he made it count. He reached the Stanley Cup Final in 2006 with Edmonton, scoring a team-high 21 points in 24 playoff games, although the Oilers would lose to Carolina in seven games.

After requesting a trade, Pronger was dealt to Anaheim and went to a second second straight Cup Final. After being a key piece of the Ducks’ Stanley Cup championship team in 2007, Pronger spent the next season as team captain in the absence of Scott Neidermayer. Pronger spent three seasons in Anaheim before a trade to Philadelphia.

In his first season with the Flyers, Pronger immediately led Philadelphia to the 2010 Stanley Cup Final, where they would fall to Chicago in six games. It was third time in a row that Pronger led a team that traded for him to the Stanley Cup Final. Conversely, the three teams that traded him all missed the postseason the next year.

Pronger would play three seasons in Philadelphia before post-concussion syndrome and a serious eye injury ended his career. All told, he played in 1,167 career NHL regular season games, recording 157 goals and 541 assists for 698 points. He also added 1,590 penalty minutes. Pronger played 173 more games in the playoffs, recording 121 points (26G, 95A) and 326 penalty minutes.

1999-00 NHL Season

One of Pronger’s most impressive seasons was 1999-00. As captain of the Blues, he recorded career-high 62 points (14G, 48A) and was a plus-52. He would go on to win the Norris Trophy as the league’s best defenceman and the Hart Trophy as the league’s most valuable player.

Pronger actually beat Art Ross winner Jaromir Jagr by a single point in Hart voting, at the time the smallest margin of victory ever. He was also named to the first All-Star team.

Stanley Cup Champion

Pronger reached the pinnacle of the hockey world in 2007, winning the Stanley Cup in his first season with the Anaheim Ducks. He was a key piece of the team during the playoffs, scoring 15 points (3G, 12A) in 19 games, although he earned a one-game suspension in the Western Conference Final and a second one-game suspension in the Cup Final.

The Stanley Cup win officially made Pronger a member of the Triple Gold Club after winning gold medals at the 1997 World Championships and 2002 Winter Olympics.

Olympic Golds

It might feel like cheating, but we couldn’t decide between which Olympic gold medal to include so we added both to this list.

After making his Olympic debut in 1998 in Nagano, Pronger made his second Olympic team in 2002 in Salt Lake City. He went on to win gold in 2002, helping the Canadian men’s team end a 50-year gold medal drought.

Pronger was an alternate captain for Canada at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics, leading Canada to a gold medal on home ice.

Pronger is the only Canadian male hockey player to compete in four Olympic games, having also played on the 2006 team in Turin. With 25 games played at the Olympics, Pronger holds the men’s record for most games played at the Olympics.

Puck Thief

There’s arguably no story that sums up Pronger better than the infamous 2010 Stanley Cup Final puck thefts when he was a member of the Philadelphia Flyers. Following a 2-1 loss in Game 2, Pronger scooped the puck out of the net, which is traditionally given to the winning team, and kept it. In fact, it reportedly wasn’t the first time he did it, as he was also accused of stealing the Game 1 puck.

We won’t even get started on the legend of the missing Game 6 puck that won the Stanley Cup for Chicago because Pronger has adamantly denied taking it.

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