I have owned this tape since it came out in 199(7?), and I don't understand why, with the lack of quality NHL highlights currently available on DVD ("All Access"? Please...SO dated, SO five minutes ago), we don't have this collection of all-time highlights in a more accessible format for the modern hockey fan's entertainment center.
The goals, of course, are amazing. All of the stars (well, at least those from the last quarter of the 20th Century; there simply isn't enough footage from the game's "Original Six"/1967 Expansion era to make the grade) are well-represented. The goals themselves are arranged according to category (historical significance, Stanley Cup goals, even a category for coast-to-coast and spin-o-rama scores), and you are sure to find your favorite sniper representin', from Bossy to Gretzky, Orr to Lemieux, Lafluer to Goulet to Bure to Fedorov to Jagr.
Add to the highlights the genuine goofiness of Denis Leary (terrifically unapologetic as the Boston Bruins fan he is) and some cameos and commentaries of some of the star players featured in the video (dating the presentation somewhat is the emphasis on Darren McCarty; don't worry, Wings fans...his incredible score against the Flyers in the 1997 Stanley Cup Finals is included) and the degree of levity makes the program and repeat viewings of it very enjoyable.
Maybe the NHL thinks that Denis Leary's commentary on the Stanley Cup history that is already available on DVD is enough; I think that with the state of the game as it is (specifically labor issues cancelling the 2004/05 season in its entirety and the generally dreadfully defensively suffocating nature of the game when it IS played at the NHL level), any reminder of the game's more artistic moments should be relayed to the masses...and more of the masses at this point include DVD players in their home entertainment systems than VHS decks.
Come on, Bettman...do AT LEAST ONE THING RIGHT before you completely destroy the sport; authorize the re-release of this package on DVD.