Hockey fans don't need much in the way of reference points; surnames will do just fine. There isn't a Rangers fan who was alive on the evening of May 27, 1994, who needs anything other than the word "Matteau" to summon time, place, who they were with, what they were drinking, what they were screaming.

Go back a few years. If you're old enough to remember the night of April 29, 1971, then all you need is the word "Stemkowski," and you know: where, when, with who. Forty-one years later there are still Rangers fans who can recite, as if it were part of the Baltimore Catechism, the details of that goal, 1:29 into the third overtime, salvaging Game 6 against the Chicago Black Hawks.