John Slaney had a long professional career, albeit mostly in the AHL. He played in 1124 games in 20 professional seasons, but he will best be remembered for a single moment before his pro career began; The Slaney Goal. Before the influx of Eastern Bloc players in the early 1990s, it was only once every 4-5 years when the best players from Canada and Russia would face-off. In between those years, it was at the World Juniors Hockey Championships where the two countries would battle for hockey supremacy. January 4th, 1991, Canada versus Russia. It was only a round robin game, but considering the standings, the winner would get Gold, or in Russia's case, a win or a tie for Gold. With the score tied 2-2 and a little over 5 minutes remaining in the game, John Slaney picked off a clearing attempt at the blue line in the Russian zone and wired a slapshot past the Russian goalie. The goal would clinch Canada's first ever back-to-back Gold medals in the tournament. Slaney would go on to play 268 NHL games over 9 seasons with 7 different franchises. He did find success in the AHL, setting a record for career points by a defenceman, since broken. While Slaney never found the NHL success that was expected of him, he did have a very long pro career and will always be remembered for the Slaney Goal of 1991.