Beckett Hockey magazine prints two covers for this year’s Stanley Cup

The publication printed 60,000 copies of its July 2006 issue saying that the Carolina Hurricanes had won the Stanley Cup before their series with Edmonton had even ended.

It created a minor stir, which is why the magazine has already designed two covers for this year’s final.

“Only one will be sent to the printer,” Beckett Hockey editor Al Muir said Friday in a statement.

Carolina ended up beating the Oilers in seven games last season so the Beckett cover proved to be correct.

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Facing a deadline and with Carolina leading the series 3-1, Muir decided to send the issue to the printer with the headline: “Canes capture the Cup!”

When word of the printing leaked, it angered the Oilers, who won the next two games to force a deciding seventh game.

“It gives us fuel,” then-Oilers forward Georges Laraque said at the time. “It was on the board. We made sure everybody saw it.”