Get your tissues and bananas ready.
TSN's legendary post-season prognosticator Maggie the Monkey will officially retire Friday after making her pick for the 2009 Stanley Cup Final. Maggie's final pick will be made during TSN's Molson That's Hockey Playoff Edition: Stanley Cup Final Preview, beginning at 7pm et/4pm pt.
NHL ON TSN host and friend, James Duthie joins Maggie for the final pick. Duthie will also lead the goodbye celebration that includes an emotional tribute to Maggie as well as...a banana cake.
Gino Reda hosts the program and examines all aspects of the final and delivers expert analysis and the final prediction from Maggie.
In April, TSN announced that this would be Maggie's final year with the network. This year, Maggie's playoff prediction record is a disappointing 4-10. She looks to redeem herself and go out on top by correctly picking the 2009 Stanley Cup winner.
Last year, Maggie got caught up in Crosbymania and picked the Penguins to beat the Red Wings. She has given no indication yet on who will come out on top this year when the two teams meet once again in the Stanley Cup Final.
Maggie, a crab-eating macaque from the Bowmanvile Zoo, gained international fame in 2003 as a guest analyst on TSN's NHL Playoff coverage with her 'highly scientific' method of predicting NHL winners by spinning a wheel. Maggie boldly - and correctly - predicted the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim would make it to the 2003 Stanley Cup Final by beating favoured Detroit, Dallas and Minnesota.