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From Shelly Anderson at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,
It was 40 years ago tonight—Oct. 11, 1967—that the Penguins played their first game, a 2-1 loss to Montreal—the same opponent they faced last night.
The Canadiens took a 2-0 lead in that game on a first-period, short-handed goal by Gilles Tremblay and a second-period goal by Jean Beliveau (the 400th of his career) before Andy Bathgate scored the first goal in Penguins’ history at 7:06 of the third period against goaltender Rogie Vachon.
Attendance was 9,307 in an arena that did not yet have balconies and whose roof could still open, but did not for hockey games.
Do you believe in ghosts? There’s something about Mellon Arena, or at least this city’s hockey teams, and goaltenders.
Paul talks to Eric Duhatschek of the Globe & Mail this morning about all things hockey including the hit on Kesler last night, CBC’s Satellite Hot Stove and more. Eric’s also talks about his new book (more info here).
From Eric’s publisher:
Eric Duhatschek was the winner of the Hockey Hall of Fame’s Elmer Ferguson Memorial Award for “distinguished contributions to hockey writing” in 2001. In 2000, after twenty years of writing about the NHL and the Calgary Flames, he joined globeandmail.com, where he writes a five-times-a-week NHL column. A frequent contributor to Hockey Night in Canada’s Satellite Hot Stove segment, he has covered four Winter Olympics, nineteen Stanley Cup finals, every Canada Cup and World Cup since 1981, plus two world championships. Most recently, he was appointed as the newest member of the Hockey Hall of Fame’s annual Selection Committee.
Interview can be heard on the player below, or you can download it directly here.
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from Adam Proteau of the Hockey News,
The NHL’s old boys’ club and its deeply-rooted tendencies to let the game’s inmates run its asylum have stormed back to the fore – and consequently, the number of horrific on-ice incidents and accompanying awful press have again eclipsed any of the league’s modest structural achievements.
Someone, somewhere, needs to step up and be the loudest canary chirping in the cave. Somebody needs to take the narrow-minded fundamentalists by the snouts and show them precisely how the present road eventually merges with the one that leads directly to ruin.
via the Blackhawks,
The Chicago Blackhawks announced today that Bob Pulford has been named Vice President of Wirtz Corporation.
Bob Pulford has served the Chicago Blackhawks, the National Hockey League and the game of hockey for the better part of six decades. As a Hall of Fame player, a coach, and an executive, his passion for hockey, its players and its fans have made him a giant in the game.
Bob will transition from Senior Vice President of the Chicago Blackhawks to Vice President of Wirtz Corporation. In his new role, Pulford will serve as the Blackhawks liaison on NHL affairs. He will also continue in his role as Alternate Governor to the National Hockey League.
Scott Burnside at ESPN has a ranking of the NHL’s coaches:
With the new season under way, here’s a look at how the 30 coaches pan out:
1. Randy Carlyle, Anaheim Ducks
Let’s see. Two years as an NHL coach, one surprise trip to the Western Conference finals, one Stanley Cup championship. Any questions?
Can’t argue with that. And #30 is a fun - albeit strange - choice, so I’m good with that, too. But I’m curious how the current Jack Adams winner sits down at #5…
from the Toronto Star,
Former Toronto Maple Leafs captain Rob Ramage has been found guilty of being criminally responsible for causing the death of his friend in a horrific car crash.
A jury decided just after 4 p.m. today that Ramage was guilty of five charges, including impaired and dangerous driving, in the death of former Chicago Blackhawks defenceman Keith Magnuson.
Ramage showed no reaction when the verdict was rendered in a Newmarket courtroom
From Frank Deford at SI,
...the National Hockey League and the ice hockey federations of the United States and Canada should advise the IOC that after the 2010 Games in Vancouver, the U.S. and Canada will no longer compete in hockey in the Winter Olympics. It is perfectly ridiculous for major-league team sports to kowtow to the Olympics. [...]
What basketball and hockey ought to do is set up joint international tournaments for exactly this time of year—just as the NBA and NHL seasons begin. These world championships would be held every four years, in an odd-numbered year, like this one. I think 2011 would be a good start.
from Red Fisher of the Montreal Gazette,
The late Red Storey liked to tell the story about the day he met Worsley in a bar in the morning of an afternoon game.
“Mind if I join you?” he asked.
“Sit,” the goaltender said.
They chatted for a few minutes, whereupon Storey said to Worsley: “It’s none of my business, Gump, but don’t you have a game this afternoon?”
“You’re right,” Worsley grunted, “it’s none of your business.”
more on Worsley…
from Rick Westhead of the Toronto Star,
Even if he (Blake) misses the next four seasons, his contract would surely be honoured, even though he’s not suffered a broken bone, concussion or other hockey-specific injury.
Yet far too few of hockey’s young stars take time to consider their mortality. What if instead of Blake it had been Alex Steen or Kris Newbury – who don’t have long-term security – tearfully disclosing they had leukemia?
Fact is, the NHL Players’ Association has long been worried that not enough of hockey’s less established players buy long-term disability insurance, even as the league minimum salary approaches $500,000 a year. (A million-dollar policy would cost a player in his early 20s about $10,000.)
Consider the cases of Milos Holan and Yanick Dupre, onetime teammates with the American Hockey League’s Hershey Bears.
via William Houston of the Globe and Mail,
As Hockey Night’s Elliotte Friedman reported last week, the NHL is beginning to install high-definition overhead cameras in the arenas as well as HDTV video recorders, which help clarify reviews of disputed goals.
The HDTV technology helped make possible the correct calls on two disputed, but difficult-to-see goals in the New Jersey Devils-Ottawa Senators game on Monday.
By the end of the week, 14 arenas will have the HDTV technology. By the end of the month, it will be in all the buildings.
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