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The way it was!
You will see some hockey action from the 1954 Stanley Cup Final between the Wings and Canadiens, and then it gets real good.
Host Curt Gowdy (needs some help with pronouncing Vezina) with some of the great stars from both teams plus play by play man Budd Lynch.
from Patrick Kennedy of the Whig Standard,
Truth be known, the six-pack of Lindsay brothers topped her list of unacceptable escorts. Ditto for any Lindsay chums and cohorts, as Ted’s teammate at the pool discovered.
“The Lindsays had a bad reputation, they were a little wild,” Barb explained, juxtaposing the boys’ standing in her family with the memory of Bert Lindsay ushering his nine kids into two pews at Holy Name of Jesus Catholic Church for Sunday Mass. “I was told to stay away from them, and that was hard because I was friends with one of Ted’s sisters. But my mother said, ‘If I ever find out a Lindsay walked you home, I’ll find a shotgun and…’”
Ma Moore evidently meant business.
“Those beautiful cars he brought home (from Detroit), none ever went back south with him,” Barb, 78, continued. “One of Ted’s brothers would always end up with a nice used car.
“That light blue convertible certainly got the attention of all the girls,” she added on the snazzy Lincoln, which also put protective mothers like Glen Moore on red alert.
from Bruce MacNab at the Chronicle Herald,
Seventy-five years ago, a bloodbath between the Boston Bruins and the Montreal Maroons nearly marked the end of a six-game series scheduled for the Maritimes. And this was only the first game of the tournament.
Following the game, Maroons Manager Tommy Gorman threatened to call off the 1936 pre-season contest. “Anyone who witnessed the game in Saint John could see that Boston started the heavy checking,” he complained.
Boston manager Art Ross disagreed, and fired back. “It wasn’t the Maroons players who had to be carried from the ice. It isn’t the Maroons management that has to pay a $350 dentist bill for (Teddy) Graham’s teeth.”
Once cooler heads prevailed, the series continued. But Art Ross ordered his Bruins to wear their protective headgear for the rest of the games. It may have been the first instance of an entire NHL team wearing helmets.
continue especially if you enjoy some famous names of the past…
Well, I’ve clearly been noticing the amount of heat JR has been getting lately, after this week’s earlier announcement that he would be included as a “Legend” in NHL 12. “Outraged” would be the best term to describe most fan’s reactions to this announcement. I will admit, that I too was a bit surprised at this news, considering I put a lot of time and thought into my own short list of candidates who I felt would be worthy of such an honor. Of that list of mine, 7 of the 9 players I named ended up finding their way onto the NHL 12 Legends list. The two exceptions were Roenick and Salming.
Alright, I’m sure I’ll take some heat for this, for multiple reasons, but mostly because it goes outside my blog’s rage of coverage which is listed as “everything but the NHL”. In my defense though, this isn’t news; it’s just a retrospective look at some hockey history. Plus, ever since the recent retirement of Chris Osgood, I’ve been thinking about writing about this, and providing my personal perspective on what I feel is one of the most historic games in Detroit Red Wings franchise history, at least among the games that have been played in my lifetime (1987 to present).
As a young kid growing up in Metro-Detroit, I started casually watching hockey in 1991 - mostly the Red Wings; although I soon developed a love for the Boston Bruins as well, for some unknown reason. Once I watched my first hockey game, I instantly became a fan of the sport, as I found it to be far more entertaining and exciting than football, baseball, and basketball. I quickly learned how to skate and then starting playing hockey, but I still wouldn’t consider my young self much more than a moderate fan of hockey… until May 16, 1996… when St. Louis played Detroit in Game 7 of the Western Conference Semi-Finals.
NEW YORK – The stars of the National Hockey League will come together with celebrities from music, stage and screen for a celebration of hockey at the star-studded 2011 NHL® Awards on Wednesday, June 22, at the Pearl Concert Theater inside the Palms Hotel in Las Vegas. It will be the third straight year the NHL has feted the best hockey players in the world at The Palms Hotel in Las Vegas. The 2011 NHL Awards will be broadcast by VERSUS in the United States and CBC in Canada.
(Full details below).
From Puck Daddy’s Sean Leahy:
One of the busiest days of the hockey year that saw two women finally inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame ended with even more history being made.
The 1972 Summit Series jersey worn by Paul Henderson of Team Canada soldfor a record $1,067,538 USD as the centerpiece of a month-long auction from Classic Auctions. With a 19.5% buyers premium, the final price was $1.275 million USD, a record for a sports uniform. The previous record for a hockey item was $191,200 USD for a Bobby Orr rookie year game worn jersey sold in April. There have been private sales greater than that, but the Henderson jersey shattered them all, including the $657,250 price tag of a Babe Ruth game worn New York Yankees jersey from 1933 that sold in 2006.
Toronto-based Mitchell Goldhar, owner of private real estate development company SmartCentre’s and one of Canada’s richest men with a net worth of over $1 billion according to a 2008 list, made the 42nd and final bid. The auction started at $10,000 USD and quickly rose entering yesterday evening just over $300,000 USD, with the final few hours seeing the price jump almost half a million dollars.
from Jamie Bradburn of the Torontoist,
Source: The Telegram, December 2, 1948.
We can picture it now—a giant, disembodied head floating in the locker room of Maple Leaf Gardens, hovering near his microphone as he interviews battle-scarred hockey players preparing to dazzle the rest of the country with their skills over the airwaves on Saturday night. Interviewees were too focused on the game ahead to notice the lack of a body…
Sportscaster Wes McKnight (1909–1968) began his association with CFRB in 1928. Four years later, a chat with Charlie Conacher of the Leafs launched his long-running Bee Hive–sponsored Saturday night hockey interview series. Players received twenty-five dollars for appearing on the show, which aired before Hockey Night in Canada…
continued with an old time print ad…
Fan590 in Toronto just reported Ted “Teeder” Kennedy has passed away.
from Diane Armstrong of the Timmins Times,
At one point in his career, Danny was known as the “Half Dressed NY Ranger”. Then 23 years old, he was called up to the Rangers to make his NHL debut. After his first four games, he had scored two goals as a rookie. Game five was at Madison Square Gardens. Just as he finished dressing up, Alf Pike, the Ranger’s coach, told him to take off his equipment as he wouldn’t be playing. Off came the jersey, pads, pants & skates and back on went his dress shoes, suit, shirt and tie. Then Pike returned and said “Put your equipment back on,” so Dan put on all his gear. The scene was repeated with another change of clothes. Danny was just finishing for the third time when Pike came back and said “You might not be playing after all, so get half dressed.”
I did tell you that Danny had an impish sense of humour. He donned his skates, socks, pads and hockey pants. Above the waist he wore a white shirt, tie and suit jacket. When Pike returned, Danny said, “I’m half dressed coach, and ready to go either way.”
Alf Pike was not amused. Danny never played another shift in the NHL.
more on Dan Belisle including his appearance in Slap Shot…
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