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from Dave Stubbs of the Montreal Gazette at Canada.com,
Hall of Fame defenceman Bill Gadsby has lived a quiet, uneventful life of 85 years.
Unless, of course, you consider that in 1939, as a 12-year-old, the Calgary native was a lifeboat survivor of a wartime Nazi German submarine’s torpedo sinking of the British ocean liner S.S. Athenia, bound for Montreal from Glasgow. Of 1,418 on board, 117 perished at sea about 400 kilometres northwest of the coast of Ireland.
Or perhaps that Gadsby successfully battled polio while playing in the National Hockey League.
How about that he had an unofficial NHL Original Six record of roughly 650 stitches sewn into his face during a 20-year career with Chicago, New York and Detroit, his wife, Edna, some nights removing them in the kitchen with junk-drawer scissors?
Or even that the first of four daughters born to Gadsby and Edna was once unexpectedly babysat in a Chicago tavern by small-time hoodlum Matty Capone — whose brother, Al, was a gangster of considerably more repute.
Budd Lynch does a great job with the highlights of the Final between Montreal and Detroit. Stars from both sides and Curty Gowdy too.
Go way back (even before my time) and enjoy some old time hockey and even some back and forth talk about the handshake after the Wings won the Cup.
via Christopher Botta of SportsBusiness Journal (paid subscription),
NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman received almost $8 million in salary and benefits during the fiscal year ending June 30, 2011, according to the league’s most recent tax filing, up from a total compensation of $7.5 million the previous year.
added 9:50am, SBJ opened the link to all so you can continue reading if you desire…
from Stu Cowan of the Montreal Gazette,
One of the most remarkable records for longevity in sports is Gordie Howe still playing in the NHL at a 51-year-old in 1979-80 with the Hartford Whalers. Mr. Hockey put up 15-26-41 totals while playing in all 80 games.
Only four Canadiens had more than 41 points last season: Max Pacioretty (65), Eric Cole (61), David Desharnais (60) and Tomas Plekanec (52).
Former Canadien Chris Chelios ranks No. 2 on the NHL’s Golden Oldies list, retiring at age 48….
Sports Illustrated put together a fantastic photo gallery on its website of the All-Time NHL Oldest Players. Check it out by clicking here
from Paul Hunter of the Toronto Star,
While Hap Day was the coach, it was Smythe who ruled with an iron hand, instilling fear in his players. Stanowski recounts an earlier rant that post-season that warned the younger players about wasting their energy chasing women and concluded with the decree that “‘this goes for you married guys, too. No sex.’ (Smythe) was against sex anyway.”
That’s possibly why, at the end of a later training camp, Smythe was enraged when Stanowski’s wife appeared for breakfast at the team hotel. Even though camp had concluded before she spent the night, Smythe made sure Stanowski rarely got off the bench for the first half of that season. That led to one of the more amusing episodes in Stanowski’s career and his nickname.
During a game in Boston, Bruins goaltender Frank Brimsek went to the dressing room to get his face stitched; this was long before face masks. Since teams carried only one goalie, there was a lull. Day ordered the bench-warming Stanowski on to the ice to warm up.
“I was embarrassed. So I just skated in front of the bench a little,” he recounted. But Day would have none of it. He barked at the defenceman to go for a “real” skate. So Stanowski went for a twirl, literally. He glided to the middle of the ice and began a figure skating routine, complete with spins. The organist picked up on it and began providing accompaniment while the Boston crowd chipped in with rhythmic clapping.
from Mike Brudenelli of the Detroit Free Press,
“When Bill (Ezinicki) turned pro, it started all over again,” Lindsay said. “He was traded to Boston, and one night we were playing in Detroit and he hit me over the brow with his stick, and there was blood all over the place. We didn’t have helmets or face masks then.
“Anyway, I thought I can’t let the guy get away with it, so I took my stick and whacked him where he whacked me. He drops his gloves and stick, and I thought, ‘Lindsay, you’ve created a mess for yourself now.’
“Well, we got going, and I don’t know where Bill’s mind was that night ... but I knocked two of his teeth out and put 22 stitches in him. The officials separated us. Bill was bleeding, and I was happy.”
Ezinicki broke away from a linesman and the battled started again.
“I jumped on him and straddled him ... and started punching,” Lindsay said. “Gordie (Howe) says, ‘Ted, he’s out.’ I said, ‘I’m going to kill the SOB.’
“After taking a shower, I headed into the first-aid room. I poked my head in and said, ‘You all right, Izzy?’
“He replied: ‘I’ll get you, you SOB.’ “
read on for Mickey Redmond’s reaction to the Winter Classic…
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.
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