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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.
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 the News-Register,
Esposito recalled an incident in which he and another hockey great, Gordie Howe, were among the old-timers to lace up the skates for a charity game. They noticed a younger player skating “way too fast,” as Esposito put it, for an exhibition game. Howe, famous for his fisticuffs as much as his scoring touch, took exception to the upstart showing up the old-timers. So when Howe met this opponent at an ensuing faceoff, he suggested he slow down.
When the cocky youngster responded with a derogatory remark to “Mr. Hockey,” Howe’s trademark nickname, he paid for it. Howe took him down hard with some strategically placed stickwork, leaving him writhing on the ice. Let’s just say the fleet-footed upstart didn’t skate too fast during the remainder of the game.
read on... Wouldn’t you like to sit down with Phil one night and have a few pops?
from the Sun-Sentinel,
The wife of NHL Hall of Famer and former New York Rangers coach and general manager Emile “The Cat” Francis has been found unharmed at a hotel after he reported she was missing.
If you can catch ESPN Classic today, you have some great games to watch.
All times are ET.
The wife of NHL hall of Fame hockey player Emile Francis is missing.
According to Lt. Chuck Reed of the West Palm Beach Police Department, Emma Frances dropped her husband Emile Frances off at Palm Beach International Airport Sunday morning, but never made it back home.
from Red Fisher of the Montreal Gazette,
The private car was a place for bonding during the regular season and for all-night wet parties when the Canadiens were returning home after winning Stanley Cups on the road.
The trip to Chicago was a marathon on rails. The Canadiens would play a Saturday night game at the Forum and, immediately after it, would head for Westmount Station. Departure time: somewhere around midnight. Breakfast and lunch (thick steaks to die for) in their private dining car, after which most of the players would take their afternoon naps.
Normally, the team would arrive there at 6:30 p.m., head directly to Chicago Stadium - now and then with a police escort when the train was late. They would play the game, head back to the train and arrive in Montreal at 11 p.m. on Monday.
from the St. Catharines Standard,
Count Pierre Pilote among those who enjoy post-NHL lockout hockey.
Gone are the days of hooking, high-sticking and holding going largely unpenalized.
Like many former players and present-day fans, the Hockey Hall of Famer enjoys watching the skilled players do their thing.
“I’m so glad,” he said between periods of a recent Niagara IceDogs game. “Since the lockout, it’s given the skilled players a chance to play, and they’re doing it.
“It’s in a better state now. When I played (1955-56 to 1968-69), it was all right. Then expansion came in and all of a sudden, coaches were saying, ‘How are we going to win this?’
In a real coup, Simcoe.com had an opportunity to interview the Hockey Hall of Famer for this special, Internet-only story.
Born in Floral, Sask. in 1928, Howe spent most of his youth in Saskatoon, where he played hockey as often as he could, including at night.
“I built a net myself and put it on the street underneath the streetlight because we didn’t have an outside light at our house. And when it got dark, I was still shooting away. And you had to be accurate because you had to look for the dumb puck in the snow if you missed. Basically, I just had a love for the game,” Howe said from his home near Detroit.
read on... recommended reading…
This was posted on 9/24/07, but the link wasn’t working. It appears to be fine now, so I have moved it up so all can read if they wish.
from the Calgary Herald,
It’s not like the older defencemen ignored him completely.
It’s not like Adrian Aucoin, breaking in with the Vancouver Canucks in 1995, wasn’t involved.
“They’d tell me to get the beer and I’d get the beer,” says Aucoin, grinning. “I didn’t say a word. That’s the way it was. They were the best guys”—Dave Babych, Dana Murzyn, Jyrki Lumme, Jeff Brown, Bret Hedican—“and I had a great time, but it was different then.”
Craig Conroy, recalling his formative years with the Montreal Canadiens, can vouch for that.
Veterans ruled the roost—if not with an iron fist, then at least with a spiked tongue.
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