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from The Whitehorse Daily Star,
There have probably been many words used to describe Howie Meeker over the past several decades, but I guarantee you quiet, passive or understated certainly weren’t among them.
Animated, passionate, outspoken and honest. If I had to chose one word to describe the NHL and broadcast legend, I would say he’s a real firecracker. Meeker still has as much fire inside him at 82 years of age as anyone 50 years his junior.
Over a beverage at a local lounge Sunday, Meeker chats about his family, his former career and the current Toronto Maple Leafs. He shares his ideas on how Canadian hockey can and should improve, and even predicts this year’s Stanley Cup winner – the Buffalo Sabres.
Gaetan Duchesne, who played over 1,000 NHL games, has died, according to a report on RDS.ca.
Duchesne reportedly suffered cardiac arrest while working out. He was 44 years old.
Duchesne played for five NHL teams in his career: Washington, Quebec, Minnesota, San Jose and Florida. He totalled 179 goals and 254 assists in 1,028 games.
from KK member Joe Pelletier,
Hockey legends are born in the NHL playoffs. Some gain instant immortality in a single moment, players like Pete Babando, Bobby Baun and Sudden Death Mel Hill. Others come out of nowhere, have the playoffs of their lives, only to disappear again soon after, just like Chris Kontos and John Druce. Some are seemingly born to play in the playoffs, always raising their game in the spring like Teeder Kennedy, Bernie Parent, Glenn Anderson and Claude Lemieux. Others are the true superstars of the game, separating themselves from regular season heroes with repeated championship runs like Wayne Gretzky, Mark Messier, Mike Bossy and Steve Yzerman.
Joe Pelletier’s Legends of Hockey Network will honor all of the NHL Playoff Legends. Tune in every day of the NHL post season for new profiles. The first post season hero remembered is perhaps the greatest playoff player of all time - three time Conn Smythe Trophy recipient Patrick Roy.
from the New Hamburg Independent,
I met my first real live NHL hockey player here. Already retired, legendary Montreal Canadiens goaltender Bill Durnan, was taking part in an old timers game. Behind his net and through the wire mesh screen, I displayed his 1955-56 Parkhurst hockey card. Card #63, Habs Hall of Famer - Bill Durnan. He loved seeing it and throughout the breaks in the game, he often skated back and forth from his net to chat with me. He wasn’t a former Maple Leaf but…he once played in the NHL!
There were many important pee-wee, bantam and midget championship and tournament games that I participated in. Some were forgotten long ago, others will never be forgotten.
None of us, or some of our opposition, will ever forget our famous (infamous?) pre-game ritual with our pee-wee coach, Clare “Pop” Wiebe.
From Stephannie Johnson at ParrySound.com,
Mr. Trottier, a four-time Stanley Cup winner, said the group’s message is to instill confidence in children from smaller rural communities who may struggle to complete high school.
“We all had challenges, I’m non-status, I grew up in a small community,” said Mr. Trottier. “We just want to let them know that they can do it. It’s not easy, it’s hard work, but the payout at the end is worth it. If you only play one game, one shift, score one goal the memories and the dreams remain.”
But the group’s message isn’t just about hockey, they want to encourage everyone to follow their dreams whatever they may be.
“Whether you’re a child or an adult, whether it’s sports or painting, whether it’s mechanics, find your skill, your passion and work towards is,” said Mr. Troittier.
With donated orange rubber bracelets from the New York Islanders, the men had each child put on the bracelet and promise to complete high school.
more *Wayne King and Dan Frawley were also in attendance
from the Chicago Daily Herald,
Today, in the first installment of our three-part series on the Hawks, we look back on a time when the franchise meant something in the city — and Chicagoans overflowed with pride when wearing that Indian head sweater.
’60s and the last Cup
It has been 46 years since the Hawks won the Stanley Cup.
That’s three years before the Beatles came to America, three years before the Ford Mustang hit the roads, eight years before man walked on the moon.
Yes, it has been a long time.
Newspapers looked different, too. Today there are special sections when a team reaches the playoffs — back then The Chicago Daily Tribune devoted only about 60 percent of its front page to the Hawks when they clinched the Cup with a 5-1 victory over Detroit.
from Evan Weiner at NHL.com,
Happy Birthday Gordie Howe!
You are 79 (on Saturday, March 31) and have a legacy that may never be topped in hockey – or all sports for that matter.
There are so many stories about the guy who was simply called “Mr. Hockey” that it’s almost impossible to figure out which is true and which is legend. Even Gordie himself isn’t certain what stories really did occur, joking that he isn’t sure if he is Gordie Howe or Paul Bunyan.
from Red Fisher at the Montreal Gazette,
As you’d expect, there will be an ‘A’ list attending tonight’s tribute to Jean Beliveau at the Bell Centre….
Gordie Howe is coming, and so are Johnny Bower, Ed Giacomin, Red Kelly, Rod Gilbert, Tony Esposito, Wayne Cashman, Doug Gilmour, Michel Goulet, Marian Stastny, Alain Cote and Stephen Finn.
And then, you can add this list of former distinguished Canadiens: Dickie Moore, Elmer Lach, Emile Bouchard, Senator Frank Mahovlich, Pete Mahovlich, Guy Lafleur, Henri Richard, Yvan Cournoyer, Larry Robinson, Ken Dryden, Serge Savard, Guy Lapointe, Yvon Lambert, Andre Pronovost, Bob Gainey, Dollard St. Laurent, Guy Carbonneau, Marcel Bonin, Phil Goyette, Jean-Guy Talbot, Bobby Rousseau, Stephane Quintal, Vincent Damphousse and, of course, Rejean Houle, who was deeply involved in the organization of this one-of-a-kind event.
more.. if only Montreal was closer to Detroit, I’d be there…
from the Toronto Sun,
In what was billed as likely the last full gathering of the 1967 champions, the outspoken Shack used his five minutes at the podium last night to praise patient Leafs fans and rail against those who have run the team through the second-longest Cup skid in NHL history.
“It’s been 40 years ... are you going to call them the Toronto Next Years?” Shack bellowed to a crowd of 900 at the Metro Convention Centre, which included Leafs general manager John Ferguson. “Isn’t that a bunch of bullsh—?”
On St. Patty’s day, 1955, this took place…
On March 17, 1955, thousands of crazed hockey fans in the Montreal Forum went on a seven-hour rampage of destruction and looting that ended in many injuries and the arrest of 100 fans. In later years, the free-for-all euphemistically became known as “The Richard Riot.” The other team on the ice happened to be the Detroit Red Wings.
I posted this a year ago today and thought some old school KK readers may enjoy it again.
Note: the video link doesn’t appear to be working…
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