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A Look At Terry Sawchuk

from Mike Zeisberger of the Toronto Sun,

Martin Brodeur and Terry Sawchuk might be the Kings of the Shutout, but the NHL has rarely seen two more different personalities.

Fire and ice, as they say….

As a young kid, Sawchuk was forced to strap on the pads and go in net for a team in Winnipeg to replace their previous goalie, who had passed away. The boy who died just happened to be Sawchuk’s brother.

When he was 12, Sawchuk remained tight-lipped about hurting his right arm in a game of rugby. Two years later doctors found it had been broken and, subsequently, had healed poorly, leaving it two inches shorter than his left arm.

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Fighting Has To Remain In Hockey

Jerry Green, a retired sports columnist from the Detroit News, will on occasion submit a column.  Today he writes about the fighting debate and goes old school…

My introduction to hockey in Detroit occurred some 55 years ago, a night when Lindsay took on most of the Maple Leafs. He beat the considerably larger Jim Thomson into a bloody mess—to the agitation of Toronto coach King Clancy, himself a noted pugilist as a player. Lindsay and Clancy almost tangled by the bench, over the boards.

Also near the end of the game, a spectator near me berated the Wings’ Glen Skov. This didn’t sit well with Terry Sawchuk, the Wings’ Hall of Fame goaltender. So Sawchuk attempted to reach the critic by scaling the wire mesh protective barrier—in full goalie regalia.

Sawchuk’s corrugated leg pads became impaled on the wire. So Lindsay took up the battle for his trapped teammate.

“Go ahead and shoot off your (naughty-word) mouth,” Lindsay shouted at the fan. He trod along the wooden rinkside seats in his skates, then beat some guy into a bloody pulp. As I recall, it was the wrong guy, but I had been indoctrinated into the intensity of Detroit hockey.

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‘The Embalmer’ Passes Away

from Greatest Hockey Legends,

Sad news to pass along your way tonight: New York Ranger Alf Pike has died at the age of 1991.

Alf Pike has one of the game’s all time great nicknames: The Embalmer.

Pike did not earn his nickname by being one of the game’s great villains like you might expect. No, he came about his handle much more innocently and literally - he was a licensed mortician.

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Ted Lindsay- Pioneer

NHL Network profiles players who helped revolutionize the sport of hockey.  Catch tonight’s episode at 8:30 ET.

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The Masks From The Past

from Dave Stubbs of the Montreal Gazette,

“Bank robbery,” Marc Poulin says, hopefully in jest, “is still in planning.” On Poulin’s kitchen table in Lachine are probably 15 masks he could use for a heist. Sadly, he’d probably not get far - it wouldn’t be hard to find a fleeing Ken Dryden, Terry Sawchuk, Eddie Giacomin or Gerry Cheevers with a sack of loot in his fist.

For the past three years, Poulin has used his hands and imagination to produce dozens of styles of vintage fibreglass goalie masks, painstakingly detailed masterpieces of a bygone NHL.

Upon close inspection of his work, you marvel at the courage of the men who wore the genuine article. And the guts of those before them who had lumbered barefaced and scarred into action.

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Hot Hockey Hatred

The Maven explains why… 

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Cheevers Started It All

from the Windsor Star,

So simple, so symbolic.

With all due respect to the loud gargoyles, skeletons, rock stars, cartoon characters and city skylines which now protect the faces of today’s National Hockey League’s netminders, it’s Gerry Cheevers’ “stitch” mask which takes the cake as the coolest ever.

Picture the scene when Cheevers made his um, mark, on history, with the Boston Bruins.

The NHL was still coming out of the Original Six era, with old-school general managers and coaches gradually conceding that protecting their netminders’ faces from Bobby Hull-type slapshots was a good idea.

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Canadiens Honor Coaching Greats

from Red Fisher of the Montreal Gazette,

Among the 30-plus head coaches who have worked behind the Canadiens’ bench during the past century, none approaches those who joined the franchise’s Builders Row last night at the Bell Centre. Not even close.

It starts with the numbers for Dick Irvin Sr., Toe Blake and Scotty Bowman, who won a combined 16 Stanley Cups during the 36 seasons they wore the CH on their hearts. I’m talking about coaches who posted a 1,350-678-416 record in 2,444 regular-season games. It’s about their dedication to winning. Love ‘em or hate ‘em, it’s in the admiration they earned for winning as often as they did.

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One Tough SOB

On Wednesday, October 22, 2008 the National Hockey League and USA Hockey will team up to honor Bob Naegele Jr., Brian Burke, Phil Housely and Ted Lindsay with the 2008 Lester Patrick Award.

“I had the idea that I should beat up every player I ever tangled with,” Lindsay famously said. “And nothing ever convinced me it wasn’t a good idea.”

Tonight we feature Ted Lindsay, watch the video below.

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The Barilko Curse

from PRLog,

Want to own the one-of-a-kind piece of hockey memorabilia that played a part in ensuring the Toronto Maple Leafs a Stanley Cup win in 1962? Bill Barilko’s authentic 1951 Player of the Week Schaefer Cup will be auctioned off beginning tonight, October 17, 2008 at 9 p.m. EST for a special 10-day auction on auctionwire.com. Barilko’s Schaefer Cup comes with a rich and mysterious history that will delight any fan upon hearing!

Barilko’s disappearance in 1951, four months after shooting the winning Stanley Cup goal against the Montreal Canadiens, had fueled many superstitions as to the Leafs inability to regain the Stanley Cup in the years after his disappearance.

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