Kukla's Korner Hockey
NHL Network profiles players who helped revolutionize the sport of hockey. Catch tonight’s episode at 8:30 ET.
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.
The Maven explains why…
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.
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.
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.
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.
Visit auctionwire.com for more on Barilko.
from Craig Slater of the Nanaimo Daily News,
Both Cliff Ronning and Gerry Cheevers, former NHLers, can’t deny the following today’s stars receive, but each have fond memories of the superstars they played with or against during their heydays in professional hockey.
“There was a time that Pavel Bure, no question, was the most exciting player in the NHL,” Ronning said of his former Vancouver Canucks teammate. “The first three years of his career in Vancouver . . . he took guys to another level. He was a player who came over (from Russia) and brought everyone’s fitness level so high. He changed the game in so many ways.”
Below you will find a video of Bure’s Top Ten goals…
from Kelly Egan of the Ottawa Citizen,
The Los Angeles Kings are playing their second game of the season in Oakland. There are 2,668 fans in the stands. Mr. Regan is the general manager of the Kings and his boss, Mr. Cooke, is not happy.
The Kings are having their home opener in four days. There are only 1,400 or so tickets sold and Mr. Cooke wants his GM to do something about this. Mr. Regan is watching the penalty-filled Oakland game in the stands when he gets an idea: if the fans want rock ‘em, sock ‘em hockey, he will give it to them.
He decides to punch a referee.
from Mick Kern at the XM NHL Home Ice Blog,
Each autumn I can feel the clock tick a little louder; another step towards the grave. The closing of Yankee Stadium is yet another small step in that direction. Just another part of my past that now is gone.
Add it to the roll call of other great buildings. Maple Leaf Gardens, the Detroit Olympia, Chicago Stadium, Boston Garden, the Montreal Forum. And that’s only the tip of the iceberg. No doubt you have your own arenas/stadiums to add to that list.
For me, it’s Clarke Stadium in Edmonton, the Montreal Expos, the Calgary Cannons, the St. Catherines Stompers, and Ottawa Rough Rigers. The Hartford Whalers, Winnipeg Jets, and Quebec Nordiques. The Atlanta Flames at the Omni. The Winnipeg Arena, though I never saw a game there, but once peered in through the windows and caught a glimpse of the seats. 10 cent chocolate bars at the corner store, milk in glass bottles, Saturday morning cartoons, and playing outside without sunscreen.
About Kukla's Korner Hockey
Paul Kukla founded Kukla’s Korner in 2005 and the site has since become the must-read site on the ‘net for all the latest happenings around the NHL.
From breaking news to in-depth stories around the league, KK Hockey is updated with fresh stories all day long and will bring you the latest news as quickly as possible.
Email Paul anytime at firstname.lastname@example.org