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Idea for Pens: Pyramid Power

From Vartan Kupelian at the Detroit News,

Flanagan’s book, “Pyramid Power,” is the product of his interest in energy. Flanagan’s premise is pyramids in the exact relative dimensions of the Egyptian pyramids can provide energy and strength.

For three straight years in the mid-1970s, the Maple Leafs were eliminated from the Stanley Cup playoffs by the Broad Street Bullies. The Flyers won the Stanley Cup in 1974 and 1975 with equal parts skill and intimidation. It was during the 1976 playoffs that Red Kelly, the Leafs coach, resorted to Pyramid Power. Kelly had his players believing pyramids gave them a source of energy and strength against the Flyers.

Kelly had learned about Pyramid Power from his sons, who had visited Cairo, slept in the shadows of the ancient wonders and related their experiences.

When hockey coaches get desperate, they’ll try just about anything. A slump-ridden Darryl Sittler, the Leafs’ best player, was willing to go along with it and put his stick under a pyramid in the dressing room during a late regular-season game.

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And here I thought it was just us hockey fans that were nuts…

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  Tags: darryl+sittler, red+kelly, superstitions

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