Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 12/16/12 at 06:51 PM ET
from Jack Todd at the Montreal Gazette,
The game was there, long before Ted Lindsay and Doug Harvey stood up to the bosses and first tried to form a union, long before the league started trying to break that union.
The game was there when Henderson scored, when Dryden leaned on his stick, when Morenz died, when the Flower dished to Steve Shutt for a one-timer, when a missed Bobby Hull shot hit the glass like the crack of doom, when Plante donned the mask, when the Rocket got up off a training table in Boston to score the winning goal while he was literally out on his feet, when a suspension handed down by another stiff-necked commissioner touched off a riot and helped to kick-start the Quiet Revolution.
You wouldn’t know about all that, Gary. To you, the game is boardrooms and briefcases, vicious little number games played in order to squeeze every dollar out of the Unnecessary Lockout. To you, hockey is just a league you can shut down on a whim — a game you have shut down, three times now, at your convenience.
Your blinkered, grubby little world is not Saturday night in Peace River, with the temperature outside hovering around minus-37 and the Canucks and Maple Leafs about to tussle on Hockey Night in Canada, when a noisy bar full of tough guys and tough ladies will suddenly fall so quiet you could hear an ice cube drop, right before Don Cherry starts talking.
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