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The Game Will Survive

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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Red Winger's avatar

He manages to wrap xenophobia and politics all in one column about hockey. Wonderful.

Using twenty dead children as pawns in an argument about politics is so endearing, especially this time of the year.

Posted by Red Winger from Sault Ste Marie, MI on 12/17/12 at 09:26 AM ET

Evilpens's avatar

would you expect any different from a Draft dodging USA Hating Libtard ?

Posted by Evilpens on 12/17/12 at 10:05 AM ET

redxblack's avatar

Read into it what you want. He said the gun laws were stupid and put children at risk. He did not invoke the massacre that murdered twenty children and six teachers. But I do wonder at what time of the year would it be better to callously use a massacre for political benefit?

Posted by redxblack from Akron Ohio on 12/17/12 at 11:42 AM ET


Why does Jack Todd write as if he grew up on the frozen plains of Canada under the tutelage of some mystical hockey god, when we all know what he really is and where he comes from? Everything he invokes is a perversion of who he really is.

Posted by hockey1919 from mid-atlantic on 12/17/12 at 11:52 AM ET

tuxedoTshirt's avatar


I am trying to imagine the person who would use this word, and I am drawing a blank.  But I am guessing you aren’t very old.

Posted by tuxedoTshirt from the Home of the 1937 World Champions on 12/17/12 at 12:52 PM ET

bezukov's avatar

I love how every time a Jack Todd article is posted here several of you use the “draft dodger” ad hominem.  Never mind that many Americans thought that Vietnam was an illegal war in which innocent people were being massacred in a wanton fashion on both sides…  Jack Todd must be a scum bag for standing by his convictions. 

I’m also at a loss to see how he was using the tragedy as a vehicle to score points on Bettman.  All he was saying is that even to hockey fans, some things are more important.  I don’t see what is so bad about that. 

As for the libtard comment…. it all makes sense now.

Posted by bezukov from the kids are alright. on 12/17/12 at 01:36 PM ET

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