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Witness To Some Hockey Weirdness

from Adrian Dater of Sports Illustrated,

...what weird and wondrous stuff have I seen in nearly 40 years of watching the NHL, 16 of which have been spent covering it for a newspaper? Here’s my list:

• Watching Avs GM Pierre Lacroix have a between-periods screaming match with winger Martin Lapointe of the Red Wings in the hallway at Denver’s McNichols Arena in 1997. Lapointe had laid out Avs defenseman Alexei Gusarov with a big hit, one that made Gusarov’s eyes roll back in his head, and Lacroix went looking for Lapointe by the Wings’ dressing room. After some francophone screaming, Red Wings assistant coach Dave Lewis came charging over and yelled at Lacroix, “Don’t you talk about our guy after what your [bleeping] guy did to us!” That bleeping guy was Claude Lemieux, of course, and the storied blood rivalry between the teams was just getting started.

• Watching the live December 1979 broadcast of the game at Madison Square Garden when Bruins players climbed into the stands to go after heckling Rangers fans, culminating with Boston’s Mike Milbury beating a fan with the guy’s shoe.


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Down River Dan's avatar

culminating with Boston’s Mike Milbury beating a fan with the guy’s shoe.

If only mike had chosen a “man” to hit with the shoe that day, perhaps we wouldn’t be subjected to inane droning today.

Posted by Down River Dan on 11/14/11 at 10:40 PM ET

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