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How Old School Are You?

from Steve Ludzik of the Niagara Falls Review,

With the present battle over the NHL collection plate, which has left a sour taste in everyone’s mouths, I would like to whisk you back to a time when we played hockey for fun. I'll call it “old school.”

With apologies to Gary Bettman and Donald Fehr – you don’t get it, and you never will.

You know you are ''old school '' if you can remember:

  • When the rink boards were clutterless and free of advertising, without logos and eye-popping promotions that peddle everything from Viagra to Versace;
  • A black eye was a badge of honour, and stitches made you look rough and tough at school;
  • Skates were made of kangaroo leather, and the best skate was Tackaberry's, later shortened to Tacks. They took a good month to get worked in;
  • Tendon guards (two loopholes from which dangled two five-inch strings) and tied up in front of your shin pad;


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Old School, that’s me!

Posted by Cubanpuckstopper on 01/04/13 at 09:17 PM ET

Paul's avatar

You win CPS.

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 01/04/13 at 09:35 PM ET

cigar_nurse's avatar

I had a pair of Lange skates that were just like ski boots. Took me 3 months to save the money for them and it was well worth it. Best skates I ever had.

Posted by cigar_nurse from On LTIR for the Greenville Pylons on 01/05/13 at 12:02 AM ET

Down River Dan's avatar

I played street hockey and had a actual wooden goalie stick that I used a magic marker on so that it read VIC , just like Rogie Vachon’s. So geeky.

Posted by Down River Dan on 01/05/13 at 12:54 AM ET

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