Hockey History

Originally written in November of 2013 by Shawn Reznick. Pelle Lindbergh was regarded as one of the greatest Flyers goalies. Here now are some memories of the star netminder. Pelle Lindbergh Next to Bernie Parent, Pelle Lindbergh was the best goalie to play in a Philadelphia Flyers sweater.  He had the skill; he had the
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June 6, 1967. If you are an old-time hockey fan, or a purist, that date is a day of infamy. If you are of the more modern generation, you likely think of it as the day that the Original Six became 12. No matter how you view the date, it is the day on which
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Speed. Everybody knows what it does. It kills. It disrupts game plans. It thwarts otherwise solid defensive execution. With time and space, speed can’t be properly defended. It can’t be stopped. It kills. With the NHL having fully buried the grind and torment of the left-wing lock era, speed remains essential to staying competitive. The
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  Before the days of Wayne Gretzky shattering every scoring record in the NHL books, there was Gordie Howe, who, on the day of retirement, was the highest scoring player in NHL history by 383 points over Stan Mikita. Before Gordie Howe’s career was finished, there was Maurice Richard, who retired with 544 goals, 98
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Goalies are often compared by their win-loss record, goals against average, and number of shutouts and Stanley Cups won. This article is about the lesser-known records. The obscure ones. Facts that are great to know and fun to discuss during water cooler conversation or when enjoying a few cold beverages with friends. Roberto Luongo sits
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The first National Hockey League team to claim home ice in New York City played at Madison Square Garden and wore red, white, and blue uniforms. This team was not the New York Rangers, but they were responsible for the Rangers coming into existence, and become the Rangers’ first rival during the early years of
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Like a fine wine most NHL jerseys get better with age. Whether they were loved or despised, most sports jerseys end up finding a soft place in our heart as we yearn for the past and get lost in nostalgia. Currently, in pop culture as well as sports, trends of 90’s are coming back in
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If history has shown hockey fans anything, then it has illustrated that there are no guarantees when the Stanley Cup playoffs begin. Here are the top five Stanley Cup upsets in hockey history. Greatest Stanley Cup Upsets #5: 1945 Semifinals Toronto Maple Leafs vs. Montreal Canadiens After the end of the 1944-1945 regular season, the
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There will never be any replicating of Doug Harvey. One should be very cautious even about drawing comparisons between the legendary defenseman and other players since his time. Bobby Orr certainly revolutionized the defense position. Paul Coffey rewrote the majority of the offensive records for D-men. Nicklas Lidstrom defined the 1990s and 2000s as the
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From the Ted Lindsay Award to the James Norris Trophy, hockey (and sports) have a history of naming things after former players, coaches and integral people. It’s no different when it comes to the Gordie Howe hat trick. No, we’re not talking about a three goal performance of some kind. Rather, a Gordie Howe hat
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The late sixties were an eventful period to say the least. Peace rallies opposing the continued American military presence in Vietnam were growing like wildfire, the Beatles maintained their dominance of the music charts with the release of their “Sgt. Peppers Lonely Heart Club Band” album, and the summer months were dubbed the “summer of
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A little over a year ago we sat down together and opened the NHL’s record book in search of some of the game’s most unbreakable records. While Wayne Gretzky’s name is found throughout the history of the game, it was decided that other marks including Sittler’s 10-point game, Orr’s 110-point season and Glenn Hall’s consecutive
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“The Great Expansion” of the NHL in 1967 served as the catalyst that enabled a number of players to jump from barely getting a sniff of an “Original Six” roster to becoming perennial All-Stars. Perhaps no player was a finer example of this concept than Minnesota North Stars’ great Bill Goldsworthy. To this day, he
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Colorful hockey nicknames are an integral part of the game’s history. They’re as much a part of hockey as the blue line. You’re given one early by your mite’s coach only later to be called something else by your teammates. Your mom may not want to know what your teammates call you, so you let
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Have you ever wondered why referees wear striped shirts, or teams have to wear contrasting colours? Then  this is for you. Contrasting Colours in NHL Uniforms Hockey uniforms were very simple in the early days. Since most players also played football in the summertime, they simply borrowed these pants for hockey games, then added a
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The Quebec Nordiques almost didn’t exist. And depending on who you ask, maybe they shouldn’t have existed at all. In fact, their story begins on the other side of the continent, under the considerably warmer skies of San Francisco, California. The Nordiques (roughly translated as the “Northerners” or “Northmen”) were originally called the San Francisco Sea
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Unless you played for the New York Islanders or were a fan of the team, you despised Billy Smith. He was mean and ornery to say the least, and wielded his goalie stick like some sort of wild hatchet man. No opposing player was safe around Smith’s goal crease. Whether it was a butt end
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Table of Contents: Jamie and Jordie Benn Marcus and Nick Foligno Markus and Mikael Granlund Dougie and Freddie Hamilton Jimmy and Kevin Hayes Adrian and Mario Kempe Brock and Jamie McGinn Brett and Nick Ritchie Brayden and Luke Schenn Jordan and Nick Schmaltz Daniel and Henrik Sedin Brendan and Reilly Smith Eric, Jordan, and Marc
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For generations, the Habs have been dogged by accusations that their historic Stanley Cup success was because they had territorial rights to the best players French Canada had to offer. In this great article, originally published May 12, 2010, former THW contributor Mike Moore lays out why all those claims of an unfair advantage are wrong.
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This article was originally published in January, 2010. Don Cherry is a Canadian icon. His “Coach’s Corner” segments on Hockey Night in Canada broadcasts get great ratings due to his straightforward commentary. His Rock ‘Em, Sock ‘Em Hockey videos are best sellers, he makes celebrity endorsements and his name is on bars and restaurants across
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Mike Bossy Joins the NHL 50 in 50 Club On January 24, 1981, New York Islanders’ winger Mike Bossy became the second player in NHL history to score 50 goals in the first 50 games of a season. The original feat was accomplished by Maurice “the Rocket” Richard, thirty-six years earlier, in the 1944-1945 season. Heading
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“Silly sider” is a term we hear ascribed to right-shooting, right-catching, and often left-handed goalies. Though full right goalies are rarities, there are a surprising number in the NHL. Jonas Hiller, Steve Mason, and Josh Harding all play full right. Like left-handed baseball pitchers, full right goalies supposedly play at an advantage over left-shooting skaters.
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Every hockey fan knows what the Stanley Cup is and hopes that their team will bring it home. Some even hope to be able to lift the coveted silver cup above their heads. The Stanley Cup (Image: MasterMaq/Flickr) What a lot of people don’t think about is the history behind the Cup. Most hockey fans
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As naturally as many families become associated with specific industries that they work within, it’s become commonplace for families to become associated with specific sports in specific parts of the world. Within the hockey world, arguably the most influential family in history – with apologies to Maurice and Henri Richard – is the Sutter family.
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