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Uncategorised / Aug-2016

Dave Bidini:
Players leave, bands leave

n 1988, I was riding in a van through northern Ontario. We stopped in Thunder Bay,…

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Uncategorised / Jun-2016

Drew Remenda:
Just when you thought it was safe to play hockey

Drew Remenda is now a broadcaster with Sportsnet but previously worked with the San Jose Sharks…

John Brophy

Uncategorised / May-2016

Pete Weber:
Somewhat Stubborn

ll the stories about John Brophy seem to be along the same lines, don’t they? He…

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Uncategorised / May-2016

Derek Paternostro:
Tales from The Aud: Part 3

This is Part 3 of a series entitled Tales From The Aud by Derek Paternostro, a…

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Uncategorised / Apr-2016

Derek Paternostro:
Tales from The Aud: Part 2

This is Part 2 of a series entitled Tales From The Aud by Derek Paternostro, a…

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Uncategorised / Apr-2016

Derek Paternostro:
Tales from The Aud: Part 1

As a 17-year-old, Derek Paternostro worked under the head athletic trainer for the Buffalo Sabres at the…

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Uncategorised / Apr-2016

Chuck Molgat:
I dropped my wallet from the 500 level

 few days ago, at the Blue Jays game with my daughter, I participated in some unintentional…

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Uncategorised / Mar-2016

Rob Brown:
’49’

n 1988-89, playing in only 68 games, I scored 49 goals. I actually scored the 50th twice….

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Uncategorised / Mar-2016

Jeff Odgers:
Chip-it-off-the-boards type of guy

 was tooling around with some Mission sticks. I had this one stick that I just loved…

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Art,Russia,Uncategorised / Feb-2016

Arkady Tyurin:
Games people play

This is an edited version of the original story, copyright © 2016 Sorgenfri (Trondheim, Norway) s…

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1972 Summit Series,Russia / Feb-2016

JP Melville:
Azerbaijani refugees and my lost Summit Series postcards

Photos courtesy JP Melville These days, I only really ever play a rare pickup hockey game. Most…

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Art,Music / Feb-2016

Kevin Shea:
The Cat was a metal head

I was working at Attic Records, a large independent record company based in Toronto. We distributed…

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Uncategorised / Feb-2016

The Zambonis:
Great Scott

The Zambonis are a band from Connecticut that’s written hockey songs since 1991. Dave Schneider read…

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Art,Beer / Jan-2016

Sean O'Toole:
I’m no hero

It’s 5 a.m. on a cold, snowy morning in December 1980 and my brother Pat and…

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Uncategorised / Jan-2016

Kelly Hrudey:
My worst hockey memory of all

e had a really good start to the 1992-93 season, even though we were missing Gretzky…

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Uncategorised / Dec-2015

Stephen Lee:
Our John Candy year

hen I was 12 years old, I started to really get into hockey. The previous years,…

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Uncategorised / Dec-2015

John Vanbiesbrouck:
Spring hockey in New York

In 1985-86, goalie John Vanbiesbrouck won the Vezina trophy and was a part of the New…

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Uncategorised / Dec-2015

Reggie Leach:
Kenny Dryden was scared of my shot

Which goaltender gave you the most problems? Gerry Cheevers. I did score some goals on him, but…

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Guy Lafleur,Montreal Canadiens / Dec-2015

Steve Shutt:
Want to be a goal scorer?

How many times do you see a player wind up and slap the puck 100 miles…

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National Hockey League,Winnipeg Jets / Dec-2015

Ray Neufeld:
The trade wasn’t my fault

In 1985, Manitoba-born Ray Neufeld was enjoying life as Ron Francis’s winger in Hartford. Then he…

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Art,Music,National Hockey League / Nov-2015

Eric Duhatschek:
60 at 60

Last spring, I happened to be talking to Darcy Regier, the former Buffalo Sabres general manager,…

Wayne Arthurson

Uncategorised / Nov-2015

Wayne Arthurson:
A letter to my younger self

Earlier this week on The Players’ Tribune, hockey great Bryan Trottier wrote a letter to his…

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First Game / Nov-2015

Assorted:
THE FIRST GAME PT 3

For there to be an NHL career, there must first be an NHL debut, the first game. These are the stories of that first game. (Part 2)

Arizona Coyotes,Coaching,National Hockey League / Nov-2015

An oral history:
Coached by Wayne

Mike Johnson A member of the Phoenix Coyotes from 2000 to 2006, Johnson played one season under Wayne…

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First Game / Nov-2015

Assorted:
THE FIRST GAME PT 2

For there to be an NHL career, there must first be an NHL debut, the first game. These are the stories of that first game. (Part 2)

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Anaheim Ducks,Hall of Fame,St Louis Blues,These Hallowed Halls / Nov-2015

Sean Pronger:
Pronger vs. Pronger

He knew where everybody was on the ice and where they should be. He was able to see the game so well from everybody’s perspective. He played against the fastest players in the world.

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Hall of Fame,Series,These Hallowed Halls,Winnipeg Jets / Nov-2015

Dallas Eakins:
A JET, A ROCKET SHIP AND ME.

Phil was an incredible defenceman, a guy who could easily play forward as well. An excellent skater with an unbelievable eye and reach. Phil could stop on a dime and the puck would come off his stick like a rocket ship.

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Fighting,IHL,Minor League / Nov-2015

Dennis Desrosiers:
FIGHTING CARLOS TERRESAN

When you’re in the middle of a brawl and the place erupts, you don’t know what’s going on: you’re not looking for a guy in street clothes on the ice.

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Music / Nov-2015

Assorted:
THE MUSIC AND THE GAME

Al Iafrate was nuts about music. From the second he showed up, you could tell that he was a different dude. Russ Courtnall, Al and I lived together in the Westbury Hotel.

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First Game / Nov-2015

Assorted:
THE FIRST GAME

For there to be an NHL career, there must first be an NHL debut, the first game. These are the stories of that first game.

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Drinking,Minor League / Oct-2015

John Flesch:
THE BALLAD OF WOLSKI’S TAVERN

I lived 38 steps from the bar. I’d walk through the front door and out the back and I was in my apartment. One day, I ran practice from Wolski’s.

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IHL / Oct-2015

Dennis Desrosiers:
THE BLUE MONSTER’S BACK NINE

“This is the greatest hockey player! This is my wife, we’re from Saginaw, and we used to watch
him play and he is the greatest hockey player!”

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Canada,Free Agency,PEI / Oct-2015

Bill McGuigan:
FREE AGENT

He ended up making the team that year and I ended up getting cut. He played there for about 10 years and won a Stanley Cup with them. That’s the way the world works.

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Coaching / Oct-2015

Father Murray:
PERE MURRAY AND HIS LOYAL HOUNDS

Père Murray was a living legend. The legend, as legends always do, has broadened and brightened following his death. He was short in stature and stocky, but his size was deceptive.

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Fighting,World Hockey Association / Oct-2015

John Flesch:
GOD PUT ALL THE GOONS IN COLUMBUS

They had to get Bill Goldthorpe out of jail to practice. They had to get him out of jail to practice and then take him back, because by the time the playoffs came around he had to be in shape.

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Minor League,World Hockey Association / Oct-2015

John Flesch:
THE BALLAD OF JUNEBUG TANNER

There were about six of us in the waiting room. The hospital staff was a little leery about us pulling up in a Greyhound and telling ‘em we were a hockey team.

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Coaching,Montreal Canadiens / Oct-2015

John Chabot:
THE RAGE IN JOHN BROPHY

When I played for Halifax in the Habs’ system in the AHL, we weren’t allowed to lose to either Moncton – who were Toronto’s farm team – or Fredericton – who were Quebec’s

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Fighting,Minor League,Montreal Canadiens,Toronto Maple Leafs,Western Hockey League / Oct-2015

Rocky Dundas:
FIGHTING IN THE NAME OF

Larry Robinson was beside me and he turned to me and said, “Hey Rocky, I’m so glad you’re here, you really deserve it, I really thought you should have had your shot in Montreal.”

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Boston Bruins,Canada,Father Ted Flanagan,National Hockey League,Signing / Oct-2015

Ed Sandford:
THEY SIGN SIXTEEN YEAR OLDS?

When I told my father about the scout, he couldn’t believe it. He couldn’t believe a pro team was interested in a 16-year-old. “You’ve never lied to me before,” he said. “Pa,” I told him, “I’m not lying now.”

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National Hockey League,World Hockey Association / Oct-2015

Frank Beaton:
WHERE’S THE REST OF YOU?

I was never the biggest guy in the room, so I always heard “Where’s the rest of you?’ or,”Are you carryin’ Frank Beaton’s bags?” from the guys. I always had to prove myself.

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Buffalo Sabres,Music / Oct-2015

Jim Schoenfeld:
RAININ’ HARD IN ‘FRISCO

A local disc jockey, Danny Nebrith, read the story and said, “How’d you like to go into a recording studio and make an album?” When you’re a kid, everything seems like fun.

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Harold Ballard,Los Angeles Kings,Music,Red Kelly,Toronto Maple Leafs / Oct-2015

Ian Turnbull:
BOB

For the first few years, Harold Ballard didn’t know my name. He called me ‘Bob.’ But I liked him well enough. I once told him, “I don’t care what you pay me, as long as you sign my cheques,” and he thought that was pretty hilarious, so we got along well.

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Coaching,Concussions,Gordie Howe,Jean Beliveau,Legends / Sep-2015

Red Kelly:
LIFE AND TIMES OF RED KELLY

Gordie didn’t show all that much in the beginning, then he improved. He was sort of lackadaisical; you’d say. He was a great teammate.

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Music / Sep-2015

Frank Mahovlich:
TAMBURICA AND THE GROUP OF SEVEN

I was introduced to music as a kid in Northern Ontario. I was in an orchestra in which I played a string instrument very similar to the Russian balilaika– a tamburica– which was Croatian in origin.

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Art,Bobby Hull / Sep-2015

Richard Harrison:
POETRY WITH BOBBY HULL

The first time I met Bobby Hull, I was asked to present him with a poem I’d written. At the reception, Bobby already had a little crowd around him when we were introduced.

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Chicago Blackhawks,Coaching,Minnesota North Stars,Olympics / Sep-2015

Lou Nanne:
AMERICAN CANADIAN

USA Hockey found out that I was available and so Walter Bush, who ran the national team, got a local congressman to put a bill through congress making me an American citizen.

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Callup,Roommates / Sep-2015

Steve Ludzik:
BURNING DOWN THE HOUSE

I asked him: “Can you take bad news standing up or sitting down?” I brought him into the kitchen and it was like charcoal. Even worse for Larms was the fact that the next day I was called up to Chicago.

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Countries,Croatia,Europe,Kontinental Hockey League / Sep-2015

Jamie Rivers:
THE DEATH CERTIFICATE

I was unrestricted and unsigned and it was getting late in my career. I pretty much knew that a one-way ticket in the NHL was not gonna come and a two-way contract was not what I was looking for.

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Jacques Plante,Montreal Canadiens,National Hockey League / Sep-2015

Len Broderick:
REPLACING JACQUES PLANTE

They saw me and they said, “Hey, get in here you’re playing, we gotta find your equipment. [Laughs] Jacques Plante had an asthma attack, and you’re it.”

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American Hockey League,Detroit Red Wings,Edmonton Oilers,National Hockey League,United Kingdom,Washington Capitals / Sep-2015

Todd Bidner:
FIGHTING CLAUDE JULIEN

I got in a fight that night with Claude Julien. I’d fought him in junior, so I knew I could beat him up. I did pretty good against him, and all the scouts were there.