When I was ten years old I saved up my allowance in order to buy a hamster I then named Stanley. It was 1993, springtime in Toronto, and I wanted the Toronto Maple Leafs to win the Cup. As many Leaf fans will remember, they lost in game seven of the third round and the […]
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No one expected the 1967 Maple Leafs to win the Stanley Cup and no one expected that it might never happen again! The Leafs themselves that year knew they were flawed. They were mostly old, erratic, tired and had a poisonous relationship with their coach and general manager “Punch” Imlach. They lost the first game of the playoffs against the highly favoured Chicago Black Hawks but then the magic began as the goaltending of 42-year old Johnny Bower and 37-year old Terry Sawchuk turned back a dispirited Hawks team.
After outing myself as a Canadian who dislikes snow, I suffered the virtual slings and arrows of outrageous readers who called me a snow (w)itch and wanted to send me to Siberia. Funny. I have another Canadian tradition to reject: I don’t like hockey either. (The comment section is below, or you can tweet your opinion to us, but if you read on, you’ll probably find something to really sink your teeth into.)
Every year when the National Hockey League season gets under way we feel the excitement of hockey lovers all over the country. In Québec, after several months of calm, supporters of Les Canadiens finally have something to sink their teeth into, because the club returns to the ice at the Bell Centre.
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Vancouver is a hockey-mad city. At the start of each season, fans expect that it will be “their time” — when their beloved Canucks will go all the way to become Stanley Cup champions. It happened once before, back in the days of the Pacific Coast Hockey Association, when Cyclone Taylor led the Vancouver Millionaires to hockey glory in old Denman Arena. Read More
The other day CTV National News invited me to say something about the Stanley Cup in connection with its tumble in Newfoundland. I was surprised when a young man showed up at my home, all by himself. I remember a few years ago when I was on TV and a crew—interviewer, cameraman, sound guy—came. Today’s economies, I guess. (Lloyd Robertson seems to be doing his own tribute to himself as he nears retirement).
Last night, The Canadian Encyclopedia’s Editor in Chief James Marsh was on CTV National News, talking about the most Canadian of subjects – hockey! More specifically, the Stanley Cup and it’s history of bumps, bruises, and survival in the midst of euphoric, sometimes drunken, celebrations. Its handling has been less than ceremonious: it’s been drop-kicked into […]