Putting my PVR through its own Olympic performance trials this week. Perfect for recording all the Olympic midday events for later viewing – except Team Canada hockey. No way to get home from work in Canada without seeing or hearing a final hockey score spoiler somewhere along the way. That mission’s impossible.
Music to suit: The James Taylor Quartet, Mission Impossible
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Got to give the Toronto Maple Leafs major style points for bringing the players’ fathers with them on their Florida road trip this week. Hard to tell who was happier when the Leafs scored – father or son. Original 6 charm. Very classy.
Music to suit: Horace Silver, Song for my Father
Love playing hockey in Toronto’s True North house league. Last week, they sent us to Maple Leaf Gardens to play and this week, to the Ricoh Coliseum, where the Toronto Marlies play. Almost makes you feel like a pro … less the crushing post-game analysis to remind you otherwise.
Music to suit: Joe Satriani, Crowd Chant
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Sad to see a couple more guys from my hockey team hang up the skates for good this year. Seems like we lose a player or two every season these days – actually had to merge two teams together just to play this Fall. While retirement from work may be regarded as the start of an exciting new chapter, retirement from hockey is one chapter I’m not in any rush to finish. Live large while you can, I figure.
Music to suit: April Wine, I Like To Rock
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Watched the Maple Leafs take apart Buffalo last night and I have to say, I’m a bit confused. The Leafs lead the NHL in hits and fights … and they have a respectable winning record well above .500 … and James van Riemsdyk is tied for 2nd in league scoring. Impressive. A Leaf fan could get used to this – if he didn’t know better. Curious to see what happens next. Welcome back, Randy Carlyle!
Music to suit: The Cars, ‘Good Times Roll’
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Hockey Night has the Perfect Content to Satisfy Hockey-Starved Fans
As the NHL strike drags on into the second month, I have to say, I’m not all that bothered about it. That’s because Hockey Night in Canada has opened the NHL game vaults and is letting us fans decide which game we want to see every Saturday night – and there’s some real beauties to choose from. Simply visit CBC.ca or facebook to vote online for the game you most want to see each week. Choose from 5 classic games, covering a range of different eras, teams, regular season and playoff games, All-Star games and even the odd International game. So far, I’ve voted for and watched 3 games in their entirety because the hockey is just that compelling:
May 21, 1978: Montreal vs Boston, Stanley Cup Final, Game 4
the Canadiens are at the top of their game; regarded by Dick Irvin as the greatest team ever, they’ve won the last 2 Stanley Cups and only lost 36 out of 282 games in the last 3 seasons
Boston, under Don Cherry, is facing the Canadiens in the Stanley Cup for the second year in a row; he has 11, 20-goal scorers and wins 4-3 in overtime to tie the Series 2-2
May 10, 1979: Montreal vs Boston, Stanley Cup Semi-Final, Game 7
Don Cherry takes a too-many-men-on-the-ice penalty with 3 minutes to go in the 3rd period; Guy Lafleur ties the game and Yvon Lambert wins it for the Habs in overtime
The Canadiens advance to the Final, where they win their 4th consecutive Stanley Cup
Mar 29, 1980: Edmonton vs Toronto, Regular Season
First NHL season for Wayne Gretzky and Edmonton; Gretzky nets 2 goals (#48 and 49) and 4 assists in an 8-5 see-saw battle over the Leafs that’s tied midway into the 3rd period
With only 3 games left in the season, Gretzky catches and passes Marcel Dionne for the scoring points title; Gretzky would eventually tie with Dionne and pick up league MVP