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I was saddened to hear of the demise of the Ringling Brothers Barnum and Bailey Circus. Yes, there were cruelty to animals issues, and that was terrible. We hear that those issues were addressed. But changing times, demographics and tastes apparently doomed what was once described as “The Greatest Show on Ice”. Hockey fans of […]

Unlike many these days we try not to over-react to individual regular season games – especially one in early November. But last night was different. Montreal Canadiens’ Friday night November 3’s defeat by ten goals was the fifth time in their history they lost by such a margin – the first time since 1995 in […]

So I don’t sound like some crass huckster, I need to disclose up front that I am not at Toronto Maple Leafs fan. 1967 still pains me. To me, Punch Imlach had a sound hockey mind, and is given points as Jean Beliveau’s coach, but that is about it. And, how about Harold Ballard ? […]

The Los Angeles Kings staged a season opening celebration to mark the start of their 50th anniversary season. Los Angeles welcomed back several members of its original team and other stars from the franchise’s founding days. Every former player with a number retired in the Staples Center rafters made an appearance, including Wayne Gretzky. Also […]

To some it seems more than coincidental that we should learn of Gordie Howe’s passing on a day the world was honoring and remembering Muhammad Ali. Two figures of historic levels, they each were to be found at the top of their chosen athletic endeavors. And, they each impacted millions far beyond the sport. But […]

Consider this smart narrative – in just a short time, quite a story is told. It’s about hockey. It’s about community. It’s about humanity. This article was first published on http://www.journeysinto.com.

What an ending. Yes, it’s only a meaningless All-Star Game. But it, in fact, was far more. An episode with lots of meaning for those who look closely enough. On this Monday morning, we smile inside and out as we see the image of John Scott, M.V.P. of the All-Star Game. For background. This article […]

The good news is that Women’s Porfessional Hockey finally got a moment to celebrate its accomplishment. The bad news is that it remains a work in progress – unfortunately a vityim of turf battles in the midst of growing pains. The Boston Pride and Les Canadiennes de Montreal faced off at the Winter Classic near […]

It’s a time of peace, hope and, hopefully, inspiration. This is a story that may already familiar to you, especially if you are from Canada. As we are to the south of the 49th parallel, it only became known to us recently. But has it had a remarkable impact on us and how we look […]

Dickie Moore died in Montreal on December 18 at the age of 84. The Hall of Famer spent most of his 14-year NHL career with Canadiens, wearing number 12.Moore played left wing for Montreal from 1951 to 1963, winning six Stanley Cups and the Art Ross Trophy for the most regular season points twice, in […]

To some hockey is just a game. To others of us it represents something much more. We feel a special connection to the game, its cultures and its traditions. These days there is unprecedented coverage and accessibility to the game – especially the NHL – like never before. But there are so many cultures and […]

They’re cranking up the publicity for the newest edition of the hockey’s Winter Classic. The event staged by the National Hockey League (NHL) on or around New Year’s Day is a regular-season ice hockey game is played outdoors, generally in a football or baseball stadium, in an area with a resident NHL team. This year’s […]

With thanks to a dear friend (not just for this item but for your friendship), here is the elevator pitch they have forever been seeking. It was actually written a while back, but it was not until this infinitely patient and compassionate friend saw it in a recent post that we were together identify it […]

Thanks to Mike Boone at Hockeyinsideout.com (Montreal Gazette) for this – it’s a far cry from my third row obstructed view ticket at the Old Madison Square Garden in 1965 at $2.25 – thought a $10 seat at the Forum was expensive then. I’ll pass on this one, thank you: Check out the ticket prices […]

So quoted the New York Times of an embittered Islander fan about the move of their team from Long Island to Brooklyn. A new season – their 44th – starts tonight for the Islanders. But it will be very different from the others as the Isles have keft their home of the last 43 years […]

Yes, the Leafs lost their first regular season game under Mike Babcock. But they did play well, and it appears that under Mike and Lou things are headed in the right direction. In the meantime, Toronto can boast a real cool opening night tradition – the 48th Highland Regiment. In an era of light shows, […]

Cam Cole’s column in the Vancouver Sun the other day was hockey and how he views it as having become homogenized.In particular, he invoked the term “playing the right way” and asked just what is “the right way”.Added Cole”…and how come there’s only one? Has coaching become so form-fitted that to play differently is to […]

Yes, it was a meaningless pre-season game, but it was at the same time an evening of significance and a bit of emotion and nostalgia. Mike Babcock, coach of the Red Wings for 10 years, returned to the Motor City for the first time – this time as coach of the Toronto Maple Leafs. Babcock […]

Six goalies who left their stamp on the game can now be found in your mailbox. Canada Post unveiled their Great Canadian Goalie stamps on Thursday October 1. The limited edition stamps feature Bernie Parent, Johnny Bower, Lorne “Gump” Worsley, Tony Esposito, Ken Dryden, and Martin Brodeur. All living honourees were in attendance except for […]

A fascinating story from the New York Times In March, Roy Sommer broke the record for most games coached in the American Hockey League. (He now has 1,344, all with the San Jose Sharks’ top affiliate.) He is 20 victories from becoming the A.H.L.’s career leader, passing the Hockey Hall of Famer Bun Cook, who […]

I know we are all getting older, but this fact somehow keeps surprising me. Today I was reminded when I became startled to learn that it was the 65th birthday of former Leaf star Darryl Sittler. I have managed to come to grips that some of my heroes are no longer younger – guys like […]

Hockey’s talking heads in both New Jersey and Toronto are having a field day with this one. At 10 a.m. on July 23 the New Jersey Devils released a tweet announcing that Lou Lamoriello had resigned. At 10:01 a.m. the Toronto Maple Leafs tweeted that Lamoriello had been hired as the team’s General Manager. Lamoriello, […]

Bobby Orr always earned superlatives as a hockey player. As a fan the Montreal Canadiens I favored a different #4, but begrudgingly came to respect Boston’s Orr. By a clear margin he was the best I ever saw play the game. However, my respect for Bobby Orr the player has turned to unbridled admiration for […]

Professional athletes receive many requests – from appearances to autographs, et. al. Demands are made upon them and their time. I was always impressed how generous Jean Beliveau always was with his time and spirit. We are told that pro athletes are not role models. The example Mr. Beliveau set was important to me and […]

The Park Avenue House was a high rise residential building located at 2305 Park Avenue in the Park Avenue Historic District in Downtown Detroit, Michigan. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1996. But today the Park Avenue is now more. The once proud hotel that spanned back to the mid-1920’s, […]

It may be Canada Day, but for those involved in the business of professional hockey and those who report on it, today is no holiday. Instead, it is the start of hockey’s free agency – that sport’s version of hunting season. While many are at barbecues, parades, beaches, lakes and fireworks, these executives and media […]

It may be Canada Day, but for those involved in the business of professional hockey and those who report on it, today is no holiday. Instead, it is the start of hockey’s free agency – that sport’s version of hunting season. While many are at barbecues, parades, beaches, lakes and fireworks, these executives and media […]

I would like to the think that the powers that be at the Montreal Canadiens read my recent post on the topic (everything Old is New Again), or perhaps they have been listening to my son. But truth is while I claim not to be a slave to fashion, I am thrilled by Montreal’s announcement […]

There was no all-night television coverage. No mock drafts. No hype. The first NHL entry draft was a low-key affair. In fact, there is very little that chronicles the event. It took place in June, 1963 – the place was the Queen Elizabeth Hotel in Montreal, just across the street from the league headquarters – […]

It was a relic of another time, but it was undeniably part of the Winnipeg scene. We speak of a large portrait of Queen Elizabeth II that was a longtime fixture at the former Winnipeg Jets’ home. We read that it has been taken out of storage in Ontario and brought back to Manitoba. The […]

It was a relic of another time, but it was undeniably part of the Winnipeg scene. We speak of a large portrait of Queen Elizabeth II that was a longtime fixture at the former Winnipeg Jets’ home. We read that it has been taken out of storage in Ontario and brought back to Manitoba. The […]

Now that the Stanely Cup has been awarded many are turning their attentions from hockey. Others, are still engaged until the Awards Show in Las Vegas is over next week. For us at Journeys into Hockey, though, the journeys continue. Some may be taking the Summer off, but we will be here with our explorations […]

Now that the Stanely Cup has been awarded many are turning their attentions from hockey. Others, are still engaged until the Awards Show in Las Vegas is over next week. For us at Journeys into Hockey, though, the journeys continue. Some may be taking the Summer off, but we will be here with our explorations […]

“Stan always said he didn’t need things on the wall or plaques on the shelves because he had his memories,” Jill Mikita says. Now, those memories are gone, writes the Chicago Tribune. Black Hawk great Stan Mikita has been diagnosed with suspected dementia with Lewy body, a brain disorder that can strip those with it […]

Following Chicago’s Game 5 win in Tampa, we read that for Game 6 “The Cup will be in the house”, meaning that The Hawks could win a Cup with a win in Game 6. The sight of the Stanley Cup stirs powerful feelings. The intensity of those feelings can best be seen by an episode […]

The other night we were listening to the television broadcast of Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Finals while working at home with other tasks. But we did hear from Tampa the sounds of an organ that sounded more like the old Chicago Stadium than one hears even from Chicago’s United Center these days. Them, […]

Watching Ben Bishop labor in goal in Game Three of the Stanley Cup Final got us to thinking about others who played through injuries. This time of year most teams have a full complement of walking wounded. You can likely make a quality selection of one of represents the fortitude to soldier on the face […]

We’ll be checking into the Stanley Cup Finals via NBC. So, we’ll get to enjoy Doc Emrick, Ed Olczyk and Pierre McGuire. North of the border it will be Hockey Night in Canada on CBC via Sportsnet (the end of year one of their new deal) and TVA in French. These days the Finals are […]

There will be the anthems and the obligatory contemporary entertainment experiences – music blasted because those blasting think we like it blasted. We don’t – at least many that I know do not. There is an organist at Tampa Bay who does a fine job as an accompanist for the anthem and, of course, in […]

Though Penguins and Candiens are long gone from this year’s playoffs, we have this great image to share with you (thanks to Jen @ NHL History Girl). It is a 1926 Stanley Cup Playoff game featuring Montreal at Pittsburgh. But it was not Canadiens and Penguins. Rather it was the Montreal Maroons at Pittsburgh Pirates. […]

Though Penguins and Candiens are long gone from this year’s playoffs, we have this great image to share with you (thanks to Jen @ NHL History Girl). It is a 1926 Stanley Cup Playoff game featuring Montreal at Pittsburgh. But it was not Canadiens and Penguins. Rather it was the Montreal Maroons at Pittsburgh Pirates. […]

In a season in which we already said good-bye to Jean Beliveau, we now face the prospect of bid adieu to the “House that Jean Built”. The Colisee in Quebec will host its last hockey match on May 31, the Championship game of the 2015 Memorial Cup Tournament. It is the rink where hockey legend […]

In a season in which we already said good-bye to Jean Beliveau, we now face the prospect of bid adieu to the “House that Jean Built”. The Colisee in Quebec will host its last hockey match on May 31, the Championship game of the 2015 Memorial Cup Tournament. It is the rink where hockey legend […]

The mighty pipe organ is the most recognizable aspect of the old Chicago Stadium. There were a couple of other items that stood out about the place – especially in reference to hockey being played there. The Stadium was the last NHL arena to retain the use of an analog dial-type large four-sided clock for […]

Looking back when Tampa Bay first entered the league. This article was first published on http://www.journeysinto.com.

There might be some dispute just when it started, but that there has been a change is indisputable. The change has been substantial and fundamental. Hockey today is something quite different from what many of us used to recognize and love. Yes, I know nothing is forever and change is an inevitable and unavoidable constant, […]

There might be some dispute just when it started, but that there has been a change is indisputable. The change has been substantial and fundamental. Hockey today is something quite different from what many of us used to recognize and love. Yes, I know nothing is forever and change is an inevitable and unavoidable constant, […]

The move of Mike Babcock to Toronto is getting big headlines, especially in Toronto – as would be expected. It got us to thinking about other high-profile coaching hirings from the past. Here are a few that come to mind: Fred Shero – Came to New York with much fanfare after leading the Philadelphia Flyers […]

There are some strong sports ties between New York City and Tampa-St. Pete. The late George Steinbrenner set up executive offices in Tampa, where he lived, for his brain trust. There is now a Steinbrenner Field, spring training home of the New York Yankees. The current Stanley cup Semi-Final features a subplot out of a […]

The Stanley Cup Semi-Final is coming back to Chicago after two games in the Sun Belt. The Windy City crowd is likely to be a noisy and boisterous one – as is the case with all Chicago sports. It is a unique setting in the Hawks home rink, but, these days, a little less unique. […]

32 years later it remains a famous hockey quote. With the passage of time it has come to be seen as ironic as well. It was Wayne Gretzky, who as a player, disparaged the New Jersey Devils as a “Mickey Mouse Operation”. The remark was made following a 13-4 trouncing by the Gretzky-led Oilers (in […]

Politicians from both sides of the border were there with furling flags behind them. So were the media to record the photo-op. The news was that the new cross-border bridge set to be built over the Detroit River by 2020 between Detoit and Windsor, Ontario will be named the Gordie Howe International Bridge. Howe, an […]

I take it much better now than I was the case in the past. Some years, it was especially difficult when the Canadiens season ended without a Cup win. Decades ago a Stanley Cup win was an integral part of a Spring. They won and often. Year after year. 1965, 1966, 1968, 1969, 1971, 1973, […]

It’s getting to be crunch time in the Stanley Cup playoffs. There appear to be anxious fans in Florida and Montreal as the Lightning and Canadiens head to a nerve-racking conclusion to their interesting series (The Rangers and Caps are headed to a Game Seven in their series as well, making for anxious fans in […]

It’s Spring. That means playoff hockey. It also means playoff hockey in less than optimal conditions. Afterall, back in the day the Stanley Cup was usually awarded by the 10th of May. Now the Cup is not seen at centre ice until mid-June. So it’s not surprising that heat sometimes van become a factor. This […]

It’s hard to beat the drama of playoff hockey. The skill level is heightened and so are emotions. So it is not surprising that the lows and the highs are more intense as well. This year’s playoffs has featured two game winning goals scored at the last second of a game – that had only […]

It’s Game 3 of Chicago and Minnesota, and I’m at work at my keyboard with the game in the background. But, instead of Mike Emrick, as I had expected, I hear Kenny Albert with Doc Emrick’s usual partners – Ed Olczyk and Pierre McGuire on the NBCSN broadcast. I really like Kenny, but miss Doc. […]

It’s Game 3 of Chicago and Minnesota, and I’m at work at my keyboard with the game in the background. But, instead of Mike Emrick, as I had expected, I hear Kenny Albert with Doc Emrick’s usual partners – Ed Olczyk and Pierre McGuire on the NBCSN broadcast. I really like Kenny, but miss Doc. […]

This Spring something has seemed different, out of place, not right. For the longest time I could not get my fingers on it. Then, watching a New York Rangers playoff game from Madison Square Garden, it came to me – I had heard nothing about the circus. Ringling Brothers Barnum and Bailey Circus was a […]

Hoping for a Montreal-Detroit series (and I was not the only one), I found this cool video (circa 1970’s-check out the hair styles and the threads) about the Wings-Canadiens series won by Detroit. It is hosted by Curt Gowdy and features Bud Lynch, longtime voice of the Detroit Red Wings. This year’s Detroit-Montreal series did […]

Hoping for a Montreal-Detroit series (and I was not the only one), I found this cool video (circa 1970’s-check out the hair styles and the threads) about the Wings-Canadiens series won by Detroit. It is hosted by Curt Gowdy and features Bud Lynch, longtime voice of the Detroit Red Wings. This year’s Detroit-Montreal series did […]

  Marcel Pronovost, a Hockey Hall of Fame member who won the Stanley Cup five times as a player and three times as a scout, died on April 26. He was 84 years old. Pronovost had 345 points in 1,206 games in 21 seasons as a defenseman with the Red Wings and Toronto Maple Leafs. […]

Marcel Pronovost, a Hockey Hall of Fame member who won the Stanley Cup five times as a player and three times as a scout, died Sunday. He was 84 years old. Pronovost had 345 points in 1,206 games in 21 seasons as a defenseman with the Red Wings and Toronto Maple Leafs. He won the […]

Looking back, it seems to have all started in the 1950’s with the Dodgers, Giants and Athletics, then came the Lakers, Royals and Warriors, more recently the Jets, Nordiques, North Stars and Whalers. Decades later they’re still at it. The American Hockey League, in operation since the 1930’s with its roots in the northeast, is […]

Looking back, it seems to have all started in the 1950’s with the Dodgers, Giants and the Atheletics , then came the Lakers, Royals and Warriors, more recently the Jets, Nordiques, North Stars and Whalers. Decades later they’re still at it. The American Hockey League, in operation since the 1930’s with roots in the northeast, […]

  Folks in the know say it’s been a decent season for backyard rinks. But these folks are also concerned because the season is getting shorter. Real life environmental issues seem to be intruding on the idyllic ice surface built to be a refuge. This feature courtesy of PRI highlights the passion of those who […]

The first round West Division series between the St. Louis Blues and Minnesota Wild is an interesting one. Some good players and two enthusiastic fan bases. But we can’t help but look back fondly at early St. Louis-Minnesota match-ups. But at that time the Minnesota team was North Stars. It was the late 1960’s,many years […]

Their Jets may have lost the game (and the series 0-4), but it sure was a night that will be remembered – and not just in Winnipeg. Winnipegers celebrated the return of playoff hockey for the first time in 19 years, and the rest of the world noticed. It was an impressive site and an […]

The standard history of hockey talks about the “Founding Teams” of the National Hockey League and then “The Original Six”. Beyond Montreal, Toronto, New York, Chicago, Boston and Detroit, we wondered, what our North America’s oldest professional hockey teams. We found that the oldest franchise was that which now plays in Hartford and calls itself […]

We just finished watching the lottery to determine who the first pick in this year’s NHL draft would be. It was a big production out of the Sportsnet studio in Toronto – broadcast live on network TV in both the U.S. and Canada. Very different from the first drafts back in the 1960’s. The first […]

It was following the 1965 Stanley Cup playoffs that the first Conn Smythe Trophy was awarded. The winner was Jean Beliveau of the winning Montreal Canadiens. The Conn Smythe Trophy is awarded annually to the player judged most valuable to his team (MVP) during the National Hockey League’s (NHL) Stanley Cup playoffs. The Conn Smythe […]

It is hard to imagine just how excited Winnipegers must feel. Imagine if the Dodgers came back to Brooklyn or the Expos to Montreal. Winnipeg is about to host its first playoff game in 19 years. In the Globe and Mail, Roy McGregor has written another brilliant piece describing just what the original Jets came […]

The Philadelphia Flyers have fired Craig Berube as coach. The move is causing a lot of talk in Philly though 80% in a newspaper poll seem to agree with it. As part of their comprehensive coverage of the news, the Philadelphia Inquirer ran a slide show chronicling Flyers’ coaches over the years. Hard to believe […]

Such was the connection made by the New York Times in trying to describe the mood in many cities (playoff cities) in Canada as the Stanley Cup playoffs begin. In fairness, it was a real quote by Paul Maurice, coach of the Winnipeg Jets, to try to explain to an American journalist just how important […]

As you might be able to discern from this blog, I am old-school. But one cannot deny that the pre-game presentation at the Bell Centre is quite impressive and entertaining. And, based on this newspaper article, it is clear that the on ice light show is well-planned. A new one is ready to be unveiled […]

There is so much hockey available these days. All NHL playoff games will be shown on U.S. and Canadian TV this Spring.  The there’s the Juniors, Frozen Four, AHL and more  – it’s all so accessible. At the same time, we seem to see and know so little these days. There was a time when […]

They’re now counting the days and the memories as the last game (a playoff game) for the New York Islanders approaches at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum. Next Fall the team will not return to its suburban home for the last 43 years. Instead, on opening night the skate will be on to the ice […]

Elmer Lach, a Hockey Hall of Fame member who won the Hart Trophy in 1945 while centering the famous “Punch Line” with Maurice Richard and Toe Blake, and helped the Montreal Canadiens win the Stanley Cup three times, died on April 4. Lach was two months past his 97th birthday, at the time of his […]

The New York Times recently ran an article about NHL hockey arena crews around the league that repeatedly clear the entire 200-foot-by-85-foot surface of the ice shavings that accumulate during a game.  These days routinely ice teams will clean the surface at least nine times every game — three times each period, at the first […]

(Originally Published February, 2015) They only played just two weeks ago, but it’s another Saturday night get together among old rivals. Not much is at stake in this match at the Bell Centre as Montreal is poised for a playoff appearance and Toronto is rebuilding again. But Canadien-Leaf games tend to be more spirited than […]