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Brian Spencer - Hockey Tragedy On December 12, 1970 Brian Spencer was elevated from the minor leagues to the Toronto Maple of Leafs of the NHL. Prior to the Leafs' game versus Chicago, Spencer phoned his father, Roy, in British Columbia to tell him the good news and advise him to watch that evening's Hockey Night In Canada broadcast on CBC television. When the elder Spencer attempted to watch the game, though, he discovered the CBC affiliates in British Columbia were showing the Vancouver Canucks' home game versus California instead of his son's game from Toronto. Incensed, Roy drove 85 miles to the nearest CBC affiliate in Prince George, BC. Threatening several employees at gunpoint, he demanded the station switch its coverage from the Canucks' game to Leafs' game. The station complied. However, when Roy Spencer attempted to leave the television station, he got into a gun battle with police and was shot and killed. The feisty Brian Spencer spent nearly a decade in the NHL, but descended into a lifestyle of cocaine addiction afterward. He himself was shot to death at age 38 in a drug deal gone wrong in Florida on June 3, 1988.
Tags: Brian  Spencer  hockey  father   
Added: 12th October 2009
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Posted By: Lava1964
NHL Goal Horns In the NHL when the Home Team scores a goal each team have there own Horn's. Im curious when did this practice begin?
Tags: NHL  Goal  Horns   
Added: 7th February 2010
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Posted By: Marty6697
NHL Hockey Fight When did hockey first start letting fighting go on? I mean all other sports it is not allowed without serious consequences. Don't get me wrong I like it. Curious as to how that happened. Enjoy the Olympics!
Tags: I  love  good  Hockey  NHL  Hockey  Fight   
Added: 12th February 2010
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Posted By: Marty6697
Keith Magnuson Chicago Blackhawks' tough guy Keith Magnuson was featured on this Sports Illustrated cover from April 1970. Magnuson's Hawks never won a Stanley Cup, although they got to the finals in both 1971 and 1973. The genial Magnuson was tragically killed in a traffic accident in a Toronto suburb on December 15, 2003. He was a passenger in a car driven by former NHLer Rob Ramage. (The men were attending a funeral of a fellow NHLPA member.) Ramage was convicted of driving while intoxicated. Magnuson's estate was awarded $9.5 million in damages to be paid by Ramage and the car rental agency that had rented the vehicle to Ramage.
Tags: Kieth  Magnuson  hockey  Chicago  Blackhawks 
Added: 26th May 2010
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Posted By: Lava1964
Hockey Coach Pat Burns Dies Hockey fans were saddened to hear of the passing of renowned coach Pat Burns on November 19, 2010. He died of cancer at the age of 58. Burns was the NHL's coach of the year three times with three different teams: Montreal, Toronto, and Boston. A former policeman, Burns was an old-time task-master. He once took the Montreal Canadiens to the city morgue to view the corpses as a warning about the perils of impaired driving.
Tags: hockey  coach  Pat  Burns 
Added: 20th November 2010
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Posted By: Lava1964
1928-29 Chicago Blackhawks The 1928-29 Chicago Blackhawks may have been the most offensively inept team ever to play in the National Hockey League. The Blackhawks managed to score just 33 goals all season in a 44-game schedule--for an average of 0.75 goals per game. At one point in their dismal 1928-29 season, the Hawks embarrassingly suffered eight consecutive shutouts. Six of them occurred at home.
Tags: shutout  NHL  Chicago  Blackhawks 
Added: 8th March 2011
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Posted By: Lava1964
Rick Martin 1951-2011 Hockey fans were saddened to hear of the passing of Rick Martin, 59, one of the National Hockey League's most lethal snipers during the 1970s. The popular and fun-loving Martin combined with Gilbert Perreault and Rene Robert to form the high-scoring French Connection line that led the Buffalo Sabres to the Stanley Cup finals in 1975. According to media reports, Martin was felled by a heart attack while driving alone in the Buffalo suburb of Clarence, NY on Sunday, March 13, 2011. Witnesses say they saw the car's driver, later identified as Martin, keel over at the wheel. His car crossed the center line, crashed into a utility pole, and slid into a tree. Bystanders and police attempted to revive Martin to no avail. In an NHL career that totalled 685 regular-season games from 1971 to 1981, Martin scored 384 goals and added 317 assists. In 63 playoff games, Martin tallied 24 goals and collected 29 assists.
Tags: hockey  Rick  Martin  Buffalo  Sabres  death 
Added: 13th March 2011
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Posted By: Lava1964
Wayne Maki-Ted Green Incident On September 21, 1969, the Boston Bruins were playing the St. Louis Blues in an NHL pre-season game in Ottawa. Things got very nasty between Boston's Ted Green and St. Louis' Wayne Maki. This photo shows Maki clubbing Green over the head with his stick. Green dropped to the ice and laid in a grotesque position as if he had been poleaxed--which he basically had been. Green needed three brain operations and a steel plate inserted into his skull to save his life. Maki was suspended for most of the 1969-70 season. Green, to no one's surprise, did not return that season. Nevertheless, after Boston won the Stanley Cup, his Bruin teammates voted him a full share of the team's playoff money. Green's name also was inscribed on the Cup. Green returned the following year and played pro hockey until retiring at age 39 in 1979. He always wore a helmet afterward, a rarity at the time for NHLers. Maki became something of a pariah and was dealt to the expansion Vancouver Canucks before the 1970-71 season. Somewhat ironically, Maki was forced to retire in 1972 after being diagnosed with brain cancer. He died in May 1974 at age 29.
Tags: hockey  violence  NHL  Maki  Green 
Added: 15th April 2011
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Posted By: Lava1964
Phil Esposito Bobby Orr SI Cover Phil Espositio and Bobby Orr, the two kingpins of the great Boston Bruins 1971-72 team, graced the cover of Sports Illustrated during the 1972 Stanley Cup finals, won by the Bruins in six games over the New York Rangers.
Tags: Boston  Bruins  NHL  hockey  Esposito  Orr 
Added: 31st May 2011
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Posted By: Lava1964
Boston Bruins - 1972 Stanley Cup Champs I posted this on the CBC News website in Canada following the Boston Bruins' Stanley Cup championship on June 15, 2011. It got such a wonderful response that I thought I'd share it here too: It had been 14,279 days since captain Johnny Bucyk hoisted the Boston Bruins' last Stanley Cup on May 11, 1972. To put things in perspective... Richard Nixon was in the White House. America still had combat troops in Vietnam. If you bought a quarter's worth of candy, you could get sick eating it all. Pitchers still batted in the American League. There was no such thing as rap music or punk rock. Nobody considered the possibility of terrorist attacks at the Olympics. The NHL had 14 teams. Few players wore helmets. Some goalies didn't wear masks. Nobody seriously thought hockey players from the USSR were good. There were hardly any McDonald's Restaurants in Canada. There were very few Tim Hortons either. Archie Bunker was in his heyday. Television sets had rabbit ears. Nobody thought the world was in peril from global warming or climate change or whatever they're calling it this week. Lotteries were illegal in Canada. Arthur Godfrey Time had still been on the radio two weeks earlier. Calculators could perform four functions and cost $179. Most people had rotary telephones. Forget about DVD players--VCRs didn't exist. The idea of bottled water would have been laughable. Computers were enormous things that occupied entire rooms and did simple calculations using punch cards. Hardware meant hammers and wrenches. Software didn't mean anything. People still sent telegrams. Life Magazine was still around. Canada still had the death penalty. O.J. Simpson was a hero. The Lord's Prayer was recited in public schools. Nobody thought it was wrong. A new car cost $2500. Hockey cards were a dime a pack--and they came with pink bubble gum covered in powdered sugar. Bobby Orr was the greatest player in the NHL. (Thirty-nine years later he's still the greatest of all time.).
Tags: hockey  Boston  Bruins  1972  Stanley  Cup 
Added: 16th June 2011
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Posted By: Lava1964

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