Brian McFarlane's History of Hockey by Brian McFarlane

By Brian McFarlane

Here's the center and soul of hockey-the tale of greater than a century of the world's quickest game. In Brian McFarlands background of Hockey, McFarlane, one of many video games most useful and reconized commentators for "Hockey evening in Canada", retells hockey's heritage in a quick relocating 12 months by means of 12 months account of the game's origins, rule adjustments, nice video games, performs and trades in either common season and play-off motion.

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LeSueur did not play in the first game in which the Wanderers, paced by Lester Patrick, Pud Glass and Ernie Russell, upset the Silver Seven 9-1. He was in the nets, however, for the second game which was a 10-10 tie, until Lester Patrick beat him twice in the final minutes to give the Wanderers the trophy. " These lists were later published in the newspapers. Men and women playing hockey on a farm pond in Saskatchewan early in the century. Note the sticks made from tree branches. Page 10 Hod Stuart, formerly with Pittsburgh in the International Pro League, signed on with the Wanderers and created a sensation by skating out apparently bare-kneed for the opening game; a teammate later revealed that he actually wore flesh-colored knee pads made of a stretchy material.

But I was glad to count it no matter how it went in. Punch Broadbent, with Ottawa, set an all-time record by scoring in 16 consecutive games, but although Ottawa won the NHL title, they lost the two-game, total-point finals to Toronto. A new league, the Western Canada Hockey League, had begun operations that season in Western Canada with teams in Calgary, Edmonton, Saskatoon and Regina. It boasted players like Dick lrvin, Bullet Joe Simpson, Duke Keats, Mervyn "Red" Dutton and Bill Cook. Keats led the goal scorers, and one night scored eight times in a game against Saskatoon.

One hundred years of hockey have produced scores of memorable team and individual accomplishments. It would be an easy task to produce thousands of words, complemented by dozens of photographs, about Gordie Howe, Bobby Orr, Wayne Gretzky, the Montreal Canadiens or Team Canada '72. All are names synonymous with excellence, the very best on ice. But this book's intent is to capture the changing face of hockey, touching on the deeds of hockey players, coaches and builders who played huge roles in shaping the fascinating history of the game.

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