More From My Hockey Collection

By HOWARD BERGER

TORONTO (Aug. 6) – Before returning to Los Angeles this afternoon for a couple of weeks with the family, I spent time rummaging through my accumulation of hockey memorabilia here at home. The following is a random selection of items that I trust you’ll enjoy. Feedback is always welcomed at HOWARDLBERGER@GMAIL.COM.

LONG BEFORE HE BECAME GENERAL MANAGER AND COACH OF ARGUABLY THE MOST TALENTED CLUB IN NHL HISTORY, GLEN SATHER (16 IN PHOTO ABOVE) WAS A SCRAPPY FORWARD WITH THE PITTSBURGH PENGUINS (AMONG OTHER TEAMS). IN THIS PHOTO FROM THE 1969-70 SEASON AT MAPLE LEAF GARDENS, SATHER IS SANDWICHED BETWEEN LEAFS GOALIE MARV EDWARDS AND DEFENSEMAN RANDY MURRAY. THE LATTER, A NATIVE OF CHATHAM, ONT., PLAYED THREE GAMES FOR THE LEAFS THAT SEASON. SATHER, OF COURSE, WOULD LEAD THE EDMONTON OILERS OF WAYNE GRETZKY, MARK MESSIER, PAUL COFFEY AND CO. TO FIVE STANLEY CUP CHAMPIONSHIPS BETWEEN 1984 AND 1990.

   

FEBRUARY 3, 1973 at MAPLE LEAF GARDENS

THE PUCK I CAUGHT (ABOVE) ON MY 14th BIRTHDAY – FEB. 3, 1973 – DURING VANCOUVER AT TORONTO GAME IN MAPLE LEAF GARDENS. I WAS SITTING BEHIND THE GLASS AT NORTH END OF THE ARENA, SEVERAL FEET TO THE RIGHT OF HAROLD BALLARD’S FAMOUS “BUNKER”. ANDRE BOUDRIAS OF THE CANUCKS FIRED A SHOT FROM INSIDE THE BLUE-LINE THAT WAS DEFLECTED OVER THE GLASS; HIT THE BRICK-WALL WALL BEHIND ME, AND CAROMED OFF THE BACK OF MY HEAD. MOMENTARILY DAZED, I BECAME ELATED WHEN A VERY GENEROUS MAN SEATED NEXT TO ME OFFERED THE SOUVENIR.

TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS 1971-72

TICKET STUBS FROM SEVERAL OF THE GAMES I ATTENDED AT MAPLE LEAF GARDENS DURING THE 1971-72 NHL SEASON. EXCEPT FOR THE NORTH AND SOUTH MEZZANINES, THESE BLUE SEATS WERE CHANGED TO RED BY GARDENS WORKERS IN THE SUMMER OF 1974. THE RED SEATS AT ICE LEVEL SURROUNDING THE RINK WERE CHANGED TO GOLDS (BEFITTING COST INCREASES). THERE IS SOME HISTORIC SIGNIFICANCE TO THE WED. OCT. 13 TICKET-STUB IN THIS CLUSTER: LEAFS WERE SCHEDULED TO OPEN THE ’71-72 SEASON THAT NIGHT AGAINST DETROIT, BUT OWNER STAFFORD SMYTHE DIED IN THE AFTERNOON AND THE MATCH WAS POSTPONED TO MON. NOV. 1. LEAFS OPPONENTS IN THE ABOVE GAMES: SEP. 22 MINNESOTA (PRE-SEASON); OCT. 20 BUFFALO; OCT. 23 PHILADELPHIA; NOV. 27 CHICAGO; DEC. 4 BOSTON; DEC. 11 CHICAGO; DEC. 29 ST. LOUIS. STUBS BELOW WERE RAIL SEATS (FIRST ROW, AT THE GLASS) FOR SEASON FINALE vs. NEW YORK (CHECK THE PRICE!).

   

LOS ANGELES KINGS FIRST NHL GAME

IT IS HARDLY AN ITEM IN MINT CONDITION, WITH A PAIR OF GOUGES ON THE FRONT-COVER, BUT THIS IS PRIME HOCKEY HISTORY: PROGRAM FROM THE LOS ANGELES KINGS FIRST-EVER GAME IN THE NHL, AGAINST PHILADELPHIA, AT LONG BEACH, CALIF., ON SATURDAY, OCTOBER 14, 1967. GOALIE TERRY SAWCHUK ADORNS THE COVER, HAVING BEEN CHOSEN FIRST IN THE NHL EXPANSION DRAFT FOUR MONTHS EARLIER. SAWCHUK LED THE MAPLE LEAFS TO THE 1967 STANLEY CUP CHAMPIONSHIP, ONLY TO BE LEFT UNPROTECTED FOR THE DRAFT WHICH STOCKED THE IN-COMING TEAMS FOR 1967-68: THE KINGS, CALIFORNIA SEALS, MINNESOTA NORTH STARS, PHILADELPHIA FLYERS, PITTSBURGH PENGUINS AND ST. LOUIS BLUES. LOS ANGELES WON ITS NHL DEBUT, 4-2, AT THE LONG BEACH ARENA, WITH BRIAN KILREA SCORING THE FIRST GOAL IN FRANCHISE HISTORY. FORWARD BILL SUTHERLAND SCORED THE FLYERS FIRST GOAL; HE WOULD PLAY WITH THE MAPLE LEAFS IN 1969-70.

   

MORE FROM THE KINGS FIRST PROGRAM…

CANADIAN MEDIA MOGUL JACK KENT COOKE WON FRANCHISE BIDDING WAR AGAINST LOS ANGELES RAMS OWNER DAN REEVES. COOKE LATER BOUGHT THE WASHINGTON REDSKINS.

OPENING NIGHT LINE-UPS FEATURED TWO OF THE GREATEST GOALIES IN HOCKEY HISTORY. TERRY SAWCHUK OF THE KINGS HAD ALREADY MADE HIS MARK, WINNING STANLEY CUPS IN DETROIT AND TORONTO. BERNIE PARENT WOULD LEAD THE FLYERS TO CONSECUTIVE CHAMPIONSHIPS IN 1974 AND 1975, WINNING THE CONN SMYTHE TROPHY EACH YEAR.

FIRST-EVER ARTICLE IN KINGS PROGRAM (ABOVE).

TICKET ORDERING FORM (ABOVE) FOR KINGS FIRST SEASON: 1967-68. THE GLITTERING ARENA BEING BUILT IN SUBURBAN INGLEWOOD BY JACK KENT COOKE WAS SCHEDULED TO OPEN FOR AN AFTERNOON GAME ON DEC. 30, ALSO AGAINST PHILADELPHIA. AS SUCH, THE KINGS SPLIT THEIR EARLY HOME DATES BETWEEN THE LONG BEACH ARENA AND LOS ANGELES SPORTS ARENA – THE LATTER, ACROSS FROM THE GIANT L.A. COLISEUM, JUST SOUTH OF DOWNTOWN. AS IT TURNED OUT, THE KINGS PLAYED ONLY THEIR FIRST TWO HOME GAMES IN LONG BEACH AND DID NOT RETURN FOR THE DEC. 6-16 MATCHES, STAYING DOWNTOWN. THE LEAFS FIRST-EVER GAME IN L.A. WAS AT THE SPORTS ARENA ON THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 9, 1967. KINGS WON, 4-1, IMPROVING TO 7-4-1 EARLY IN THE SEASON.

PHOTOS (ABOVE) OF THE ORIGINAL LOS ANGELES KINGS.

   

FRONT AND BACK COVERS OF FIRST KINGS PROGRAM (ABOVE).

EARLY PUBLICITY PHOTO (ABOVE) ISSUED BY THE KINGS OF THE IMMACULATE, NEW ARENA IN INGLEWOOD, TWO MILES EAST OF LOS ANGELES INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT. KINGS AND PHILADELPHIA OPENED THE FORUM WITH A MATINEE GAME ON SATURDAY, DECEMBER 30, 1967 – TELEVISED FROM COAST-TO-COAST BY CBS. FLYERS SPOILED THE PARTY WITH A 2-0 WIN. INCREDIBLY, THE TEAMS FLEW ALL THE WAY BACK TO PHILLY FOR A GAME THE FOLLOWING NIGHT – NEW YEAR’S EVE – AND FLYERS ROUTED THE KINGS, 9-1. THE FORUM SERVED AS HOME TO THE KINGS AND NBA LAKERS UNTIL THE END OF THE 1998-99 SEASON; BOTH CLUBS THEN MOVED INTO THE NEW STAPLES CENTER IN DOWNTOWN L.A. THE FORUM STILL SITS ACROSS FROM HOLLYWOOD PARK RACETRACK, AS EVIDENCED BY THE PHOTO (BELOW) I SNAPPED ON FINAL APPROACH TO L-A-X ON MAY 16 OF THIS YEAR, WHILE COVERING THE KINGS REMARKABLE STANLEY CUP DRIVE.

EARLY EXPANSION HOCKEY CARDS

1968-69 BOBBY ORR HOCKEY CARD.

UNTIL THE START OF THE 1990s, HOCKEY CARDS WERE MANUFACTURED BY ONLY TWO COMPANIES: TOPPS IN THE UNITED STATES AND O-PEE-CHEE HERE IN CANADA (PARKHURST PRODUCTS ENTERED THE FRAY BETWEEN 1951 AND 1964). THEY WERE AVAILABLE IN “BUBBLE-GUM PACKS” (BELOW): CLUSTERS OF 8-12 CARDS WRAPPED IN DECORATED WAX-PAPER AND ACCOMPANIED BY A LONG STICK OF PINK BUBBLE-GUM – POWDERED SO IT DIDN’T ADHERE TO THE CONTENTS. WHEN I WAS A KID, PACKS WOULD COST 10 CENTS. NOT UNTIL THE MID-1980s, WHEN COLLECTION OF HOCKEY MEMORABILIA BEGAN TO ENTER BASEBALL’S STRATOSPHERE NORTH OF THE BORDER, WERE COMPLETE SETS OF HOCKEY CARDS AVAILABLE (AS THEY ARE TODAY). THESE WERE POOLED FROM BUBBLE-GUM PACKS AND SOLD AT TRADE SHOWS. IN THE EARLY-’90s, SUCH COMPANIES AS PRO-SET, SCORE, UPPER DECK AND PINNACLE BEGAN TO MANUFACTURE THE POPULAR ITEMS. IN 1968-69, TOPPS AND O-PEE-CHEE FIRST INCLUDED CARDS OF THE SIX EXPANSION TEAMS FROM THE PREVIOUS YEAR. THE TOPPS SET IN THE U.S. CONTAINED 132 CARDS; THE O-PEE-CHEE SET 216 – LARGEST-EVER TO THAT POINT. COLOR RE-PRODUCTION WAS ALL OVER THE MAP, AS EVIDENCED BY THE FOUR LOS ANGELES KINGS CARDS FROM ’68-69, PICTURED ABOVE.       

BUBBLE-GUM PACK OF CARDS FROM 1990-91 SEASON.

1969-70 HOCKEY CARD OF EDDIE (THE JET) JOYAL, WHO LED KINGS WITH 57 POINTS IN THEIR FIRST NHL SEASON. THE NATIVE OF SHERWOOD PARK, ALTA. IS NOW 72.

HOCKEY CARDS OF THE 1969-70 OAKLAND SEALS (ABOVE). ORIGINALLY NAMED CALIFORNIA SEALS, THE CLUB BELIEVED A MORE LOCAL CALLING WOULD HELP ATTRACT FANS TO THE OAKLAND COLISEUM-ARENA, BUT THE DECEMBER 1967 SWITCH HAD NO EFFECT. NOR DID THE CLUB BEING PURCHASED – IN 1970 – BY FLAMBOYANT CHARLES O. FINLEY, OWNER OF THE OAKLAND A’S, WHICH PLAYED IN A BALLPARK NEXT TO THE ARENA. THE SEALS PLODDED ALONG IN NORTHERN CALIFORNIA FOR NINE SEASONS (MAKING THE PLAYOFFS ONLY TWICE) AND RE-LOCATED TO THE VILLAGE OF RICHFIELD, OHIO AS THE CLEVELAND BARONS IN 1976.

ORIGINAL MEMBERS OF THE MINNESOTA NORTH STARS (ABOVE), AS DEPICTED IN 1968-69 O-PEE-CHEE HOCKEY CARDS. THE CLUB PLAYED FROM 1967 TO 1993 IN BLOOMINGTON – A CITY BETWEEN MINNEAPOLIS AND ST. PAUL – BEFORE RE-LOCATING TO DALLAS AND DROPPING “NORTH” FROM ITS NICKNAME. DALLAS STARS WON THE STANLEY CUP IN 1999. 

ST. CATHARINES, ONT. NATIVE RAY CULLEN – NOW 70 YEARS OF AGE – SCORED 54 GOALS FOR MINNESOTA IN ITS FIRST TWO NHL SEASONS AFTER BEING PLUCKED FROM DETROIT’S ROSTER IN THE ’67 EXPANSION DRAFT. CULLEN WAS STILL WEARING THE NORTH STARS ORIGINAL JERSEY ON HIS 1969-70 O-PEE-CHEE HOCKEY CARD (ABOVE).

FIRST HOCKEY CARDS OF THE PITTSBURGH PENGUINS (ABOVE) – PLAYERS WEARING HOME JERSEY USED ONLY IN THE CLUB’S EXPANSION SEASON OF 1967-68.

VETERAN MAPLE LEAFS AND FUTURE HALL-OF-FAMERS (ABOVE) FROM THE O-PEE-CHEE HOCKEY SET OF 1971-72. A THIRD FUTURE INDUCTEE IS AT BOTTOM-LEFT IN THE 1972-73 O-PEE-CHEE SET. DARRYL SITTLER WOULD SUCCEED DAVE KEON AS CAPTAIN OF THE LEAFS IN THE SUMMER OF 1975 AND BECOME THE TEAM’S ALL-TIME LEADING SCORER.

   

AMONG THE LEGENDARY MOMENTS IN LEAFS PLAYOFF HISTORY WAS A THUNDEROUS BODY-CHECK (SOME CLAIM FLYING-ELBOW) THROWN BY DEFENSEMAN PAT QUINN AT SUPERSTAR BOBBY ORR IN THE BOSTON GARDEN ON APR. 2, 1969 (SPARKING A BRAWL IN THE BRUINS 10-0 GAME 1 QUARTERFINAL ROMP). LEAFS DID NOT PROTECT QUINN FOR THE 1970 EXPANSION DRAFT AND HE WAS CLAIMED BY VANCOUVER CANUCKS; ABOVE-LEFT IS HIS 1971-72 O-PEE-CHEE HOCKEY CARD. ORR WAS THE GREATEST PLAYER THESE EYES HAVE EVER SEEN AND A PERENNIAL ALL-STAR, AS DEPICTED ABOVE-RIGHT AS PART OF THE 1973-74 O-PEE-CHEE SET.

1975-76 O-PEE-CHEE HOCKEY CARDS

SERIOUS CARD COLLECTORS WILL UNDOUBTEDLY CRINGE UPON NOTICING THAT I SCOTCH-TAPED OTHERWISE-MINT ITEMS FROM THE 1975-76 O-PEE-CHEE HOCKEY SET INTO A SCRAP-BOOK (PHOTOS BELOW). RELAX. FIRST OF ALL, I WAS 16 YEARS OLD AND KNEW NOTHING ABOUT THE PRESERVATION OF MEMORABILIA. SECONDLY, THE COMPLETE SET – PURCHASED SEVERAL YEARS LATER – IS RESTING IN A CEDARIZED ARMY-TRUNK, PROTECTED IN A BINDER OF PLASTIC SLEEVES. GIVEN MY MIS-TREATMENT, THESE CARDS HAVE STAYED REMARKABLY PRISTINE IN THE NEARLY 36 YEARS SINCE I ATTACHED THEM TO THE MANILA PAGES.

THE MID-’70s MAPLE LEAFS WERE ENTERTAINING, AGGRESSIVE AND FUN TO WATCH.

   

THE LONG-HAIRED GOALIE OF THE DETROIT RED WINGS (ABOVE-LEFT) HAS BEEN AWFULLY BUSY THIS SUMMER AS GENERAL MANAGER OF THE CAROLINA HURRICANES – TRADING FOR JORDAN STAAL AND SIGNING FREE AGENT ALEXANDER SEMIN. THE MENACING-LOOKING FIGURE TO HIS RIGHT WAS PART OF ANOTHER EXPANSION DRAFT IN 1972. VANCOUVER LEFT PAT QUINN UNPROTECTED AND HE WAS CLAIMED BY THE ATLANTA FLAMES.

KANSAS CITY SCOUTS (ABOVE) AND WASHINGTON CAPITALS (BELOW) – AMONG THE MOST INEPT EXPANSION TEAMS IN THE HISTORY OF PROFESSIONAL SPORT – WERE IN THEIR SECOND NHL SEASONS. IN 1974-75, THEY DEBUTED WITH A COMBINED RECORD OF 23-121-16.

CALIFORNIA GOLDEN SEALS – ADORNED IN AQUA-BLUE AND GOLD – WERE PLAYING THEIR FINAL SEASON IN OAKLAND. THE CLUB WOULD MOVE TO CLEVELAND IN 1976-77.

BEGINNING FOUR YEARS LATER, THESE YOUTHFUL NEW YORK ISLANDERS WOULD PLAY A LEADING ROLE IN THE CLUB’S DYNASTY OF FOUR CONSECUTIVE STANLEY CUPS.

PHILADELPHIA FLYERS WERE TWO-TIME DEFENDING CHAMPIONS IN 1975-76, HAVING DEFEATED BOSTON BRUINS (BELOW-RIGHT) IN 1974 TO BECOME THE FIRST EXPANSION TEAM TO WIN THE STANLEY CUP. FLYERS WERE DETHRONED BY MONTREAL CANADIENS.

   

AN UP-OPENED PACKAGE OF HOCKEY CARDS FROM 21 YEARS AGO.

REMEMBER “PYRAMID POWER”?

AMONG MY MOST VIVID HOCKEY MEMORIES ARE THE PLAYOFF WARS BETWEEN THE MAPLE LEAFS AND PHILADELPHIA FLYERS IN 1976 AND 1977. I WAS IN MY LATE-‘TEENS AND HAD SEASON TICKETS IN THE SOUTH MEZZANINE BLUES AT MAPLE LEAF GARDENS. TO THIS DAY, I CAN FEEL THE OPPRESSIVE HEAT IN THE OLD BUILDING ON CARLTON ST. (WITHOUT AIR CONDITIONING) AS DAVE SCHULTZ, BOB KELLY, DON SALESKI, JACK McILHARGY AND THE BROAD STREET BULLIES CLASHED WITH DAVE (TIGER) WILLIAMS, KURT WALKER, SCOTT GARLAND AND THE RUGGED MAPLE LEAFS. IN ’76, THE CLUBS HOOKED UP IN A QUARTERFINAL SERIES. PHILADELPHIA EASILY WON THE FIRST TWO GAMES AT HOME, BUT THE LEAFS BOUNCED BACK TO SQUARE THE BEST-OF-SEVEN AT THE GARDENS. AFTER ANOTHER HOME VICTORY BY THE FLYERS, THE CLUBS RETURNED TO TORONTO FOR GAME 6 ON APR. 22. LEAFS COACH RED KELLY HAD BEEN APPRISED OF THE SO-CALLED ENERGY EMITTED BY PYRAMIDS; HE HAD SEVERAL PLASTIC VERSIONS HUNG FROM THE CEILING IN THE LEAFS DRESSING ROOM – ENCOURAGING HIS PLAYERS TO STAND BENEATH THEM.

   

1976 STANLEY CUP QUARTERFINALS

WHEN DARRYL SITTLER PLACED THE BLADE OF HIS STICK UNDER ONE OF THE PYRAMIDS – AND THEN EQUALED A STANLEY CUP RECORD BY SCORING FIVE GOALS IN GAME 6 (8-5 TORONTO WIN) – “PYRAMID POWER” SWEPT THE CITY FOR THREE DAYS LEADING UP TO THE DECIDING SEVENTH MATCH AT THE SPECTRUM. IT CONTINUED WHEN JACK VALIQUETTE GAVE THE LEAFS A 1-0 LEAD JUST 1:36 AFTER THE OPENING FACE-OFF AND BLOSSOMED FURTHER WHEN BOB NEELY SCORED LATE IN THE FIRST PERIOD FOR A 2-1 TORONTO EDGE. ALAS, PYRAMIDS COULD NOT SUSTAIN THE VISITORS, AS PHILADELPHIA ERUPTED FOR THREE GOALS IN 81 SECONDS OF THE MIDDLE PERIOD AND HAMMERED LEAFS, 7-3. THESE IMAGES, NOW, FROM MY NEWSPAPER SCRAP-BOOK THE FOLLOWING DAY – MON. APR. 26, 1976 – THROUGH THE WORDS OF SUCH-LEGENDARY WRITERS AND COLUMNISTS AS JOHN IABONI, FRANK ORR, JIM PROUDFOOT, JIM COLEMAN, GEORGE GROSS AND TRENT FRAYNE:

HOCKEY MAGAZINES: 1960s, ’70s AND ’80s

THESE ITEMS COMPRISE A SUBSTANTIAL PART OF MY COLLECTION. MORE THAN TWO DECADES AGO, I HAD A NUMBER OF THE OLDER MAGAZINES BOUND INTO BOOK-FORM FOR PRESERVATION.

   

HOCKEY PICTORIAL: OCTOBER 1967 (ABOVE-LEFT) / NOVEMBER 1967 (ABOVE-RIGHT).

   

HOCKEY PICTORIAL: DECEMBER 1967 (ABOVE-LEFT) / JANUARY 1968 (ABOVE-RIGHT).

HOCKEY PICTORIAL COMBINED PLAYOFF ISSUE (ABOVE) FROM APRIL-MAY 1968.

HOCKEY PICTORIAL MARCH 1969 (ABOVE).

BOTH HOCKEY WORLD MAGAZINE (MARCH 1970 ISSUE, ABOVE) AND HOCKEY PICTORIAL WERE SUBSIDIARIES OF THE HOCKEY NEWS.

ACTION SPORTS HOCKEY PRESENTED AN OPINIONATED, NO-HOLDS-BARRED LOOK AT THE GAME THROUGHOUT THE 1970s, OFTEN FEATURING CONTENTIOUS SUBJECTS.

   

MARCH 1972 (BOBBY ORR) AND MAY 1972 (BOBBY HULL) ISSUES (ABOVE).

THE INCOMPARABLE ORR FREQUENTED ACTION SPORTS COVERS (NOVEMBER 1972 ABOVE).

   

TOP PLAYERS OF THE TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS WERE ALSO FEATURED QUITE OFTEN ON ACTION SPORTS HOCKEY COVERS. DARRYL SITTLER (JANUARY 1977, TOP-LEFT); BORJE SALMING (JANUARY 1978, TOP-RIGHT); DAVE [TIGER] WILLIAMS (NOVEMBER 1978, BOTTOM-LEFT) AND SALMING (MARCH 1979, BOTTOM-RIGHT).

   

FUTURE PRESIDENT/GM OF THE MAPLE LEAFS, ABOVE (FEBRUARY 1979 ISSUE).

   

THE TWO GREATEST PLAYERS OF THE ERA – MARIO LEMIEUX (PITTSBURGH PENGUINS) AND WAYNE GRETZKY (EDMONTON OILERS) – WERE FEATURED ON CONSECUTIVE COVERS OF HOCKEY ILLUSTRATED MAGAZINE (ABOVE) IN APRIL AND MAY 1988.

NHL STARS OF 20 YEARS AGO FEATURED ON INSIDE HOCKEY PREVIEW MAGAZINE.

THE HOCKEY NEWS, 1960s

AS WITH MAGAZINES, MY OLDEST ISSUES OF THE HOCKEY NEWS ARE BOUND INTO BOOK-FORM, KEEPING THE PAGES ATTRACTIVELY-AGED BUT IN EXCELLENT CONDITION.

MONTREAL CANADIENS – 1965-66 STANLEY CUP CHAMPIONS – WERE PICTURED ON THE COVER OF JUNE 1966 ISSUE (ABOVE). LONG-TIME CANADIENS EMPLOYEE, SCOTTY BOWMAN, HAD JUST BEEN HIRED BY ST. LOUIS BLUES FOR THE EXPANSION SEASON OF 1967-68.

BOBBY ORR (ABOVE), IN RARE PHOTO FROM JUNIOR HOCKEY WITH OSHAWA GENERALS.

AUGUST 1966 ISSUE OF THE HOCKEY NEWS (ABOVE AND BELOW) FEATURED UPDATES ABOUT THE EXPANSION TEAMS, TO BEGIN PLAY JUST MORE THAN A YEAR LATER, IN 1967-68. IT WAS A UNIQUE, EXCITING TIME IN THE GAME’S HISTORY.

INJURY-RIDDLED LEAFS WERE SUBJECT OF OCT. 15, 1966 COVER STORY (ABOVE).

STORY, ABOVE, ON BOBBY ORR’S FIRST GAME IN THE NHL (OCT. 19, 1966 vs. DETROIT AT BOSTON GARDEN) AND SUMMARY (BELOW) FROM THE 18-YEAR-0LD DEFENSEMAN’S FIRST APPEARANCE AGAINST TORONTO AT MAPLE LEAF GARDENS.

BUILDING TOWARD A SURPRISE STANLEY CUP CHAMPIONSHIP, THE 1966-67 MAPLE LEAFS APPEARED TO BE FOOLING PROGNOSTICATORS (DEC. 10, 1966 ISSUE OF THE HOCKEY NEWS, ABOVE). BIG REASON WAS PERFORMANCE OF THE CLUB’S VETERAN GOALIE (BELOW). 

HOCKEY WAS INTRODUCED TO R. ALAN EAGLESON IN LATE-1966. THE TORONTO LAWYER – FUTURE HEAD OF THE NHL PLAYERS ASSOCIATION – REPRESENTED PLAYERS ON THE AHL SPRINGFIELD INDIANS, WHO STAGED A WILD-CAT STRIKE IN OPPOSITION OF TACTICS DEPLOYED BY OWNER/MANAGER/COACH EDDIE SHORE, THE HALL-OF-FAME DEFENSEMAN.

OLD HOCKEY BOOKS

ED FITKIN, PUBLICITY DIRECTOR OF THE TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS, AUTHORED THESE NOW-LEGENDARY POCKET-BOOKS IN 1950 AND 1951. FITKIN WOULD BECOME FIRST P.R. DIRECTOR OF THE LOS ANGELES KINGS – HIRED BY OWNER JACK KENT COOKE.

ONE OF THE FIRST HOCKEY BOOKS I READ WAS THIS 1966 PRODUCTION BY THE LATE JIM HUNT, WITH WHOM I WOULD ONE DAY WORK AT THE FAN-590. INSIDE FRONT-COVER (BELOW) WAS AUTOGRAPHED BY THE SUBJECT: CHICAGO SUPERSTAR BOBBY HULL.

MIDDLE OF THREE VOLUMES (ABOVE) FROM ONE OF THE MOST TREASURED HOCKEY WORKS: CHARLES COLEMAN’S TRAIL OF THE STANLEY CUP – A SEASON-BY-SEASON REVIEW OF COMPETITION FOR THE TROPHY FROM ITS INCEPTION IN 1893 THROUGH THE NHL’S 50th ANNIVERSARY YEAR IN 1966-67. VOLUME 1 (1893-1926) WAS PUBLISHED IN 1964; VOLUME 2 (1927-1946) IN 1964 AND VOLUME 3 (1947-1967) IN 1976. I’M PRIVILEGED TO OWN THE SET.

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