Raymond J. de Souza (2014.12.11)

The grace of ‘Le Gros Bill’

Richard expressed the passionate assertion of a proud French Canadian, brilliant and raw.

Béliveau was the cultured gentleman, undoubtedly Quebecois, but open to a world of literature and opera, not only a man of Catholic devotion but also a man of truly catholic interests. It would be too much to argue that Richard embodied the path Quebec took, while Béliveau was the model of what Quebec aspired to be, but there is more than a little to that.

—Raymond J. de Souza, National Post (2014.12.11)

Pat Quinn, 1943–2014

Mural by Rick Cordeiro

Hamilton native and York University alumnus Pat Quinn played nine seasons in the NHL as a defenceman, first as a Maple Leaf, before retiring due to an ankle injury. Quinn then shifted gears to coaching, first with the Flyers, the Kings, the Canucks, the Maple leafs, and then the Oilers. Twice coaching teams to the Stanley Cup finals, Quinn’s Canucks famously defeated in five games the 1993-94 Maple Leafs, arguably the strongest Leafs line up since 1967. Of course, Quinn made up for that by leading Team Canada to Olympic gold in 2002. Quinn would win golds again at the World Cup (’04), IIHF U18 (’08), IIHF U20 (’09).

link: “Wayne Gretzky’s 20 questions with Gordie Howe”

Wayne Gretzky’s 20 questions with Gordie Howe: Mr. Hockey talks WHA gimmicks, advice for kids and the ‘code’” by the Canadian Press via National Post.

Wayne Gretzky: “One difference between the game today and the way it was played when you were an annual all-star was that you played in an era ruled by a more straightforward “code.” You and other superstars mixed it up and watched your own backs. What do you think of the modern NHL’s pests, who slow the game down and try to draw penalties?”

Gordie Howe: “There were not many pests in the old days because you had to back up the words that came out of your mouth. If you couldn’t back up your words you wouldn’t last very long. I never said a lot on the ice but when I did I meant it.”