A little something that I found while researching the 1972 Summit Series back in December 2016, a complaint letter from the Prime Minister Pierre Elliot Trudeau about the exclusion of Bobby Hull, who then played in the WHA.
Source: National Archives of Canada/ Hockey Canada Fonds/ MG28-I263/ e001217383
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).
The Detroit News reported that hockey legend, Gordie Howe, 86, is currently recovering from a serious stroke that he suffered on Sunday at his home in Texas. The Saskatchewan native played an unprecedented six decades of professional hockey, including one shift with the Detroit Vipers in 1997. During his 25 seasons with the Detroit Red Wings, Howe was the NHL’s leading goal scorer six times and he held the NHL’s records in career goals, assists, and points. Together with Ted Lindsey and Sid Abel, Howe led the Red Wings from 1948 to 1955 to first place finishes seven consecutive times and won the Stanley Cup four times.
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.”