Wednesday, April 29, 2009

The Memorial Cup

The Memorial Cup is awarded each year to Canada’s top junior hockey team. It is a trophy steeped in history and tradition.

Richard Lapp joins us for this “Journey into Hockey” to talk about the history and importance of Canada’s Junior Hockey Championship.

Mr. Lapp is co-author of a book about The Memorial Cup (The Memorial Cup - Canada’s National Junior Hockey Championship, Harbour Publishinh 2004), as well as the best selling Local Heroes: A History of the Western Hockey League.


The Legend & Legacy of Bill Barilko

On April 21, 1951, Bill Barilko scored a seventh game overtime goal against the Montreal Canadiens to give the Toronto Maple Leafs their seventh Stanley Cup.

Four months later, Barilko disappeared while returning from a fishing trip in northern Ontario. The remains of Bill Barilko and his fishing partner were found at the site their plane went down eleven years after they first disappeared.

The hero and the mystery of Bill Barilko have made him a national phenomena. A photograph of him scoring the Cup winning goal is the most requested image at the Hockey Hall of Fame.

We speak with author and hockey historian Kevin Shea about Bill Barilko - about the man and about just what makes him so important to so many all these years later.


Thursday, April 9, 2009

Brian McFarlane

Perhaps best known as a commentator on Hockey Night in Canada for 25 years, Brain McFarlane was also a presence on NHL games for the major American networks CBS and NBC.

He has written more than 50 books on hockey. McFarlane is an expert on hockey history and has compiled several volumes of NHL lore titled “It Happened in Hockey,” as well as a 1999 series detailing the colorful history of the “Original Six” NHL teams. His memoirs, published by Stoddart Publishing in 2000, are entitled Brian McFarlane’s World of Hockey.

He is a member of the Hockey Hall of Fame (media section).

We speak with Brian McFarlane about his career and the changes that he has seen in hockey and hockey broadcasting over the years on both sides of the border.