Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Mike Myers on Hockey Night In Canada (1986)(via You Tube)

Check this out:

"Mike Myers and Peter Puck trumpet the late Danny Gallivan in this rare piece of video. Also features Dana Andersen, Mark Wilson & (...I know that face...). HNIC Interviewer: Brian McFarlane.."

Monday, October 26, 2009

Passing: Bill Chadwick, Iconic NHL Ref & Broadcaster

From The Associated Press thru The New York Times:

CUTCHOGUE, N.Y. (AP) -- Bill ''The Big Whistle'' Chadwick, the first U.S.-born official in NHL history who was later a popular broadcaster for the New York Rangers, died Saturday (October 24). He was 94.

For 16 seasons, from 1939 to 1955, and despite being blind in one eye, Chadwick was one of the best officials the NHL. He invented and perfected the system of hand signals to signify penalties, and the system is now used throughout the world.

In 1965, at the urging of Emile Francis, the Rangers' longtime general manager and coach, Chadwick embarked on a 14-year broadcasting career (where he became known as "The Big Whistle"), working first on radio with play by play man Marv Albert, and most notably, on television with Jim Gordon for nine seasons.

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Rangers-Bruins as it once was

Think rivalries in hockey these days and thoughts come to mind of Canadiens-Leafs, Oilers-Flames, Islanders-Rangers, Rangers-Devils, and perhaps Blues-Blackhawks or Flyers-Penguins. Any others ?

How about Bruins-Rangers ? Probably not. But in its time it was the real deal.

We speak with Jay Moran about the book he has written, The Rangers, The Bruins, and The end of an Era – Tribute to A Great Rivalry (Author House, 2009).

Hard to believe this rivalry is now 30 years removed. We speak about the likes of Orr, Esposito, Ratelle, Gilbert, and even some of the lesser recalled names like John McKenzie, Phil Goyette and Donnie Marshall.

BTW, the book is worth a look just for the pictures alone, even though there is much, much more.


Saturday, October 3, 2009

Passing: Fred Cusick, Voice of the Bruins

The Boston Bruins have named their TV broadcast booth at the Garden in honour of the late play-by-play announcer Fred Cusick, who passed away last month. He was 90. Cusick, described by Red Fisher as one of the best in the business, was the broadcast voice of Bruins games for 44 years.


You can listen to a "Journesy into Hockey" interview with Fred Cusick (taped last Fall) @