Friday, January 29, 2010

It’s Not Hockey, It’s Bandy (NY Times)

From The New York Times:

Published: January 28, 2010

Bandy, a forerunner of hockey, dates back 200 years.

It is played on a rink was 110 yards long and 60 yards wide, about the size of a soccer field. Each side has 11 players, and they pass and shoot a small orange ball, not a puck, toward the 7-foot-high, 11-foot-wide net.

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Passing: John Halligan

A recipient of the Lester Patrick Award, a pro and a friend.

More later. For now:

A Tribute from Stan Fischler:

New York Times Hockey Blog Tribute from Stu Hackel: c

Obituary from the Bergen Record:

Monday, January 18, 2010

Habs' past glory remains relevant (Montreal Gazette)

From The Montreal Gazette:

By DAVE STUBBS, The Gazette
January 18, 2010

There is a generation of Canadiens fans that is sick of history, of hearing about the glorious past of a hockey club that is nearly 17 years removed from its most recent championship.

To this group, the Canadiens were born at the Bell Centre, the 87 years that went before pretty much irrelevant. That is their loss, of course, for the past of anything in our lives must be quilted with its present and its future.

Saturday, January 9, 2010

Podcast: The Day the Pros Faced Off with the Cons

The Day the Pros Faced Off with the Cons: Marquette’ Most Infamous Game – 1954 Outdoor Game: Detroit Red Wings vs. Marquette Prison Pirates

NHL’ers playing hockey outdoors is getting much publicity these days. They’ve put down ice and promoted hockey in places such as Fenway Park, Wrigley Field, Orchard Park, N.Y. And who can forget the one that started the recent – that outdoor game in Edmonton between the Canadiens & Oilers in arctic temperatures.

Garnering less attention these days is a unique outdoor game that occurred in 1954. It pitted the Championship-caliber Detroit Red Wings and a prison team in Marquette, Michigan. It was dubbed the Pros versus the Cons.

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