Brian McFarlane's History of Hockey by Brian McFarlane

By Brian McFarlane

Here's the guts and soul of hockey-the tale of greater than a century of the world's quickest activity. In Brian McFarlands heritage of Hockey, McFarlane, one of many video games most beneficial and reconized commentators for "Hockey evening in Canada", retells hockey's heritage in a quick relocating yr by way of yr account of the game's origins, rule alterations, nice video games, performs and trades in either typical season and play-off motion.

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Business done, they drove off Page 13 Vancouver Millionaires won the Stanley Cup in 1951. Back row: Fred Harris, Cyclone Taylor, Pete Muldoon (trainer), Mickey Mackay, Frank Nighbor. Front row: Frank Patrick (Manager), Si Griffis, Lloyd Cook, Hugh Lehman, goalie. without the trophy, but returned later to find the Cup still standing where they had left it. As recently as 1962, a rabid Montreal fan, Ken Kilander, was suffering through a Canadiens' playoff loss to the Chicago Blackhawks. In the third period he could stand it no longer.

A team from New Glasgow, Nova Scotia, challenged the Wanderers for the Cup in 1907, but proved no match for Russell, Patrick and company. In the space of two months the Wanderers lost and regained the Cup in their encounters with the Kenora Thistles. In the Federal League that same season, a hockey star was killed in a game. Owen McCourt of Cornwall was hit over the head by a stick and died in hospital the next morning. Charles Masson of the Ottawa Vics was charged with murder, but at his trial several witnesses claimed that another player's stick had struck McCourt just prior to Masson's attack and he was acquitted.

He was the league's top scorer with 39 goals in 24 games. Large crowds turned out for games throughout the season, and Ottawa defeated the St. Pats in Toronto on February 21 in front of a record crowd of 8,500. Ottawa went on to clinch the second half of the schedule, and by winning both halves eliminated the need for an eastern playoff. In the west, banner crowds attended the PCHA finals between Seattle and Vancouver. Seattle won on total goals, 7-3, and the Mets eagerly traveled east to meet Ottawa in the Stanley Cup finals.

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