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  1. 6 points
    Arpon Basu responded to my ridiculous question in his latest mailbag article, so the cost of subscribing has been well worth it for me.
  2. 1 point
    If u have a bunch canned beans u might want TP to go with it
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    Was a joke, I'm like you in that it wasn't specific players but the team that got me into hockey. The Habs of that era was the first squad I became deeply invested in, and it was funny to remember how much I cared about these scrubs.
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    It's not about judging Neech, nor blaming anyone for liking this or that player. But if you track this thread, you find old-timers giving names like Richard, Beliveau, and Harvey...then slightly younger-timers talking Lafleur, Robinson, Dryden, Gainey...then middle-agers like me talking Roy, Carbonneau, Naslund, Muller...and then suddenly we get to fans whose formative memories are of guys like Begin, Bonk, and Bulis. Basically, it's a long slide from the sublime to the ridiculous.
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    I really started to get into hockey once I hit high school. Our gym class was street hockey in the fall, indoor hockey in the winter (with some volleyball), and street hockey in the spring (with some softball). Each time, you got to choose which sport you wanted to play, and I remember tossing my stick in the pile and the gym teacher throwing them to each side to pick up teams. Funny story, my brother in law is from Cornwall, and used to go to Royals games. He gave me a Doug Gilmour signed stick about a year or two after Gilmour had played for the Royals and he played for the Blues (I think). I broke it at school during a game. I didn't think much of it until I really started watching hockey more. Flash forward to 2001, and Gillete had just bought the Habs and they were doing training camp in Vail, CO. I went up to watch, and was standing along the glass while they were on the ice in a fairly empty rink. Jeff Hackett was flipping pucks against the glass where I was standing and chuckling, soon a couple of other guys joined in. That's when I finally noticed a guy standing next to me, I looked over and smiled, he looked at me and smiled. It was Gilmour. I told him the story of using his Royals stick and he offered to sign one for me. I've never been much for autographs or collectibles, so I politely declined and was just happy to be talking with him. I met a few other guys that afternoon when they went mountain biking, all in all a neat experience as the players were pretty relaxed as there wasn't a throng of people following them everywhere. I remember the Cup in '86, the playoffs the following years, but definitely have fond memories of '93. Still have all of my ticket stubs, and I went to every single game in Montreal that playoff year. I had a boss (worked at Radio Shack at the time while I was in college) that would get on the phone lines with me while at work, trying to call through to the box office every time the next round went on sale. First few games, I got standing room only tickets, but from the 2nd round on, I got good seats in the whites. The euphoria of that season has stuck with me forever, and even when the Habs when another Cup, I don't think I'll have that youthful excitement. Just a special time in my life that year. It was also fun to go to a D1 NCAA hockey school (Clarkson), there were a few future NHLers there at the time, Craig Conroy, Todd Marchant, Todd White. So for me, it's not a player or two that sucked me in. Hockey was just what I grew up in. I do, however, still wear #21.
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    Skillsy...the Habs next d-coach.
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    It’s not just our southern neighbours. In Calgary they had local new showing people fighting over toilet paper rolls. The canned goods section is empty. It’s easy to point finger’s at Chinese or Americans for the predicament, but Canadians haven’t responded much better. we live in a global world. Pandemics aren’t anything new - they just spread faster now. In 19th and early 20th centuries, most of the pandemics came out of Europe. But hey they were all white, so no reason to say back than stop the influx of Europeans into North America. if you look at Trump’s response and earlier attitude toward COVID-19, it was much worse than China’s initial response. Italy has closed its borders a long time ago, yet they have had the more deaths than China. Reports now are that the USA will have the highest number of cases. most transmissions now are from non-travellers and people who aren’t following the rules most jurisdictions have set. when I got back at the end of February, I was feeling sick and got tested - was negative and just a common cold. I was told to go into quarantine until the results came back and after they were negative, when I went to see my family doctor the said to still self isolate for another week given the auto immune conditions I have and I did. Later, it took a lot of struggle with the online booking company who are not honouring the airline cancellation/reschedule waivers (justfly.com which is a Canadian company and are screwing people over - not Chinese or North Korean). At the end we just had to buy new tickets that cost us 4 times the normal fare to get my parents back last week and we are all following the quarantine rules again. Others aren’t. Are we going to blame transmissions and spread of the epidemic from people not following rules on the Chinese as well?
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    I come from the earliest of the dynasty times so as you see my list is a bit different than most here. 1) Jean Beliveau - the classiest gentleman whoever graced any playing field. On every outdoor rink I ever skated on growing up in northern Ontario I dreamt that I was le Gros Bill 2) The Rocket - from the opposition's blueline in there has never been a force like he was. He had only one thing in his mind when he crossed that blueline - he was going to score, or die trying. The fire in his eyes said it all. He was a man possessed. 3) Doug Harvey - the best defenceman to ever play the game. He absolutely controlled the game every time he stepped on the ice. Such a sad and tragic story after he left the game. One of the game's greats should never have found himself in such a sad situation. He deserved better 4) Dickie Duff - my personal favourite hockey player. A true clutch goal scorer. He grew up not far up the road from my hometown. Named my first cat 'Duffie' after him 5) JC Tremblay - definitely deserves far more recognition than most give him. Slick player and a very smart player. His famous blooper shot was the best ((he'd flip the puck as high as he could from his own end and aim to have it drop just in front of the opposition goalie, hoping it bounced past him. He fooled a couple of goalies with that one. I can remember trying to do that myself after I first saw him do it. I'm sure his coaches may not have been as excited though) When I look at that list I suddenly realize I'm ancient apparently (hahaha)
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    Great topic, started watching in the mid 60's. If I had to pick 5 it would be: 1) Jean Beliveau - such grace and class 2) Yvan Cournoyer - loved watching the roadrunner 3) Guy Lafleur - I will never forget the key goal he scored with a minute to go to tie Boston in game 7, I can still see it 4) Larry Robinson - one of my favourite moments was when he pounded the shit out of Dave Schultz during a brawl, always felt good when Big Bird was out there 5) Bob Gainey - such a class guy, tireless worker, great team guy Honourable mention to many, Serge Savard, Mario Tremblay, Mats Naslund, Knuckles Nilan, Ken Dryden, Doug Risebrough etc etc
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    I want Brinson Paschinuk and Johnny Walker Here are 50 college kids. https://lastwordonhockey.com/2020/03/15/top-2020-college-hockey-free-agents-part-1/ https://lastwordonhockey.com/2020/03/15/2020-college-hockey-free-agents-part-2/ https://lastwordonhockey.com/2020/03/16/2020-college-hockey-free-agents-part-3/ https://lastwordonhockey.com/2020/03/19/2020-college-hockey-free-agents-part-4/ https://lastwordonhockey.com/2020/03/20/2020-college-hockey-free-agents-part-5/
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