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Thursday, April 24, 2014

This Day in NHL History 1992

April 24

Ray Sheppard scored a hat trick and added an assist, but they weren't enough in a 5-4 Red Wings' loss to the North Stars, at Minnesota in Game 4 of the Norris Division Semi-Finals.



Obtained this blue ink sig TTM.

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Today in NHL History 1964

April 23

Toronto Maple Leafs' Bobby Baun scored the overtime winning goal at 1:43 while playing on a broken leg to defeat the Red Wings 4-3 in Game 6 of the Finals. (Leafs won two nights later to win the Stanley Cup).


This is another Leafian moment that true fans of a vintage era will never forget. Not that it was an end to end rush with a Savardian spinarama thrown in, it was the unique circumstance. So enjoy the legend of Boomer.

Here's a good read on Baun's thoughts on this and his opinions on a variety of topics here,


Obtained this black sharpie sig IP at a leafs Alumni event

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Today in NHL History 1945

April 22

Toronto beat Detroit 2-1 in Game Seven of the Finals, to become the 1945 Stanley Cup Champions. Walter "Babe" Pratt became the first defenseman to score a Stanley Cup winning goal.





Received blue ink auto TTM

Monday, April 21, 2014

Today in NHL History 1978


April 21
Goaltender Mike Palmateer recorded the second and final shutout of his playoff career to lead the Toronto Maple Leafs to a 2-0 win over the visiting Islanders, in Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Quarter-Finals. 

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Obtained this black marker sig IP. This was in Toronto during the opening of a John Anderson hamburger place.

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50 years ago 1964
In the local newspaper, they have a "Flashback" column to show events that happened on this day in different years. I found this one interesting for today
Mrs. A.J. Coles, of Rawdon Street, says enthusiasm is mounting for the Celebrities' Items Tea to be held April 29 at the home of Mr. and Mrs. A.J. Watkins of Dufferin Avenue.
Mrs. Coles is convenor for many items which have been donated by well-known personalities to the project sponsored by the Alexander Graham Bell chapter of the IODE. The proceeds will be used to give scholarships to prospective nurses.
The Expositor was given a preview of the gifts during the weekend.
Some of the donors are: The Duchess of Windsor, a glass basket from Paris, believed to be a collector's item; Leo Reise, former NHL great, a money clip he won on a three-star selection; Mrs. Diefenbaker, her hat; Mrs. Pearson, a necklace she bought in India; Lady Bird Johnson, an engraving of the White House; Tommy Ivan, Bobby Hull's hockey stick autographed by his fellow players.
No idea on where these items ended up. The ones that caught my eye were from Leo Reise and Tommy Ivan. This is how some of these items end up floating around in peoples belongings. I guess there's always a chance it could end up in some garage sale.

Sunday, April 20, 2014

This Day in NHL History 1984

April 20

It was thirty years ago that the worst hockey brawl (worst=best) in playoff history. The Good Friday Massacre, The Battle of Quebec or Le Bataille du Vendredi Saint. Call it what you will but this was one for the ages. Montreal vs Quebec, English vs French. And brother vs brother. And it didn't take long in game six to start. 23 seconds and Mike McPhee and Wild Paiement had the first fight. Quebec scored and had a 1-0 lead nearing the end of the second period. As time expired, Dale Hunter took Guy Carbonneau to the ice, which led to Chris Nilan going after Hunter. Time having expired meant both teams were on the ice and a forty man melee ensued.

"Here she goes again" announced play by play man Bob Cole. The fighting started again as the third period was set to commence. For some reason, the ejected players were let back on the ice.
Even though the Nordiques scored again, it was all Montreal as they took the game 5-3 and the series.

 The rest of t he final tally.
252 PIM and 10 ejections.

If you've never seen it, it's something to see. And if you've seen it before, it's memory time.

Watch the action here.


3 Canadians and 3 Nordiques who played prominent roles in this.

Happy Easter to all who celebrate.

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Today in Hockey History 1972


A slight modification today. I’ve changed the post title so I can add some WHA content.
April 19

Larry Pleau became the first player to sign with WHA New England Whalers

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Received  blue ink sig TTM .

Friday, April 18, 2014

This Day in NHL History 1950

April 18

Don Raleigh scored at 8:34 of overtime as the Rangers won 4-3 over the Red Wings at Detroit, in Game Four of the Stanley Cup Finals.




Received this blue ink sig TTM. And this isn't even the oldest card I have signed.