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10-26-2013, 12:46 PM
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Originally Posted by BadgerBruce View Post
One valuable area of inquiry this thread skates around is how minor hockey in Canada changed once the sponsorship system and the A/B/C card system ended.
.... not so much "skating around it" as havent really arrived there yet, gone back far enough. Dissected the issues.

Originally Posted by Canadiens1958 View Post
Focusing on Murray Costello will not get you nearly as far as your effort should. Main focus should be St. Mike's and its hockey tradition, school and athletics, Father David Bauer,original Team Canada, the tentacles St. Mike's had across Canada which in many ways facilitated Murray Costello's efforts. St. Mike's relationship with the Leafs and other elements.
Well, sorta kinda C58 but the storys far more expansive than just that little boutique of a history as you know. St.Mikes hockey program, their relationship with the Leafs & Smythe, subsequent exit, Neil McNeil briefly picking up the thread in transitioning from the old sponsorship model & so on but one small piece of a much larger fabric that covered the landscape until app 1966/67. Murray Costello at that time was with the Seattle Totems of the WHL in an executive position, then in the 70's was the "Arbitrator" for the WHA's players so obviously and as we know wasnt even around, part n' parcel of what was going down during the 60's & early 70's at the amateur levels which to me is the more important, seminal period at the developmental levels. Absent NHL sponsorship, the entire business model profoundly changed forever at the Junior and amateur levels which most assuredly did then influence how players themselves were being developed & recruited.

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