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March 1, 1935 Gus Marker by Marc T. McNeil

Marc T. McNeil hockey reporter and columnist at The Gazette, authored a series of profiles of NHL players title "From a Ring-Side Seat" in 1935. One such article featured Gus Marker. Traces his path to the NHL from Wetaskiwin AB to Montreal via Tulsa, OK. Gus started playing hockey when it was growing in western Canada - 1914 yet was too young to play pro out west before consolidation:

http://news.google.com/newspapers?id...g=6620%2C96666


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February 16, 1935 William Scott by D.A.L. MacDonald

"Turning Back Hockey's Pages" features William Scott, Quebec 1878-1898, an original from the first Quebec City hockey team. Portrayed as an overall athlete with a long career:

http://news.google.com/newspapers?id...6671%2C1941424

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February 14, 1935 Shirley and Cammy Davidson by D.A.L. MacDonald

"Turning Back Hockey's Pages" profiles the Davidson brothers of the championship Montreal Victorias 1895-1901. Reference is made to the canoeing accident that claimed the life of Shirley Davidson.

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February 13, 1935 Davey Kerr by Marc T. McNeil

"From a Rink-Side Seat" profile of Davey Kerr. Marc T. McNeil profiles Kerr's rise to the NHL including how he played goalie and defense on different teams at the junior and school levels:

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February 12, 1935 Frank Patrick by D.A.L. MacDonald

"Turning Back Hockey's Pages" profiles Frank Patrick. Really a brief history of the PCHA from the start to consolidation. Interesting perspectives and comments. A must read:

http://news.google.com/newspapers?id...6644%2C1371391

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February 11, 1935 Johnny Gagnon by Marc T. McNeil

"From a Rink-Side Seat" profiles Johnny Gagnon, RW on the line with Howie Morenz and Aurele Joliat. Little has been written about the Black Cat as most of the stories featured his HHOF linemates. Interesting anecdotes and background with a description of his skills.

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February 9, 1935 Tom Hodge by D.A.L. MacDonald

"Turning Back Hockey's Pages" profiles Tom Hodge. Interesting historical background piece that details the formation of a professional hockey team, the Montreal Wanderers:

http://news.google.com/newspapers?id...6684%2C1093069

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February 8, 1935 Murray Murdoch, by Marc T. McNeil

"From a Rink-Side Seat" profile Murray Murdoch, hockey's original Iron Man. Traces his path to the NHL plus some interesting anecdotes.

http://news.google.com/newspapers?id...=6633%2C946485

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February 4,1935 Wilf Cude by Marc T. McNeil

"From a Rink-Side Seat" profile of Wilf Cude one of the nomadic goaltenders of the 1930s.

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February 5, 1935 Billy Boucher by D.A.L. MacDonald

"Turning Back Hockey's Pages" profiles Billy Boucher. Interesting information about the concentration of post WWI hockey in certain parts of Canada at the school or development level:

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09-18-2013, 12:55 PM
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Yes, thanks, Killion, I've seen this before, but I guess I missed the part where Richard says "When Mr. Selke asked me to retire ...." I referred to the meaningless front office job and Richard's alienation from the club in my first comment on this thread. The mention of Richard's age puts this clip as coming from 1975 or 1976. It was another decade before Richard made his peace with the club, around 1985, when the Canadiens introduced at the Forum the members of the club's all-time all-star team as one of the many public relations gimmicks employed to detract from the team's lack of success on the ice.

The distance Richard felt from the club and his mention in the clip that no one remembered him play make his emotional reaction to that ovation he got when the Forum closed in 1996 all the more understandable. No one who saw him play had forgotten him, and those who never saw him play, the vast majority, had learned who he was.

But it remains a sad truth that the Rocket is more remembered and honored during the Canadiens' bad years--when the club needs to resurrect him to remind the fans of its glory years and its greatness. When the team was winning Stanley Cups, as in the 1970s, the club could not have cared less and he was ignored.

I've always appreciated Red Fisher's columns, but imagine a sports journalist sitting on the revelation that the Rocket was actually forced out the door, which would have caused an uproar among the club's French-speaking supporters and quite possibly many of its English-speaking supporters. I suppose it's the old story of sports reporters "embedding" with the team and keeping things close to the vest if revealing them might threaten their access to the club. The truth undermined the mythology the Canadiens spun around the club and the Rocket.
From the August 30, 1965 when Maurice Richard resigned his front office job. Reading his responsibiolities support the negatives about how the Canadiens treated some of their greats:

http://news.google.com/newspapers?id...7398%2C5603225

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I guess Gordie Howe experienced much the same in Detroit for the two years he was employed with the Red Wings doing much the same. When the WHA drafted his sons early, opportunity knocked. Perhaps had Maurice Richard been utilized as a Scout, possibly in the capacity of a sort of Assistant Coach on the ice during practices, monitoring & working with the rookies his transition wouldve been easier. But ya, to basically just install him in an office, delivering the fan mail to his desk, well, dont think he'd have found that very fulfilling.

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1885 Montreal Winter Carnival Hockey Tournament

January 31, 1935 flashback article by D.A.L MacDonald describing the 1885 Montreal Winter Carnival Hockey Tournament:

http://news.google.com/newspapers?id...6852%2C3846691

Includes the longest game plus roster information with details about 1885 hockey.

January 22, 1935, flashback, 1885 M.A.A.A Winged Wheelers:

http://news.google.com/newspapers?id...6677%2C2594689


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January 29, 1935 Billy Nicholson by D.A.L. MacDonald

Another "Turning Back Hockey's Pages" by D.A.L. MacDonald, featuring Billy Nicholson.

http://news.google.com/newspapers?id...6857%2C3567419

How he became a goalie, his travels thru hockey world, anecdotes.

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^^^ Isnt that interesting eh? Playing 7 aside with no substitutions, games played sequentially (essentially like a day spent playing shinny as many of us did as children & thought nothing of it, on a rink or pond from practically sun up to sun down), 2-30 minute periods, game ends in a tie, go home & sleep, meet again the next morning & carry on with yet another entire full game scheduled, score carried over.... almost like Lacrosse as played by the natives, often for days on end with the added interesting element of the game being played over a lot of acreage & land. Like cross-country running but with sticks, passing & hitting etc. Mustve been somethin else.

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January 19, 1935 Dave Campbell, by D.A.L. MacDonald

One of the more revealing "Turning Back Hockey's Pages". D.A.L. MacDonald writes about Dave Campbell, a hockey tourist or ringer.

http://news.google.com/newspapers?id...6661%2C2298938

Even managed a couple of NHL games.

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One of the more revealing "Turning Back Hockey's Pages". D.A.L. MacDonald writes about Dave Campbell, a hockey tourist or ringer.
Isnt that hilarious. Absolute Mercenary. "Not always playing under the name Campbell". Alias's to avoid detection as a some-times pro playing amateur (and apparently being paid to do so)... story of some "stranger entering the dressing room looking for a guy by the name of Guard", his cousin. Lock the the Nosy Parker up in the dressing room until the games over.

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Isnt that hilarious. Absolute Mercenary. "Not always playing under the name Campbell". Alias's to avoid detection as a some-times pro playing amateur (and apparently being paid to do so)... story of some "stranger entering the dressing room looking for a guy by the name of Guard", his cousin. Lock the the Nosy Parker up in the dressing room until the games over.
Surprising that such a detailed article made the press. Key element was the tourist part, the traveling mercenary.

Into the seventies before jurisdictions and governing bodies were streamlined and the multi-sport athlete started fading away the situation was very common especially with age differentials and portable addresses.

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Surprising that such a detailed article made the press. Key element was the tourist part, the traveling mercenary.

Into the seventies before jurisdictions and governing bodies were streamlined and the multi-sport athlete started fading away the situation was very common especially with age differentials and portable addresses.
Yes I guess it was a pretty woolly situation huh? The whole concept of being a "professional athlete" in the late 19th & early 20th Century was really frowned down upon, sketchy way to make a living despite the fact that many amateurs in multi-sports were receiving reward be it financial or in the form of gifts & kind.... a little different than a player playing for multiple teams using aliases to avoid detection but also an aspect to sports that transcended even that in terms of society as a whole like in the case of George Kendall in Montreal from a prominent family. Was an "amateur/professional" wrestler in his youth, something his family frowned down upon so he changed his name to Kennedy. Formed the Montreal Athletic Canadiens' in the early 1900's promoting & training wrestlers, then developed an interest in hockey, attempting to buy the Maroons. That failed, however, Ambrose O'Brien had formed the Montreal Canadiens' and was ready to join the NHA in 1910 & Kennedy seeing an opening threatened to launch suit for illegal use of that name unless he was sold the team. Agreed, and so George Kendall nee Kennedy for $7500 became Owner of the NHA Montreal Canadiens.


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Multi-Sport Athletes

^^^ Into the sixties you had the multi-sport athletes. Remember Gerry James - CFL and NHL. Not a problem since both were high level pro sports.

But you also had the Jim Thorpe situation where playing one sport professionally - baseball could impact your amateur eligibility in other sports.

So you had various accommodations with athletes playing senior football, boxing Golden Gloves, semi-pro soccer, amateur wresting/pro wrestling as a "Masked" wrestler,etc. Did not require much of an imagination.

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February 20, 1939 NHL and Concussions

Seems that the NHL was aware of concussions as early as February 1939. From The Gazette a brief note about Walter Buswell and a concussion:

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Ya thats something huh? Love the colorful language "the Canadiens appearing like the remnants of the Light Brigade after Balaclava".

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1961 Father and Sons

Interesting 1961 Gazette story about NHL father around Montreal and their hockey playing sons:

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Was looking to see when Rick Wamsley was pulled for Richard Sevigny in a 1982-83 Canadiens game, and came across this:

http://news.google.com/newspapers?id...q=sabres&hl=en

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The enthusiasm for a NHL franchise that bubbles out of Bill Hunter has rubbed off on the nearly 14,000 Saskatchewan residents who are willing to buy season tickets.

"We will have 18,000 season tickets sold with no problem," said John Selinger, enlisted by Hunter formed to handle the transactions involved in bringing an NHL franchise to Saskatoon.

A group led by Hunter and Edmonton businessman Peter Batoni have an agreement in principle to purchase St. Louis Blues from Ralston-Purina. The group says it would build the arena in time for the start of the 1983-84 season.

Hunter will fly to St. Louis Sunday for further meetings with Ralston-Purina, owners of the Blues, to complete the sale of the team.

If the deal with Ralston-Purina is completed, the NHL board of governors would have to approve transfer of the franchise to Saskatoon.

Hunter has refused to comment on reports a Washington-based group has offered to purchase the Blues and move the team to the Seattle-Tacoma area.
Most of the article was known to me, but I was never aware that the Blues had a chance to move to Seattle. Overall, I think that the entire storyline (the Blues' non-move to Saskatoon) would make for a very interesting book.

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Was looking to see when Rick Wamsley was pulled for Richard Sevigny in a 1982-83 Canadiens game, and came across this:

http://news.google.com/newspapers?id...q=sabres&hl=en



Most of the article was known to me, but I was never aware that the Blues had a chance to move to Seattle. Overall, I think that the entire storyline (the Blues' non-move to Saskatoon) would make for a very interesting book.
Harry Ornest entered the picture:

http://news.google.com/newspapers?id...4409%2C3063202

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