I was a big Peanuts fan growing up and always appreciated that there were quite a few hockey-related strips. Not even close to the amount of baseball content of course, but you could tell that Schulz was a hockey fan.
Ya I think thats fabulous, that the US Hockey Hall of Fame would honor him, his incredible body of work & success with the Peanuts Gang in such a way, his obvious love for the game, promoting it whereby it was absolutely embedded into the storylines. Then theres the arena he built, the creation of the Snoopy Tournament, all major contributions to the game of hockey in Southern California, throughout the US & Canada, globally. Richly deserved.
The Snoopy hockey strips ran on & off from 67-72, i believe, so at the height of Peanuts popularity & the dawn of NHL expansion in the US, it was very important for hockey to get that kind of exposure & enshrinement in pop culture. Schulz was a Hawks fan, i believe.
I noticed as well he was awarded the Lester Patrick Trophy in 1981. That trophy was donated by the New York Rangers in 1966 in honor of Lester Patrick, awarded to individuals & or teams who have made contributions to the game in the US.
NO, HE WAS A CONFIRMED SEALS FAN!!! Had season tickets in Oakland. He drew "Sparky", the Seals' cartoon logo when they changed to the teal colors in 74/75:
Somewhere I have 2 of his Peanuts comic strips saved; he managed to sneak his favorite team into them - one has a Seals pennant on the wall of a bedroom, the other has the characters playing hockey and one has Seals across the front of his shirt.
^^^ Terrific picture! Love the tube skates, gloves, wooden stick, no helmet. Guess thats his own rink there, and I must say looks beyond charming. Great spot. Havin fun. Freedom.... he'd acquired quite a bit of wealth through the Peanuts & Charlie Brown franchise. At his death a reputed $26M. Its almost a wonder he didnt buy an NHL Franchise back in the day, however, as someone who seriously shunned the limelight, dont think he'd have worn that yoke very comfortably. Cant imagine him rubbing elbows with the likes of a Clarence Campbell, Wirtz or Ballard, any of em' really.... and on the topic of celebrities, didnt Bing Crosby own a piece of the Seals for awhile or was he involved in the failed Seattle bid back in 74 when that city was in fact granted a franchise conditionally?... Canadian born actor Glenn Ford as well, made a play for the Atlanta Flames back in 78/79 however Skalbania doubled up on his group & moved the franchise to Calgary as we know.