Wednesday, September 10, 2008
The Seattle Metropolitans played in the PCHA from 1915-24. They won the Stanley Cup in 1917 and were also involved in two other Cup Finals, one of them being the '19 Finals which were cancelled due to the Spanish Flu with the series tied 2-2-1. Anyhoo, I saw this jersey at the Hockey Hall of Fame this past April and thought it was cool. The 'logo'' kinda sucks, but the colours and the stripes are sweet vintage. A true hockey 'sweater', as opposed to a jersey.
Gretzky's rookie season, 1979-80 saw many statistical races go down to the wire. The most watched of course was the battle for the Art Ross in which Marcel Dionne edged the Great One nodding him out in the most goals tie-breaker, 53-51. But aside from total points, who had the most goals in the league?? Not Bossy (51). Not Lafleur (50). Nine players in fact had 50+, and in the end it was a three way tie. Danny Gare, Charlie Simmer and Blaine Stoughton all had 56 to lead the league. Born in Terace Bay, ON (a few miles down the road from my hometown), Simmer would have had the outright lead should he have played more than 64 games. More odd trivia.... he played 65 games the next season and again hit exactly 56 goals!
At the start of the 77-78 WHA season, the Cincinnati Stingers' Robbie Ftorek and Claude Larose both were intent on wearing jersey #8. So intent in fact they begged the Stingers to attempt the unthinkable. And it happened... Cincinnati received permission from the WHA head office to have both players actually wear the same number during the season. 'Hey ref, #8 on the assist!'