Archives for the 'History' Category

The Best Draft Ever?

Originally published in Prospects Hockey in 2009
By Lucas Aykroyd
The world was a tumultuous place in 1979. The Iranian Revolution, the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan, and the Three Mile Island nuclear accident made headlines. But the annual NHL draft offered a ray of light for hockey fans with an unprecedented influx of talent, mostly from the […]

A History of Success

Originally published in the official 2009 World Junior Program
From the 19th century to the 21st, Ottawa’s hockey heritage is legendary
By Lucas Aykroyd
Even if it was just about checking birth certificates, Ottawa’s contribution to hockey history would be huge. Dozens of NHLers were born in the host city for the 2009 IIHF World Junior Championship, […]

Magic Memories from Moscow

Originally published in the official 2009 World Junior Program
Canada’s 1988 World Junior team reunites to celebrate its amazing run to gold
By Lucas Aykroyd
Many things have changed since 1988. Back then, Brian Mulroney was Canada’s Prime Minister, and pop artists like George Michael and Def Leppard ruled the charts.
However, memories of Canada’s heart-stirring gold medal run […]

Remembering the Gretzky trade

I’d be remiss if I didn’t link to one of Joe Pelletier’s best posts this summer: The Gretzky Trade: 20 Years Later. Joe’s rounded up just about every bit of retrospective analysis on the Internet about the landmark deal that sent the Great One to L.A., and offers his own reminiscences.
I remember August 9, 1988 […]

The Best Ice in Hockey

Originally published in Eishockey News in 2008
By Lucas Aykroyd
Rexall Place offers superb skating conditions, but has also seen some great hockey history, courtesy of CHL products.
Historically, NHL players have hailed the ice in Edmonton as the league’s best. Since the 2007 debut of the expansion Edmonton Oil Kings, WHLers have also gotten the chance to […]

The Triple Gold Club

Originally published in the 2008 IIHF World Championship official program
By Lucas Aykroyd
Hockey history is full of memorable hat tricks of various types. How about Bill Mosienko’s never-equaled three goals in 21 seconds for Chicago versus the New York Rangers in 1952? Or you could point to Paul Henderson’s three consecutive game-winning tallies for Canada versus […]

Halifax: An International Hockey Hotbed

Originally published in the 2008 IIHF World Championship official program
By Lucas Aykroyd
Some people visit Halifax for attractions like the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic, Pier 21, or the Halifax Citadel. But for hardcore sports fans, this port city of 370,000 is renowned for staging outstanding international hockey events.
Halifax’s Metro Centre will host 26 round-robin games […]

Hockey: Canada’s Gift to the World

Originally published in the 2008 IIHF World Championship official program
By Lucas Aykroyd
Back in 1991, only eight national teams competed in the IIHF World Championship. At this year’s tournament in Halifax and Quebec City, there’ll be twice as many. It just goes to show how puck fever is sweeping the planet, and without Canadian input, who […]

Kitchener Rangers Who Ruled

Originally published in Prospects Hockey in 2008
By Lucas Aykroyd
The Kitchener Rangers, the host team for the 2008 Memorial Cup, have produced too many notable NHLers to name. Here are 15 of the best.
Bill Barber: He scored 20-plus goals in each of his 11 NHL seasons and earned two Stanley Cups with the Philadelphia Flyers […]

Overtime Overachievers

Originally published in Prospects Hockey in 2008
By Lucas Aykroyd
Seven players have scored sudden-death Memorial Cup-winning goals, and it’s been their greatest hockey feat.
The only thing sweeter than winning a championship is doing it in overtime. Who can forget the image of Bobby Orr soaring through the air after scoring the OT winner for his Boston […]