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J O E B A ’ S L A S T G AM E

A

nyone who has played a sport

since he is still able to walk without a

through

limp, I assumed that he emerged un-

So this fall, as we welcome a

college (if not professional-

scathed from the trenches of the swift-

new era of Division 1 Hockey—Big 10

ly) has probably sustained

est collision sport. As it turns out, this

Hockey!—and an incredible new facil-

high

school

and

to go out!”

a variety of injuries that will plague,

is not the case, but he never stopped

ity, The Pegula Ice Arena, we should

or at least annoy them for the rest of

playing the game…until this spring.

take time to remember, fondly, the

their lives. I was a musician for nearly

“My doctors kept telling me I

Greenberg Ice Pavilion, the home of

20 years—it was my first career—and

should stop playing, but I was still hav-

Penn State Hockey since 1981. I’d also

since I played drums, the most physi-

ing too much fun,” he said. “There’s a

like to thank the legendary Joe Ba for

cally demanding instrument, I consid-

camaraderie and a feeling that you get

the support he’s given Black Biscuit

ered myself something of an athlete.

playing a team sport that’s not easy

Illustrated, which began with a “test”

I stopped performing in my early 30s

to describe to somebody who’s never

publication in January and will now

and by that time I had mildly deformed

done it. As a competitive athlete, when

continue as an annual released every

hands, a cluster of varicose veins be-

you’re part of something bigger than

fall, starting with this issue. Speaking

hind one knee, and arthritic ankles that

you, and you get to share the feel-

of which, kudos are in order for: BBI as-

clicked like castanets when I walked

ing of winning a team championship,

sociate editor Kyle Jordan, who wrote

down stairs. I would comment about

nothing’s better. And even now, as an

our initial Big 10 Preview; Joel Jones,

these conditions to ex-jocks, usual-

old has-been hockey player, I still get

the west coast artist who provided the

ly demonstrating how I couldn’t form

jazzed up. As a matter of fact, the last

clever illustrations for the Keystone

a proper fist with my right hand…and

game I played at Greenberg [Ice Pa-

Review; art director (and Penn State

they’d laugh in my face. Then they’d

vilion] was one of my Nittany Hockey

senior) Michael Morris; the great word-

hold up one of their hands, displaying

League games. And normally, we don’t

smith and broadcaster Bob Grove, who

mangled fingers jutting at hideous an-

play overtime. But the ice time that

wrote about the Pens and Flyers; our

gles or a permanently swollen thumb

was [scheduled] after us had gotten

kind and patient copy editor, Amy Mil-

they couldn’t bend and, if that weren’t

cancelled and the game ended up a

grub Marshall; and finally, my loyal, go-

enough, they’d roll up a pants leg to

tie. So we talked to the Zamboni driver

to guy, Pat Mansell, who shot the cover

show me scar tissue on a surgical-

and said, ‘Let’s just play a five-minute

photo for Vol. 2. The Stars-and-Stripes,

ly repaired knee. This has happened

overtime, just for the heck of it.’ It was

1970s-era goalie mask—the type of

enough times for me to stop lament-

the last regular-season adult league

mask now favored by B-movie chain-

ing about my pathetically insignificant

game in Greenberg. So we played and

saw killers and armored car bandits—

maladies.

I scored the winning goal in overtime.

was chosen for its nostalgic (if not

I took my stuff, packed it up in a bag

patriotic) appeal. Plus, it has an appro-

I spent some time recently with Joe Battista, who has dedicated

and said, ‘I will never set foot on the

his life to the advancement of hockey,

Greenberg again.’ That was in May.

specifically Penn State Hockey. Natu- And I have not and I won’t. It doesn’t rally, Joe Ba started as a player, and

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get any better than that. What a way

priate backdrop—the skate-scarred ice

of the Greenberg. ~D.K.

Higgins


NHL KEYSTONE REVIEW by

THE PITTSBURGH PENGUINS

R

Bob Grove

mer reinvesting in the members of his

the backup to Tomas Vokoun for

ay Shero has been managing

hockey family with whom he’s most

the final 11 playoff games last spring.

hockey teams in one capac-

familiar—players and coaches who to-

When Shero says he believes in this group, he isn’t kidding.

ity or another for 21 years

gether have helped script two superb

now, and heading into his

regular seasons in a row while still try-

“We have a group of great

eighth season as general manager of

ing to conjure the perfect plot line that

hockey players back here in Pitts-

the Penguins this fall, it’s clear his ap-

brings them another championship.

burgh. It’s the foundation of our team,”

proach to succeeding in a very com-

“It’s part of the belief I have in

said Bylsma, who has real star pow-

petitive business leaves no room for

the group and the coaches,” he said,

er at his disposal; during the 2014-15

“sticking with what I believe is right

season, six players alone will take up

with the staff and certain core players

more than $40 million of Pittsburgh’s

moving forward.”

cap space.

impulsiveness. Thus the Pittsburgh team bidding this season for a second Stanley

Thus

Cup in the Shero era will largely be

coach

Dan

The only major roster addi-

Bylsma,

the same one that was together for

who’s lost four of his last six playoff

tion this season is not exactly a new

most of the lockout-shortened 2012-

series, was given a two-year contract

face, either, as Shero spent $13.5 mil-

13 season, during which the Penguins

extension along with assistants Tony

lion to pave the road from Los Ange-

constructed

Hockey

Granato and Todd Reirden. Ownership

les back to Pittsburgh for 34-year-old

League’s second-best record and a

committed more than $160 million to

free agent defenseman Rob Scuderi,

franchise-record .750 winning per-

contract extensions for Evgeni Malkin,

who broke into the NHL with the Pen-

the

National

centage. Despite a raft of late-season

Kris Letang and Chris Kunitz and the

guins and helped them win the Cup in

re-signing of Pascal Dupuis—all com-

2009. Said Scuderi, “The team is in a

additions that certainly helped Shero

ing one year after captain Sidney

win-now mode, which is important for

earn NHL General Manager of the Year

Crosby signed a 12-year, $104 million

me.”

honors, Pittsburgh was swept from

contract extension that kicks in this

the Eastern Conference Final by Bos-

ans added for that Cup push have all

S

moved on, and Shero spent the sum-

that was as shocking as it was abrupt for the league’s highest-scoring team. Except for Jussi Jokinen, the veter-

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hero also reaffirmed that

played for three teams in the past four

Marc-Andre Fleury will re-

seasons, including 29 games with St.

main his No. 1 goaltender

Louis and New Jersey last season. His

this October despite con-

presence will help Bylsma configure

secutive post-season disasters—the

his bottom two lines now that regu-

most recent forcing him to serve as

lar third-liners Matt Cooke (signed

IllUSTRATIOnS bY JOEl JOnES

ton—scoring just two goals in a result

Pittsburgh has added checking forward Matt D’Agostini, 26, who’s

season.


by Minnesota as a free agent) and Tyler Kennedy (traded to San Jose) are gone. Also back are veteran fourth-liner Craig Adams, who re-signed for two years,

Joe Vitale, Tanner Glass and

checking center Brandon Sutter, who at 24 already has five full NHL seasons under his belt but who needs to assert himself on a nightly basis more frequently.

While the precise look of his

third and fourth lines likely won’t be known until the season opens, Bylsma’s top six forwards won’t change much at all. Crosby, who would have run away with the scoring champion-

James neal

ship and the Hart Trophy if not sidelined by a broken jaw late last season, will center for Kunitz and Dupuis, while

regular role.

Malkin—who has vowed to work on

Should veteran Matt Niskanen

his defensive game—will be paired

be moved in the final month before the

with James Neal (the Pens co-leader

season, a possibility with the Penguins

in power play goals, with Kunitz) and

more than $1 million over the salary

either Jokinen or 21-year-old winger

cap entering training camp, Derek En-

Beau Bennett.

gelland and 24-year-old Robert Bor-

Bennett, a 2010 first-round

THE PHILADELPHIA FLYERS

T

he compliance buyout, a fiscal anomaly created by the settlement of the National Hockey League lockout last January,

ultimately may be nothing more than

a footnote in league history. The Flyers,

tuzzo would move into larger roles on

however, are hoping it will go down as

pick, had 14 points in 26 games as a

defense.

the managerial tool that opened the

rookie last season and has given every

door to their turnaround in 2013-14.

indication he’s ready to become an ev-

ty of questions about Fleury, who

eryday player—even if it’s beside a tal-

worked with a sports psychologist

deal with the sudden, one-year drop

ent like Malkin. “Skill-set wise. . . he’s

over the off-season for the first time.

to $64.3 million of a salary cap that

Of course, there will be plen-

Needing a unique way to

got that ability,” says Bylsma, who in

His last two regular-season perfor-

had been growing very nicely, own-

his capacity as coach of Team USA for

mances have been spectacular, but his

ers and players agreed to give teams

the upcoming Winter Games in Sochi

first-round breakdowns in 2012 against

the ability to exercise up to two buy-

invited Bennett to the U.S. Olympic

Philadelphia and 2013 against the

outs before July 2014—buyouts that

orientation camp.

New York Islanders may have eroded

would completely erase those con-

the confidence every goaltender must

tracts under the cap. Philadelphia GM

Scuderi brings a high level

of predictability to the back end, as

have to take his team to the Cup.

Paul Holmgren, whose team missed

he’s earned two Stanley Cup rings

the playoffs last season and was faced

“The playoffs are certainly an

by making the simple and safe play.

area he needs improvement on, and

Brooks Orpik and Paul Martin could

concentration and belief, to get back

Goodbye, Daniel Briere.

again play together as the Penguins’

to where he was in 2008 and 2009,”

Goodbye, Ilya Bryzgalov.

shutdown pair, a job they performed

said Shero. “I believe he can do that.

And hello, Vincent Lecavalier.

very well last season as Martin had a

I guess we’ll see. The faith I have in

strong bounce-back performance af-

Marc-Andre Fleury hasn’t waned.”

million to Briere and Bryzgalov over

with limited cap flexibility, took note.

ter an uneven 2011-12 season. There is

Neither has his faith in Fleury’s

the next 14 years not to play in Phil-

still an upside to the offensive game

teammates.

adelphia (ouch), Holmgren’s moves

of Letang, a Norris Trophy finalist last

instantly created $12.1 million in cap

season, and 22-year-old defenseman

space over the next two seasons and

Simon Despres should be ready for a

$5.6 million in the five following sea-

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While ownership will pay $26.3


sons. It was that space that enabled

25 and might turn out to be a textbook

the Flyers to be in position to sign Le-

example of a player who needed a

cavalier, who became the subject of a

trade to advance his career. “We have

surprise compliance buyout—the larg-

a good combination in net, a good

est buyout in NHL history—from Tam-

duo we can go to battle with,” said

T pa Bay.

Holmgren, who has been living with he 33-year-old center earned

goaltending questions through most

a five-year, $22.5 million con-

of his seven-year tenure in the job.

tract from the Flyers, who had

With the Flyers’ goaltending

plenty of competition for his

payroll shrinking dramatically, they

services from Dallas, Montreal and a

were able to trade for New York Is-

host of other teams who expressed

landers defenseman Mark Streit and

serious interest in the four-time All-

then sign him to a four-year, $21 mil-

Star who had suddenly become a free

lion free agent contract. While critics

agent. And so it is that Lecavalier will

will question the length of the deal for

start over in Philadelphia, where the

a 35-year-old, Streit will no doubt help

Flyers haven’t made it past the second

coach Peter Laviolette keep his power

round of the playoffs since coming

play humming in the short term with

within two victories of the Stanley Cup

Kimmo Timonen set to turn 39 before

in 2010.

A

the end of the season.

“He’s got size, he’s got skill, he

can play the wing, he can play center... he’s going to be a real nice addition,” said new Flyers assistant GM Ron Hextall, who returns to Philadelphia after

claude giroux

n older Philadelphia defense veter-

Schenn. Lecavalier hasn’t scored at a

ans Brayden Coburn, Andrej

point-per-game clip in any of the last

desperately

needs

Meszaros and Nicklas Gross-

five seasons, but will benefit from the

man to stay healthy. Luke Schenn is

adrenalin that comes with any play-

seven seasons with Los Angeles’ man-

the only projected top-six defenseman

er’s first trade and promises to enjoy

agement team.

under 27, but youngsters Erik Gustafs-

playing a more up-tempo game under

son and hulking Oliver Lauridsen will

Laviolette.

be pushing for playing time.

Another familiar face back in

Philadelphia this season is goaltender

The third line will have Sean

Ray Emery, signed for one season as

The Flyers’ goal production

Couturier at center, a 20-year-old who

a free agent after helping Chicago to

declined last season, and a return to

has already established himself as a

the Stanley Cup last spring. Emery,

offensive form for several forwards

promising defensive player but strug-

who will be 31 by the start of the sea-

could give that defensive corps some

gled offensively last season. One of his

son, played 29 games for the Flyers in

breathing room. Captain Claude Gir-

wingers figures to be Matt Read, who

2009-10 before being sidelined by a

oux, signed this summer to an eight-

was inconsistent last season after an

hip injury that February that cost him

year contract extension worth $66.2

impressive rookie campaign, and first-

the rest of the season and most of the

million, took a step back last season

round 2012 pick Scott Laughton might

next and nearly ended his career. With

from his impressive 93-point season in

have a shot at playing the other side.

the Blackhawks last season, he was a

2011-12, then suffered a freak injury in

Veterans Adam Hall and Max Talbot

mid-August when a golf club shattered

will anchor a fourth line that could also

and splintered into his right index fin-

include Zac Rinaldo, Tye McGinn or Jay

centage in the regular season before

ger. The 25-year-old had surgery to re-

Rosehill as the Flyers try to avoid miss-

Corey Crawford played in all 23 playoff

pair tendon damage and was hoping

ing the playoffs in consecutive seasons

to be ready for the start of the season.

for the first time since 1994.

games.

Emery will share playing time

While Giroux will center the

“It was disappointing not mak-

this season with Steve Mason, who

top line with Scott Hartnell and Jakub

ing the playoffs last year,” said Hall,

played well in seven games late last

Voracek, who led the team with 22

who re-signed with the Flyers this

season after joining the Flyers in the

goals last season, Lecavalier figures to

summer, “but I think that’s going to be

trade that sent Michael Leighton and

land on the second line with depend-

the incentive to come out and have a

a draft pick to Columbus. Mason is just

able Wayne Simmonds and Brayden

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phenomenal 17-1-0 with a 1.94 goalsagainst average and .922 save per-


EDDIE SHORE: BUSINESS HOCKEY

THE OF

by

Max Stanley


nity for Shore to play organized hock-

to decide on a career. “Eddie thought

of World War

ey, albeit on one of the lesser club

he might become a titan in the mining

John “T.J.” Shore acquired

teams. Games were played in an open-

industry,” Hiam wrote. “But instead

70,000

surrounding

air rink where the conditions could be

he did a little mechanical work, tried

acres

I, Thomas

his ranch in Saskatchewan, the prai-

brutal. “Often we played at 30 to 40

his hand at selling automobiles and

rie province of southern Canada that

below,” Shore recalled. “Our ears, nos-

found occasional work as a carpenter.

borders North Dakota and Montana.

es and cheeks used to freeze regularly,

He even had a go at barbering.” Shore

T.J. farmed wheat and raised livestock

and we’d be playing a little while and

finally opted for hockey, pledging to

while he groomed his two sons, Au-

you could scrape the hoarfrost off of

make it his profession. He would study

brey and Eddie, to eventually run his

our backs and our chests. I remember

the game “as seriously as others stud-

empire. Edward William Shore, born

we once played a game when it was 55

in 1902, was two years younger than

below and our eyelashes froze so stiff

lasso, he had a work ethic that bor-

fect his enthusiasm for the game, but

dered on the pathological. According

Shore lost interest in the veterinary sci-

S

Aubrey and a seasoned cowboy by the

we were almost blinded.”

age of 15. An expert with firearms and

The harsh elements didn’t af-

ied law or medicine.” hore played for Cupar the following

season,

losing

to the Melville Millionaires once again in the champi-

onship round of the Henderson Cup

to Shore’s biographer, C. Michael Hiam,

ences and left Manitoba after one year

tournament. By then he was the best

“T.J.’s young son possessed unusual

to enroll at St. John’s College, also in

player on the team and just as effective

strength. Eddie became known as the

Winnipeg. St. John’s was something

a defenseman as he was at right wing.

boy wonder who could remove a thou-

of a hockey factory but Shore only

Shore was recruited by Melville who,

sand-pound grain tank from a wagon

played in two games for the college

despite their amateur status, made a

unassisted, and who could also work in

team before heading home for Christ-

practice of hiring ringers. They secret-

the wheat fields like a grown man and

mas break. He never returned, having

ly paid him $5 a game and arranged

never wilt.”

decided to join the hockey club in Cu-

for him to have a job as a laborer with

Shore also had an extremely

par, a small town near the Shore ranch,

the Canadian National Railway. Al-

high threshold for pain. At the age of

where T.J. had built a public outdoor

though Shore was finally getting paid

12, he was thrown from a horse and

ice rink 10 years earlier.

However,

to play hockey, this wasn’t what he had

fractured both shoulders. His right

Shore was unable to get any playing

in mind when he told Aubrey that he’d

shoulder got the worst of it and recov-

time until Cupar faced the undefeated

be playing professionally by the time

ery was slow. “It was six years before

Melville Millionaires for the Henderson

he was 22. He was only a year away

he could raise his right hand above

Cup in the 1920 Saskatchewan amateur

from that deadline, but after a season

his head,” Hiam wrote. By that time

playoffs. Although Cupar lost the se-

with the Millionaires, during which he

Shore was studying to be a veterinarian at Manitoba Agricultural College in Winnipeg, where Aubrey was the star of the hockey team. Shore, already a member of the football and basketball squads, decided to give hockey a try.

ries, they won the first game 9-3 with

A

Shore, at right wing, scoring four goals.

led them past Regina to win the Saskatchewan senior championship, he

fter working in his father’s

headed to British Columbia, hoping for

wheat fields during the sum-

a tryout with the Vancouver Maroons.

mer of 1920, Shore resumed

his training at the Cupar

offices without an appointment but still

Shore arrived at the Maroons’

rink. T.J., meanwhile, became enam-

managed to secure an interview with

devised an arduous training ritual to

ored with a hardware factory in Brit-

owner Frank Patrick, younger brother

improve his leg strength that included

ish Columbia, in which he invested all

of Lester Patrick. The Patricks, both of

daily five-mile runs and hours of soli-

he owned and everything he could

whom had stellar careers as players

tary ice time where he played imagi-

borrow only to learn, 10 days before

and executives, would eventually be

nary games to develop his skating

Christmas, that the factory was going

inducted into the NHL Hall of Fame.

His skating skills were abysmal, so he

prowess in every conceivable situation. “That sort of thing looks ridiculous,”

under. He promptly walked to the coal

But in 1924, they had a league of their

shed and hanged himself.

own—the Pacific Coast Hockey Associ-

Shore admitted. “But it is valuable to

All of T.J.’s holdings were liq-

ation (PCHA)—that they formed a doz-

any boy who wants to play hockey.”

uidated to pay off his creditors, and

en years earlier. The Maroons, original-

Shore, suddenly destitute at 19, had

ly called the Millionaires, were one of

Manitoba offered an opportu-

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etween 1910 and the start


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three teams in the league, along with

by painkillers, managed to play out the

Seattle and Victoria, that were about

series, eventually won by Victoria.

to merge with the Western Canada

At the suggestion of the Pat-

Hockey Association (WCHA) following

rick brothers, who claimed that finan-

the collapse of the Seattle franchise.

cial and logistical problems were detri-

At any rate, Patrick was unimpressed

mental to operating a league from the

M

eanwhile

Art

Ross,

the

owner/general manager of the Boston Bruins, had just watched his hapless squad

finish near the bottom of the six-team NHL in the 1925-26 season. But he

with Shore’s pitch but offered to give

under-populated regions of western

took advantage of the demise of the

him a tryout that fall, before the start

Canada, the WHL disbanded at the

WCHL by purchasing Shore and six

A

of the 1924-25 season.

end of the season and Shore was on

other players, still owned by the Pat-

of-

the verge of being a free agent, at least

rick brothers, for $50,000. Ross was

fer, Shore tried his luck with

professionally. Shortly after his arrival

dubious about Shore’s abilities as a

the Regina Capitals of the

in Edmonton, he met Kate Macrae, the

defenseman, and even questioned his

fter

rejecting

Patrick’s

WCHA (soon to be

toughness, although that par-

the WHL) and landed a roster

ticular doubt was forever laid to

spot less than two weeks af-

rest during training camp in the

ter his 22nd birthday, making

summer of 1926 when Shore’s

good his pledge to Aubrey.

ear was nearly severed during

However, the Caps were a bad

a scrimmage. The team doctors

team with only one potentially

thought the ear should be am-

great player—the brash rook-

putated but Shore opted for a

ie from Saskatchewan. Shore

second opinion by an indepen-

became a favorite of the Re-

dent physician, only to receive

gina fans, who nicknamed him

the same verdict. He insisted

“the Galloping Cowboy.” The

that more doctors be consulted

Caps finished the season with

until one finally offered to try

11 straight losses and Shore

and sew the ear back on. The

returned to his summer job

stitches held and Shore was

T

shoveling coal for the CNR.

soon back on the ice.

The Caps’ owners, meanwhile, terminated the franchise and held a fire sale, sending all their players—except one—to

he Bruins, inspired by Shore’s ferocious style of play, were generally regarded as the

roughest team in the NHL by

the Portland Rosebuds. Shore

the time their new arena, the

held out for more money and was dealt to another WHL

Boston Garden, opened in No-

team with deeper pockets—

vember 1928. In an attempt to

the Edmonton Eskimos. As with Regina, Shore’s stint

star of the Commercial Grads, a wom-

capitalize on his star defenseman’s

en’s basketball team. Born in Scotland

growing popularity, Ross, the quintes-

with Edmonton would last one year.

but raised in Canada, Kate was an ag-

sential showman, came up with a bi-

The Eskimos made it to the Stanley

gressive player, but quiet and refined

zarre but effective way to introduce

Cup playoffs where they faced the Vic- off the court. “That first encounter

Shore to the Bruin faithful during home

toria Cougars, led by another brilliant

games. “Ross would keep Eddie off

with the city’s two young sports stars

defenseman, Lester Patrick. Howev- evidently sparked something,” Hiam

the ice while his teammates lined up

er, during practice on the eve of the

for the face-off,” wrote reporter Stan

wrote. “Because within a few years,

playoffs, Shore received a skate slash

when Eddie was finally able to make

Fischler. “At precisely the moment that

above his left leg severe enough to

enough money in the puck game to

the crowd senses Shore’s absence, the

sideline him for six months, according

buy a house and some land just out-

band would break into a chorus of ‘Hail

to the team physician. But he opted for

side of Edmonton, the couple would

to the Chief” and Shore, clad in a flow-

the needle and, with his leg numbed

get married.”

ing cape and followed by a valet, ap-

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peared from the dressing room. With

Such incidents became com-

absolved, but his reputation for be-

a flourish the cape would be removed

monplace during Shore’s career with

ing what was called an ‘ice thug’ was

and Shore would bolt out to his posi-

the Bruins. He was usually the target

thereafter established.”

tion on defense.”

for cheap shots and all-out assaults,

Ice thug or not, Shore was the

however,

including a game with the Montreal

victim more often than the enforcer,

was short-lived. The New York Amer-

Maroons during which he was mauled

and during the span of his career, from

This

presentation,

icans countered with a mocking intro-

by an entire goon squad, resulting in

lacerations alone, received 978 stitch-

duction of their own, featuring Shore’s

two black eyes, a broken nose and the

es by Hiam’s count. “They said he had

nemesis Rabbit McVeigh. A red car-

loss of three teeth. “This is all part of

over 900 stitches in his body,” said Don

pet was rolled out onto the ice after

hockey,” Shore said, shrugging off the

Cherry, a former minor league star and

Shore’s “Hail to the Chief” ritual, and

incident. “I’ll pay off.”

McVeigh pranced out blowing kisses

Bruins coach. “I never tried to count

He was often good to his word,

them, but I don’t doubt it. I know he’d

to the crowd. Annoyed and embar-

having become skilled at retaliation

fractured his hip, his back, his nose had

rassed, Shore would never again wear

over the years, although on December

been broken flat 14 times, and I don’t

N

the cape for Art Ross.

12, 1933, he retaliated on the wrong

think he had a tooth in his head that

guy, resulting in one of the most infa-

was his own.” But the perpetually bat-

added injury to insult during

mous events in the history of profes-

tered Shore also won the Hart Trophy—

a

Bru-

sional hockey. During a game at the

the NHL’s MVP award—four times, tops

ot long afterward, McVeigh typically

spirited

Boston Garden with the Toronto Maple

for a defenseman, and led his team to

Leafs, Red Horner, a notorious cheap-

two Stanley Cups 10 years apart, in

the path of the charging McVeigh. At-

shot artist, blind-sided Shore, who

1929 and 1939. However, after the 1938-

tempting to hurdle the fallen Bruin,

thought the culprit was center Ace

39 season, Shore bought the Spring-

McVeigh sliced Shore’s forehead with

Bailey. “In any case, Shore pursued Ace

field Indians, an International-Ameri-

a skate. Shore was unconscious and

Bailey and decked him from the rear,”

can League team in Massachusetts, for

wrote George Plimpton in “Open Net.”

$42,000 and announced that he would

bleeding like a harpooned seal when the Bruins’ trainers reached him. Once

“[Shore] flung him down like a doll, and

he was revived and managed to skate

Bailey’s head hit the ice. He recovered,

Ross was livid. “Where do the Bruins

to the bench, he refused to go to the

but he never played hockey again. He

come in?” he wondered aloud to members of the sporting press.

function as their player-coach. Art

locker room for stitches, demanding

almost died. Bailey’s father brought a

that the gash be taped shut so that he

gun to Boston and vowed to kill Shore.

Eventually Ross and Shore

could hurry back onto the ice.

Shore was suspended and eventually

came to an understanding. “Eddie

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ins-Americans game. Shore

was checked hard to the ice and into


COURTESY of vintage ads

would only play for the Bruins in case

ley Cup equivalent) in 1943 and 1944.

there, and nearly every game was a

of emergency,” Fischler wrote. “But he

His Indian team was reactivated at the

sellout. The next several seasons dis-

would continue his dual role for the In-

end of the war and after playing one

appointed in comparison to 1954-55,

dians. Desperately, Ross tried to con-

season in New Haven, he returned the

yet Indian fans never blamed a loss on

vince Eddie that the Bruins were in

franchise to Springfield. Tragically, his

their team. Instead, they took out their

sore need of defensive help. Shore ca-

beloved wife Kate was diagnosed with

ire on opposing players by yelling at

pitulated and played three games for

breast cancer during the New Haven

them, dousing them with beer, chasing

the Bruins, scoring his final goal wear-

stint and didn’t live to see her hus-

them into the parking lot, and stoning

ing the black and gold on December 5,

band’s induction into the Hockey Hall

1939. But by this time Shore was fed

of Fame in 1947. Shore was suddenly

up with Ross’ refusal to let him run his

a single parent to their son, Ted, who

own life.” In January of 1940, Ross, ob-

had been named the vice-president of

viously fed up himself, traded Shore to the New York Americans, for whom he played only 10 games, including their short-lived playoff run. (Shore also played for the Indians during that time, while they competed in the WHL play-

the Indians five years earlier at the age

I

D

their bus.” on Cherry, a minor league “lifer” before turning to coaching, spent four seasons with the Springfield Indians in the

1950s and was considered something

of 9. n 1946 Shore began to build a hock-

of an expert on Eddie Shore. While

ey empire, starting minor league

writing “Open Net,” George Plimpton

franchises in Texas and California:

coaxed Cherry into reminiscing about

the Fort Worth Rangers, for which

his former coach. His memories were

he drafted his nephew, Jack Butterfield,

not pleasant ones. “Shore had all kinds

inated from Stanley Cup contention,

to manage the team; and the Oakland

of crazy theories,” Cherry said. “He had

Shore retired from the NHL and turned

Oaks, a member of the Pacific Coast

an idea that you had to skate with your

his attention solely to the Springfield

League. Shore was also part-owner of

knees bent almost in a crouch…so his

Indians.

a team in San Diego. He pulled out of

players tended to skate around like

that deal in 1950 because of conflicts

ducks. He was stuck on the stand-up

tion at the Eastern States Coliseum,

with his partners and, that same year,

style [of goaltending]. He hated goal-

Shore continued as the Indians’ play-

disbanded the other two teams due

ies who went down on the ice. To keep

er-coach for two seasons. According

to low attendance. However, as the

them in the habit of standing up, he

to Hiam, “The Coliseum was nothing

owner/coach of the Springfield Indians,

tied a rope around their necks that was

but a humble old barn, built in 1916 to

Shore was running the most lucrative

attached to the crossbar of the cage

house horse shows. Between October

ice rink in the country. Unfortunately,

so they couldn’t go down.”

and May, which was the duration of

he let the AHL talk him into moving

his yearly lease, the Coliseum became

the Indians to Syracuse where a four

Shore would occasionally meet with

offs.) Once the Americans were elim-

Having

set

up

his

opera-

Cherry

also

recalled

that

Eddie Shore’s second home, and there

million dollar arena—the Onondaga

the players’ wives and lecture them

was nothing he would not do there,

War Memorial—had just been built.

about abstinence during the season,

from cleaning the toilets to climbing

The Indians were rechristened the Syr-

explaining that “having relations” with

the girders 85 feet above the ice to

acuse Warriors, but the results of the

their husbands was affecting their play.

change a light bulb. It was not uncom-

experiment in central New York were

“My God, we hated him,” Cherry said.

mon to see the Indians star expertly

disastrous.

“A tyrant! He looked like a cowboy. A

driving a snowplow in the wee hours

“Attendance was poor and

small cowboy. But he had huge hands.

of the morning, clearing the Coliseum

in three years Shore burned through

He could grip a basketball in either

parking lot.”

$700,000 of his own money before

palm. Amazing athlete. He was close

the AHL let him return to the Coliseum

to 70 when I was with the Indians and

But after the 1941-42 cam-

paign, and the outbreak of World

in west Springfield,” Hiam explained.

he could skate faster backwards than

War II, the Indians had to vacate the

“Their first season back, 1954-55, the

forward. He could take the laces out of

Coliseum when the Army comman-

Indians enjoyed their first winning sea-

his skates and tap dance on the ice. In

deered the building for usage as a

son since 1942. Indian games were on

a hockey game, he played like a car out

textile warehouse. Shore coached the

Saturday nights, and on Saturday night

of control in a demolition derby. But he

Buffalo Bisons for two seasons, win-

the Coliseum was the place to be. Pol-

felt there was a connection between

ning the Calder Cup (the AHL’s Stan-

iticians, judges and gangsters were all

skating and tap dancing and the bal-

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let. He invested in the Ice Capades, you

duck position) and how to hold a hock-

time and energy to his other athletic

know.”

ey stick (hands 24 inches apart and

obsession—golf. “He played golf with

the stick blade on, or a fraction of an

exactly the same passion he gave to

Cherry spent a good deal of time on “the Black Aces,” a sub-squad

inch above the ice at all times) while

hockey,” AHL president Jack Butter-

of players that were kept on the roster

stressing his preference for the wrist

field told Plimpton. “He got down to

to replace injured regulars. “It was also

shot rather than the less-accurate slap

a three handicap before he had his

called ‘the Awkward Squad,’” Cher-

shot. Also, in return for helping out

heart troubles. He had a golf net out

ry recalled. “We had to do odd jobs

with chores around the rink, he gave

around the Springfield arena for Shore. Painting seats, selling popcorn, and blowing up balloons. The Ice Capades were coming, so he had the Black Aces blowing up balloons for their show. They kept them in the locker room. So many balloons were blown up we

E

the kids free ice time.

in his backyard with a canvas backing and overhead lights so he could go out

ven with his advancing age and

there at night and hit a bag of balls.

ill health—Shore beat cancer

Drove the neighbors just crazy. The

and survived heart attacks and

golf ball’d hit that canvas backstop

strokes (reportedly a dozen of

and make a sound like a gunshot. He

each)—he continued to lord over the

had tremendous power. I once saw him

Springfield players with the compas-

hit a golf ball 325 yards. In the winter-

could barely squeeze our way in to

sion of a banana republic dictator. In

time he had the same sort of net set up

dress for the game. The Ice Capades

1966, right before Christmas, he dealt

inside in one of the spare rooms. On

always seemed to be coming to town.”

one-week suspensions to three players

the coldest nights, three feet of snow

Cherry was on the Indians’ ros-

for “indifferent play,” which was one

outside, the neighbors could hear that awful crack and see his shadow against

ter when they finally became Calder

of his standard cost-cutting measures,

Cup contenders near the end of the

and his entire team staged a walkout.

decade. In 1959, Shore turned over the

They eventually returned after a few

coaching reins to a former teammate

days but the bad blood continued for

from the Americans, Pat Egan, who

a month, finally resulting in Shore’s re-

went on to win three Calder Cups in

tirement as general manager. A short

M

the window shade.” iraculously,

Shore

lived

another 18 years after retiring, finally dying in his sleep on March 16, 1985, at

the age of 82. Butterfield eulogized

a row. Egan often received input from

time later he retired from hockey alto-

his boss, whether he wanted it or not.

gether. The Springfield players’ actions

In fact, Shore installed a telephone hot

paved the way for the unionization of

the Soviet Union’s exhibition games

line to the Indian bench so he could

professional hockey—the first of the

against NHL opponents in the 1970s

his uncle in “Open Net,” claiming that

micromanage from his box seat in the

four major sports to do so. Shore end-

were a vindication of the Eddie Shore

Coliseum.

ed up making a million-dollar deal with

system. “When [the Soviets] turned

Although Shore was notori-

Los Angeles Kings owner Jack Kent

up here with those great teams, we all

ously frugal, he had a benevolent side

Cooke, selling the former cable televi-

saw what Shore wanted of his players

as well. He gave youngsters money to

sion entrepreneur all of his players as

years before. It was like they sent spies

buy hockey tickets at the Coliseum,

well as a five-year lease on the Spring-

to watch. ‘Never stand still’—that was

paid for medical bills and auto repairs

field franchise.

ries, but he could not take the time to explain them. You had to accept what

the team bus to pick up hitchhikers,

mained in Springfield, living with his

and taught junior hockey players the

second wife, Carol, a former office

“Eddie Shore system”—how to skate

manager for the Indians whom he mar-

properly (in the knees-bent, squatting

ried in 1952, and devoted much of his

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how he put it. He had excellent theo-

During retirement Shore re-

he said or you were stupid.” ~BBI

COURTESY OF AOgw

for staff workers, made it a policy for


by

T

his

Kyle Jordan

ify for the tournament, and Michigan

ference affords. The excitement Big

the

State finished last in the now defunct

Ten hockey has created should breathe

much-awaited inaugural sea-

CCHA (Central Collegiate Hockey As-

new life into the competitive drive of

son of the Big Ten Hockey

sociation). Simultaneously, Penn State,

some of these historically proud pro-

Conference. The hype behind the 2013-

playing as an independent in their first

grams. A departure from a grinding

14 puck drop is as much about the

ever season of NCAA hockey, man-

mid-western schedule against well-

drastic realignment that the creation

aged to kick some dirt in the face of

known opponents may also serve to

of Big Ten hockey has generated (see

their faltering conference partners by

revitalize these teams. Additionally,

BBI Vol. 1) as it is about loading up this

compiling a 3-2 record against them.

most of these squads have gone big

six- team conference with three nation- Two of these victories came in nation-

with their non-conference schedules,

campaign

college features

al powerhouses (Minnesota, Michigan,

ally televised games against Michigan

adding match-ups with national pow-

and Wisconsin), another perennial na-

State and Wisconsin, and all of them

erhouses like Boston College, Miami

tional tournament competitor (Mich-

came on the road.

of Ohio, Boston University and Notre

igan State), and two very dangerous

Most

college

hockey

histo-

Dame.

up-and-comers (Penn State and Ohio

rians would describe last season as

So, what does each of the

State).

an anomaly by virtue of the fact that

Big Ten partners bring to the party

Last season saw a radical de-

the Frozen Four saw four virgin com-

this season, and how do they stack up

parture from the norm in college hock-

petitors battle it out for the title. This

against each other?

ey as Michigan failed to earn an NCAA

season all eyes will be on the Big Ten

tournament bid, ending a record streak

to see if the traditional college hock-

of 22 consecutive NCAA tournament

ey hierarchy will return to prominence.

appearances. Wisconsin had to win

These new rivals won’t have much

the WCHA (Western Collegiate Hock-

room for error given the shortage of

ey Association) play-offs just to qual-

in-conference match-ups a small con-

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WISCONSIN Wisconsin experienced the same type

PHOTO BY DAVID STLUKA DAVID GLEN PHOTO COURTESY OF PENN STATE ATHLETIC COMM

hock-

ey

year’s

BIG TEN PREVIEW


NOTABLE NETMINDERS matt skoFF

of seesaw season they did in 20112012 during last year’s final WCHA campaign. They always seemed like a competitive and dangerous opponent but struggled to put complete games together until late in the year. Losing to the upstart Nittany Lions at home in late February was probably the catalyst that sent the Badgers on an 8-1 run, which they rode all the way to the final WCHA playoff title. Coach Mike Eaves is as good as any coach in the country at recruiting talented players and at building teams that seem to find their best game in the latter stages of the season. However, he’s had trouble keeping some of

adam Wilcox

his best players from leaving early for the professional ranks. That won’t be the problem this season as the Badgers lose only four players from last year’s roster. Badger sophomore and 2013 WCHA playoff MVP Nic Kerdiles’ explosive offensive talent led the Badgers to a Broadmoor Trophy and a surprising National Tournament berth last season. front again this season along with senior Michael Mersch. On the back end, the Badgers will boast a strong squad of veteran defenders anchored by the captain of last year’s gold medal-win-

steVe racine

ning American Junior National Team, Jake McCabe. He’ll team up with seniors Joe Faust and Frankie Simonelli to form what should be the top blue line in college hockey. With last year’s WCHA save percentage leader, Joel Rumpel, returning between the pipes, the Badgers look to be the early favorite to capture the inaugural Big Ten hockey title.

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MICHIGAN The

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Wolverines

struggled

mightily

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He’ll be expected to set the pace up


ranks. This team appears to be a year

Erik Haula and Zach Budish to the NHL.

to a dismal 10-18-2 record through the

away from the national championship

Overall the Gophers’ 2013-2014 senior

first 30 games. However, after solv-

picture, but that won’t stop Coach Ber-

class was decimated by early depar-

ing what most insiders cited as “team

enson from molding his roster into one

tures, with six of 10 players leaving in

chemistry” issues, the Maize and Blue

of the most disciplined and physically

total. Although the Gophers lost three

rattled off nine straight wins, falling

aggressive hockey teams in the coun-

of their top four scorers to the pros,

just one game short of what would

try by mid-season.

3

Minnesotans can take solace in the

have been a 23rd consecutive National Tournament bid. Big Blue’s first-half

MINNESOTA

woes were also due, in large part, to inconsistent (and often just plain terrible) goaltending. The late-season emergence of freshman goalie Steve

knowledge that Goldy doesn’t rebuild, he reloads. Head Coach Don Lucia has continued to do what he does best, which

is

keep

Minnesota’s

home-

grown, grade-A talent in state by add-

Racine finally provided some compe- The Gophers looked as dominant as

ing freshmen Tommy Vannelli, Taylor

tency in the crease and allowed Michi-

the nation’s most talented team should

Cammarata and Michael Brodzinski.

gan to play the brand of physically im-

during last year’s regular season. Min-

More importantly, the Gophers are as

posing and well-balanced hockey for

nesota seemed poised to march their

solid in net as any team in the coun-

which they are known.

way right to the Frozen Four. Unfortu-

try. On a team loaded with star players,

Although Michigan’s playoff

nately, for the State of Hockey’s most

goaltender Adam Wilcox was possi-

push was impressive, they may expe-

beloved team, who won back-to-back

bly the Gophers’ most valuable asset

rience similar growing pains this year

National Titles in 2002 and 2003, they

during his freshman season. His consis-

as they will have to replace three of

did what they’ve done in all but two of

tent play will serve as a much needed

their top four defensemen after los-

the nine seasons since—bow out early

security blanket for Minnesota’s young

ing Lee Moffie to graduation and Ja-

in the National Tournament to a less

defensemen this season.

cob Trouba and Jon Merrill to the NHL.

talented but more determined oppo-

Michigan will attempt to compensate

nent.

On offense the Gophers will count on the finesse of Kyle Rau, the

for those losses with a forward line-up

The sorrow of the Gophers’

playmaking of Christian Isackson, and

that features three of the nation’s top

early exit from the National Tourna-

the strong two-way play of Tom Ser-

recruits, Tyler Motte, Alex Kline and

ment was compounded by the loss

ratore to generate scoring. Minnesota’s

J.T. Compher. Also expect sophomore

of star junior forwards Nick Bjugstad,

exceptionally wide home ice surface is

alternate captain and hometown hero, Andrew Copp, to see a bigger role in the offense. He and senior Derek DeBlois will be expected to lead the push up front for the Wolverines. Many college hockey aficionados would argue that Michigan’s most valuable asset will be the man found standing behind the bench for his 30th straight season. In a conference that boasts three or four of the elite coaches in college hockey, Red Berenson is the best. Even though his team saw their record-breaking national tournament appearance streak fall last season, Berenson still managed to get the most out of his team when it counted. Under his guidance Michigan has been a mainstay atop the college hockey

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Jake mccaBe

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through much of last season, playing


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leaned on often as this young squad attempts to match the pace of their more seasoned rivals. Last season saw some very game forwards emerge for the Nittany Lions in the form of David Glen and Casey Bailey. These players look to have the shooting talent and size to continue to do well at this level. However, the respect they earned from last year’s performances may result in more scrutiny from opponents and more pressure from their own locker room. The smooth-skating Nate Jensen led the way on defense for the Nittany Lions last year. He will need to be

andreW coPP

even better this season as PSU’s young defensive core will often be under fire.

tailored to provide their skilled stock

lar highs and lows as the Nittany Lions

The addition of junior Patrick Koudys

of players with a distinct home ice ad-

open Pegula Arena, drop the puck for

should add some stability on the blue

vantage. The Gophers have historically

Friday night games on home football

line.

displayed a consistent ability to turn

weekends, and play a non-conference

quick transition style has the potential

games in their favor by outgunning

schedule that ranges in disparity from

to put a lot of pressure on their blue

opponents in special teams situations.

Army to Boston College.

Expect Minnesota to be able to lever-

Attrition

from

Coach

Gadowsky’s

up-tempo,

liners. Consequently, the Nittany Lions last

year’s

will need to see quick development

age these strengths enough to hang

class won’t be much of a problem for

from highly touted defensive prospect

around near the top of the standings

the 2013-14 Nittany Lions as they are

Mike Williamson.

while their line-up gains experience. If

clearly still in the building stages. But

enough members of last season’s sup-

finding a cohesive line-up that can

showed that anything is possible from

porting cast emerge as this season’s

play competitively over the course of

this squad. So this writer likes them

leaders, the Gophers could be a dark

a more rigorous schedule is cause for

right in the middle of the pack and

horse candidate for the National Title.

concern. Goaltender Matt Skoff will be

poised to make a run at the Big Ten

Last

season’s

performance

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PENN STATE

Coach Guy Gadowsky has to be elated with the performance of last season’s team in the big contests and encouraged by what that might mean for his team’s prospects in the Big Ten this year. However, his team often struggled to play with comparable energy in lower profile match-ups. This season will certainly provide the setting for simi-

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6 Jake cHelios title in upcoming seasons.

5

OHIO STATE

tender Collin Olson will be expected to

last season. But the Spartans were a

step into the starting role in net. The

relatively young squad and won’t see

Buckeyes’ tandem of hulking Canadian

much turnover in their roster. They’ll

defensemen, sophomore Craig Dalry-

look for veteran leadership from senior

mple and junior Justin DaSilva, will be

defenseman Jake Chelios, son of Hall

tasked with bullying opponents out of

of Famer Chris Chelios. Matt Berry and

the slot while their young netminder

Tanner Sorenson provided solid offensive production as sophomores last

adjusts to being a starter.

The Buckeyes finished off last season

This is a squad that should not

year and will need to increase their ef-

with a shocking and somewhat bewil-

be taken lightly by any opponent, as

forts if MSU hopes to improve. The ros-

dering coaching change when Mark

they appear to be one solid wining

ter will welcome Michigan High School

Osiecki was relieved of his duties in

streak shy of asserting their presence

League’s 2013 Mr. Hockey award win-

mid-April. Although OSU failed to fin-

in the college hockey world. That said,

ner Mackienze MacEachern, one of the

ish above the .500 mark in Osiecki’s

given the lack of confidence the ad-

most anticipated home-grown recruits

three seasons behind the bench, the

ministration showed in the direction of

since Justin Abdelkader. Goaltenders

program seemed to be on an upward

the program under their former coach,

Will Yanakeff and Jake Hildebrand will

trajectory under his leadership. In the

a rocky start could just as easily lead

likely both see time in net for the Spar-

to dissention in the ranks and another

tans.

aftermath of Osiecki’s

dismissal, the

Buckeyes lost two key recruits to other

6

college hockey programs. Osiecki’s asa program that seems to be scram-

MSU as head coach Tom Anastos attempts to get the Spartans back on track. MSU developed a proud tradi-

MICHIGAN STATE

bling to keep things together. The Buckeyes are certainly capable of being competitive this year as they return a well-balanced roster with

tion as an elite hockey program under legendary coach Ron Mason. Although it’s only Anastos’ third year behind the bench, Sparty probably won’t be too

The Spartans punctuated what’s been

Ryan Dzingel and Tanner Fritz will be

a backward slide for MSU since their

counted on to lead the way offensive-

2007

ly. On the back end, sophomore goal-

finishing dead last in their conference

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National

Championship

by

patient if MSU spends another season

at the bottom of the standings. ~BBI

mATT mITCHEll/mSU ATHlETIC COmm

sistant, Steve Rohlik, will now take over

decent depth at forward and defense.

This will be a key season for

sub .500 season


T H E B L A C K B I S C U I T I N T E R V I E W:

JO E BA T T I STA

F R O M P U P-A-G O-G O T O THE PEGULA ICE ARENA

T

he ice hockey odyssey of Joe Battista began in the suburbs east of Pittsburgh, specifically at the Monroeville Mall Ice

Palace, in 1970. Having grown up in the borough of Monroeville, I spent a lot

of time in this so-called “cathedral of consumerism,” which opened in 1969, and the ice rink was its centerpiece. But nobody ever called it “the Ice Palace.” They either called it “the mall rink” or “Pup-A-Go-Go,” the latter moniker referring to the hot dog stand beside the rink’s main entrance. Battista, from Penn Hills, the township that borders Monroeville to the west, spent much of his youth hockey and high school years honing his skills at that rink, so


Inc., a natural gas drilling company,

here. So to see his son, Michael, be a

this interview at his temporary office

and owner of the NHL’s Buffalo Sabres,

part of the first varsity hockey team

in the East Area Locker Room Build-

who donated $102 million for the new

here was pretty cool. Certainly, when

ing, that the title of this piece should

facility that opens on October 11.

Michael Longo came here, he came

be, “From Pup-A-Go-Go to the Pegula

“That’s 78 days away,” Battis-

to play for the Icers. His final college

Ice Arena,” his reply was, “Cool.”

ta told me as we headed back to the

hockey game was beating 16th-ranked

To receive a one-word answer

EALR Building following a 45-minute

Wisconsin in the Kohl Center. And who

from the famously loquacious Joe Bat-

tour of the two-rink arena that, among

woulda thunk it, right? So there’s a

tista is a rare event. Dick Penceck, art

its many marvelous features, has a

lot of those kinds of memories woven

historian and former Penn State la-

massive, state-of-the-art refrigeration

into this magnificent story, going back

unit that will provide the hardest, fast-

to John Dufford and Jerry Fry, who I

crosse coach, once remarked, at the mention of Battista’s name, “I tell you what…with that guy’s energy, you don’t even need electricity.” Predictably, it was the only single-syllable response I

O

got from Battista that day. f course, anyone who’s a

B

est ice surfaces in North America.

played with. A lot of former players

attista supervised every as-

asked that I please recognize Jerry

pect of the construction, and

somewhere in the new building. So on

no detail was overlooked.

the Legacy Wall, there’s a picture of a

He proudly pointed out, in

number 9 holding up the trophy. That

the visitors’ locker room, the panels

was Jerry Fry. Jerry was captain of the

of

of Plexiglas covering the dry wall, an

team and president of the Hockey Club

fame has had a successful,

addition he insisted on as a safeguard

in the year that they took the old Ice

well-documented

against the frustrated athlete’s ten-

Pavilion and made it into an Astroturf

member

of

four

halls life.

Bat-

tista was one of the greatest college

dency to punch any available surface.

[football] practice field and we were

hockey coaches of all time, at any level,

Without the Plexiglas, he explained,

out of luck. And Jerry and a few other

boasting a record of 501-124-27 and six “we’d be patching these walls up every ACHA National Titles during his 19-year

week.” ~DKH

tenure at the helm of the Penn State

people literally saved the program, because they got the university to agree to build a temporary outdoor rink and

Icers. (Previously, as a defenseman for

D.K. Higgins: If memory serves, Pup-

they got us ice time in Johnstown, they

the Icers, Battista played for two Con-

A-Go-Go was the only rink in Monro-

got us ice time in Mechanicsburg.

ference

eville back in the early 1970s.

Tournament

Championship

teams in 1979 and 1980.) He co-found- Joe Battista: In all of the eastern sub-

DKH: But they couldn’t schedule

ed the American Collegiate Hockey As-

urbs, yeah, for the longest time. But if

games on an outdoor rink.

sociation in 1991 and was twice named

it wasn’t for that rink, I wouldn’t have

JB: Well, for two years we played all of

ACHA Division 1 Coach of the Year. In

been involved [with hockey]. My dad

our games on the road. We had home

2003 Battista coached Team USA at

took my brother and me to a Penguin

games in Mechanicsburg! And then

the World University Games in Tarvisio,

game when they gave out free street

Jerry graduated with an engineering

Italy. His current title is Associate Ath-

hockey sticks, and, as he said, that was

degree and unfortunately passed away

letic Director of Ice Arena and Hockey

the most expensive free thing that he

in his early 30s. And all of my team-

Development.

ever got, because we were hooked!

mates that I played with, we idolized

A 1983 graduate from PSU’s

him. He was funny, bright…I mean, he’d

Smeal College of Business, Battista

DKH: And before long you and your

show up at practice every day with

came to Happy Valley in 1978 as an en-

brother were playing at the mall.

a different hat on. He had one where

gineering major only to learn, upon his

JB: We were very lucky. Lucky be-

you pulled a string and it clapped. You

arrival, that Penn State no longer had

cause it was close to home and lucky

know, just fun stuff. He was bigger than

an indoor rink. His initial disappoint-

because of the good friends that we

life to a lot of us. And I was a freshman

ment would be one of the motivating

made. In this past year in particular

when he was a fifth-year senior. So I

factors for his three-decade, Ahab-like

it was extra special because [former

only played hockey with him for a year,

quest for an NCAA Division 1 ice arena

high school teammate] Lou Longo and

but I’ll never forget the guy for what he

in “Hockey Valley.” In 2005 he found

I were buddies in Penn Hills from the

did. He saved Penn State Hockey. And

his benefactor: Penn State alum Ter-

time we were in second grade, and

there were a lot of people like that over

ry Pegula, founder of East Resources,

his son played on the ice hockey team

the years.

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DKH: Such as?

evidence that Penn State played hock-

tougher and tougher to get, they final-

JB: Roy Scott, Dave McCrabb and Larry

ey in the early 1900s. Several differ-

ly said, “You know what? We’ll just cut

Hendry are the guys that got the pro-

ent times it was resurrected as a club

the project down in size. Get it finished

gram going in the early ’70s. Roy Scott

team. I always knew that there was a

and we’ll move forward.” So I got to play my last two years in Greenberg.

was a freshman, and he and Dave Mc-

team in ’38-’39 that became varsity. I

Crabb and some other people went

did not know that there were all those

out and got 5,000 signatures that they

attempts to keep resurrecting it. And

DKH: What was your reaction when,

presented to the then-dean of the

somebody found all these pictures of

as a freshman, you suddenly found

college of health and phys ed, Robert

kids skating through the early 1900s,

out there wasn’t an indoor rink here?

Scannell. They had an ice rink here, but

and the article that was in the Colle- JB: I was devastated. I wanted to trans-

it didn’t have boards, so they couldn’t

gian about hockey. Did you ever see

fer. I called my parents to come and

play hockey. But how many freshmen,

that?

get me. Again, when you’re 18 years

in Roy Scott’s case, can say that they

old, you’re naïve. I had hoped to go

had that significant of an impact on

DKH: No. What did it say?

Penn State? I mean, you go back to

JB: That hockey was poised to become

ty as a walk-on and, of course, if you

that, you think, “My God, look at the

the next big thing, to take its place

weren’t playing junior hockey and

history and what he started.” Because

with the Ivy League schools. Eh…not

if you weren’t a high school varsity

hockey had disappeared for all those

quite. (laughs) I think that article was

hockey player from Minnesota or Mas-

to Notre Dame or Boston Universi-

years. The 1947 team was the last var-

from 1911, so it took a hundred years,

sachusetts or Michigan in those days,

sity team, and then there wasn’t anoth-

and the only thing we have in common

you weren’t going to play at that lev-

er hockey team here until ’71-’72. So

with the Ivy League is that Guy Gad-

el. But I didn’t know that. Pittsburgh

for 25 years it disappeared. And those

owsky used to be the coach at Princ-

obviously had the traditional football

guys brought it back. A good portion

eton.

and basketball schools. Well, I applied

of them are all coming back for the

to all the hockey schools—North DakoDKH: You mentioned an ice rink that

ta, Denver, Boston U., Boston College,

didn’t have any boards. Where was

Notre Dame—because I was going to

DKH: What about the great John Duf-

that?

go play college hockey. Now, back in

ford and the first varsity team in 1939?

JB: That was right where Lasch Build-

those days, in 1977-78, when I was a

Where did they play?

ing is now. It was called the Ice Pavil-

senior [in high school], if you said you

JB: They played over by the old Beaver

ion. It was literally just a big dome, and

were from Pittsburgh and you were a

first game here at the Pegula.

Field near Rec Hall. There were tennis

it had open ends for the longest time.

hockey player, people would laugh at

courts there. They flooded the tennis

And then they finally enclosed those

you.

courts.

and they put boards up. The club team in the mid-’70s used to get 2,000 peo-

DKH: Obviously an outdoor rink.

ple at games.

JB: Yeah, but they played indoors at

DKH: They probably wouldn’t laugh now. JB: Well, this past year, there were

Duquesne Gardens, they played at the

DKH: And then they turned it into a

more kids from the city of Pittsburgh

Hershey Arena, they played at John-

football practice facility?

that played on the United States World

stown. But Penn State reached a point

JB: Yeah, just seven years after hock- Junior Championship gold medal- win-

where it just decided to invest in hock-

ey had been resurrected. They had

ning team than there were from the

ey as a varsity sport. Hockey did not

the plans then to build Greenberg

entire state of Minnesota. Think about

become recognized as an NCAA sport

[Ice Pavilion], but it kept getting de-

that. Our highest draft pick to date is

until 1948 and, of course, Penn State

layed because of the money. If you re-

a freshman that’s coming in this year,

stopped in ’47. So that’s why this past

member, back in those days we were

[goaltender] Eamon McAdam, he’s

year, we talked about how it was the

going through the oil crisis, interest

from Philadelphia, drafted in the third

first NCAA varsity season. They [the

rates were 18 percent, so there was no

round by the New York Islanders. And

’39-’47 teams] were recognized as a

money. It was supposed to be a 4500

you just sit there and go, “Wow! Thirty

varsity team, but there was no NCAA

seat rink and we were supposed to go

years ago nobody would have believed

hockey back in those days. But there’s

Division 1. But when money became

this.” You talk to people in town here

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2 3

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1. Joe Battista as an Icer defenseman. 2. Battista demonstrates the training

5

facilities at the Pegula Ice Arena. 3. Young Joe (left) with his brother, Jan. 4. Battista at High School All-Stars 25th Reunion with former Penn Hills and Penn State teammate Clark Dexter, 1992. 5. Dexter (offensive MVP) and Battista (defensive MVP) at the Dapper Dan Classic, 1977. 6. Battista (middle row, third from left) with his high school baseball team. 7. Coach Battista in 1998.

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about what’s the most intense sports

up the seats, and they’d have to pay

DKH: And it will be, thanks in part to

rivalry in the state of Pennsylvania

one less guy. (laughs) But I don’t see

the new arena. But now that you’re

these days. It’s not the Phillies-Pirates.

that happening anytime soon. So a

leaving the old building, any last

It’s not the Steelers-Eagles. It’s the

couple of things have made hockey

thoughts about the Greenberg Ice Pa-

Penguins-Flyers.

more popular in the state of Pennsyl-

vilion?

vania: the success of the Penguins and

JB: Greenberg has been a big part of my

DKH: Speaking of the Penguins, I

the Flyers, but also the Hershey Bears

life. I played in it, coached in it, taught

heard that when you were in high

and the Wilkes-Barre Penguins and the

camps in it for all those years. And if

school and you practiced at the Civic

Reading Royals and the Erie Otters,

it wasn’t for Greenberg, and it wasn’t

Arena—aka “The Igloo”—you used to

and there’s the Philadelphia Phantoms,

for the Icers, there wouldn’t have been

wash Pierre Larouche’s car.

who moved up to Glenn Falls, New

a Terry Pegula either. His son came to

JB: Yep. Back in the mid-’70s. I was

York. Well, they’re coming back to a

hockey camp at Penn State back in

14, 15 years old, and that’s how we got

brand-new arena in Allentown starting

the late ’80s, early ’90s, and his fami-

tickets to the games.

next year. And the other thing that I

ly would come to watch the Icers play,

think has really made hockey popular

and that’s what got Terry fired up. Why

DKH: I remember seeing LaRouche

is HD television, because now you can

are we playing Towson and Delaware?

all the time playing pool at LaStella’s

see the puck.

How come we’re not playing Michi-

Lounge in Mt. Lebanon, and he looked

gan and Minnesota? Again, I am very

like a kid. He wasn’t much bigger than

DKH:

hockey

lucky. I know it, we all know it, because

me.

keeps getting more popular despite

none of this would be happening with-

JB: You think about those days—that

the confusing realignment.

out Terry and Kim. None of it. It’s not

was back before they lifted weights

JB: If you were a geography major,

just that they’ve been very successful

Meanwhile,

college

and trained 12 months a year. The game

you’d flunk. And it’s like that with all

business people; they’re also very giv-

has changed, obviously. These kids are

college sports. The commissioners of

ing people, very private. Terry doesn’t

bigger, stronger, faster. I sat with the

the five major leagues are starting to

want a bunch of people coming up and

Pegulas at the NHL draft this past year

speak up about their dislike of what’s

telling him “Thank you.” That’s not why

in New Jersey. And their first-round

going on with the NCAA. And the

he did it. He did it because he wants to

draft picks [for the Buffalo Sabres]

NCAA, five years from now, could be

grow hockey, and anybody that doubt-

were two kids…one was six-three, 205-

a completely different animal. But I’m

ed that doesn’t realize how much he’s

210 pounds, another was six-five, 210,

not convinced yet that it’s going to be

passionate about hockey. And by the

and these were defensemen! They look

for the better, because it has gotten

way, it’s not just Terry. Kim’s as big a

like football players. So it’s a different

so commercial. It really is a business.

hockey nut as he is. Maybe bigger.

game.

Back when I coached the Icers, these kids paid their own way and they had

DKH: You were the executive director

DKH: Because the rink isn’t getting

to help us raise money. They were stu-

of the Nittany Lion Club from 2006 to

any bigger.

dents first and foremost, and hockey

2009 when the new arena project got

JB: That’s the point! And I always say,

was a very fun distraction, but also seri-

started. But had you talked to Terry

it’s the ol’ force-equals-mass-times-

ous, because a lot of guys go on to play

Pegula about it before then?

acceleration. The players are bigger

minor/pro after they’re done. But there

JB: Yeah. In 2005 we had dinner at Kel-

and stronger, skate faster, shoot the

was still a sense of innocence about it…

ly’s [Steak and Seafood] in Boalsburg,

puck harder, better sticks…but the rink

and that’s gone. This is big-time. And

and that was the first serious discus-

is the same size. So the hitting is fierce.

with big-time comes big business, and

sion about “what’s it gonna take?” And

we’re the first real revenue-producing

we’ve had many a dinner and a glass

DKH: But nobody’s talking about in-

sport that’s been added at Penn State

of wine at Kelly’s since, which I think

creasing the size of the rink, right?

in 50 years. I mean, football and men’s

is pretty cool because Sean Kelly, the

JB: Well, people talk about it, but I ac-

basketball are the only two sports that

proprietor, used to play hockey here.

tually believe the NHL would go to a

make a profit. Men’s hockey should be

He was a youth hockey kid. His parents

four-on-four game before they’d make

the third.

were actively involved in youth hockey.

the rink bigger. They don’t wanna give

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DKH: Hockey’s a big commitment

came back and worked hockey camp.

for the parents. They not only have

core of this have always believed that hockey would be wildly successful at

to pay for ice time, they also have to

DKH: But you coached the Icers for 19

Penn State. And if the initial sale of

constantly haul their kids to rinks in

years, and I think that that had some-

tickets at Pegula Arena is any indica-

Johnstown, Delmont, Pittsburgh…

thing to do with what is happening

tion, we were right! It is going to be

JB: Trust me, I know. When I was work-

now. The level of excellence of the

a pretty amazing environment and at-

ing with the Penguins, I was director of

Icers under your tutelage can’t be ig-

mosphere. But it’s rewarding to know

amateur hockey. But now we’re trying

nored. And you can be as modest as

that those of us that volunteered

to take after the European model. So

you want, but that was an incredible

played at least a small part. My years

instead of having to travel three hours

club team.

as the president of the hockey club as

to play a 60-minute game, there’s no

JB: Well, we took a lot of grief from

a student, and you hate to say this, but

reason why, if you’re going to Pitts-

people. They’d say, “Aw, you were just

I learned more from that than I did in

burgh, you can’t play four games there

a club team.” But even now you go

the classroom because it’s pragmat-

and only travel once a month. And

around and hear, “Oh, Penn State’s fi-

ic experience. You’re out helping to

then [the Pittsburgh teams] can come

nally got a hockey team.” Well…we had

raise money, you’re selling ads for the

up here to play us. [Plus] you also have

one. We had one that actually beat

program, you’re asking for donations,

clinics and development. Bob John-

some Division 1 teams. So we take um-

you’re organizing trips. And in a way,

son, who used to coach the Penguins,

brage with the fact that some people

it’s funny. Because I’m not doing any-

his famous quote was, “No one ever

didn’t respect the level of hockey that

thing different now than I was then, it’s

got better sittin’ in the back seat of

we played. And we had some very

just on a bigger stage and there’s a lot

a car.” Especially in a sport like hock-

good players. We had some kids that

more moving parts. We’re just evolv-

ey, because you need ice. Me and my

were either overlooked by the Division

ing to the next level. I mean…it’s big!

buddies used to rent the ice in Greens-

1 coaches or they were late bloomers,

The challenge that Coach Gadowsky

burg—Kirk S. Nevin Arena—40 minutes

but they were good students, they

has in front of him is enormous. You’re

away [from Penn Hills]. We would play

were good athletes and they were

battling Michigan, which has 70 years

pick-up hockey from 3:30 till 5:30 on

good kids. And again, I don’t care what

of hockey history, and Wisconsin and

a Saturday morning. It used to cost

level you’re playing at, if you play in 10

Minnesota with all the national cham-

us $35 total, and there’d be like 20 of

straight national championship games

pionships they have among them, and

us. There’d be no referees, no coach-

and you win four in a row at one point,

suddenly we’re jumping into the deep

es, and we played shinny hockey for

and five out of six years, you’re doing

end of the pool. We’re also going into

two hours. And that’s how I really fell

something right. The one thing I will

it with the latest in technology, the

in love with the game. Because you

take credit for—I

surrounded myself

shiniest, newest facility and a lot of

didn’t have all these drills and all that…

with great people. Great volunteers,

momentum. I think we’re going to sur-

you just played. And part of me thinks

people who helped me coach, people

prise a lot of people with how popular

that we’ve structured all these sports

who helped teach me how to fund-

this is going to be.

too much. If you don’t remember to

raise. We always called it the Icer Fami-

have fun, why are you doing it?

ly, and we still refer to it as that. There’s

DKH: Last season was the start of

a little paragraph about it up [on the

Penn State’s new era of Division 1

DKH: And you’ve been having fun in

wall] at the new rink. It was the Icer

hockey. Was it better than you ex-

State College for more than 30 years.

Family that made Penn State Hockey

pected?

JB: It’s been 35 years total. And I only

what it was during the Icer era. The

JB: Absolutely! I think there were ex-

left for five years. I went to the Pen-

volunteers, boosters, sponsors, the lo-

perts that thought we’d be lucky to

guins for three years, I coached at Kent

cal people that had a belief in us…and

win three or four games. And to win

State for one year and I coached at

loved hockey.

13 out of 27 Division 1 games, to beat

Culver Academy for a year. But I was a

Ohio State, Michigan State and espe-

player and then I was a coach and an

DKH: So it’s really no surprise that the

cially Wisconsin, who was nationally

employee. So really, for over 30 years

sport, in “Hockey Valley,” has grown

ranked. We beat Michigan State in East

I’ve been in State College. But even

the way it has.

Lansing, we beat Wisconsin in Madison,

those five years I was away, I always

JB: Those of us that have been at the

we beat Ohio State in Consol Arena in

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Pittsburgh and we beat Vermont in

on my face every time I hear there’s

brightest guy by any stretch, but I’m

front of 19,000 people in Philadelphia.

a hockey team at Arizona State, USC,

good at connecting people. I’m good

That was the largest crowd to watch a

Georgia and Oklahoma. I’m sorry, but I

at finding people with a common goal

regular season college hockey game

keep dreaming that someday there will

and a common passion, and trying to

in an NHL venue. And it was the first

be Division 1 hockey at those schools

do something visionary. (laughs) It

time we ever played [these teams]. I

and there’ll be a Pac 10 Hockey Confer-

only took 35 years, but…we got it done.

think it shows you, first of all, just how

ence and an ACC Hockey Conference.

popular Penn State is and how popu-

You never know. Nobody thought

DKH: That’s right, and the opening of

lar Penn State hockey is going to be.

this would happen. (laughs) Honestly,

the Pegula Ice Arena on October 11 is

We’re introducing a whole new world

if somebody had told me that, at 53,

the culmination of your life’s work. So

to the sport of college hockey. And I

this is what I’d be doing with my life, I

what’s next?

think adding a brand like Penn State to

would have said, “You’re nuts. I went

JB: Win a Big Ten Championship, and

college hockey—in the Big Ten Confer-

to Penn State to be a nuclear engineer.”

then win a National Championship.

ence along with the Big Ten Network— The closest I ever got to being a nu- And on the women’s side, win a CHA it’s going to raise the profile of the

clear engineer was when I walked out

Championship and win a Women’s Na-

whole sport.

of the back side of Greenberg and was

tional Championship. Now, that won’t

staring at the Breazeale Reactor. DKH: Especially with so many college

happen very soon, but you asked, “What’s next?” Okay, well, we built the

games on TV now.

DKH: When did you change to mar-

arena, we assembled the staffs, hired

JB: Five years ago, if you wanted to

keting?

the coaches and they assembled the

watch college hockey during the reg- JB: The beginning of my junior year. As

teams. Now it’s time to help them

ular season, you had to go someplace

a matter of fact, you couldn’t even do

achieve the top of the pyramid at this

where there was Direct TV or Satel-

that today. You can’t transfer into busi-

level. I’m hoping that, before you know

lite TV. You had to go to a restaurant

ness anymore. So I always laugh about

it, we’ll be able to watch Penn State

or a bar. Now, sitting at my house on

how I have two half-degrees—half an

players in the NHL. And it has been

a Friday night, five different college

engineer and half a marketing guy, put

a lot of work, it really has. I mean, I’m

hockey games were being shown. Big

‘em together and somehow I became a

working seven days a week, I work ev-

Ten Network, Fox Sports, CBS Sports,

coach and a sports administrator.

ery night, but it’s a labor of love. When

NBC Sports and the NHL Network are

you like what you’re doing, it’s not DKH: Obviously both disciplines have

work. But we want to do it right. We’ve

when I look back at it, I was one of the

helped you.

all put in long hours and we’ve had to

people who co-founded the American

JB: Yeah, the engineering side of me

fight a lot of battles. We call ourselves

showing hockey. Every Friday night! So

Collegiate Hockey Association , which

is the analytical side, it’s the organiza- “Team Pegula” and there’s a plaque in

was the national organization for club

tion, it’s trying to fix things and prob-

the arena that actually says, “The mem-

hockey teams. It’s probably one of the

lem-solve. Then the marketing side

bers of Team Pegula.” Crawford Ar-

things that I’m actually most proud of.

of me is the fund-raiser, the salesman,

chitects, BCJ Architects, ICON Venue,

I mean, winning the National Champi-

doing the sponsorships, having the

the Office of Physical Plant, the Office

onships and all that is great for Penn

passion. My favorite saying is written

of Development, Intercollegiate Ath-

State. But we started off with a group

right there (points to bulletin board in

letics and all the people that worked

of 22 teams that were in the charter

his office). Turn a “No, because…” into

on the project. From the donors, the

membership, and I think in that first

a “Yes, if…” And I can tell you that you

workers…I think we’re all going to be

year there were like 58 teams in the or-

don’t really ever get to be successful if

really proud of what we accomplished.

ganization and then it rapidly moved

you can’t accept that you’re going to

And again, I will never, ever forget that

to 150, and before you knew it, there’s

hear “no” more often than you’re go-

none of this happens without Terry

close to 500 club hockey teams now in

ing to hear “yes.” And you just keep

and Kim Pegula and their generosity

five divisions. Men’s Division 1, 2 and 3,

pluggin’ away. You’ve got to persevere.

and passion. It’s that shared passion

Women’s Division 1 and 2. That’s pretty

I believe that passion and persever-

for Penn State Hockey that made this

cool, that you got to impact that many

ance are two characteristics of any-

happen. October 11th is going to be a

people’s lives. And I have a big smile

body who’s successful. And I’m not the

blast!

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admitted that, unlike most players, he

ing 14 with the Montreal Canadiens

couldn’t relax on the bench. “I find my

(Les Habitants). He won five Stanley

relaxation on the ice when I have that

Cups with the Habs and also became

little black biscuit on the blade of my

the first NHL player to score 50 goals

stick. Then I am motivated as if by a

and 100 points in six consecutive sea-

powerful inspiration.”

Mark Napier and Guy Lapointe, only to

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maining. hen, with victory imminent and the crowd at the Montreal Forum stunned into silence, the Bruins botched a

line-change and were penalized for

In his essay, “Guy’s Greatest

too many men on the ice. The Cana-

Lafleur is the third member of

Game,” Frank Orr chronicled game

diens had a power-play opportuni-

sons, from 1975 to 1980. the fabled triumvirate of great Montre-

seven of the 1979 Stanley Cup Finals

ty and Lafleur quickly took advan-

al scorers, following Maurice “Rocket”

between the Canadiens and the Bos-

tage. “He relayed the puck to center

Richard and Jean Beliveau, although

ton Bruins, likening it to an epic “two- Jacques Lemaire near the Bruins’ blue

The Flower definitely favored The

man battle between Lafleur and Bruins

Rocket. “Beliveau was the Habs’ ‘com-

goalie Gilles Gilbert.” By the second in-

the boards into Bruins territory, then

pany man,’ while Richard and Lafleur

termission, Gilbert had the upper hand

shoved the puck slowly toward the

were insurrectionists, willing to embrace chaos, willing to stand alone,” wrote Craig MacInnis of the Toronto Star. “Both performed with a fiery, nonconformist zeal that often defied their team’s strategies. In fact, with

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and Boston led 3-1. ruins coach Don Cherry was

line,” Orr wrote. “Lemaire moved along

middle of the ice. Lafleur arrived at full speed with his stick cocked. Before Gil-

optimistic going into the se-

bert could move out to cut down the

ries, predicting that his team

angle, the puck was past him and into

would prevail “if we can just

the far side.”

control that damned Lafleur.” The two

“Lafleur unloaded the hardest

teams had met the year before in the

shot I ever saw in a lifetime in hockey,”

finals and the Boston players, under

Cherry said. “There was no way any-

on the ice and watch art triumph over

orders from Cherry, kept their sticks

one could have stopped it.” The coach

the opposition’s futile mathematics.”

raised, striking Lafleur at every op-

was not comforted by the fact that

Lafleur was as famous for his

portunity. Bandaged and scarred, he

Lafleur was on the bench when Yvon

stamina as his speed. “Tested by team

was not deterred, and the Habs won

Lambert scored the game-winner for

doctors, it was found that he had an

the fourth Stanley Cup of the Lafleur

Montreal at 9:33 in the overtime peri-

unusually strong heart, with a rest-

era. A year later, with the directive to

od. “When I think back on that game, I

ing rate of 40,” explained Mark Lep-

bludgeon Lafleur lifted, Cherry none-

never think of losing to the Canadiens,”

age. “This from an athlete who could

theless had his team up by two goals

Cherry lamented. “I can only think of

out-chain-smoke Keith Richards and

with 20 minutes to play. But Lafleur led

losing to Guy Lafleur.”

still play double shifts. A two-packs-

a Montreal comeback, with assists to

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