MacHall's Bleacher Creature Trivia, Part Six: Classic Hockey Hodgepodge

M MacDonald Hall@@DocMacHallSenior Analyst IJuly 7, 2008

Summer. For the hardcore hockey nut, beautiful weather is swapped off for fast-paced sporting glory, and it doesn‘t quite seem like a fair trade. After weeks of intense Stanley Cup ups-and-downs, the months after that final game can be awfully anti-climactic.

It can seem like an unwanted four-month break from ice-based madness. But really, it isn’t. Especially if you know where to look.

Welcome to Part Six of the Quiz! Every week this summer, find new hockey trivia (and answers) here, now twice a week. Test yourself and your friends, and take credit as the King or Queen of hockey knowledge.

Covering various topics (and miscellany) chapter to chapter, it’s a fun and easy way to get into the game over the hot summer months. Take a journey with your fellow Bleacher Creatures and discover the stories that make up over 100 years of ice time.

Think you can handle it? Want to prove your hockey smarts? Grab a pen and paper, or simply type your solutions on your own Bleacher Report profile and play along. Answers for today’s questions will be listed in Friday’s edition, and links to other chapters are at the bottom of the page.

Hockey Hodgepodge is a batch of miscellaneous trivia and stories plucked from various times and topics. So many stories make up the wonderful history of hockey, and these colourful tales weave the fabric of the game.

Individually, these facts are seemingly trivial; collectively, they have given us the versatile and evolving game we each know and love in our own way. Take an inside look at some of hockey’s subtlest secrets spanning a selection of major eras.

1. When the Montreal Canadiens first came into being, what were their team colours?

2. NHL history was changed in the 1920s when Conn Smythe bought the Toronto St. Patricks and created the now-storied Maple Leafs. He paid a pretty penny for the floundering Ontario club, though it was a bit of a steal considering someone else had put in an earlier, higher bid. Where would the St. Pats have been located had the generous offer not been turned down?

3. During the 2004-05 lockout season, when most NHL arenas were empty, one seat retained a fan desperate to see his team. A model skeleton, wearing the home team’s white jersey, held aloft a pair of placards, one of which read, “DROP the PUCK ALREADY!!” Which NHL arena bore witness to the disturbing reminder of the NHL’s first hockey-less season?

4. In the late 1970s, one of the most dominant lines in junior hockey earned itself a nickname with their superb play. They could have just as easily been named “the Triplicate Line,” since all three shared three major vital stats. Two of the players were drafted into the NHL, breaking up this line of carbon copies. Who were the skaters, what was their junior moniker, and what vital stats did they all share?

5. Which legendary NHL goaltender was known by family, teammates, and friends as a fervent knitter?

6. Who is credited with inventing the puck drop?

7. Which legendary player is said to have died of a broken heart when told he would never play hockey again?

8. In his rookie season with the Detroit Red Wings, Gordie Howe’s team sweater bore No. 17. According to Mr. Hockey himself, why did he make the switch to the famous No. 9?

9. Which player did Sidney Crosby pair with for The Kid’s first NHL fight?

10. Which personality coined the phrase, “He shoots, he scores!”?

Photo Question: In 1979, Wayne Gretzky signed an almost unbelievable contract at centre ice of his home arena. In front of cheering crowds and thunderous celebrations, the WHA player signed a monumental contract. What wild terms (number of years and money per annum) were stipulated by which team, and what was Gretz writing on that contract paper in the shot above?

Bonus Question: What added tangible bonus—outside of a pile of cash—was Wayne Gretzky offered that made that deal so attractive to the young hockey star?

Answers: MacHall Test Part Five: NHL Awards and the Stanley Cup

* Note: These are the solutions to the previous quiz. Try your hand at the questions here.

5.1 ~ The 1967 Toronto Maple Leafs, the most recent Cup year in Toronto. A somewhat disgruntled Joe Pappin, who was traded to Detroit by the Leafs soon after that Cup season, gave the ring to his father-in-law, who later lost it while on holiday in Florida.

5.2 ~ Deadmarch was changed to Deadmarsh, as in Adam Deadmarsh of the 1996 Colorado Avalanche. His was to be the first of a select few corrections on the Stanley Cup.

5.3 ~ Charlotte and John Grahame. Charlotte, Executive Director of Hockey administration for the Colorado Avalanche, won a place on the Cup in 2001. Her son John was Tampa Bay’s back-up goaltender when the Lightning won Lord Stanley’s mug in 2004.

5.4 ~ Ray Bourque lost out by a margin of two votes, or one first-place ballot.

5.5 ~ Chuck Rayner. The character goaltender never posted particularly good numbers and finished his career with a losing record. Nevertheless, Rayner helped the Rangers to the seventh game of the 1950 Cup Finals, a series which saw three games go to overtime. In fact, the deciding contest was played until 28:31 of the fifth period (see Part Three). Recognised most often as a New York Ranger, the Saskatchewan-born Rayner was one of the first goalies to play the puck in front of the net.

5.6 ~ Afghanistan. Kandahar, specifically. The Cup would make a return tour of Afghanistan in 2008 as part of a “Team Canada visit.”

5.7 ~ Jean Beliveau. He won the Cup 10 times as a player and a further seven from the office.

5.8 ~ Five recipients have been on the wrong side of a Cup celebration, and Philadelphia left winger Reggie Leach won it in 1976.

5.9 ~ Joe Sakic won the one and only NHL/Sheraton Road Performer Award Winner, given to the player with the best road performance of the season.

5.10 ~ Lady Byng herself made the first selection of the Trophy, choosing to present it to Frank Nighbor. The Governor General’s wife very much enjoyed the game of hockey, and she decided to make her own contribution to the game she loved.

She asked Nighbor to Rideau Hall ostensibly to ask him if the NHL would accept her donated trophy for the League’s most gentlemanly player. When he replied that he thought it would, Nighbor was apparently taken aback when Lady Byng proceeded to present to him the award for that year.  The selection is now made by the vote of the Professional Hockey Writers Association.

5.11 ~ (Bonus Question) Lady Byng gave Frank Boucher of the New York Rangers the original trophy after he won it seven times in eight years.

5.12 ~ (Photo Question) The O’Brien Trophy. It was given to the NHA champs between 1910 an 1917, at which point it was awarded to the NHL Playoff Champions. The trophy was intended to rival the Stanley Cup, which was still an inter-league award. Of course, it was never as coveted as the 1893 silver. When Stanley essentially became sole property of the NHL in 1927, it was presented to the Canadian Division Champions. As its swan song, from 1938-1950, it was the second-place prize of the NHL post-season.

Check back Friday for more trivia, plus answers to these random hockey questions.

New quiz questions (and solutions to the previous edition) will be published Mondays and Fridays through much of the Summer. Let me know you have posted answers on your profile, and I will let you know just how well you did on the quiz.

Other trivia in this series:

Part One - Hockey's "Third Season" Basics

Part Two - The Draft

Part Three - Stanley Cup Sampler

Part Four - International and Olympic Hockey

Part Five - NHL Awards and the Stanley Cup

M MacDonald Hall is the Bleacher Report Calgary Flames Community Leader, and will be adding to the NHL department over the summer. Future articles include a breakdown of Calgary Flames playoff performance in the 21st Century, roster changes and information, and Flames-specific trivia. M’s Bleacher Report archive includes an assortment of Flames/NHL articles, including the full nine-part trivia series.

M also writes on various other topics, sport and non-sport related. Enquiries regarding NHL writing or other subjects may be directed to M's Bleacher Report profile or via email.



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