Brian McFarlane's History of Hockey by Brian McFarlane

By Brian McFarlane

Here's the guts and soul of hockey-the tale of greater than a century of the world's quickest recreation. In Brian McFarlands background of Hockey, McFarlane, one of many video games most valuable and reconized commentators for "Hockey evening in Canada", retells hockey's historical past in a quick relocating yr via yr account of the game's origins, rule alterations, nice video games, performs and trades in either standard season and play-off motion.

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Toronto won the third game, 6-3, although Mickey Mackay was easily the best player on the ice. In the fourth game Mackay led Vancouver to an 8-1 triumph. Mackay was sensational in the final game, too, but it was won by Toronto, 2-1. Corbett Denneny scored the winning goal and the Toronto Arenas became the first NHL team to capture the Stanley Cup. 191819 With the end of World War I, it was hoped that many great hockey players in military service would be back on skates, but few were demobilized in time to join their old teams and the NHL carried on with essentially the same players as in the preceding season.

In the Stanley Cup finals, Jack Adams scored three times against his old club as Vancouver took the opener 4-3. Babe Dye scored in overtime as Toronto evened the series with a 2-1 victory. Hugh Lehman then chalked up another playoff shutout in a 3-0 Vancouver triumph. But Babe Dye found the scoring range again, connecting for two goals in the fourth game and four more in game number five. Toronto won both games and walked off with the Stanley Cup.

When Edmonton challenged the Wanderers for the Stanley Cup in 1909, they established a record of sorts by playing a "ringer" for every player on the Edmonton squad with one exception. The "ringers" included Lester Patrick, Didier Pitre, Tom Phillips and Harold McNamara, but the Wanderers still took the series 13-10. A new league, the National Hockey Association, the forerunner of the NHL, was established in 1910 in Montreal. Franchises were awarded to the Wanderers, Renfrew, Cobalt, Haileybury and a team in Montreal to be called Les Canadiens.

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