Stanley Cup Quiz!

Mark Messier and 1994 Stanley Cup

Mark Messier and 1994 Stanley Cup

The other day, as I slogged my way through the 30-question Stanley Cup Quiz at nhl.com, I realized something – as Judge Smails would say, “It s-s-s-s-s-s-s-ucked.”

Questions whose answers nobody would know. Nothing but years and numbers answers – a recipe for gawd awful trivia questions. And no learning component whatsoever – which is a great-quiz essential.

So, here’s my own 20-question (because 30 is stupid long) Stanley Cup Quiz. Have fun. Please learn something.

1. The Montréal Canadiens won five consecutive Stanley Cups between 1956-60. Name the netminder who played 49 Stanley Cup Playoff games for those Canadiens.

A) Gerry McNeil

B) Georges Vézina

C) Charlie Hodge

D) Jacques Plante

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Where were you the day Wayne Gretzky was dealt?

August 9, 1988 was a day that changed the face of sports forever…because it was the day Wayne Gretzky was dealt from the larger-than-life Edmonton Oilers to the meaningless Los Angeles Kings. That Tuesday morning, I arrived at my CBC Network Sports office in Toronto a little late (just like every day) and plunked myself down with my feet on my desk. Many who worked on the fifth floor of that building on the east side of Yonge Street, just north of Gerrard, were in Seoul, South Korea. There to produce CBC’s coverage of the XXIV Olympic Summer Games. You know, the “Ben Johnson Games.” I stayed in Toronto to produce our CFL on CBC coverage, which continued during those months. With so many gone, our offices were a lot like a ghost town. Then my phone rang.

Gretzky cries at trade presser

On the morning of August 9, 1988, Wayne Gretzky is overcome with emotion as he discusses his move to Los Angeles (Photo Brian Gavriloff)

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Bob Cole is still fantastic

Legendary broadcaster Bob Cole

Legendary broadcaster Bob Cole

Make no mistake, it is still awesome to listen to Bob Cole call a Stanley Cup Playoff game on Hockey Night in Canada. He is still an absolute master at his craft. He knows when to talk. He knows when not to talk. And he knows how to pace his words so it almost sounds like he’s not talking even when he is. And the richness of his voice is unmatched anywhere in the hockey broadcasting kingdom. (more…)

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Here’s the scenario…a big-time sponsor throws a cocktail party for heavy hitters. They invite the world’s hottest, blondest, sexiest supermodel. But she’s busy. Can’t attend. So she sends her fatter, uglier sister!

Who the hell wants that? Not the sponsor. Not the sister. Not even the other party guests.

And that’s why I don’t understand why Canada keeps sending a team to the IIHF World (Hockey) Championship. This year, it’s in Germany from May 7th to 23rd. (more…)

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Common sense, NHL head checks – like oil and water

I can barely stand by and watch the National Hockey League bumble and fumble its way around another hot-button issue – head checks and what to do about the recent rash of them.

If the boneheads at the top of the pyramid (NHL league execs, owners, general managers and coaches) really wanted to solve this problem, they would act on it almost overnight. But it’s like watching kindergarten students trying to solve Rubik’s Cube. Not only do they not know the goal they are trying to achieve, they don’t even know where to begin. (more…)

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