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“Lingerie Break” and NHL hockey

The NHL Network had a vintage game on yesterday that was just too good to miss. It was played at the Olympia Stadium in Detroit and was a match between two of the Original Six – the Detroit Red Wings and the Chicago Blackhawks. It was a honest-to-goodness 1965 classic broadcast on Hockey Night in Canada that just had my spirit a fluttering. 🙂

Among the many superbly entertaining moments found during this game, the second period contained a “lingerie break”. It turns out that Chicago Blackhawks goalie, Glenn Hall, had snapped his suspenders and they needed repaired. 🙂 How entertaining is that? A “lingerie break”. lol

While this short break in action occurred, Bobby Hull was the recipient of a small rubber ball from the Olympia (Wings) audience. What did he do with it? He hit a clean goal shot. And, both the camera and broadcasters picked it up. Everyone cheered. What fun!

Speaking of Bobby Hull, that reminds me of something that happened about 30 years ago. While watching Hockey Night in Canada, Bobby Hull was being interviewed. I commented to my hockey playing friend what a pretty smile Hull had. I heard, “You like his smile, huh?”

Yeah…he’s got a pretty smile and nice set of teeth,” I replied.

Huh. How about his hair? You think he has a nice head of hair?”

Well, now that you mention it, yes. He’s got a full head of hair,” was my answer.

His teeth are false and his hair’s fake,” was the reply I received.

His front teeth are knocked out and he’s bald,” he went on to tell me.

Huh,” I said.

OK, back to the game. It was wonderful seeing Gordie Howe, Alex DelVecchio, Ted Lindsay, Phil Esposito, and Stan Mikita play. Wow.

Ted Lindsay got a roughing penalty and if looks could kill, his opponent would not have finished the game. Seeing the “stink eye” look combined with Lindsay’s notorious nose was just priceless. 🙂 Gordie Howe got a roughing penalty and if hockey sticks could shoot bullets, his opponent would also have been a goner. It was funny watching Howe point his stick at his attacker. At one point both hockey legends were sharing the penalty box. What a nice, nostalgic sight. 🙂

During the first intermission Sid Howe was interviewed. “Are you related to Gordie?” asked the interviewer. “No, I’m not. And Gordie will make a point of letting you know that,” he replied. 🙂

Anyways, Sid Howe played for the Red Wings from 1934-46. At the time, he scored the most goals in one game (6). He also scored the fastest overtime goal, which occurred at 25 seconds. It happened during the face off. It was wonderful seeing Sid Howe. BTW: He’s been on 3 Stanley Cup championships. How cool was that?

The third period had some broadcast difficulties. “The fog comes to you courtesy of our sponsors. Do not adjust your screen,” we were told by the broadcasters. (There was snow on the screen.) I found that delightful.

It was great seeing broadcaster Ward Cornell of Hockey Night in Canada. It was great hearing the game’s play-by-play broadcast. It brought back a lot of good memories.

The game had 30-25 shots on goal, with Detroit leading. There were 15,000 hockey loving fans in attendance at the Olympia.

I used to work down the street from the Olympia Stadium. The neighborhood was not a good one (in fact, it was kind of scary), but there was something magical about seeing that wonderful stadium. 🙂

The NHL Network rocks for bringing this game to us!


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