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I came across a very unique scrap book this morning that my Nephew (Wife's Brother's son) showed to me , it is a personalized history of the Montreal Canadians that has been handed down three generations and is kept active right up to this day (his grandfather /father/now him keep the scrap book alive).
It even has pictures and press clippings from Dec.9 1909 the day the team was founded , I found out something I never knew from that scrap book , The Montreal Canadians are the oldest "PROFESSIONAL" hockey team in the world .
What an amazing piece of history about one team and its players this young man has , and he just keeps adding to that history .
But sadly he thinks it will die with him , no one else in his family is interested in hockey at all , he has three girls ..

PS :: A thought just crossed my mind , this could be where BJ gets all his info about the Rags , back in the twenties thirty and forties and even into the fifties and sixties all most PPL had was the news paper and radio , just could be someone in his family kept such a scrap book ..
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Old 02-09-2012, 02:32 PM
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Hey Jack, the first three words from your last post says it all. I'll be 50 next year and it's hard for me to recollect about all the past Blues games I've seen so don't feel bad. I enjoy reading all you 'older' bastards post.
Likewise and it was so painful to see Graves stand by and watch Gretzky and Leetch get hammered. You saw those clips where he would zoom across the ice seeking revenge and years later we saw nothing!
We went from the break Mario Lemieux hand with a slash in the 1992 playoffs and go for Claude Lemieux during that 1992 playoff brawl with the Devils to the years after Messier left in 1997 and he did nothing!
Boy was that sad to watch! Gretzky retired because he was getting hammered as a Ranger with no protection and was fed up with it. He could of kept playing but was taking a beating that led to a neck injury that cost him 12 games during his last season.
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Old 02-09-2012, 04:03 PM
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Likewise and it was so painful to see Graves stand by and watch Gretzky and Leetch get hammered. You saw those clips where he would zoom across the ice seeking revenge and years later we saw nothing!
We went from the break Mario Lemieux hand with a slash in the 1992 playoffs and go for Claude Lemieux during that 1992 playoff brawl with the Devils to the years after Messier left in 1997 and he did nothing!
Boy was that sad to watch! Gretzky retired because he was getting hammered as a Ranger with no protection and was fed up with it. He could of kept playing but was taking a beating that led to a neck injury that cost him 12 games during his last season.
The reason Gretzky retired was not because of the beating he was taking , it was because it was the year 1999 !!!
That's why he wore the number 99 , he said when he started his career and took that number that it was to be the year he would retire , he was true to his word ..
I am surprised you didn't know that , I bet almost every poster on this forum knows that story ..
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Old 02-09-2012, 04:09 PM
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The reason Gretzky retired was not because of the beating he was taking , it was because it was the year 1999 !!!
That's why he wore the number 99 , he said when he started his career and took that number that it was to be the year he would retire , he was true to his word ..
I thought he started wearing it because the 9 he originally wore was taken when he joined SSM, so he opted for 99?
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Old 02-09-2012, 04:26 PM
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I thought he started wearing it because the 9 he originally wore was taken when he joined SSM, so he opted for 99?
The story goes is he wanted the number "00" but he was denied by the league so he opted for 99 , now that is the story that was going around at the time , but he said 99 would be the year he retired baring having to retire because of injury ..

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The story goes is he wanted the number "00" but he was denied by the league so he opted for 99 , now that is the story that was going around at the time , but he said 99 would be the year he retired baring having to retire because of injury ..

NOW YOU KNOW THE REST OF THE STORY ..
I kinda doubt that because he was 99 in the WHA and they would have let him wear any old number.
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The reason Gretzky retired was not because of the beating he was taking , it was because it was the year 1999 !!!
That's why he wore the number 99 , he said when he started his career and took that number that it was to be the year he would retire , he was true to his word ..
I am surprised you didn't know that , I bet almost every poster on this forum knows that story ..
Well, that and the 20 years of professional hockey his body had endured well into his late 30s - I always thought that with Wayne it was just time, and it made for a neat ending retiring in 1999. But I ways chalked Gretzkys retirement to age, decline in skill, the state of the game at the time with all the hooking and holding, and the fact the Rangers were going nowhere fast - more than anything else, but it did make sense to retire in 99, the perfect way to end an incredible career!
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Old 02-10-2012, 12:30 AM
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I kinda doubt that because he was 99 in the WHA and they would have let him wear any old number.
When he was with Sault Ste Marie, he wanted number 9 because Howe was his idol and it was taken so he took 99 which was suggested to him by his coach. It's a very famous story!
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Old 02-10-2012, 12:34 AM
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I kinda doubt that because he was 99 in the WHA and they would have let him wear any old number.
He also didn't retire because his number was 99. His neck injury is why he retired. He was injured that year and thought long and hard about continuing to play and because he couldn't play like he wanted to, he decided to retire. The Rangers were bad then also and he was getting no protection and taking alot of hard hits and that was that!
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So we havent had any questions recently and I thought I would threw one out there. When was the last time a NHL game recorded no penalties?
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Old 02-10-2012, 08:23 AM
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So we havent had any questions recently and I thought I would threw one out there. When was the last time a NHL game recorded no penalties?
Now I could be wrong but I think game 7 between Boston and Tampa Bay in the 2011 playoffs was penalty free ..

I know their was one that was played in 2001 on March 28 between Boston and Toronto , won by the Bruins 3-0 ..

Their was another one played in 2010 between the Blackhawks and the Devils that went to a shootout ..
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Now I could be wrong but I think game 7 between Boston and Tampa Bay in the 2011 playoffs was penalty free ..

I know their was one that was played in 2001 on March 28 between Boston and Toronto , won by the Bruins 3-0 ..
I believe you're right fan65,game 7,B's/Tampa was penalty free. Not sure if theres been any since.
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Now I could be wrong but I think game 7 between Boston and Tampa Bay in the 2011 playoffs was penalty free ..

I know their was one that was played in 2001 on March 28 between Boston and Toronto , won by the Bruins 3-0 ..

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I believe you're right fan65,game 7,B's/Tampa was penalty free. Not sure if theres been any since.
I'm afraid you're both wrong there has been one since then
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I'm afraid you're both wrong there has been one since then
Their was a game played last week that was penalty free , I could be wrong here as well , could it be the game on February 5 between the Habs and Jets ????
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