Before the Internet, celebrities used vanity cartoons to brand themselves to children. Which is probably how Michael Jordan, Bo Jackson, and Wayne Gretzky ended up fighting really weird crimes in an animated show called "ProStars."
The Tradition ContinuesIt was September of 1952 and the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation was about to launch the first television stations in Canada. In anticipation of this, Imperial Oil, sponsor of Hockey Night in Canada on radio, had been engaged in talks with the CBC to begin televising hockey for the 1952-53 NHL season.
We throw back to 1947 when the NHL played their first All-Star Game. Back then it was the defending league champion Maple Leafs against a squad of All-Stars where dust-ups, hard hits and physical play was the norm.
It was 40 years ago Monday that Canada awoke to the grim, gut-punched truth that this hadn’t, in fact, been just a bad dream. Our country's best hockey players were destroyed 7-3 by a rag-tag squad of amateurs from the Soviet Union the previous night.
Legendary hockey reporter and analyst Stan Fischler will write a weekly scrapbook for NHL.com this season. Fischler, known as "The Hockey Maven," will share his knowledge, brand of humor and insight with readers each Wednesday.
Tuesday's announcement that Rogers Communications is prepared to invest $5.2 billion to broadcast NHL hockey in Canada over the next 12 years confirms what most already know: The nation is crazy for hockey...