50 Years Ago In Hockey

50 Years Ago In Hockey

The 50 Years Ago in Hockey Podcast is a weekly trip back in time as we report on hockey news and events from half a century ago.Presented by The Hockey Podcast Network@hockeypodnet Thehockeypodcastnetwork.com

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June 24, 2022 54 min

In our second rerun, we go back to the NHL meetings of June 1971. Significant happening here are Punch Imlach’s master manipulations of the rules of the NHL Intra-league draft, Scotty Bowman becomes coach of Montreal Canadiens and there is some troubling news about the financial operation of the Vancouver Canucks. 


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In this special episode, I guess you could call this one of our summer reruns, we go back to the week of June 8-14, 1970 and report on the NHL 1970 summer meetings. We think you will find this one fairly interesting, this is the point at which the Buffalo Sabres and Vancouver Canucks entered the NHL and we will have all of that week’s drama - enjoy!


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This week’s show is a busy one with all the news from the NHL June meetings in Montreal. We have the Amateur and Expansion drafts and the full genius of Habs GM Sammy Pollock is on display. 

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In this week’s show, we have lots of player signing news, Joe Crozier is admonished by a British Columbia Supreme Court judge, and we learn why the World Hockey Association is actually worried about weakening NHL teams by stealing their players!

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May 27, 2022 61 min

In our 133rd weekly show, we have lots of WHA signing news, including some instances where players were alleged to have signed with both the WHA and NHL; the NHL governors met to try and decide which two cities will be awarded the next two expansion franchises, and the annual Canadian Amateur Hockey Association meetings produced some controversy, resulting in one province resigning from the organization.

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In our first show of the 1972 off-season, we get some WHA news, a few coaches are re-signed and Punch Imlach replaces himself in Buffalo and the bombshell of the week has Bobby Hull confirming he is very seriously considering an offer to sign with the WHA Winnipeg Jets!

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In the final show of the 1971-72 NHL season, the Stanley Cup final is decided, lots of rumours of players moving to the new WHA, but no stars are making the jump yet, except for Bernie Parent, who now doesn’t even have a team to play for, and we have some developments in the September challenge series between the Canadian professional players and those from the USSR. 

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This week we look at games 2 - 4 of the 1972 Stanley Cup Final between the Bruins and Rangers, we have some interesting WHA news and the NHL awards are announced, not without a bit of controversy!

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In this week’s show, we have the details on the Bruins eliminating St. Louis and the first game of the 1972 Stanley Cup Final series between Boston and New York. We also have lots of off-ice news to talk about and two of hockey’s greatest have some words of warning for the NHL players who will face the Russians in September.

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In our show this week we have coverage of Round 2 of the 1972 Stanley Cup playoffs where one series was supposed to be close and wasn’t and the other was an embarrassment to the NHL. We also have an historic hockey announcement, and there is some NHL-WHA news as well.

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In this week’s show we have the results of the rest of round one’s series, including the Rangers eliminating the defending Stanley Cup champs; lots of WHA news on which to report, and some ideas from some prominent Toronto sports writers on who should take over as coach of the Maple Leafs.

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It’s the first week of the 1972 Stanley Cup playoffs and we have all the results from the first 4 games of each quarter-final series. We also have a little bit of surprising WHA news as well. 



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This was the final week of the 1971-72 NHL season and some close races for playoff spots were decided. As well, this week we saw the WHA get some clarity for a few of their franchises while others’ futures became more muddled, and we learn who the NHL’s best-dressed players were in 1972!

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In this week’s episode, we have a bit of WHA news, Leafs coach John McLellan returns, and Marcel Dionne sets an NHL record for rookies, plus lots more!!

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n this week’s show, we get a look at the top prospects for the June NHL Amateur Draft, we find out that the NHL officials are being told to “let ‘em scrap” and we have one of the strangest stories I’ve ever come across involving a hockey game in Massachusetts.

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In Episode 121 we take another look at a very weird 1972 NHL trade deadline, we meet a Maple Leaf rookie who impressed a NY Ranger scout at an early age, and we get the story on how Canadiens coach Scotty Bowman very nearly lost his life in a hotel fire in St. Louis!

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In our 120th weekly show, we cover a very quiet NHL 1972 trade deadline, we learn of a successful Jr A coach whose name would become familiar to us all in a few short years, and we get the scoop on Bernie Parent’s impending move to the WHA!

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In this week’s show we learn that Bernie Parent is indeed planning on going to the WHA, the American owners of the Vancouver Canucks are hit with criminal charges in Canada, and in another court, and in another court an Ontario judge makes a very curious determination about the nature of the game of hockey.

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In this very busy episode, we have lots of news from the WHA player draft, the Bernie Parent situation becomes even more muddled in Toronto and a couple of Montreal Canadiens players used a unique mode of transportation to make it to a Saturday night Habs game in Montreal.

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February 11, 2022 60 min

In our 117th weekly show we get some great quotes from various hockey folks around the industry, we gain some insight into what a work week looks like for prominent sports agent Bob Woolf, and we have a ton of WHA news happening!

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