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John William McGrath was born on March 10, 1891 in St. John’s, Newfoundland to parents James Francis McGrath and Catherine McCarthy. His father was a fisherman as well as a civil servant and...
On February 24, 1952, the Edmonton Mercurys completed an undefeated run through the Winter Olympics in Oslo, Norway, to win the gold medal in hockey. Canada had previously won Olympic hockey gold...
How should NBA All-Stars be selected? The starters are selected by fans, media, and players. I have no problem with this. I’ll even let them pick the first 2 reserves, Harden and Lillard. Harden...
In some cases this is easy, but some areas are less clear. I also wonder about places like Wisconsin or Saskatchewan, or some of the northern provinces like the Yukon Territories or Nunavut. I'm...
The Life and Teams of Johnny F. Bassett: Maverick Entrepreneur of North American Sports is the biography of one of the most influential sportsmen of the twentieth century. Dozens of interviews...
Around the turn of the twentieth century, during the 1900–01 season, 24-year old James Joseph “Jimmy” Enright assembled a group of local teenage Ottawa boys to form a junior hockey team which...
A New Hockey Book on Houghton, Michigan 136 pages, 8” x 10”, softcover, $20 US …a story for all hockeyists, puckeys, rooters, hockey enthusiasts, and historians The story of how a Canadian-born...
On a late Friday morning, right around noon, on April 17, 1931, Henry Smith was going down the stairs to the cellar in his home at 47 Empress Avenue in Ottawa. A widower living alone for the past...
In 1945, Nikolai Romanov became chairman of the All-Union Committee for Physical Culture and Sports, the governmental body overseeing sports in the Soviet Union. Anatoli Tarasov would later...
As crazy as it may sound, we're now a little more than 15 years removed from the lockout season and into to the salary cap. Hence, I think we're more than far enough into this era to evaluate who...
Hockey My Door to Europe By DENIS GIBBONS The purpose of the book was to reveal how international hockey changed my life in the sense of opening my door, not only to Europe but also to the rest...
Since writing last week about the Gilmour brothers, I’ve been spending some of my lockdown time trying to find the story of how Billy Gilmour and his daughter escaped from Nazi-occupied France. If...
Feel free to discuss.... started back on Oct 2nd for reference. Criteria is 22 and under, 41 NHL GP or less, no goalies 2019 list: HFBoards TOP 50 Prospects 1-51 1. Alexis Lafrenière -...
According to Wikipedia (if I counted them up correctly!), there have been 299 sets of brothers who’ve played in the NHL from the league’s beginning in 1917 through 2019–20. Of that group, 47 sets...
The ice hockey team of the Skating Club of Brooklyn, colloquially known as the Brooklyn Skating Club, appeared as one of the four founding clubs during the inaugural 1896–97 season of the New York...
Few fans get to be as lucky as I've been. While working on the 'Toronto Maple Leafs: Official Centennial Publication,' I interviewed about 100 players, past and present, and finished each...
Delaying the second COVID vaccine dose – a medical expert answers key questions vasilis asvestas/Shutterstock Paul Hunter, University of East Anglia The UK is facing an alarming...
Can you think of a player that needed just one more great year - or even just one great playoff run or something else happening to them - that would have given them a rightful spot in the HHOF?...
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