Newly-minted 1993 Cup champion Habs in handshake line with the Kings.

Rangers celebrating and leaving the bench as they became the 1994 Stanley Cup champions.

Indianapolis Racers ticket ad featuring Gretzky.

Leafs team cardigan, ca. 1940s. This was something they’d often wear off-ice when being photographed or at a public team function. It was the pro equivalent of a high school varsity letter jacket.

Leafs team cardigan, ca. 1940s. This was something they’d often wear off-ice when being photographed or at a public team function. It was the pro equivalent of a high school varsity letter jacket.

The 1936 British Olympic hockey team was controversial because they won the gold medal with a team composed primarily of Canadian ex-pats.

1919 Stanley Cup engraving. The series was cancelled due to an outbreak of Spanish Flu among Habs players.

1919 Stanley Cup engraving. The series was cancelled due to an outbreak of Spanish Flu among Habs players.

Mike, one day you’re going to win the Stanley Cup and you’re not going to have anybody to share it with because everybody hates you.
Bobby Clarke to Mike Keenan, trying to get him to realise he needed to make some changes in his life.
I remember covering the 1980 Olympics and sitting between a Finnish photographer and Russian reporter at a Canada-Finland game. We had no language in common, but during the intermission, the Russian turned and said, beaming, ‘Gretzky’ as he lifted his beer in a toast. The Finn grabbed his glass and lifted it, too, saying, ‘Gretzky — should be here, no?’ We all nodded and touched glasses, having found our common ground simply in that one word known to hockey fans around the world.
Deborah King, Toronto Globe and Mail copy editor

As [Paul Maurice] walked by himself in a strange part of San Jose last January, his biggest concern was the man in a hooded sweatshirt and dark sunglasses.

It turned out to be Sharks head coach Ron Wilson, who was stalking his opponent all in the name of fun.

"I think I scared him a little bit," remembered Wilson. "Like, ‘Uh, oh, the Grim Reaper’s coming.’ And I pulled the hood off and took my sunglasses off and said, ‘Geez, Paul, you look like a guy who could use a good hug.’

"So I gave him a big hug on the street. He thought I was crazy."

—Ottawa Citizen, 2008

Stan Mikita vividly recalls what happened after “accidentally” cutting Howe under the eye one night early in the Blackhawks center’s Hall of Fame career.

"A couple of months later at the Olympia we were both turning in the Wings’ end," Mikita says. "The next thing I remember I was at the Chicago bench, my head is killing me. Our backup goalie, Denis DeJordy, said he was the only one in the building who saw what happened. Gordie had skated by me, slipped his right hand up under his armpit, pulled out his fist, popped me in the jaw and put his glove back on.

"A few shifts later he ambled by and asked if I learned anything. I said, ‘Are we even?’ Gordie says, ‘I’ll think about it.’"

—Knight Ridder Tribune, 2003