Still, hockey has such a well preserved history and the pictures speak for themselves.
It's kind of cool just to clear them out, post them here, and let them talk!
This is Eddie Shore, the NHL's first great defenseman. Shore could pass, score, hit like a hammer and fight with the best. When Bobby Orr came up to the Bruins in 1966, Shore was the player he was compared to most offensively.
Shore post playing career was even longer and more legendary for many reasons. He owned and coached several semi-pro and AHL teams and was widely known as hockeys biggest nutcase. As owner, he subjected his players to the most humiliating and meandering of tasks from building maintenance to popcorn maker. Don Cherry played for him at one time and hated the man's guts.
Shore, by all accounts, was a cross between Adolf Hitler and Mike Keenan.
A great postcard from the 1941-42 Chicago Blackhawks, perrenial cellar dwellars of the Original Six NHL. Players were often traded here as punishment for not getting with management and coaches.
Here I just wanted to see my name on the back of a Habs jersey! Sylvain Lefebvre played for the Canadiens for a few years before Pat Burns brought him along to Toronto where he blossomed into a full time NHL defenseman. He was sent to Quebec / Colorado as part of the Clark Sundin trade, and went on win a Cup with the Avalanche in 1996. Hey, my name's on the Cup! Well half of it, anyway!
This from a 1929 Detroit Cougars program. The team was also known as the Falcons for two years before finally settling on the Red Wings name. The jersey here were red and white.
The last Blackhawks team to win the Cup in 1961. With Bobby Hull, Stan Mikita, Glenn Hall, Al Arbour, and Pierre Pilote - they should have been a dynasty. Toronto would take the Cup from them in the '62 finals. Much of this team would remain intact for a decade and they appeared in the 1965, 1971, and 1973 finals, losing all three to Montreal. The team captain was Eddie Litzenburger.
The 1960 Canadiens and their fifth straight Cup. We'll never see the likes of this again!
The Rocket and Le Gros Bill. A team with both these legends ought to have won a pile of Cups - how could they miss?
A 1933 Montreal Wanderers British Consols Cigarette Card. Notice the insignia - "Both Leaders, Both Winners" up and down the sides. Talk about your dated promotional campaigns. Cringe and imagine the horror if Alexander Ovechkin were to promote Seagrams VO!
The 1913 Quebec Bulldogs - Stanley Cup champs a second year running. The nickname "Bulldogs" was not an official name, but simply a fan given moniker.
The 1912 Quebec whatstheir names! Their uni's were light blue and white.
1910 Montreal Wanderers
1908 Montreal Wanderers
1907 Montreal Wanderers. All three of these editions were Cup winners. In those days teams were not yet presented the Stanley Cup upon winning it, explaining why it is not pictured here.
Some guy with insane looking eyes in a Habs jersey, circa lare 1940's. I wonder what became of him!
Bray May and an unidentified Oiler sharing a moment! I think they got a room after the game!
Guy Carbonneau's lineup card for the December 12, 2006 game against the Toronto Maple Leafs. It was recently put up for auction by NHL.com. The winning bidder was John Ferguson Jr., who also bought Paul Maurice's card. Ferguson has been starring at both, placed side by side, since the purchase.
Glenn Hall, who some say is still the best goalie to ever play the game.
A postcard that was made to honour Hall's record of 502 consecutive games by a goaltender. That is almost unthinkable today! Hockey's most unbreakable record.
Goalie didn't wander from their creases so much back in the day. This shot by Hall looks like it's been knocked down by Bobby Rousseau.