December 26, 2017

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle:

A place to discuss the sports stories that aren't making news, share links that aren't quite front-page material, and diagram plays on your hand. Remember to count to five Mississippi before commenting in anger.

posted by huddle to general at 06:00 AM - 3 comments

RIP, Johnny Bower...

posted by MeatSaber at 10:02 PM on December 26, 2017

Another one is gone whom I remember from the time when I first began to follow hockey. RIP.

posted by Howard_T at 11:00 PM on December 26, 2017

Yeah, that guts me hearing that he passed away. He was the "grandpa" of Leafs Nation, and it was well known that he was saving a bottle of champagne for the opportunity to open it when the Leafs won the Stanley Cup again.

I loved the stat that every single game that he played as a Toronto Maple Leafs player, he was the oldest Leafs player on the ice. That was for 12 seasons in a row, for 475 games. For the final 10 seasons of his career, he was the oldest player in the league.

There is famous video of him getting his face clipped by a stick, making a save, and then getting hit in the face AGAIN with a stick.

However, this bit of video about him DELIBERATELY using his face to block a shot is insane.

RIP, China Wall.

posted by grum@work at 11:01 PM on December 26, 2017

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