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How the WHA Invented Modern Hockey

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Hot off the presses, my new article on Puck Podcast, produced with a big assist from C&B's own Bruce McCurdy, about how the Oilers of the '80s evolved from the Jets of the '70s, and how the WHA as a whole influenced the course of the NHL's development. (The title is a play on the book How the Scots Invented the Modern World.)

Mr. Goalie

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Mr Goalie: In which we find what Hall of Famer won Cups for both the Flyers and the Blackhawks and other amazing facts

May 30, 1985: Coffey's Cup

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Silverware anniversary: 25 years ago the Oilers won their second Stanley Cup with a transcendent performance, beating 2010 finallists Chicago and Philadelphia in the process.

Clogging up the ice -- an NHL directive

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It's axiomatic that "the ice is smaller" these days. Players are both bigger and faster, taking away both time and space -- precious commodities that even the cleverest scorers need to make their...

Another Day, Another Bettman Point

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Ooohhh!! A point! Big whoop! I know exactly how you feel, Gary.In fact there are too damn many of your points floating around these days. In the last week the Oilers have accrued 3 of them, in...

Anniversaries VIII: 50 in 39

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It was a magic time. If you didn't live through it, it's hard to comprehend what a record-breaking machine Wayne Gretzky was. He didn't just break records, he destroyed them with a flair for the...

Anniversaries VII: Heritage Classic --Saturday

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Five years ago this weekend Edmonton hosted the NHL’s first outdoor game. This lifelong fan was one of 57,167 people in attendance that day, but my experiences over thathockey weekend were in some...

Anniversaries IV: The First Gretzky Sale

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Thirty years ago today, on November 2 1978, the hockey landscape in Edmonton changed forever. The World Hockey Association had begun its seventh and ultimately final season under the...

Anniversaries III: The Man in Black

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Not all memorable occasions are happy ones. They tend to run the gamut of emotions, something reflected admirably in our iconic national sport. Some occasions can run that gamut all...

Anniversaries I: A special time

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As the Oilers celebrate their 30th anniversary (sic) season, this is as good a year as any to reflect on our local franchise's storied past. Hey, it's not like we old geezers need much of a reason...

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