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How a car fire ignited one of the most spectacular comebacks in hockey history
Thirty years ago, Ken Hitchcock coached a Western League team that would have driven the NHL version of Ken Hitchcock bonkers. And 30 years ago yesterday, Hitchcock coached in one of the craziest games ever.
Strange but True: How Punch Imlach led the Maple Leafs to their last Stanley Cup
The Maple Leafs last won the Stanley Cup in 1967 with a past-their-prime roster and a coach-GM who had a gut feeling.
Strange but True: Jack McCartan's quick and nimble career
Jack McCartan burst onto the scene in the Rangers net after a miracle Olympic run. But he was gone almost as fast as he arrived.
How the Maple Leafs almost sold Frank Mahovlich to the Blackhawks for $1 million
A shocking trade that almost happened involved two partying owners, a superstar and $1 million. It was killed at the 11th hour.
‘Gump’ Worsley & ‘Fiery Phil’ Watson went to war. Who won the battle?
Legendary netminder Lorne Worsley battled over booze and bellies with coach Philipe Watson during their openly hostile Rangers relationship. But who won out when all was said and done?
Rangers and Canadiens had the greatest fight of all-time
A generation before the fictional bench-clearing brawls in Slap Shot, Montreal and New York went at it for real, and for keeps, and Madison Square Gardens.
Forget the Stanley Cup – in 1971, the T.J. Rugg Trophy was the one to win
Historians have argued for decades over the precise birth of hockey in Canada. But when it comes to when and where professional table hockey was born in Manhattan, Stan Fischler has no problem citing the site, players and purse. After all, he and his wife, Shirley, were behind the whole thing.
Get married during the season? Not when Conn Smythe ruled the Maple Leafs
‘Little Major ruled Toronto with an iron fist, fining and trading players who loved anything except hockey. To cross him was to buy a ticket out of town.
How a post-war family squabble ruined the Rangers
If the supreme boss of an NHL team tells his son – who had been the team’s leading scorer – he’s no longer good enough to make the club, how could the son possibly outwit his dad and get back on the squad? Stan Fischler explains…
Major McLaughlin’s mad moves made for Black Hawks miracle 1938 Stanley Cup
The Chicago Black Hawks were a bit of a gong show under owner Frederic McLaughlin, but all the pieces fell into place one magical spring, resulting in one of the NHL’s most unlikely champions
Coaching insanity led Maple Leafs to NHL’s most miraculous comeback
Toronto pulled off its epic and unmatched Stanley Cup comeback against the Red Wings in 1942 thanks to some weird and wacky moves by legendary coach ‘Hap’ Day, explains Stan Fischler in this Strange But True tale.
Elwyn ‘Doc’ Romnes best remembered for a brutal on-ice surgery
Elwyn ‘Doc’ Romnes is the first Minnesotan in the NHL and on the Cup. But he’s better known for a brutal episode of on-ice surgery
Even with 80 stops in one NHL game, Sam LoPresti's best save came at sea
Sam LoPresti’s heroism didn’t stop with his 80-save game. Later, he bailed out a different team: the United States Navy
Americans rarely came out ahead of Rangers in this battle of New York
The two New York teams shared Madison Square Garden for a while and it was typically the classy Rangers who won. But on this occasion that didn't end until almost 2 in the morning, the Americans came out on top.
Charlie Conacher once dangled his Maple Leafs teammate out a window
‘Baldy’ Cotton lost a few more hairs when Charlie Conacher dangled his teammate outside a 20th-floor hotel room window
'Ulcers' McCool came from nowhere to win a Stanley Cup, then disappeared
The Toronto Maple Leafs were having goaltending problems in the mid-1940s when they turned to a 26-year-old goalie with no pro experience. Frank McCool had issues with ulcers, but he led the Maple Leafs to the Stanley Cup. Less than two years later, he was out of hockey.
Blood feud over “L’Affaire Howe” became profitable for former Maple Leaf/Red Wing Gus Mortson
The infamous incident between Wings legend Gordie Howe and Leafs icon Ted 'Teeder' Kennedy led to intriguing ramifications not just for them – but also for Gus Mortson, who played for both franchises.
Imagine a desperate GM bribing his goaltender to skip town during the playoffs — it happened in 1941
Maritimes cities wage war as Glace Bay GM tries to pull a fast one on archrival Sydney by plugging his ‘Leaky’ Boates with a ringer
The day Detroit's Alec Connell was nearly shot by a mobster
Here's the story of how legendary NHLer Alec Connell had a brush with the New York mob after a 1932 game at Madison Square Garden.
How Eddie Shore's legendary toughness extended off the ice
In a Strange But True feature from THN magazine, Stan Fischler looks at legendary Bruin Eddie Shore's memorable journey to Montreal to play in a crucial game.
Punch Imlach and one of the most spectacular sports comebacks of all-time
In a new Strange But True feature, Stan Fischler examines legendary Leafs coach Punch Imlach and Toronto's improbable run to the playoffs in 1959.