Memories of a Hockey Fan


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November 1, 1959 – The Day that Changed the Game

July 14, 2012 by


The Montreal Canadiens’ goalie, Jacque Plante was hit in the face by New York Rangers’ Andy Bathgate’s shot on goal. Plante required 14 stitches in his face that was cut from his upper lip all the way through his nostril. The game was stopped for 1 hour so that he could get stitches in… [Read more…]

L.A. Kings Hockey Season Redux: Newbie No More Part 4

July 11, 2012 by


When Darryl Sutter, the Kings’ new coach arrived, the whole season seemed to start over again. This was something that long-time Kings’ fans could understand. This had been their experience for over 40 years, they told me. They hoped to hold on to at least get a berth in the playoffs. Just before the end… [Read more…]

2012 L.A. Kings Hockey Season Redux: Newbie No More Part 3

June 29, 2012 by


I remember the first time I saw Jonathan Quick without his helmet on, I thought, “Is he twelve?” lol. I was SHOCKED that this big burly goalie who covered the entire net without breaking a sweat was so young! After a shootout in early November in a game with the Penguins, after making save after… [Read more…]

The 2012 L.A. Kings Hockey Season Redux: Newbie No More Part 2

June 22, 2012 by


The 2012 hockey season began early in October. As a newbie, the first thing I did was learn  a few of the players’ names on my team. Sis, the long-time Kings fans, told me who looked promising for the season: Kopitar, Richards, Brown, Gagne, Justin Williams (who we agreed is a fine-looking man) and Dustin… [Read more…]

Newbie No More, Now a Los Angeles Kings Fan for Life

June 16, 2012 by


For me, this season with the Los Angeles Kings hockey teams started with Ilya Kovalchuk. It ended with the Stanley Cup. When I decided to jump on the Kings’ bandwagon at the beginning of the season, I had no idea where it would lead. I just wanted to support my long-suffering sister who loved the… [Read more…]

“Morrissey family is ready for the Kings to win the Stanley Cup” – From the Los Angeles Times!

June 7, 2012 by


From the Los Angeles Times this morning:   Brownie and I hanging. “Morrissey family is ready for the Kings to win the Stanley Cup” By Andrew Owens June 6, 2012, 5:10 p.m. Tracy Morrissey has been a Los Angeles Kings fan since she was 7-years-old, when the franchise had only been in existence for three years. “Basically… [Read more…]

A Brief History of the Vezina and Hart Trophies

April 4, 2012 by


It’s very exciting to see one of our own being considered for the Vezina trophy. Jonathan Quick certainly deserves it and the fans, who have stuck by the Kings deserve it as well. The Vezina trophy has been a coveted award since the 1920′s. It is named in honour of Georges Vezina, goaltender for the… [Read more…]


Memories of Hockey on Radio and TV

March 21, 2012 by


I was watching the game last night. It became overwhelming at one point and I had to leave. I went outside to have a cigarette and regain my composure. I could still hear Bob Miller and Jim Fox calling the game. It was like I was back in the 1940′s listening to the game on the… [Read more…]

The Year We Mowed the Ice

January 18, 2012 by


March, 1959. Chateauguay, Quebec. My husband put up some boards in the back yard and made an ice rink for the kids, ages 4 and 5. He hosed down the whole area and waited for the frost to freeze it over. They loved it and used it every day to skate. Then we had a… [Read more…]

The Night the Goalies Reigned Supreme

January 6, 2012 by


Last night was a game of Quick versus Smith, with every one else just being their servants. Skating, charging around, passing randomly and avoiding penalties. But nothing could be as exciting as seeing those 2 goalies playing their hearts out. It was like watching an old-fashioned duel. I wonder what happened to our team that… [Read more…]

Women & Hockey – An Observation

December 24, 2011 by


This observation is not so much about last night’s game as it is about women and hockey in general. Back in the 50′s, it was all about the husband, father, uncle, brothers’ opinion on the game. No matter how much I loved the game, I was never allowed to express my opinion. Now, thanks to… [Read more…]

Kings vs Canadiens – A Dilemma

December 4, 2011 by


I sat down to watch the game yesterday between the Kings and the Canadiens with mixed emotions. Being a Montrealer I was excited about the prospect of seeing my old team play. But at the same time, I have fallen in love with the Kings. What a dilemma! But that dilemma only lasted for a… [Read more…]

Observations on the Nashville Game

November 11, 2011 by


All right ya’all, Momma’s back in the game. It has taken me a while to get into the game again after so many years. But, after watching Tuesday’s game against Nashville, I started to really see some playing. So here’s a couple of observations…. The Kings played real hockey, moving the puck, skating well and… [Read more…]

How to not Watch a Kings game

October 19, 2011


I remember the Floyd Patterson Sonny Liston fight in 1962. Me da went to pee just as the fight started. When he came back, the fight was over. Liston kayoed Patterson in the first minutes of the fight. Well, that’s what happened to me last night. I settled down with my brandy and was ready… [Read more…]

A brief history of the Goalie’s face Mask

October 14, 2011


I remember the incident that led up to the goalies wearing face masks. Notice that I didn’t say they were required. As late as 2009, there was still no official rule requiring goalies to wear face masks.In November of 1959, Jacques Plante of the Montreal Canadiens was hit in the face by a New York Ranger.… [Read more…]

Transplanting a Canadiens Fan

October 4, 2011


When I came to California from Montreal in 1964, we were still rooting for the Canadiens. It never occurred to us that L.A. would ever have a franchised hockey team. It was difficult to talk to anybody about hockey because there were not enough people interested. Jack Kent Cooke started the franchise in 1966 and… [Read more…]

Women hockey fans are ageless

September 22, 2011


Here I am in my 75th year and still excited when hockey season rolls around. So I have some good memories to share and I hope you will share yours with us as well. My first memories of listening to a hockey game was with my mother. I was  about 8 0r 9 years old.… [Read more…]


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