Junior Canadiens Hockey Team

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Foreword and introduction to a book Hockey – Hockey's Most tragic deaths


It was a Compilation will be short stories detailing the lives and tragic deaths of several former NHL hockey player. I was somewhat skeptical about the project at the time of argument, that a wide range of tragic stories about the former pro hockey player had already been collected in a book, and that in any case, would such a company too extensive and exhaustive complete for us to be realistic. My findings from a first wave of research was that although several hockey biographies already Player I wanted to visualize how Howie Morenz, Terry Sawchuk, Tim Horton was released, and John Kordic. It was not a single source, which brought together several of these Stories. My research confirmed my initial belief that the task at hand would be daunting.

The process of establishing the book-parameter and the extent began to occur as soon as I started my research. It was early on that only former NHL player profile would be decided, with the exception of the beginning of the hockey greats as Hod Stuart, Frank McGee and Hobey Baker, all that was founded before the League played. Some hockey legends were excluded, including the large Soviet Valeri Kharlamov star cast, who died in a car accident in his youth.

It was also decided that I only players who play more, while Pro Hockey died profile. There were some exceptions to this rule. McGee and Baker has to pull the game the war, recently retired Babe Siebert was coach balances the Montreal Canadiens, was Yanick Dupre bravely battling leukemia, and Brian Spencer was shot, ended several years after his NHL career. These players all passed away relatively young, however, in the Accordance with the project, the central premise was. Some legends, hockey, tragically died were excluded, including large Goalie George Hainsworth, who at the age of 55 died in a car accident.

My original plan was to up to ten hockey players, most notably show stars like Morenz, Sawchuk and Horton. But I started Cases of several former NHLers who died tragically early detect. The life of not less than 12 players were eventually detailed in separate chapters. A final Chapter was added, in which 16 others were briefly profiled.

My fascination for the often turbulent lives of several of these professional hockey players made it somewhat easier to continue for writing the book, as it developed from a history to the next. I remain grateful that excellent bibliographic Sources were available for my comprehensive project: hockey books, historical documents, magazine stories, newspaper articles, Internet stories, and first-hand Interviews with former players.

I sincerely hope that readers will enjoy reading about hockey the most tragic death, and on the way you see more about the history of professional hockey and the NHL, in terms of how the league develops and the subsequent drama on and off the ice. I also expect that the reader understand how the lives of these players their own parallel, in the sense that we all experience, "triumph" and "tragedies" in life.


Several former NHLers in this book have been profiled established stars with special places in hockey history. Not less than six of these stars were chosen among the twelve founding members, the National Hockey League Hall of Fame in 1945: Hobey Baker, Charlie Gardiner, Howie Morenz, Frank McGee, Hod Stuart and Georges Vezina. Hod Stuart was one of Canada's top amateur players at the turn of the century, but at 28 he died tragically while swimming. One-eyed Frank McGee was the most feared striker of his time, helping Ottawa to successfully defend the Stanley Cup nine times in the early 1900s, but he died in battle during the First World War. All-American Sports Hero Hobey Baker survived the First World War, only during a routine test flight will be killed. Baker, McGee and Stuart all major hockey stars, of course, before the founding of the NHL in 1917.

The other three founding members made their marks in the size the newly formed league. Durable Georges Vezina called the Chicoutimi Cucumber, rarely missed game one of 1910 to 1924. Probably the Premier Pro Goalie led Vezina Montreal Canadiens to two Stanley Cups. After the veteran's death from tuberculosis, the NHL announced that Vezina Memorial Trophy would be awarded the netminder year with the lowest goals against average. "Chuck" Gardiner himself the award twice during a seven-year, All-Star career the last time shortly before the defense of a painful tonsil infection, when he led the Chicago Blackhawks to 1934 Cup, the team's first ever. The infection spread to his body, he suffered a brain haemorrhage and died soon after.

Howie Morenz, also known as The Stratford Streak, was the league's first true superstar. A fast, talented Centre for the Montreal Canadiens, Howie helped popularize hockey in the United States in the 1920s. After stops in Chicago and New York, the veteran returned to his beloved Canadiens in 1937 but he broke a leg and celebrated the comeback later in the hospital with a broken heart that was his meteoric career ended badly perish.

Although Maple Leafs defender Bill Barilko never in the Hall of Fame, he is for his game-winning 1951 Stanley Cup goal came. The tally gave the Leafs their fourth World Cup while Barilko of five years with the club, but the young rearguard lucky fortunes changed dramatically that later in the summer when he disappeared on a flight to northern Ontario. Bill's body was not discovered until 1962, next year the Leafs won the Cup.

North Stars before journeyman Bill Masterton never had the opportunity to Stanley Cup challenge, but he met his lifelong dream of playing in the NHL. The 29-year-old rookie suffered serious head injuries from an on-ice collision early in the season 1968/69. Tragically, he died in hospital soon after. The league creates higher The Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy is, every year for the best players Demonstrate perseverance, dedication and fairness to ice hockey. Masterton's death also encouraged to start some NHLers head protection, but the use of helmets was not mandatory imposed only a few years later.

Probably the greatest ever goalkeeper, caught four Vezina Trophies Terry Sawchuk and seven Stanley Cups during his glory Years in Detroit and later in Toronto. A perennial All-Star during his remarkable 21-year NHL career, "Uke revolutionized" Goaltending with Crouch his trademark style. It was copied by generations of aspiring young netminder. Sawchuk was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1971, a year after his death Gastrointestinal injury, at the age of forty. Another veteran of a long and storied career, tough and reliable rear guard enjoyed Tim Horton toiled for 24 years in the NHL and won four Cups with the Leafs and then anchoring the defense for the young teams in Pittsburgh and Buffalo. In the spring of 1974, driving home late at Buffalo in the night after the game at Maple Leaf Gardens, Horton, died when his speeding sports car crashed on the highway.

Pelle Lindbergh, the young Swedish goalie for the Philadelphia Flyers, was another hockey star who died in a terrible car accident late at night. His shiny red Porsche in crash New Jersey suburb in November 1985, catapulted him into a coma with severe head injuries. Lindbergh had recently won the first European Goalkeeper of the Vezina Trophy will be so that the subsequent death of this Pioneer Stars shocked the hockey world.

Troubled and tormented enforcer John Kordic's death shocked many in Pro Hockey. An experienced Fighter, terrorized the NHL opponent with his fists in the late 1980s was Kordic popular welcome in Montreal and Toronto, but soon wore his. After unsuccessful stations with a number of pro teams, the embattled boxer died in 1992, probably the result of ingestion of a lethal mixture of alcohol, cocaine and steroids. He has published well Decline of the League asked, finally, a comprehensive policy on drug abuse.

Alcohol also was allegedly a part in the death of Steve Chiasson veteran rearguard, for Detroit, Calgary, Hartford and the Carolina Hurricanes won. Chiasson attended a team party just after the year ended in 1999 Playoffs, and died later that night after his pick-up Truck crashed on the way home.

Another defender, talented Bryan Fogarty, never became the player many thought he would be. Often compared to as Bobby On Canadian junior hockey star, Fogarty continuously fought drug addiction during his troubled and inconsistent professional career, as a good friend of John Kordic. After a short Time with Quebec, Montreal and Pittsburgh, the rear base for several European clubs played, ended before he finally called it in 2000. He died of heart failure failure less than two years later.

This book in the last chapter briefly considers the lives of 16 other former NHLers who died too young. Hod Stuart will be discussed, to his death at the beginning of the century was the first true hockey "tragedy". Others include Hobie Baker, Scotty Davidson, Frank McGee, Red Garrett and Joe Turner, these players have died as soldiers, either in the First or Second World War. Also mentioned is "Bad" Joe Hall, a rugged defender, Montreal blue line for the two clubs, patrolled the Maroons and Canadiens. Hall was the only player to die from influenza during the 1919 Stanley Cup Finals between the Habs and the Seattle Metropolitans, which ultimately ended without a winner was declared. Like Stuart, former Canadiens great Babe Siebert also met his death while swimming. Babe was a star defenseman for the Maroons, Rangers and Bruins, later finishing his career in the late 1930s with the Canadiens. He drowned while on holiday shortly after.

Some modern NHLers are near the end of the last chapter profile, including Michel Briere, a talented rookie star player with the Pittsburgh Penguins. The team of the best players in the 1969 Stanley Cup Playoffs Briere suffered major head trauma in an off-season car accident. He remained in a coma for almost a year before they finally . Die St. Louis defender Bob Gassof was also due to the severe head injury victims, which he received in a motorcycle accident. A tough, reliable defender for the Blues in the mid-1970s was Gassof other players who died in an off-season mishap.

Brian Spencer was a talented hockey player, but never reaches its true potential, as a journeyman for Toronto, Buffalo, Pittsburgh and the New York Islanders. "Spinner" was just a rookie in 1970, when his father tragically Way, was shot to death by the RCMP. Brian's career never took it, and the troubled former NHLer soon moved to Florida to his retirement, including the murder first degree in a sensational trial acquitted, was shot Spencer mysteriously soon after.

The tragedy in the Philadelphia Flyers revisited late 1990s. Yanick Dupre left winger played briefly for the Flyers 1991-1996 but was then ill with leukemia. He died less than a year after his last NHL stint. A promising rookie defender of Russia, Dmitri Tertyshny deserves a roster spot with Philadelphia during the 1998-99 season, but was in a boating accident killed, the very summer.

How NHLers have lived and died often reflects how much these players were products of their time. Vezina, Gardiner, Hall, and all died Morenz by illness or disease in the early 20th Century, it is quite possible that their lives could have saved if they have access to the support of the modern medicine and science have routinely had patients. Baker, Davidson, McGee, Garrett and Turner all died fighting in battle by the politics of their time dictated. I Barilko addition, these were early hockey greats also victims of the inherent dangers of modern aviation.

Modern NHLers have destinies, the exact dangers of our time fulfilled. Briere, Horton, Gassof, Lindbergh, Chiasson, Tertyshny Snyder and all died by misadventure, in car accidents. Most of these Margins involved the use of alcohol, especially during or after an event involving at least some of the players team mates, it was a game, team function or party. Alcohol was also a key factor in the deaths of Sawchuk, Spencer, Kordic and Fogarty, with dangerous and illegal drugs probably plays an important role in the three latter cases. The recent suicide of the Roman Lyashenko, the only known suicide NHL is another telltale sign of the relentless pressure on the modern pro hockey player.

An important finding here is that several pro hockey players have historically victims of the same addiction, bad choices have fallen, and personal demons. It is not surprising that many NHLers have died as a result of misadventure, often during the off season. Late spring and summer months, when hockey players have the opportunity to let their guards down and do enjoy life more. They are known have a few beers, play a few rounds of golf and spend more time with family and friends. Some players take their time to heart, to live life in the fast lane, the Participation in reckless, even dangerous activities. The fact that such players could engage in irresponsible behavior to the stress of being professional athletes not escape their actions acceptable, but better understood. There is little doubt that the modern hockey players regularly face more stressful situations as a player from previous eras, and this appears in the increasing number of recent fatalities are reflected. have died since 1997, seven of the 23 players profiled in this book – Stephane Morin, Dupre, Fogarty, Chiasson, Tertyshny, Lyashenko and Snyder. It is interesting to note that the latter three died because of misadventure, during the off-season.

About the Author

Brad Lombardo received his B.Ed. from the University of Toronto and his M.A. from McGill University. He has worked as a business manager, marketing consultant, account executive, admissions counselor, high school teacher and sportswriter. He has written a still to be published hockey book, and is currently penning a movie script based on his experiences as a Canadian teenager living in Spain.

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