by Ron Spence

What a difference a century makes.

In 1909, there was no: National Hockey League, Montreal Canadiens, forward passing, or paid players. 

New Mexico, Arizona, Hawaii, and Alaska weren’t yet U.S. states, so the Coyotes wouldn’t  have been an American team and Sarah Palin couldn’t run for the U.S. Vice Presidency.

But, there was a Stanley Cup.

The Ottawa Senators won.

A century later, however, they are 3 points out of last place.

But, the Sens aren’t as bad as the Pittsburgh Pirates, who won the World Series in 1909, and have had a losing record for the past 16 years.




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The average wage was 22 cents per hour and a worker made between $200 and $400 per year.

Sugar cost 4 cents and coffee 15 cents per pound, and eggs were 14 cents a dozen.

Today it costs a family of four $288.23 to attend one NHL game. This includes: four tickets, two small draft beers, four small soft drinks, four regular-sized hot dogs, parking for one car, two game programs and two adult-sized caps.

Eighteen per cent of households had at least one full-time servant, only 6% of North Americans graduated from high school, and twenty per cent of the population couldn’t read.

During his campaign, Barack Obama alleged that only 70% of high school students graduate with a diploma. Using the UN definition of illiteracy, the United States and Canada have an overall illiteracy rate of about 1%. This number is somewhat higher, however, on many NHL fan sites.

Only 14% of homes had a bathtub, and 8 % a telephone.  

By the end of 2006, there were a total of nearly 4 billion mobile and fixed line subscribers and over 1 billion Internet users worldwide. 

Most women washed their hair only once a month, using borax or egg yolks for shampoo and there was no Mother’s Day or Father’s Day.

There were only 8,000 cars and 144 miles of paved road, where cars could travel 10 miles an hour. Today there are 143,781,202 cars in the USA.


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The population of Vegas was 30 and there were only 230 reported murders in the entire 46 states.

A century later, there are 141 murders in Las Vegas in one year – 1.55 times the National Average.

More than 95% of the popularion were born an home and the five leading causes of death were: Pneumonia and Influenza; TB; Diarrhea; Heart Disease; and Stroke.

Today, .65% of babies are born at home, and the leading causes of death are: heart attacks, cancer, stroke, followed by respiratory disease, accidents and diabetes.

There was no war on drugs.

Grass, heroin and morphine were sold over the counter at corner drugstores. And pharmacists claimed that: “Heroin clears the complexion, gives buoyancy to the mind, regulates the stomach and bowels, and is in fact, a perfect guardian of health.” 

The average life expectancy was 47 years – the same age that Chris – Christos Kostas Tselios – Chelios is today.

What a difference a century makes.

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