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47 YEARS: 1909 LIFE EXPECTANCY AND AGE OF CHELIOS

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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courtesy of sportsencyclopedia.co

 

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.

 1909schacht

courtesy of geocities.com/schacht_trucks/photos


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.

HOCKEY SALARIES: 1987 1988 1989 1990

by Ron Spence

When Bob Goodenough took over the NHLPA in February, 1990, he introduced salary disclosure. It’s something that’s taken for granted today.

How important was it?

Wayne Greztky’s father, Walter admitted to Terry Jones: “I knew Wayne was getting traded days before he did because Nelson Skalbania phoned me and asked, ‘How much does Wayne make?’

I said ‘Why?’

He said ‘Because Peter’s shopping him to the highest bidder.’

I said ‘No he’s not.’

He said ‘Yes he is.’

That was during the 1988 Stanley Cup finals – a year and a half before salary disclosure.

Of course Pocklington knew how much his star was making, as did Wayne and his father, but it wasn’t public knowledge like it is today.

Hockey Zone Plus has compiled a comprehensive database of some 2500 players who’ve played in the NHL from 1989 until the present.

Also, a hockey fan, who calls himself Ogopogo, has located copies of Sport magazine, which ceased publishing in 2000. In his issues were the: 1987, 1990, and 1991 NHL salaries.

I have included the Hockey Zone’s 1990 salaries, along with those listed by Sport.

I would note, however, that the two lists for 1990 aren’t always the same – some are calculated in American funds, some Canadian. But, I am including both, as they provide a good idea of NHL salaries at that time.

I would ask the reader to also note, that the years from 1987 until 1990, was the time in which Offer Sheets were first being presented.


SPORT – June, 1987

1. Wayne Gretzky – Oilers – $950,000 CDN – (converted to $717,250 USD)
2. Marcel Dionne – Rangers – $700,000
3. Mike Bossy – Islanders – $650,000
4. Bryan Trottier – Islanders – $625,000
5. Dave Taylor – Kings – $600,000
6. Mario Lemieux – Penguins – $550,000
5. Denis Potvin – Islanders – $550,000
8. Mike Liut – Whalers – $450,000
9. Rod Langway – Capitals – $400,000
10. Barry Pederson – Canucks – $350,000

SPORT – June, 1989

1. Gretzky – Kings – $2 million
2. Lemieux – Penguins – $1.5 million
3. Trottier – Islanders – $950,000
4. Taylor – Kings – $700,000
5. Dionne – Rangers – $600,000
6. Liut – Whalers – $550,000
7. Goulet – Nordiques – $510,000
8. Messier – Oilers – $510,000
9. Savard – Blackhawks – $500,000
10. Coffey – Penguins – $485,000
11. Duguay – Kings – $475,000
12. Hawerchuk – Jets – $467,500
13. Stastny – Nordiques – $446,250
14. Carpenter – Bruins – $425,000
15. LaFontaine – Islanders – $425,000
16. Gustafsson – Capitals – $410,000
17. Stevens -Capitals – $400,000
18. Pederson – Canucks – $400,000
19. Bourque – Bruins – $380,000
20. Fuhr – Oilers – $340,000
20. Robinson – Canadiens – $340,000

SPORT – June, 1990

1. Gretzky – Kings – $2.72 milion
2. Lemieux – Penguins – $2.15 million
3. Chelios – Canadiens – $1 million
4. Trottier – Islanders – $975,000
5. Taylor – Kings – $950,000
6. Bourque – Bruins – $925,000
7. Messier – Oilers – $875,000
8. Nicholls – Rangers – $725,000
9. Yzerman – Red Wings – $700,000
10. Goulet – Nordiques/Blackhawks – $600,000
11. Carson – Oilers – $585,000
12. Robinson – Kings – 550,000
13. Savard – Blackhawks – $525,000
14. Dineen – Whalers – $510,000
15. Wilson – Blackhawks – $500,000
16. Hextall – Flyers – $500,000
17. Kerr – Flyers – $500,000
18. Coffey – Penguins – $485,000
19. Stastny – Nordiques – $480,000
20. Hawerchuk – Jets – $462,000

HOCKEY ZONE PLUS – 1989-90 (U.S. Dollars)

1. Lemieux – Penguins – $2,000,000

2. Gretzky – Kings – $1,720,000

3. Messier – Oilers – $855,271

4. Yzerman – Red Wings – $700,000

5. Trottier – Islanders – $ 575,000

6. Robinson – Kings – $550,000

7. Savard – Blackhawks – $525,000

8. Goulet – Nordiques/Blackhawks – $517,980

9. Bourque – Bruins – $500,000

10. Hextall – Flyers – $500,000

11. Wilson – Blackhawks – $500,000

12. Taylor – Kings- $500,000

13. Kerr – Flyers – $500,000

14. Chelios – Canadiens – $496,398

15. Coffey – Penguins – $450,000

16. Liut – Capitals – $445,000

17. Salming – Maple Leafs – $435,000

18. Kurri – Oilers – $431,650

19. Howe – Flyers – $425,000

20. Stastny – Nordiques – $414,384

21. MacInnis – Flames – $410,068

22. Sandstrom – Kings – $410,000

23. LaFontaine – Islanders – $400,000

24. Nicholls – Rangers – $400,000

25. Gartner – Capitals – $400,000

25. Carson – Oilers – $400,000