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Tag Archives: Ron Hextall
by Ron Spence
A number of NHL goalies have scored goals. Sometimes they actually shot the puck into the net – other times they were the last player to touch the puck, before the opposition scored on themselves.
The first goalie to score was “Battlin’ Billy” Smith of the New York Islanders, who was the last player to touch the puck on November 28, 1979.
Detroit’s Chris Osgood scored in 1996, Montreal’s Jose Theodore in January, 2001, and Evgeni Nabokov in March, 2002 – the Shark on a power play.
Ottawa’s Damien Rhodes was the last offensive player to touch the puck in January, 1999.
Which brings us to our three questions.
1. Two goalies have scored two goals each. Who are they?
2. Two goalies – who have worn Canucks’ uniforms – have scored goals – one of them in the NHL, and the other in the AHL. Who are they?
3. One goalie has scored a goal in both the AHL and NHL. Who is he?
1. Ron Hextall – one of the best goalies to ever handle the puck – scored a goal on December 8, 1987, and another on April 11, 1989. With the second goal, the Flyers were actually short-handed, and it was during the playoffs.
Martin Brodeur also scored a playoff goal in April 17, 1997, and a game-winning tally on Febuary 15, 2000 – the latter was when the Devil was the last player to touch the puck.
2. Mika Noronen was the last offensive – Buffalo – player to touch the puck on February 14, 2004 and he would play 4 games for the Canucks in 2006.
Drew MacIntyre scored on February 20, 2008, when he played for the Manitoba Moose. He also played 2 games for the Canucks that same season.
3. Chris Mason scored goals in both the AHL and NHL. He tallied while the Milwaukee Admirals’s goalie in 2001, and on April 15, 2006 when he was the last offensive – Nashville – player to touch the puck.
by Ron Spence
We all know how unpopular – hated – Todd Bertuzzi is in Colorado.
But, why would his uncle Larry be so popular – almost revered in some quarters?
It goes back to sixteen years ago.
The Nordiques must have thought that they were operating under some creative form of Napoleonic Law.
They reasoned that they could sign two contracts in one day, and then pick which one they wanted to keep.
They traded disgruntled draft pick Eric Lindros to the New York Rangers for: Doug Weight, Tony Amonte, Alexei Kovalev, John Vanbiesbrouck and three First Round Draft Picks – in 1993, 1994, and 1995.
Plus, Quebec would get $12 million thrown in for good measure.
From the Flyers, they were to receive: Ron Hextall, Chris Simon, Mike Ricci, Kerry Huffman, Steve Duchesne and Peter Forsberg.
And, they would receive First Round Draft Picks for 1993 and 1994, plus $15 million.
The Nordiques preferred the Philadelphia offer, and the NHL’s appointed arbitrator, Larry Bertuzzi agreed with them, and Lindros became a Philadelphia Flyer.
The Nordiques moved to Colorado three years later, and won eight divisional titles, and two Stanley Cups.
Many argue that the Lindros trade – plus the later acquisition of Patrick Roy – were the keys to Colorado’s success.
And thus, is Larry Bertuzzi popular among many in Colorado.
His grand-nephew, however, isn’t.
by Ron Spence
The boring people select chairs. They sit and watch games while eating their wife’s homemade popcorn. They have maybe one beer, two if their team gets to the Stanley Cup finals. Unfortunately, the guys sitting on the Montreal chairs will probably be drinking lots of beer this season.
The people who wander a little closer to the edge fork out for more daring items.
Brian Helm, a chef from St. Augustine, Florida takes no prisoners.
Over a urinal in the Men’s Room of his restaurant, is the caption: “I wanted a Pittsburgh Steelers bar, but this is what I got.”
His Steel Curtain biffy stands below Superbowl memorabilia.
You too can have your own jock biffy.
Next spring they will be auctioning off parts of the Wachovia Spectrum, before the implosion takes place. Rumours that the Broad St. Bullies will be showing up with sledge hammers are just that – rumours.
There will of course be seats – or benches – for those of you who are boring.
But, more important, there will be: two penalty box doors, plus doors from both the Home and Visitors’ benches.
Myself, I would like the door to the Flyers’ Coaches room. I was a big fan of both Fred Shero and Pat Quinn. I know Bob MacCammon, now a Detroit scout who attends games at GM Place, and have enjoyed talking to Ken Hitchcock, Roger Neilson and Terry Simpson.
A new door to my office would be great.
There will be the parts from the old kiosks, where they sold hot dogs and beers – great for the family room.
My second preference – if I lived in Philly – would be a window from the GM’s office.
I would stand and look out my new window, and wonder what Russ Farwell was thinking when he structured the Lindros trade.
To get Lindros, he gave up: Steve Duchesne, Peter Forsberg, Ron Hextall, Kerry Huffman, Mike Ricci and Chris Simon.
And then he threw in two first round draft picks and $15 million bucks to boot.
Sure, Philadelphia improved after the trade, but they could have gotten a lot better had they kept those players and hired a different coach.
Just keeping Forsberg alone would have been better than Eric.
As it was, Philadelphia would pay Forsberg $11.5 million over two years – 2005 until 2007 – at the same time that Toronto signed Lindros to a $1.55 million, one year contract.
Of course, I won’t be looking for any Rocky sports memorabilia in the old Spectrum. The arena was just set up for Establishing Shots, but the two Rocky Balboa vs. Apollo Creed movies were actually filmed in Los Angeles.
Something I will bid on – and can have shipped out to the West Coast – will be the mirror from the GM’s bathroom.
I will stare into it and ask, “Bobby, what did you see? And what were you thinking?”
The Shibe Park stadium hit the dust – old school, wrecker and balls, etc. – in 1976.
In 2009 they will be blowing up the Spectrum. Hopefully you will have part of it in your home beforehand.
If you really want to enjoy yourself, read the DEMOLITION FORUM WEBSITE below.
Now, those guys know how to have a good time.
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