Tag: Lanny McDonald

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Leafs add Hall of Famer McDonald to Winter Classic alumni roster

Not to be outdone by Detroit bringing Paul Coffey on board, the Toronto Maple Leafs have added their own Hockey Hall of Famer for the Winter Classic alumni game.

On Thursday, Toronto announced franchise favorite and HHOF memeber Lanny McDonald will wear the blue-and-white when the Leafs and Wings do battle at Comerica Park on Dec. 31.

The club also announced former alternate captains Bryan McCabe and Gary Roberts would suit up for the alumni team as well.

McDonald made his NHL debut with the Leafs in 1973 and went on to play seven seasons before moving on to Colorado, then Calgary.

His crowning moment in Toronto might’ve come not wearing a Leafs jersey, but rather a Team Canada one. McDonald assisted on Darryl Sittler’s Canada Cup-winning goal in 1976, a huge accomplishment considering McDonald wasn’t sure he’d even make the team after training camp.

Oh, in case you’ve never seen this before, here’s Lanny hawking fur coats back in ’83:

That look on his face at the end is the best.


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PHT Morning Skate: Ducks-Blue Jackets sure was nasty last night

Columbus Blue Jackets v Anaheim Ducks

PHT’s Morning Skate takes a look around the world of hockey to see what’s happening and what we’ll be talking about around the NHL world and beyond.

First off, J.F. Jacques could be getting a call from Brendan Shanahan for delivering a head shot on R.J. Umberger. (Sportsnet)

Then there was this little bit of ugliness courtesy of Thomas Kubalik hitting Bobby Ryan from behind. (The Score)

As if that wasn’t bad enough, we might suggest that fighting Jared Boll is a bad idea, something Sheldon Brookbank might want to rethink next time around. (Hockey Fights)

And even through all that, the fans even got busy mixing it up with the Blue Jackets players. (Puck Daddy)

Ty Conklin getting the win last night could be huge for his confidence as a backup. (Detroit Free Press)

Lanny McDonald is happy to welcome Jarome Iginla to the 500 goal club. (Calgary Sun)

Guess what? The Sabres have been bad since getting beat down by the Bruins. It’s just open season on the Sabres apparently. (Buffalo News)

Sorry Jets fans, you can forget about getting Teemu Selanne or Ryan Getzlaf. (Winnipeg Sun)

The Oilers might stink, but Taylor Hall is playing his face off these days. (Edmonton Journal)

Erik Karlsson is doing great things in Ottawa. So good, in fact, he’s looking to take down… Norm Maciver’s team records? Oh, Ottawa. (Ottawa Sun)

Alex Ovechkin the enforcer? Maybe not, but how about him just doing his thing as a captain instead. (CSNWashington.com)

Finally, Senators coach Paul MacLean isn’t exactly the biggest fan of Danny Briere especially after going after Kyle Turris on Saturday. (Ottawa Sun)

Best and worst sweaters of all-time: Calgary Flames

Alex Tanguay, Jarome Iginla

For our final team of the “Best and worst sweaters of all-time” series we head to the great  white north of Calgary where the Flames may not have originated there, but they’ve adopted a look and a name and made it their own.

Best: Perhaps the best sign of the greatness of a single sweater is when it’s brought back from the dead for special occasions and then ultimately becomes the team’s new third jersey. Such is the case for the best Flames sweater of all-time, their original road sweater when the team moved to Calgary. It’s red and, perhaps for some, eye aggravatingly so. With the yellow and white stripes around the sleeves and waist and the letter “C” on fire for the logo it’s got a single beauty all its own.

Seeing the likes of Joe Nieuwendyk, Al MacInnis, Theo Fleury, and Lanny McDonald all sport this look when the team won the 1989 Stanley Cup helped make it even more legendary than it is, but it’s never a bad thing to see the old look brought back so current Flames legend Jarome Iginla can get some glory out of it as well.

Worst: I honestly debated over which of two sweaters the Flames have worn in their history are their absolute worst. While one was a poorly striped modernized version of their old home and away set, I had to lean on the team’s original third sweater as their worst. Going from a bright red sweater to a black one with a new and bizarre horse head logo on the front is one that still makes me shake my head. The Flames’ flaming letter “C” is an incredibly easy and familiar logo, adopting a new look that takes Calgary’s pride in being a rodeo town and putting a flame-breathing horse on the front is just so strange.

I’m not sure if it’s so bad honestly, but with how the team and the city rally around the color red, jumping on the bandwagon for a black alternate was just predictable and ultimately lame. At least the horse head got to live on a little while longer as the shoulder patch on a newer and updated version of the Flames’ uniform.

Sherman’s march to Canada?: Calgary wasn’t a town that had anything to do with fire, but the team moved to Canada from Atlanta. The Flames name came about thanks to General Sherman burning the city down during the Civil War. Much like the Utah Jazz and Los Angeles Lakers, the team nickname has absolutely nothing at all to do with its current home city. Their look in Atlanta, however, was a thing of beauty and one the team was easily able to recreate for being in Calgary. The “flaming A” of Atlanta soon became part of the Flames uniforms as the “A” on the sweaters of team alternate captains.

Assessment: The Flames’ current sweaters are fantastic. The bold flaming “C” adorns all three of their sweaters, and with the flags of Alberta and Canada being on the shoulders of both the home and away sweaters, it’s a proud way for the Flames to stake a claim on their Canadian home. Using the throwback sweater from the 80s as their third is a great touch for the team, but they can’t go wrong with either of their standard sweaters. It’s a stellar look for a team with a proud fan base.