Top’o’the morning to you, dear hockey fans! (Sorry)
It’s Saint Patrick’s Day and you know what that means: novice drinkers making fools of themselves, the questionable misuse of green dye and police officers making their quotas in DUI charges. Oh, let’s not forget getting pinched.
Anyway, with this goofy holiday in mind, it’s not surprising that there are a few quirky news items today. Let’s start the medley off with something that’s not specifically related to the holiday (although, come on, there is Patrick Kane). Here’s the Making Sure We’re Wearing Green edition of Odd Bounces.
- First, the Chicago Blackhawks appeared on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” last night. Check out the video:
You know, Kane and Toews have solid comic timing. For hockey players, anyway.
- It’s a big tilt between the Pittsburgh Penguins and the New Jersey Devils tonight as the Devils can re-claim the Atlantic division lead with a regulation win. The real story, though, is that the Devils are rocking their retro green-white-and-red jerseys for the game. Tom Gulitti of the Fire & Ice blog has the story.
The Devils will wear their vintage red, white and green jerseys Wednesday night against the Pittsburgh Penguins for the first time since the 1992 preseason.
While wearing the red, white and green from 1982-93 to 1991-92, the Devils compiled a 285-422-93 record (last column all ties). Since changing to the red, white and black they are 742-430-178 (last column ties and OT/shootout losses).
- Finally, hockey history blogger Joe Pelletier has the absolutely outlandish story of “King Clancy Night” in 1934, when the star hockey player was the only man on the ice wearing a green Maple Leafs jersey. Actually, that might have been the least stereotypical thing that happened that night.
Why was the impish Clancy wearing this jersey? The Leafs were hosting “King Clancy Night.” Clancy was as big a star as Toronto has ever seen. They honored him with the night, the jersey, and a number of stereotypical gifts that would keep any Irish eyes smiling.
Several junior players stepped on to the ice through large potato props. Red Horner emerged from a boxing glove. New York Ranger’s star Bill Cook hid in a shamrock. All the while the Knights of Columbus Minstrel Band played Irish music.
Ah, the good old stereotypical days. Feel free to share other St. Patrick’s Day related hockey memories and other cabbage-scented bits of nostalgia in the comments.