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01:03Talks about his 23 years in hockey; "They were the best of times, they were the worst of times" (Charles Dickens); best time of life playing in Chicago for 15 years and 8 more in Winnipeg; only regrets are not staying in Chicago for the entire career and being unable to represent Canada in 1972, denied because he was in the WHL, should have been "Team NHL" not Team Canada
03:03How would you like to be remembered? "I believe after I made a boyhood dream come true to play in the NHL in 1957, it wasn't long before I realized we were in the entertainment business and better we could entertain, the stronger our franchise would be"; he had a love affair with the fans, talks about 22,000 fans in the arena, cheering all the time - "I hope first of all I would be remembered as an entertainer, one of those guys they came to see every night and one of those guys who never let the people down.", remembered for giving it all every night, "I came to play every night, every shift and be as good as you could possibly be"
05:56Team mates: Ben Murphy, Tod Sloan, roommates in his second year, still good friends
07:22Stan Mikita, also still good friends, describes him as a "feisty, little, displaced person" (referring to his Czech background), had a chip on his shoulder from Europe, taken away from his family and raised by aunt & uncle in Canada, they went to school together and played in the Juniors together
09:34Talks about how the curved blade was developed: Mikita did not like the Northland Pro sticks and would deliberately lean on them and break them, one day in 1963 the stick was too willowy and would not break, so he rammed it in a door and tried to break it, the top split away and he ended up with a curved blade on the bottom with a straight top, started to snap pucks with it and realized how good the hook was for snapping pucks, they then asked Northland to send them the hooked blades, learned how to create their own hook blades, did not patent them
17:50Things that stand out in his career: "Knowing that I could compete with the greatest players in the league (mentions names), the ones who had gone before and had scoring records and every once in a while coming out on top, exciting to watch guys of this calibre"; his 50 goal season; in a face off looking Gordie Howe in the eye, they had a mutual admiration for one another, some of his greatest games involved playing head to head against him
21:33At the end of his career played 6-8 games with Howe & Keon in Hartford, they retired from the same team at the same time; Howe at age 52 was a force to be reckoned with
22:46Stanley Cup: 1961 too young to realize how important that Cup was going to be and thought it would be one of many; feels that the better teams came later, even if they lost the Cup, talks about the teams and the players; now it's very, very precious; not a lot of players now get to play for the Cup
22:25WHA: started by a group of renegades who decided there was room for another league of professional teams, talks about the cities; talks about increase in salaries; in 1979-80 NHL saw we were not going to go away and joined forces with the WHA; (27:28) the formation of the WHA gave the players not only a place to play and to train themselves for future Hall of Fame-ship, but also it gave them a bargaining power, one league against the other."; talks about how he wishes the younger players would help the alumni association help those older players who have fallen on rough times
30:19On his brother Dennis: didn't really know him until he joined Chicago, never tried to tell him what to do but was ready to help, never tried to tell him how to play
32:28What does it all mean to you? "Hockey has been my life. I can't remember when I never dreamed of becoming a professional hockey player. I made my boyhood dream come true. It was the greatest days of my life, the greatest job in the world, playing with the best, best time in the world. It is the greatest sport in the world, played in front of some of the greatest people in the world, the hockey fans. I can't think of doing anything else in my life but playing hockey and watching my son Brett play after I was finished."
|Year Range from||1957|
|Year Range to||1980|
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