Random Facts with a Local Junker

Junk Removal KatyOne look at our site and you know that we are serious about hockey. Most importantly, our favorite team, the Cambridge Hornets.

As you can imagine, I will talk anyone’s ear off about my team that I can. However, the last place I expected find a fellow fan was when I hired a local junk removal Katy company.

I was as shocked as you are now. Here I am, deep in the heart of Texas, and here comes my technician wearing a team jersey; I knew I was in good hands.

In fact, they wound up knowing more about the sport as a whole than I did, and I walked away with some great information. Below are some of the more memorable tidbits I picked up during our conversation.

No One Knows Who Made Hockey

I mean, someone had to have known someone eventually. However, those records likely became lost to the sands of time.

Some believe that the game has existed in some form or another since about the 1700s. Although it’s more likely the supposed first game happened in Ontario in the middle of the 1800s.

Even the first game of indoor hockey gets attributed to the Canadians. In 1875, a group of university students made an indoor version with two nine-player teams and probably a lot of bruises.

Other sports have a definitive starting point. It would seem as if hockey, however, suffers from the same memory problem that baseball has in recalling its first game.

Did Gordie Howe Have to Face His Fears?

Although it’s challenging to find a source to back it up, for years it has been rumored that Mr. Hockey himself had to face more than stiff competition on the ice.

Imagine showing up to work tomorrow and finding out that your desk was going to remain covered in spiders. If the suggestions are accurate, that’s what Gordie Howe was up against every day.

They say that Gordie suffered from cryophopbia, or fear of frigid temperatures, which often includes ice. Although it’s a frightening condition to suffer from as a hockey player, his impressive 801 goals prove that fear is not a factor for Howe.

Toronto Traded Lovers

Is there anything more special than the love one feels for hockey? If you were a hockey player with Conn Smythe as your team owner, the answer was required to remain a resounding “no”.

Anyone who tied the knot during the season got traded and never heard from again. Imagine having your career ruined all because you fell in love!

Smythe felt that players giving their love and attention towards anything but the season was a traitor. It goes to show that the heart wants what it wants.

Most Brutal Hockey Injuries (Part V)

Bryan Berard Takes a Stick to the Eye

When you’re a young and talented NHL player, the last thing you want is an injury. Sadly, that’s just what Bryan Berard got. On March 11th, 2000, Toronto Maple Leafs Berard was skating against the Ottawa Senators when the blade of a stick inadvertently impacted his face on the follow-through of a shot.

Blood ran out of his eye socket as he was helped off the ice by the medical staff. His eyeball had ruptured, and Berard was temporarily blind, even through surgery. His eyesight was never the same. Miraculously, Berard was able to play more seasons in the NHL even without 20/20 vision.

Howie Morenz Breaks His Leg

Howie Morenz loved hockey and hockey fans loved him. In 1937, he was at the top of his game when tragedy happened. During a game against Chicago, Morenz stumbled and his skate became stuck against the boards. Another player fell over him, and this broke his leg in many places. Doctors said it was doubtful he would ever play hockey again, given the medicine of that time.

Morenz appeared to be recovering, though he was distressed by the news that his hockey career was over. Then, out of the blue, Morenz had a heart attack while getting out of bed and died. Some still say he died of a broken heart upon hearing he could not play the sport he loved so much.

Sebastien Courcelles Has His Face Slashed

Sometimes the worst hockey injuries don’t happen in the NHL. In ‘14, Sebastien Courcelles was playing for the Thetford Mines Isothermic in the Ligue Nord-Américaine de Hockey, a semi-professional Canadian league, when he fell clumsily to the ice. As he fell, he landed hard on his opponents moving skate, and his face was sliced open with an inches-deep gash.

His brother was one of the first responders, so Sebastien got medical care ASAP. He was stitched up in the hospital the same day and returned to hockey wearing a full face-shield.