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?
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.