More Amazing Hockey Lists for Trivia Lovers Following on the heels of their successful Hello Hockey Fans from Coast to Coast, hockey fans and researchers Andrew Podnieks and Jefferson Davis present the second book of obscure hockey lists, The Three Stars and Other Selections. With more than 40 photos, this book features lists such as: Highest Point Totals by a Player in His Second NHL Season; Players To Hold Single Season Records for More Than One Team; Best NHL Players Born in New York State; Most Career NHL Goals Without a 30-Goal Season; Largest Point Decrease by an NHL Team in One Season; Fastest Trips to the Stanley Cup Final by an Expansion Team. The Three Stars and Other Selections contains information not previously available, and will have hockey trivia fans testing their friends and seeing who can name the ten least known players to score a cup-clinching goal. As a companion to Hello Hockey Fans or on its own, The Three Stars is the perfect book for any die-hard hockey fan.
The Three Stars and Other Selections Author: Jefferson Davis Author: Andrew Podnieks Table of Contents Ten Oddities About the Three Star Selection 1 Last Number One Goalies of the Original Six 3 Ten NHL Players to Become NHL Officials 5 Seven Amazing Facts about Hilda Ranscombe 7 Current NHL Coaches Who Once Played in the NHL 9 First Ten Coaches of the Minnesota North Stars 14 Eleven Odd Facts about the 500-Goal Club 17 Most Games Missed by an Art Ross Trophy Winner 19 Ten Fewest Career Goals by Retired 1,000-Game Players 22 Nine 30-Goal Scorers with the Fewest Career NHL Goals 25 Most Career Goals without a 30-Goal Season 27 Most Consecutive Years with at Least 40 Goals 30 Ten Player Nickname Origins 32 Original Members of the Montreal Wanderers 35 Five Players Who Skated for All But One Original Six Team 31 Ten Obscure Brothers in the NHL 39 Fewest Career Minutes Played by a Goalie 42 Most Career Shutouts by a Goalie Who Debuted after the 1967 Expansion 45 Ten War-Time Goalies 48 Most Penalty Minutes by a Player in His Only NHL Season (Original Six) 51 Most Points by a Player in His Sophomore Season 53 Longest Time between All-Star Game Appearances 57 Eight Unlikely MVPs of the All-Star Game 59 Ten Members of the IIHF Hall of Fame with North American Connections 61 Ten Little-Known Members of the United States Hockey Hall of Fame 65 Six Memorable Games from the First Super Series (1975-76) 68 Ten Best Players at the First World Junior Championships in 1977 70 Seven Longest Last Names of Active Players 73 Eight Shortest Last Names of Goalies in NHL History 75 Ten Best Players Whose Last Name Starts with a "V" 77 Ten Surnames with an X 81 Six Names That Don't Fit 83 Ten Best Wilsons 85 Longest Gap between Stanley Cup Wins by a Player 88 Seven Least-Known Players to Score a Cup-Winning Goal 90 Seven Largest Point Decreases by a Team in One Season 92 First Ten Stanley Cup Challenges 95 Most Consecutive Years Missing the Playoffs 98 Eight Most Lopsided NHL Playoff Games 100 Six Fastest Trips to the Stanley Cup Finals by an Expansion Team 102 Ten Biggest Mismatches in a First-Round Playoff Series 105 First Ten New York Rangers to Score a Playoff Overtime Goal 1108 Most Hall of Famers on a Stanley Cup Team 111 Fewest Hall of Famers on a Stanley Cup Team 113 First and Last Goals in Original Six Buildings 115 Five Players Born on February 29 116 Nine Shortest Lives of WHA Teams 119 Eight Best Toronto Toros 122 Ten One-Game Wonders of the Original Six 124 Eight Players Who Hold Single-Season Records for More Than One Franchise 126 Ten Records Wayne Gretzky Never Broke 129 Ten Toughest NHL Records to Break 132 Most Regular Season Games Played, One Season 135 Seven Best Players Drafted from the Brandon Wheat Kings 131 Eight Worst Top Five Draft Choices of the 1980s 140 Ten Successful NHLers Drafted by Lesser-Known Teams 141 First Ten American-Born U.S. College or High School Players Drafted in the First Round 145 Seven Best Players Born in New York State 148 Eight Players from Cleveland to Play for Minnesota after the Merger of 1979 151 Seven Most Important Games Played in California 153 First NHL Games Played by the 1967-75 Expansion Teams 155 Eight Greatest Moments from the "Igloo" 157 Four Players Who Skated for the Most Expansion Teams 160 Description More Amazing Hockey Lists for Trivia Lovers Following on the heels of their successful Hello Hockey Fans from Coast to Coast, hockey fans and researchers Andrew Podnieks and Jefferson Davis present the second book of obscure hockey lists, The Three Stars and Other Selections. With more than 40 photos, this book features lists such as: Highest Point Totals by a Player in His Second NHL Season; Players To Hold Single Season Records for More Than One Team; Best NHL Players Born in New York State; Most Career NHL Goals Without a 30-Goal Season; Largest Point Decrease by an NHL Team in One Season; Fastest Trips to the Stanley Cup Final by an Expansion Team. The Three Stars and Other Selections contains information not previously available, and will have hockey trivia fans testing their friends and seeing who can name the ten least known players to score a cup-clinching goal. As a companion to Hello Hockey Fans or on its own, The Three Stars is the perfect book for any die-hard hockey fan. Excerpt Ten Oddities About the Three Star Selection1. The naming of the three best players in a game originated as a promotion for Three Star gasoline advertised during the Hot Stove League on radio broadcasts of Leaf games in the 1940s. As a result, the selections were a particularly Canadian tradition for many years.2. When Foster Hewitt made the selections, he invariably chose one or both goaltenders. Usually, however, the selections were made by one of the Hot Stovers - Wes McKnight, Baldy Cotton, Court Benson, Elmer Ferguson.3. The stars used to be announced 1-2-3, the most prominent receiving immediate acclaim. However, some U.S. based teams such as Buffalo reversed the order in the 1970s as the drama built from the third star to second to first.4. It wasn't until games were televised that the honoured players actually skated out onto the ice and their names announced over the p.a. system at Maple Leaf Gardens or the Montreal Forum.5. Molson breweries began sponsoring the selections in 1973 when it introduced the Molson Cup trophy for Canadian teams. This was presented to each of these clubs on a monthly and yearly basis of those players who were named the three stars most frequently.6. Mike Walton of the Leafs was named on of the Three Stars in eleven consecutive games.7. Rocket Richard was once named all Three Stars after scoring five goals in a playoff game against Toronto.8. Wayne Gretzky played his last two NHL games in Ottawa on April 15, 1999, and three nights later in Madison Square Garden. In both games, he was named the only Star of the game.9. Eddie Shack was rarely named a Star, but when chosen he was by far the most exciting. He would skate madly out to centre ice and then do a quick twirl with his stick high in the air to acknowledge the cheers of the fans.10. One night in Toronto, Barclay Plager of the St. Louis Blues played a particularly inspired game but also enraged the Leafs' fans in the process. When coming back out as one of the Three Stars, he blew a kiss to his "admirers."The Last Number One Goalies of the Original Six1. TORONTO Johnny Bower & Terry Sawchuk The Leafs actually used five goalies during the 1966-67 regular season, Bower and Sawchuk as well as Bruce Gamble, Gary Smith, and Al Smith. But come the playoffs it was the two forty-year-olds who took the Leafs to the Stanley Cup. While both men were to play parts of the first few years of expansion, this was, for all intents and purposes, their swan song in the NHL.2. MONTREAL Charlie Hodge / Rogie Vachon / Gump Worsley Although Hodge played 37 games for the Habs, Vachon and Worsley played 19 and 18 games respectively. All three were at different stages: Vachon was just beginning what was to be a superb career in the league; Worsley, though well into his thirties, still had many years to go with Minnesota even though he had been in the league more than a decade; and Hodge was trying hard to become the heir to Jacques Plante's throne, but without much consistent success.3. CHICAGO Denis Dejordy / Glenn Hall This was a class old/young tandem. Hall had been sent to the Hawks in the deal that took Ted Lindsay out of Detroit... Author Bio Jefferson Davis Jefferson Davis is the author of Hello Hockey Fans From Coast to Coast: Amazing Lists for Trivia Lovers and Talkin’ Tuna: The Wit and Wisdom of Coach Bill Parcells. Andrew Podnieks Andrew Podnieks is the coauthor of Hello Hockey Fans From Coast to Coast: Amazing Lists for Trivia Lovers and the author of numerous hockey books including Red, White, and Gold: Canada at the World Junior Championships 1974–1999.
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