With hockey season upon us I thought I would offer this oldie but goodie - a little trivia for the hockey soul. Some of my favourite trivia questions down the years that should get the mind thinking and get you in the right frame of mind for a new season. Here goes, no peeking to the bottom. Oh and stay off the internet.
(a)During the Summit Series, Canada played four home games to start things off. Where was game three played? What was the score?
(b)When the series shifted to Russia, Canada lost game five forcing a three game sweep of games six, seven and eight to win it all. Everyone knows Paul Henderson scored the winning goal late in game eight. Who scored the winning goals in game six and seven? (c)Where was the first ever Canada Cup game played, name the two teams involved and what was the final score?
(d)In the championship game of the first ever Canada Cup, Canada played Czechoslovakia. Canada scored at 11:33 of OT to win 5-4. Who scored the winning goal, who assisted on the goal and who was the Czech goaltender?
(e)What was the name of the trophy awarded to the winner of the WHA championship? (f) What four Canadian cities had original WHA franchises? Can you name the teams?
(g) What member of the Miracle on Ice 1980 US Olympic team became the first player to win a gold medal and the Stanley Cup in the same year?
(h) In 1970 the Oakland Seals changed ownership and their name. They became the California Golden Seals. Where did the Oakland and California Golden Seals play their home games and do you know what the original name change was supposed to be in 1970?
(i) A few years later the Atlanta Flames entered the NHL. Where did they play their home games?
(j) Where was Guy Lafleur Born? What was the significance of the following call made by the late great Danny Galavan? "Lafleur rather gingerly up to Lemaire, Lemaire crosses the line, back to Lafleur, he scores!!
(k) Who was the last player to wear number 10 for Montreal prior to Guy Lafleur?
(l) How many empty net goals did Wayne Gretzky score in his career? Which month was the Great Ones most productive over the course of his career?
(a) Winnipeg and the game was a 4-4 tie.
(b) Henderson is not widely remembered for scoring the game winners in games six and seven as well. The goalie he scored all three goals against is in the Hall of Fame - pretty strong case for Paul to be inducted as well.
(c) The first ever Canada Cup game was played in Ottawa on September 2nd, 1976. Canada defeated Finland 11-2.
(d) Darryl Sittler scored, Marcel Dionne and Lanny MacDonald assisted.
It was scored against the portly Czech goalie Vladimir Dzurilla.
(e) AVCO Cup was the name of the WHA trophy.
(f) Quebec City Nordiques – Ottawa Nationals – Winnipeg Jets – Alberta Oilers.
(g) Ken Morrow won the Cup with the Islanders a mere three months after winning the gold medal in Lake Placid.
(h) After a few games at the Cow Palace in San Francisco (1968) they moved into the Oakland Alameda County Coliseum. The original name was nixed by new owner Charlie Findlay who didn’t like Bay Area Seals. Did you know that before moving into the Fabulous Forum in Inglewood California the Kings played half a season in Long Beach.
(i) The OMNI in Atlanta.
(j) Thurso Quebec is Lafleur’s birth place. The Galavan call was the infamous too many men on the ice call against Boston in game seven of their 1979 series.
Remember Yvon Lambert then scored in OT.
(k) Frank Mahovlich traded to the Habs at the end of the 70-71 season wore number ten to finish the season.
(l) The great one scored 55 empty net goals during the regular season. The most famous empty netter was scored against Philadelphia on December 30th, 1981. It was number 50 in just 39 games. In 260 games number 99 scored 144 goals and added 359 assists (503 points) during the month of March.
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