Follow the Hall of Fame Right Down to the Rec Room

This past weekend, NHL goaltender Patrick Roy was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame. He is the holder of the all-time wins and all-time games played records. And he’s Canadian (shocking, no?)

I grew up watching him play in the NHL, and he was easily one of the more charismatic goalies in the league. He was also one of the most popular goaltenders to be in street hockey. Mind you, I grew up in Prairie Town*, where for some reason, goalies were particularly well-known in street games and shinny ( Some popular goalies were Ed Staniowski , Grant Fuhr, Pokey & The Bandit, Vladislav Tretiak, Ron Hextall, Andy Moog,…). Since you got to be whatever goalie you wanted to be when you played, and, considering our street hockey games never had set goalies (only a beat-up goalie stick owned by the street), there could be up to a dozen goalies appearing in the game by the time it was over.

Patrick Roy certainly had some of his banner years in the latter part of his career, but to us, he was the tough guy behind the mask in Montreal after the 1984 draft. Check out the accomplishments:

Career accomplishments
In 1989, 1990, 1992 Roy won the Vezina Trophy (best goaltender). He won the Jennings Trophy (fewest goals allowed) in 1987, 1988, 1989 (all shared with Brian
), 1992, and 2002. He led the league in shutouts and goals against average twice, was named a First Team All-Star four times, a Second Team All-Star twice, and played in eleven All-Star games. Among the many goaltending NHL records Roy holds are career wins (551), career games played (1029), career playoff wins (151), and career playoff games played (247). The Avalanche retired Roy's #33 jersey on 28 October, 2003. While no Canadiens player has worn #33 since Roy's departure (as of 2006), the Canadiens have not retired the number nor announced any intention to do so. In 2005, the National Hockey League announced on their website that Patrick Roy had been determined the best goaltender of all-time.
Patrick Roy was elected to the Hockey Hall of Fame
in 2006, in his first year of eligibility.
Courtesy: wikipedia

I also seem to remember that Patrick Roy was in one of the first goalie-fights I'd ever seen.

So, I raise a cup of hot chocolate to you, Patrick Roy. Congratulations.

*Ironically, Prairie Town couldn’t support their NHL team forever and the team was moved to Phoenix. Boo.

A Case of Joni
On January 28th, 5-time Grammy winner and Canadian Rock Hall of Famer Joni Mitchell will be inducted into the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame.

From CBC:

Five of Mitchell's songs are included on the list of songs to be preserved in the Toronto-based hall of fame, including Help Me, Big Yellow Taxi and Woodstock.
Personally, I didn't fully appreciate Joni's work until my late teens (there's something about going off to University that makes you get into folk music -- maybe it's the abundance of angry girls with guitars). A girl I dated in 3rd year University (the beginning of the hair years) was very much into her, and I guess some of it rubbed off on me. Her classic style and voice was so warm and welcoming, I wondered why I'd missed out on it all those years.

It pained me when Joni started to lose her higher register late in her career, but I was pleased that she kept on going, and never lost her desire to give back to her fans, and to Canada.

This is yet another well-deserved honour for Ms. Mitchell.

Day 15

Posted bythemikestand at 8:08 AM  

3 stepped up to the mike:

Brianna said... 6:41 PM, November 15, 2006  

I can't comment on the hockey stuff but go Joni! though it seems theve neglected her best song (A Case of You).

Anonymous said... 11:24 PM, November 15, 2006  

Just had a weekend in Vegas, and when one of our cabbies found out we were from Peg City (Holla!), he mentioned that he plays rec hockey with Pokey Reddick, who is now a forward of some kind. Probably haven't even heard of Pokey in a decade, and now twice in a week. Maybe it's time for me to lower my dose of cough syrup.

themikestand said... 6:09 AM, November 16, 2006  

Brianna: Clearly I'm with you on this one.

anonymous (Kenny): I can't believe Pokey could find a game outside Winnipeg, but mostly because I can't picture a reg game in Vegas.

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