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Behind the Net: 106 Incredible Hockey Stories

Behind the Net: 106 Incredible Hockey Stories

by Stan Fischler


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In Behind the Net, first published in 2013 and now for the first time in paperback and newly updated, Stan Fischler includes a collection of short, zany (but true!) tales that have taken place over more than a half century of hockey-watching. An easy read for fans of all ages with photos to accompany the anecdotes, this book offers a unique perspective into the NHL from one of today’s most prolific hockey writers. Different from the typical NHL “game” stories, this book details everything, from the hilarious to the absurd. Fischler details the time that:

• Bill Mosienko scored three goals in 21 seconds
• Rene Fernand Gauthier accepted a challenge to shoot the puck in the ocean
• Sam LoPresti faced 83 shots on goal in one game
• And 98 more unique stories!

So lace up your skates and hit the ice with Behind the Net, a comprehensive collection sure to entertain any hockey fan, regardless of team allegiances.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781613219539
Publisher: Sports Publishing LLC
Publication date: 10/04/2016
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 292
Sales rank: 581,033
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Stan Fischler is a legend of sports broadcasting. He began his career as a publicist for the New York Rangers in 1954 and has been covering hockey in the over half a century since. The winner of seven Emmy Awards, Fischler has worked in every medium from print to TV to Twitter. This “Hockey Maven” currently serves as the resident hockey expert for MSG and MSG Plus. He appears on weekly MSG Networks features and as a commentator on Islanders and Devils games. He lives in New York City.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

Foreword xi

I Hockey History

1 Toronto's "Dreaded" Three-Goal Lead 2

2 The Second-Longest Game 5

3 How Hockey's First Major Strike Led to New York Getting Its First NHL Team 11

4 The NHL's Most Incredible Fight 13

5 The Bootlegger and the Bodycheckers 18

6 The Night the Rangers Got Talked Out of a Playoff Berth 21

7 Hockey's Amazing Brother Acts 24

8 The Other Olympic Miracle, in 1960 27

9 A Brotherly Broadcasting Trifecta 32

10 How Uncle Sam Beat Johnny Canuck to Pro Hockey 33

11 The "Perfect" Goalie is a Hoax 34

12 How to Become a Trainer by Walking Down the Street 38

13 Why Joining a Union Once was Dangerous for Hockey Players 38

14 How a Detroit Fan Turned a Live Octopus into a Winning Team's Symbol 40

15 Babe Ruth, Buck and Frank Boucher 42

16 The Other Stanley Cup 44

17 The Richard Riot 46

18 First Goalie to Use a Water Bottle 49

19 How the Elephants Beat the Rangers-Three in a Row 50

20 How the Rangers Teased Gordie Howe off the Team 53

21 World Hockey Association-The Little League That Could, Almost 55

22 The Strange Travels of the Stanley Cup 59

23 How the Ducks Created an NHL Team on Long Island 63

24 How a Walk Around the Block Saved the Islanders Franchise 66

25 Santa's Favorite Hockey Team 68

II Colorful Characters

26 The Sweet All-America "Doctor" Turns Sour Goon 72

27 How an NHL Player Created a New Rule 76

28 How to Turn Superstitions into a Win 78

29 The Gaye Stewart Kiss in the Garden 79

30 Petty Cash 80

31 How Lynn Patrick Regained a Roster Spot When his Father, the G.M., Said No 83

32 How a Bullet Becomes a Corkscrew in One Easy Lesson 85

33 Turnabout is Fair Play 86

34 From the Penalty Box to the Pulpit 88

35 Hap Day and Walter Pratt 91

36 How Ching Johnson was Un-American to the Americans 94

37 The Hockey Player who Served as the Team Clown 96

38 The Hockey-Intense Mayor of New York City 98

39 Hockey Organists are Part of the Fun 99

40 Marcel Pronovost-The Most Embroidered Man in Hockey 101

41 The Most Traveled Stickhandler 103

42 The Hockey Player Who Sold Himself to the Big Time 107

43 Eddie Shore: The Zaniest Hockey Owner, Bar None 116

III Unlikely Heroes

44 A One-Eyed Referee Becomes a Hall of Famer 122

45 Red Berenson-From Obscurity to Stardom in One Easy Six-Goal Game 126

46 Bill Stewart-Baseball Umpire Becomes Blackhawks Coach; and Wins a Cup 127

47 Malik Ends NHL's Longest Shootout 129

48 Coyotes Pluck Amateur Goalie to Serve as Backup After Ilya Bryzgalov Falls Ill 131

49 How a Busher Won the Longest Playoff Game 134

50 The Totally Improbable Devils 1988 Playoff Run 140

51 The Mystery NHL Cameo Appearance of Larry Kwong 142

52 There is a Tavern-and a Goalie-In the Town (Alfie Moore) 146

53 Miracle Myles 149

54 How One of Hockey's Greatest Stars Was Discovered on the Football Field 151

55 Joe Miller-A Joke Book and a Goalie 153

56 The Most Totally Improbable Two-Goalie Rotation 155

57 How the Skinniest Guy Became a Top Scorer 156

58 Punch Imlach's Improbable Playoff Crusade 159

59 How Mickey Mouse Became a Rallying Cry for the Devils Franchise 163

IV Incredible Feats/Personalities

60 How a Long-Shot Horse Bet Turned Toronto into a Winning Team 168

61 The Ultimate Case of Rubber-ITIS-and an Incredible Save at Sea 171

62 They Said It Couldn't Be Done and Yet it was Done-But Only Once! 173

63 He Scored a Goal, But Not with his Stick: How Come? 177

64 How "The Captain" Delivered on his Guarantee 179

65 The Impossible One-Man Scoring Spurt-Three Goals in 21 Seconds 181

66 Hockey First, Sleep Later 183

67 Hats Off, Derek!-How a Rookie did the Impossible in his NHL Debut 184

68 Red Kelly-The Most Astonishing Transformation 186

69 Leo Reise, Jr.: A Defenseman with a Strategic Offense 188

70 Someone Who Played for Hockey Teams, a Basketball Club, and the Dodgers 190

71 Don't Mess with the Rocket 192

72 Art Coulter: A Hero for the Rangers-A Hero for the Coast Guard 194

73 A Record That Can Never-Ever-Be Broken, Thanks to Butch Goring 195

74 The Coach with a Trifecta of Championships-Gentleman Joe Primeau 197

75 From Stairway to Stardom 199

76 Staal, Staal, and Staal 200

77 Who's Mel Hill? Check Out "Sudden Death," and You'll Find Out! 202

78 Not Only the Greatest, but the Only Ambidextrous Superstar Scorer 205

79 Charlie Gardiner-A Study in Courage beyond the Call of Duty 206

80 How Pentti Lund Extinguished the Rocket's Red Glare 209

81 The Un-Masked Goalie and his Amazing Record 212

82 The Most Stitched-Up Player in Hockey was also One of the Best 215

83 One Winning Goal Pictured Two Different Ways 217

84 It Ain't Over Till It's Over 219

V Outrageous

85 How the Rangers Pulled a Re-Naming Flimflam for an Entire Season 224

86 The Red Wing Who "Couldn't" Shoot the Puck in the Ocean 227

87 The Linesman Who Never Forgot that he was a Hall of Fame Hitter 230

88 When the Mob Nearly Mauled a Goalie 232

89 How a Live Goose Vetoed a Live NHL President 236

90 By Dogsled to the Stanley Cup Final 240

91 The Live Skating Bear on Hockey Ice 242

92 If the Name is Too Long - Change It! 246

93 When Two Wrong Giacomins Make a Right 247

94 "Kill the Referee!"-This Time it Nearly Happened 249

95 Jake Milford-Traded for Two Hockey Nets 252

96 The Wrong Metz Won the Most Cups 253

97 Taking a Bath with Tubby 256

98 Fired Because of a Hot Poker Hand 257

99 The Near-Kidnapping of a Rangers Star 258

100 There Was Magic in Leone's Big Wine Bottle 259

101 The Most Unusual Goal By a Goalie 263

102 How a League President Created Phony Hockey Games and Got Away With It 265

103 The Naked Goalie was Grattoony 267

104 When the Absolutely Perfect Goal Net Wasn't So Perfect After All 268

105 How a Newspaperman Became a Goalie (Sort Of) for a Day 270

106 The Kings Who Were Meant to be Caged 274

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