Farm - The Saint Report
The Puck Stops Here
In 1788 in the small
town of Windsor, Nova Scotia, the hardy lads who attended Kings College
School adapted the Irish game of hurley for play on ice, inventing
"ice hurley" or, as it came to be known, ice hockey.*
celebrating feast days on November 1, All Saints Day, include
Saint Caesarius and Julian, Saint Benignus of Dijon, Saint Austremonius
or Stremoine, Saint Mary, Saint Maturinus or Mathurin, Saint Marcellus
of Paris, Saint Vigor, and Saint Cadfan.
it weren't for his politics, I would be even crazier about James
Jackson Kilpatrick, who was born in Oklahoma City on this date
in 1920. Oh well. No one is perfect.
this auspicious date with Mr. Kilpatrick: Larry Flynt (1942),
Jenny McCarthy (1972), Betsy Palmer (1926), Gary Player (1935), and numerous others.
seven generations of dentists grew fat on this sport before
1959, when Jacques Plante, the Montreal Canadiennes' goalie, decided
he had stopped enough pucks with his face and emerged from the locker
room wearing a homemade
mask of fiberglass and resin.
Did you know.....
Polar bear liver is poisonous to human beings? It contains a toxic level of Vitamin A.
however, still had the rest of the teams (and all the players who weren't goalies) to work
with, and besides, in 1929 the Sugar Daddy hit the streets, pulling
out teeth and fillings even where the weather made ice hockey just
a beautiful dream of self-mutilization.
*It looks like this story may be a myth. Look here for the Wiki article about the origins of ice hockey--I'd summarize it but I don't care enough. Yawn.
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