Yesterday, we saw the start of the Seven Days of Scary, and we're continuing today in looking at vicious hits, eyebrow-raising uniforms, and fights that the Red Cross would endorse in terms of blood donation. Today, we push forward with a few more examples. With Halloween approaching, these seven days of scary hockey stuff will show the "dark side" of hockey. Let me just say, as I did yesterday, that this is not a ranking system, but simply seven days of hits, uniforms, and fights. Here is six.
The year is 2006. The hitter is Dion Phaneuf. The victim is Denis Hamel. The result? Pain and suffering.
The uniform today is all about intimidation. The Soviet Union were a well-oiled hockey machine, destroying nations in international play. The man who tended to the Soviet goal was Vladislav Tretiak, and this picture of him smiling is bittersweet. I have never seen Tretiak smiling when he was in uniform, so that's the sweet part. The bitter part is that when he wasn't smiling, he was the most dominant goaltender in the world. If you want the definition of scary, the Big Red Machine was it.
Mel Angelstad of the Manitoba Moose and Paul Kruse of the Chicago Wolves throw haymakers at one another. These two teams had a serious hatred for one another in the old IHL.
We'll have another set of these tomorrow, and every day up to October 31. Nothing like a little mayhem leading up to Halloween!
Until next time, keep your sticks on the ice!