It’s the End of the World as We Know it, But at Least We Have Hockey

Well, in case this is my final post before President Trump declares war on North Korea and makes the entire Western hemisphere nothing more than a memory (much like the California Golden Seals), I’d just like to declare that since my beloved Habs are still undefeated in regulation, and sitting in first place overall, I believe they should be given the world’s final Stanley Cup championship.  That’s what we call taking the lemons life gives you (in this case President Trump… uh, I can’t believe I’m typing that and NOT quoting The Simpsons) and turning it into lemonade, which is something that I believe is (surprisingly) missing in this week’s new Overexposed induction.  Today, we delve deep into the archives of Upper Deck and dissect the legendary Mike Grier “pizza couch” card.

For all you Seals and Barons fans out there, go check out this site’s new section: Seals Literature.  Here, I’ve listed all of the books I can think of that mention interesting blurbs about the Seals or Barons.  Obviously, this is not a complete list, but I’ll be adding more titles as I become aware of them.  Of course, if anyone knows of any books with interesting Seals/Barons facts in them, please let me know, and I’ll add them to the list.  There are a few titles I would recommend you check out first: Brad Kurtzberg’s Shorthanded is the gold standard, and probably the easiest book to find on the list.  Bobby Baun’s autobiography, Lowering the Boom has a full chapter on the Seals, so does Wayne Gretzky’s new book, 99: Stories of the Game, Alan Bass’s The Great Expansion, and Stephen Laroche’s Changing the Game.  Reggie Leach has an autobiography out as well titled The Riverton Rifle, which has a few pages describing the Seals portion of his career.  Then there are some oldies like Gene Kiczek’s High Sticks and Hat-Tricks, Gerald Eskenazi’s Hockey and the excellent Hockey! The Story of the World’s Fastest Sport by Richard Beddoes, Stan Fischler, and Ira Gitler, but good luck finding those cheap on Amazon!  If you’re more of a Charlie Finley fan, I can’t recommend more highly Michael G. Green, and Roger D. Launius’s Charlie Finley: The Outrageous Story of Baseball’s Super Showman.  I found my copy used on Amazon, so it’s pretty easy to find, and well worth the read.

Until next time, stay gold!

Barons Fans, Golden Seals Hockey Hasn’t Forgotten You!

Hey there everyone!  As I write this latest entry, my Habs are the last team yet to lose a game in regulation, and that surely means the Stanley Cup is returning to Montreal, doesn’t it?  Doesn’t it?  Shea Weber has been on fire, and fans might actually be starting to forget about the great P,K. Subban.  That guy certainly had a lot of flair, and he was always a lot of fun to watch.  The Seals also once had a defenseman who was flashy, tough, and talented: Carol Vadnais.  During the late sixties and early seventies, he was the guy that every team in the league was interested in getting in a trade with the Seals, but the team always resisted, that is until Vadnais himself requested a trade.  He ended up winning the Cup with Boston in 1972, so I’m sure he didn’t complain too much about the move.  Anyway, getting to the point of this rambling paragraph, check out Vadnais’ 1968-69 O-Pee-Chee card in the “Overexposed” section of the Hockey Hall of Shame.

Also be sure to check out the two new articles posted in the Articles section.  The first is about the Barons’ first NHL game back in October, 1976.  The second article describes the unusual agreement that merged the Barons with the Minnesota North Stars almost two years later.

Until next time, stay gold!

My NHL Birthday Buddy is Overexposed

Hockey season is well under way, and my beloved Habs are off to a great start.  If you watched them play last season, you’ll know not to get too excited, but nevertheless, I’m encouraged by what I see.  I know I’ve said this before, but there are new additions coming to the site soon, including articles and a new section that will list the books in which you can find information and stories about the Seals.  In fact, Wayne Gretzky’s brand new book, 99: Stories of the Game, has a whole chapter on the Seals, so be sure to pick it up.  As for what’s new today, as always there is a new induction to the Overexposed wing of the Hockey Hall of Shame, and it features my NHL birthday buddy, Mike Bullard, formerly of the Pittsburgh Penguins, Calgary Flames, and Toronto Maple Leafs.  Enjoy!

This Week, the Seals are Overexposed !

Hi everyone!  What a great week this has been!  Hockey season is once again underway, and all sorts of story lines are just waiting to unfold.  Will Crosby recover from his latest concussion?  Will Auston Matthews continue to average four goals a game?  Will Connor McDavid lead the league in scoring?  Will John Tortorella still have a job come November?  Oh, I’m getting giddy just thinking about it all.

Be sure to check out the latest induction to the Overexposed wing.  All you Seals fans out there are sure to enjoy this week’s cardboard crap-o-rama!  This might be the worst ever card to feature a member of the Seals, but there will be more baddies in the coming weeks.

An Old Red Wings Favourite for Your Enjoyment

Hello hockey fans!  Well, the World Cup has come and gone, and Canada once again walked away triumphant, not that anyone really noticed… One thing you hopefully will notice is that there is another new addition to the “Overexposed” wing of the Hockey Hall of Shame.  Ever wondered what quirk Michael Jackson and former NHL goalie Glen Hanlon have in common?  Head on over to the HHOS to find out.  Rest assured, it has nothing to do with gliding effortlessly across a shiny surface in front of thousands of adoring fans.

This Killer Should Beware…

Why is Doug Gilmour patiently sitting in a bowl of pea soup waiting to hop back onto the ice?  I have absolutely no idea, but check “Killer” out in his classic 89-90 O-Pee-Chee disaster… and I mean disaster of nuclear proportions!  Head on over to the Hockey Hall of Shame to see the newest addition to the Overexposed wing.  Sorry for the small update this week, but things have been busy here at Seals central, but plans are in the works to add some profiles of some of the Seals’ all-time best lines, including the 3-M Line and the Wrecking Crew Line.  There will also be more articles detailing the most important moments in Seals history, so keep checking in.

It’s the First “Overexposed” Friday!

Hey everyone!  Happy “Overexposed” Friday!  Keep checking out the site to find a brand new “Overexposed” entry each and every Friday.  To celebrate the event, there are TWO new fascinatingly weird cards analyzed in excruciating detail for your reading pleasure.  You’ll never look at Ted Bulley and the legendary Tony Esposito quite the same way again.  I’ve also added two new rare Seals photos from the team’s early NHL years.  There will be many more additions to the site as the weeks go by, so come on back to see what gets unearthed!

Special “Back to School” Announcement!

It’s “back to school” time for many of you, but for ole Steve here it’s business as usual, and unlike you, his homework never stopped in the first place.  Golden Seals Hockey is pleased to announce that in just a little over a week, on September 16, there will be a very special, new induction to the Hockey Hall of Shame you won’t want to miss!  On the day the new Apple iPhone 7 will have everyone waiting in lines around the block, I will be sitting at home posting a new induction, and I hope you all use your new hand-held devices to check it out.  It will be something very techie, yet hockey-related, and definitely something that is long overdue to be mocked.

Check out a few new Seals-related articles today as well in the Articles section. The first one is an excellent two-part interview with Seals legend Gary “Cobra” Simmons, the man whose masks currently reside in the Hall of Fame, and whose story is one-of-a-kind.  The other article details the infamous October 25, 1974 brawl between the Seals and Philadelphia Flyers where several members of the Broad Street Bullies attacked California defenseman Mike Christie in the penalty box.  The incident remains one of the more unfortunate landmarks in the history of both franchises as numerous penalty-minute records were set.

Don’t forget to send in your suggestions for new articles or classic newspaper articles you would like to see in the future, since I may have some interesting things in my archives.  If you have any ideas for inductions to the Hall of Shame, send them in too!

August 28, 2016 Updates!

There have been a few updates to the site since I launched it a few weeks ago.  First, there’s a brand spankin’ new induction to the Hockey Hall of Shame that you don’t want to miss, and there’s also a new addition to the “Overexposed” wing.  Be sure to check them both out!

There are also going to be regular updates to other sections of the site: new video links, new articles from important moments in Seals history, and other goodies as well.  Thanks to everyone who has checked out my site!  I’m thrilled to see that so many people are still interested in the Seals after so many years.  Be sure to spread the word about Golden Seals Hockey and help the site grow!

Steve Currier