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Re: WHA pre-season games

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  • nieforth
    Murray Did Terry Ryan play in that shootout game? Joseph
    Message 1 of 3 , Sep 1, 2002
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      Murray

      Did Terry Ryan play in that shootout game?

      Joseph
    • William Underwood
      Did anybody you interviewed say that they ever seriously look at using it during the regular season? Interesting... ... From: Murray Greig
      Message 2 of 3 , Sep 1, 2002
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        Did anybody you interviewed say that they ever seriously look at using it
        during the regular season? Interesting...

        -----Original Message-----
        From: Murray Greig [mailto:wirepaladin@...]
        Sent: Sunday, September 01, 2002 12:30 AM
        To: hockhist@yahoogroups.com
        Subject: [hockhist] RE: WHA pre-season games


        Mike:
        You probably already know this, but perhaps some members of the list aren't
        aware that long before it became fashionable in the minor leagues and
        international competition, the tie-breaking shootout was tried in some of
        the WHA's first exhibition games prior to the 1972-73 season.

        The most bizarre shootut experience took place the very first time it was
        tested, on October 3, in a pre-season game that saw the Houston Aeros edge
        the Minnesota Fighting Saints 7-6. Don Grierson, a journeyman minor leaguer,
        emerged as the hero when he scored the deciding goal after an incredible 18
        penalty shots. The teams were tied 4-4 after regulation, and when they
        failed to break the deadlock in a 10-minute overtime, the shootout was
        ordered. Jim Johnson and Ted Hampson each scored for the Saints in the first
        five-shot round, while Larry Lund and Murray Hall tallied for the Aeros to
        keep the game tied 6-6. The Saints then missed on four consecutive shots and
        the Aeros muffed three before Grierson buried the winner.

        When I interviewed Lund for my book Big Bucks & Blue Pucks, he had very
        vivid memories of that historic evening. "We thought it might never end, but
        what I remember most was that nobody walked out. It wasn't a particularly
        big crowd, but the fans that were there were absolutely mesmerized by the
        shootout," he said.

        Incidentally, the very first WHA games were a pair of all-rookie exhibition
        contests played on September 23, 1972. The New England Whalers beat the
        Philadelphia Blazers 5-3 and the Fighting Saints hammered the Chicago
        Cougars 10-7.

        Murray Greig


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