We throw back to 1947 when the NHL played their first All-Star Game. Back then it was the defending league champion Maple Leafs against a squad of All-Stars where dust-ups, hard hits and physical play was the norm.
Before the Internet, celebrities used vanity cartoons to brand themselves to children. Which is probably how Michael Jordan, Bo Jackson, and Wayne Gretzky ended up fighting really weird crimes in an animated show called "ProStars."
The Tradition ContinuesIt was September of 1952 and the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation was about to launch the first television stations in Canada. In anticipation of this, Imperial Oil, sponsor of Hockey Night in Canada on radio, had been engaged in talks with the CBC to begin televising hockey for the 1952-53 NHL season.
THIS DATE IN NHL HISTORY, APRIL 16:1949: The Toronto Maple Leafs become the NHL's first modern-era dynasty by winning their third consecutive Stanley Cup. They complete a four-game sweep of the Detroit Red Wings in the Final with a 3-1 victory at Maple Leaf Gardens. Turk Broda allows five goals in four games against the NHL's top-scoring team during the regular season. The win is Toronto's ninth straight in the Final.