I bought pucks. Most made in Czechoslovakia. One of them is from IIHF World Championships 1982 held in Finland. Another one is a Koho, one of the major Finnish brands along with Titan, Montreal and Tackla, the latter being only one still manufacturing in Finland. Koho is CCM owned and alive as a goalie equipment brand. Here’s Titan 2020 in action.
We used to laugh at those few unfortunate souls who tried to play street hockey with Torspos, but who laughs at Igor Larionov? Saying Torspo out loud still makes me smirk, mind. I’m childish. Calling someone TORSPO! was also an insult. Vitun torspo, fuckin torspo, we’d say sometimes.
Looking back 90’s Torspo’s sticks might have looked pretty rad. But the reputation was gone. Brand was a joke. And people didn’t go for this kind of minimal aesthetic as this finnish international defender Pekka Tuomisto’s unused Torspo stick displays. I’d buy it if I was right. In awesome black and white it looks great and has a smart scale for sawing.
By the way did Czechoslovakia export pucks to the NHL during the Cold War?
Teemu Selänne in Finnish company Valio’s Milk ad in the early 90’s.
"It won’t go to your head – It goes to your legs."
Before heading to the NHL Selanne lived in the next courtyard from me. Once me and my friend had the courage to walk to his door and ask for his autograph. He was very polite and genuine and happily signed our pieces of paper. This was before hockey cards had really landed in Finland. Too bad I don’t have a clue where that signature is now.
Sergei Pryakhin was the first hockey player the Soviet hockey federation officially allowed to play in the NHL.
Calgary Flames drafted Sergei in the 12th round, #252 overall in 1988. He got his big shot at the show in 1988-89. Flames won the Stanley Cup, Pryakhin played only two matches so didn’t get his name on it, but still received a ring for his troubles. In the following two seasons he played 44 games in total scoring 3 goals and and 8 assists.
I only read about this non-defecting thing yesterday even though I’ve admired his play in Kiekko-Espoo sweater for almost a hundred hockey games between 1994 and 1998. Maybe I just forgot.
Pryakhin wasn’t a superstar even by Finnish SM-Liiga standards, but still one of Kiekko-Espoo’s best producers every season he was here. Sergei was a big man, but he didn’t use his frame for too much other than shielding the puck. He had an air of a gentle giant when glided on the ice with smart economical strides. Quite often he seemed to act in slow-motion. But he had great hands and hockey sense.
As Allen notes in his sidebar, Chelios once played with Ryan Suter’s uncle, Gary, and he’s only worn one pair of shoulder pads during his NHL career—late 70’s-era relics from Suter’s dad, Bob, who played for the “Miracle on Ice” team.
Compare and contrast with the gear of today and, say, Alex Pietrangelo: WITH and WITHOUT shoulder pads.
In the early 90’s when I saw the movie probably 25+ times I didn’t know jack about Grey Poupon, The Sweet or Bohemian Rhapsody but was hooked from the beginning. I even thought Stan Mikita’s was real. But from great songs and great atmosphere follow great momentum. You’re really on a night out with Wayne and his buddies.
Didn’t have a clue about its SNL roots, Mike Myers, Dana Carvey or even Claudia Schiffer or anyone else from the cast for that matter. For me it existed in a vacuum. Most of the pop culture references I learned from Wayne’s World. Stairway, denied! Why?
As a 12 year-old kid Wayne’s World made me feel smart. It involved me to it’s events and its in jokes had universal dimensions and expressions I could get as a relative outsider to U.S. culture. It didn’t patronise me, I could laugh at the world with it. And it doesn’t take itself seriously.
We can argue all we want about whether product placement is ok or would it be appropriate to slip in a sponsor message to this kind of blog post. That’s where I see things just a little differently. Contract or no, I will not bow to any sponsor. But it’s best before the fight breaks out that we remember Uploud Audio is all about everyday peacemaking. It might even be the choice of a new generation.
Thinking back the most important for its appeal weren’t the jokes, but the fact that film has heart and the way it flows forward naturally. This is a story about friendship, camaraderie, getting familiar with the ladies (NOT!), struggle against the evil robotic corporation, doing your own thing and rock’n’roll. I wish I had taken some of its lessons more seriously.
Wayne’s World also takes the weight of parents’ shoulders and teaches important facts of life like schwing! and mantras like ‘oh yes, she will be mine’. I haven’t seen it for over 15 years and don’t know if I dare to spoil the beautiful memories of it. Most of the movies I loved as a kid haven’t disappointed, but there may be too much at stake here.
It also hit a nerve because those few years all we did was play street hockey.
Few years later came Wayne’s World II and gave me The Lemonheads and another mantra in “If you book them, they will come”, but that’s another story.
Thank you, Mike Myers, Dana Carvey, Tia Carrere and the rest.
1955-57: In 1955, the Blackhawks first donned the “classic” jersey style that most fans recognize today. The next season, the tomahawk logo on the sleeves changed slightly, as shown here on Ed Litzenberger.