50 Years Ago In Hockey

The 50 Years Ago in Hockey Podcast is a weekly trip back in time as we report on hockey news and events from half a century ago.Presented by The Hockey Podcast Network@hockeypodnet Thehockeypodcastnetwork.com

October 18-24, 1971: Ballard Takes Control of M...
52 min
October 11-17, 1971: The Death Of Stafford Smythe
54 min
October 4-10, 1971: Hockey’s Back
51 min
September 27 - October 3, 1971: Season Predictions
53 min
The WHA: From Rumour To Reality
10 min
September 20-26, 1971: Episode #100
49 min
September 13-19, 1971: Training Camp In Full Swing
48 min
PREVIEW: Gordie Howe Retires
6 min
September 6-12, 1971: Gordie Howe Announces Ret...
52 min
September 1-5, 1971: Welcome To Season 3
49 min
August 23-31, 1971: Terry Sawchuk’s Hall Of Fam...
48 min
PREVIEW: Bob Baun & The Finer Things
5 min
August 16-22, 1971: Bobby Orr’s Secret Signing
47 min
August 9-15, 1971: Player Signings To Watch For
45 min
PREVIEW: Canada VS International Hockey
6 min
August 2-8, 1971: Player Moves In The Off-Season
44 min
July 26-August 1, 1971: Ken Dryden’s Summer Job
47 min
July 19 - 25, 1971: Is The WHA Becoming A Reality?
44 min
July 12-18, 1971: Who’s Behind The World Hockey...
45 min
July 5-11, 1971: How Sports Agents Changed The...
48 min
Scotty Bowman & The Blues, pt 2
6 min
June 28-July 4, 1971: Lots Of Off-Season News
47 min
June 21-27, 1971: What’s Coming For The WHA?
44 min
June 14-20, 1971: Does Harkness Have A Plan?
43 min
June 7-13, 1971: Imlach's Masterful Draft Strategy
50 min
May 31-June 6, 1971: Will Gordie Howe Return?
41 min
May 24-May 30, 1971: A Strange Vision of 1980
46 min
May 17-23, 1971: A Fantastic Season Comes To A ...
47 min
May 10-16, 1971: Dissension In The Ranks At The...
48 min
May 3-9, 1971: Memorial Cup Brawl
48 min
April 26-May2, 1971: Semi-Finals Decided
51 min
April 19-25, 1971: Stanley Cup Semi-Finals
52 min
April 12-18, 1971: First Round Results
49 min
April 5-11, 1971: The Playoffs Begin
49 min
March 30-April 4, 1971: Final Week of the 70-71...
47 min
March 22-29, 1971: Who Is Detroit Sending To Fl...
46 min
March 15-21, 1971: More Dysfunction In Detroit
45 min
March 8-14, 1971: Esposito Breaks A Record
47 min
March 1-7, 1971: Trade Deadline
48 min
February 22-28 1971: Gordie Howe’s Painful Season
48 min
February 15-21, 1971: George Armstrong, One Of ...
In this week’s episode, we talk about one of the greatest Maple Leafs, George Armstrong, we have a report on the experience young hockey players have at the Quebec International PeeWee Hockey Tournament, and Buffalo Sabres GM-coach gives us his...
46 min
February 8-14, 1971: This Season’s Best Goalten...
In this week’s show, we look at some of the reaction and background to last week’s big Detroit-St. Louis trade, we learn of more upheaval in St. Louis, and we talk about what was the most outstanding goaltending performance of the entire 1970-71...
47 min
February 1-7, 1971: Three Major Trades
In this week’s podcast we deal almost exclusively with 3 major trades that took place. Mike Walton was finally dealt by Toronto in a deal that sent him from the Leafs to Flyers to the Bruins, with Bernie Parent going to Toronto. We have another deal...
52 min
January 25-31, 1971: Montreal Canadiens’ 3D Chess
This week, we report on a trade made by Montreal Canadiens that illustrates just how Habs GM Sam Pollock was able to play 3-dimensional chess; we’ll give you an example of how Toronto writer Dick Beddoes can cover several different stories in one...
47 min
January 18-24, 1971: Why The All-Star Game Was ...
This week, we report on the 24th NHL All-star game in Boston, Alan Eagleson announced he is stepping down as the executive director of the National Hockey League Player Association, and there’s lots more trade talk around the NHL! Plus we have some...
47 min
January 25-31, 1971: Montreal Canadiens’ 3D Chess
This week, we report on a trade made by Montreal Canadiens that illustrates just how Habs GM Sam Pollock was able to play 3-dimensional chess; we’ll give you an example of how Toronto writer Dick Beddoes can cover several different stories in one...
47 min
January 11-17, 1971: A Trade That Shook The Hoc...
50 min
January 4-10, 1971: Surprise Developments in De...
In this episode, the Detroit Red Wings mess dominates the hockey news of the week, as some surprising developments unfold. We’ll also talk about an all-time high level of trade rumours, and NHL president Clarence Campbell comes down hard on players...
48 min
December 28, 1970-January 4, 1971: Red Wings Hi...
In this week’s show, we delve into all the trade rumours swirling around the NHL, we get some good news on a couple of goalkeepers who are out of their teams’ lineups, and the Detroit Red Wings finally hit rock bottom! Support our show: Twitter: ...
45 min
December 21-29, 1970: Stolen Stanley Cup Returned
This week we have some great game results, we learn a little more about the suspension of Mike Walton of the Maple Leafs, we get a decision on the sale of the Pittsburgh Penguins, and the stolen Stanley Cup and other trophies are recovered by Police!...
47 min
December 14-21, 1970: Brian Spencer’s Family Tr...
In this week’s show, we examine the tragic incident in which Maple Leaf player Brian Spencer’s father was killed in a shootout with the RCMP, we look at the situation with the ownership of the Toronto Maple Leafs and we hear from Gump Worsley on...
45 min
UNLOCKED: Overtime, Episode 2
Overtime is a look at the stories from 50 years ago that we didn't have time to fit in the free show. Support us at to receive these and other bonus content! In this Overtime session we learn from Flyers goalie Doug Favell how he came to choose his...
30 min
December 6-13, 1970: Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
In this week’s show, we will talk about the Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde nature of the Toronto Maple Leafs, we learn of a very serious injury to a Red Wings goalie, and we have news about a possible buyer for the troubled Pittsburgh Penguins franchise...
50 min
November 29-December 5, 1970: Rookie’s NHL Debu...
In this week’s show, we look at a big game by Flyers Andre Lacroix, we have news of big changes coming at the executive levels of Maple Leaf Gardens, and we meet an elderly rookie making a name for himself with the Philadelphia Flyers…plus much...
48 min
November 22-28, 1970: A Wild Leafs - Red Wings ...
In this episode, we have highlights from a wild Leafs - Red Wings game, we learn a bit about Toronto rookie forward Darryl Sittler, and we have news of another big city seeking an NHL hockey team for a new arena. Support our show! Twitter: for...
47 min
November 15-21, 1970: A Hero’s Welcome For Punc...
47 min
What Convinced Eddie Giacomin To Wear A Mask?
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4 min
November 8-14, 1970 - Big Brawl In Boston
In this week’s episode, we talk about a huge brawl between the Bruins and Canadiens at Boston Garden, we have more on the dysfunctional family that the Detroit Red Wings are becoming, and we have a bit on the return of Bob Baun to the Toronto Maple...
48 min
November 1-7, 1970: Punch Imlach’s Brilliant Trade
In this week’s episode, we look at several interesting games from the week, we have lots of trade news, including a series of moves which shows us just how the brain of Buffalo GM Punch Imlach actually works, and we have news on the income tax...
49 min
Preview - OVERTIME: November 2, 1970
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5 min
October 25-31, 1970 - A Flurry Of Trade Rumours
In this week’s show, we have the results of several significant games, and we talk about more dysfunction around the Detroit Red Wings. We also have a story about an NHL great getting arrested, and the big news of the week was the number of trade...
48 min
October 18-24, 1970: Is This The Next Dave Keon?
In this week’s podcast, we have the results of some early-season key matchups, including a game that has been labeled a classic, we talk about the early history of professional hockey in Buffalo, and Memorial Auditorium, and we learn about a young...
51 min
October 11-17, 1970: The 70-71 Season Kicks Off
In this week’s show we look at the first full week of the 1970-71 NHL schedule with some game highlights, we have news of former Bruins coach Harry Sinden taking some pot shots at Boston management, and we find out that rookie Red Wings coach Ned...
41 min
October 4-10, 1970: Hockey Writers Predict The ...
In this week’s show, we have lots of news, starting with Leafs captain Dave Keon finally ending his holdout and signing his contract, Red Wings coach Ned Harkness butts heads with star Garry Unger, and we have coverage of the very first NHL games of...
49 min
Preview: 1970-71 Predictions Bonus Episode
This is a preview of a bonus episode, an hour-long deep dive into how hockey writers saw the 1970-71 season playing out. To hear the full show, become a supporter at http://patreon.com/hockey50years  
3 min
September 27-October 3, 1970: A Rising Star For...
In this week’s show, we get into October and that means the NHL season is close at hand. Contract disputes dominate the hockey news, but we also learn a bit about a rising Toronto Maple Leafs star, we will hear from Derek Sanderson as he returns to...
45 min
September 20-26, 1970: Dave Keon Walks
In this week’s show, contract issues with players on several teams dominated the news - and we got a further look at Alan Eagleson’s business habits. Bobby Orr suffered an injury, but it wasn’t as bad as we thought it might be, and Maple Leafs...
43 min
September 13-19, 1970: Warning Signs We Wish We...
In this week’s show, we will hear from Ted Green on how his comeback to the NHL is going after missing a year with the fractured skull, we have all the big news from the various NHL training camps, and we get some insights into how Alan Eagleson...
43 min
September 6-12, 1970: An NHL Great Joins The Leafs
In this week’s show, we talk about NHL training camps getting into full swing, with one of the NHL’s alltime great goalies making his first appearance with the Maple Leafs; we learn about a young NHL superstar suffering a significant injury just...
43 min
August 30 - September 5, 1970: Final Verdict In...
In this week’s show, the unofficial beginning of our second season of podcasts, we will talk about the numerous hockey news stories circulating this week - almost too much news to mention; we learn that a veteran Maple Leaf’s days in Toronto have...
46 min
August 23-29, 1970: The Penguins’ Money Troubles
In this week’s show, we have lots of hockey signings to report, we delve into the money problems plaguing the Pittsburgh Penguins, and we have the story of the reinstatement of two NHL stars who were suspended from hockey for life after they were...
46 min
August 16-22: Bruins Have Had It With Derek San...
In this week’s show, we have lots of off-season hockey news. We also learn that the Boston Bruins may be getting a bit tired of Derek Sanderson’s act. The NHL and WHL are still at odds over indemnification of the WHL by hockey’s big league for...
49 min
August 9-15, 1970: News and Notes, + Interview ...
In this week’s show, we learn where the Buffalo Sabres first farm team will be located, and it’s not where anyone would have imagined, we have some news on that plan to fly hockey fans from Edmonton to Vancouver Canucks home games, and we try to...
41 min
August 2-8, 1970: Kings Name New Coach + Interv...
In this week’s episode, we find a lot of hockey news happening in the early part of August. The LA Kings name their new coach, we find out how Alan Eagleson actually became associated with Bobby Orr, and it’s not what you might think, and we hear...
43 min
July 27-August 2, 1970: The President's Future ...
In this week’s show, our 40th episode, we learn about the future of NHL president Clarence Campbell, we hear about a great initiative to establish a hockey school in the Northwest Territories, and former NHL goalie, scout and coach Ed Chadwick tells...
39 min
July 20-26, 1970: The End of Goal Judges? + Int...
In this week’s show, we we have all the news and notes from the hockey world this week in 1970, we learn about a new technology that would have made goal judges redundant in 1970, and we talk to former Maple Leafs goalkeeper Ed Chadwick about how he...
43 min
July 13-19, 1970: News & Notes, Interview w/ Ed...
In this week’s show, we learn the name of the first captain of the Vancouver Canucks, we hear from an NHL star who is dropping his curved stick for a straighter blade, and we hear from the great Eddie Shack, who talks about Jack Kent Cooke and his...
35 min
July 6-12, 1970: What's Next For The Oakland Seals
In this week’s show, we hear from the new owner of the Oakland Seals, Charles O. Finley and what his plans are for the team, including his efforts to make a deal for one of the NHL’s biggest stars; we get an update on Ted Green’s progress as he...
40 min
June 29-July 5, 1970: Happy Bobby Orr Day!
In this week’s episode, we find out who the new owner of the Oakland Seals was to be, and some surprising factors that led to the NHL Board of Governors awarding the team to Charles O. Finley. We also will learn of changes coming to the American...
46 min
June 22-28, 1970: Big Changes to Junior Hockey
In this week’s show, we hear from one of the original Buffalo Sabres, Reggie Fleming, we get an idea of who the favourite is to acquire the Oakland Seals, and why, and we find out about some huge changes being undertaken by the Canadian Amateur...
32 min
June 15-21, 1970: Who Owns The Oakland Seals?
In this week’s show we will have a look at the convoluted court process - actually two court processes - that try to determine the ownership of the Oakland Seals. We also have reports on a few player moves during this week, and we have a progress...
33 min
Bonus Episode: The Buffalo - Vancouver Expansio...
In this bonus episode, we’ll give you a blow-by-blow of the Buffalo-Vancouver expansion draft, with a bit of an introduction to each of the new players for the teams. We also have the highlights of the Amateur draft including some surprising later...
39 min
June 8-14, 1970: Here Comes The Expansion Draft
In this week’s show, we have all the news that was made at the NHL meetings this week 50 years ago, with the exception of the Amateur and Expansion drafts, which we’ll cover in a separate show. Something especially interesting will be the method...
49 min
June 1-7, 1970: Mourning Terry Sawchuk
In this week’s show, we delve into the details of the death of Terry Sawchuk as they became available in the days following his tragic passing in New York City. We’ll also have a close look at a unique and somewhat controversial decision by the...
44 min
May 25-31, 1970: The Terry Sawchuk Tragedy
In this week’s show the big story is the unfortunate death of possibly the greatest goalkeeper in NHL history - Terry Sawchuk. We’ll also talk about the trial to determine the ownership of the Oakland Seals, and we have some news on the NHL’s...
52 min
May 18-24, 1970: Two NHL Stars In Hospital
50 min
May 11-17, 1970: Shocking News From Boston
In this week’s show, the little bit of hockey left to be played finished up with the awarding of the Memorial Cup for Junior hockey in Canada and the American Hockey League’s Calder Cup. We also have some absolutely shocking news out of Boston...
45 min
May 4-10, 1970: Boston's First Stanley Cup in 2...
In our final episode for the 1969-70 NHL season, we have all the details on the Boston Bruins winning their first Stanley Cup in 29 years! We’ll also have news on the NHL awards (how many will Bobby Orr claim?) and lots of other non-playoff hockey news!
52 min
April 27-May 3, 1970: Western Division Finals W...
In this week’s episode we wrap up the Western Division final series and move on to the Stanley Cup Final between Boston and St. Louis, we talk about a hot trade rumour out of Chicago that suggests the Golden Jet Bobby Hull could be headed to Toronto...
46 min
April 20-26, 1970: A Surprise In The East
In this week’s show, we get a bit of a surprise result in the Eastern Division final with a winner being determined in four straight games. We’ll also have coverage of the Western Division final between St. Louis and Pittsburgh, and we’ll get...
50 min
April 13-19, 1970: Detroit Names a New Coach
In this week’s episode, the Stanley Cup Playoffs continue, and also we learned the identity of the new Detroit Red Wings coach, and that gives us some clues as to how the Detroit organization will be run in the immediate future.
48 min
April 5-11, 1970: The Playoffs Begin
This week we’ll report to you on the first 4 games of the Stanley Cup Playoffs, where we will see some surprising results!  We’ll also examine what’s going on in the NHL’s two Canadian cities, Montreal and Toronto, and we will also get to...
47 min
March 29-April 4, 1970: An Unpredictable End to...
In this week’s show, we cover the wild finish of the 1969-70 regular season, a finish that was as wildly unpredictable and stranger than any in NHL history, and we have all the gory details!
49 min
March 22-28, 1970: NY Rangers Take An Unexpecte...
In this week’s episode we look at the wild playoff races in the NHL’s two divisions. We’ll also talk about how the Rangers almost managed to miss a game in Montreal, and we have a report on an innovative idea by Chicago goalie Tony Esposito, but...
45 min
March 15-21, 1970: How TV Changed Hockey
In this week’s show, we learn of the demise of the Canadian national hockey team, the technical issues faced by television producers broadcasting hockey in 1970, and we learn more about the player who is most responsible for the resurgence of the...
46 min
March 9-15, 1970: What's Wrong With New York an...
In this episode, we look at what’s wrong with the NY Rangers and Montreal Canadiens, we examine more drama in Vancouver with their coaching situation, and we have highlights of a very entertaining Boston - Toronto game that kept a very unusual...
47 min
March 2-8, 1970: The Trade Deadline
This week’s show features the NHL trade deadline, which was in 1970 nothing like the media circus we experience today. Only one trade was made, but it was a big one, with Leafs legend Tim Horton leaving the only NHL team he had ever known. Also, a...
47 min
February 23-March 1, 1970: Attendance Up In Eve...
This week’s show is jam-packed with news! We have a couple of big NHL trades to talk about, the Canucks finally announce their General Manager, and the whole thing turns into a mess that costs incumbent GM-coach Joe Crozier his job! I’ll also...
45 min
February 16-22, 1970: The Wayne Maki Assault Tr...
In this week’s episode, it’s one of the busiest news weeks of the entire NHL season. We have the Wayne Maki assault trial in Ottawa, where he testified in his own defense, The new Buffalo NHL team finally gets a name and we’ll tell you what that...
52 min
February 9-15, 1970: Bowman Shakes Up His First...
In this week’s show, we’ll talk about Blues Scotty Bowman shakes up his 1st-place team, some bad behaviour by hockey people land them in trouble with their leagues and the police, and we learn a bit more about Toronto goalie Bruce Gamble.
53 min