Rebounding From L’Affaire Carl Wetzel

Recently, out of the blue, most of the right side of my site disappeared. This included the picture of me as a kid, the twitter link, CBC links, quote of the day, map, the whole enchilada. There was no reason for it to happen. I’ve tried to be good. I’m kind to animals and I love babies. But it happened anyway.

So I phoned HostGator in Texas and the technicians there worked on it and finally got everything restored, but only up to that particular Sunday, which meant my posts from the few days after that were gone forever. And which also means my little story about Carl Wetzel, a guy who was the backup goalie for Charlie Hodge on a night I was at the Forum, vanished into thin air and is now probably twirling and swirling in cyberspace.

But I’m not taking this sitting down. In that particular story, I included a photo of the lineup from the program that night that showed Wetzel’s name, and then I went on to talk about how many minor league cities he had played in over his career (about 15).

Now I’m coming back with a vengeance, and not only am I including the lineup page again, but I’m showing the whole trip, which includes the program signed by Jim Roberts that evening after the game when I walked down to ice level to see the big CH’s at centre ice, plus the lineup page again, along with my ticket stub and photos I took of the Forum and Toe Blake’s Tavern.

Take that, computer gremlin bastards.


7 thoughts on “Rebounding From L’Affaire Carl Wetzel”

  1. the cool thing about those pictures of the forum is that the sign just says “forum” , not the forum, not bumfuck bank garden, or hiv airline arena….. well u know what i’m saying. i’m not a nostalgic kind a guy but it sure makes me yearn for the olden days.

  2. I really, really agree, Hobo. Even though these companies are paying the bills, I hate their names.

  3. Dennis, I’m trying to figure out what the sign in the photo beside the picture of McNiece’s says.

    There’s two signs in the window. On the left side it says something like “Montreal Forum Home of Les Canadiens – but I can’t make out the rest of it except it does have the words Stanley Cup in large type at the bottom.

    The other sign on the right side says “The Montreal Forum Home of the Finest in Entertainment More than One Million ——- Customers Every Year” Looking at it closely, I think the blank is may be the word “satisfied”

    Do you remember what the sign said?

  4. Danno, I’m looking at it with a magnifying glass and from what I can see, it says “more than one million satisfied customers every year.”
    On the left I can read “22 first place rankings.”
    “….NHL…13 times”
    “World Hockey Champion…”
    And that’s all I can figure out.

  5. Good eyes Dennis!

    And the one on the bottom Under the Forum’s marquee says:

    Fev 26 New York vs Canadiens 8PM

    So you saw the Habs play the Rangers which is a good thing since the Habs won that game 4-3.

    It was a very good year. Montreal went on to win their 14th Stanley Cup in 1966 by beating Detroit in the finals.

    This kept the guy in charge of the signs was busy painting new numbers on his posters.

  6. Carl Wetzel was my goalie coach at the first Minnesota North Star Summer Hockey School in the 1968 at The Met Sports Center in Bloomington,MN. To this day, that was the best sheet of ice I have ever skated on and was the best place to watch hockey. I recently ran into Carl, 44 years later at Mancini’s Char House in downtown St Paul.

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