The New NHL Schedule And A Strange String Of Coincidences


The new 2010-2011 NHL Schedule has been released today and in honour of my brother Paul’s birthday on October 7th,, the Habs will open the season in Toronto on this big day. Paul is about 15 years younger than me and is a big Habs fan like older brother and I’m sure he’ll be thrilled that this honour is being bestowed upon him.

Paul lives in Orillia and I’d like to announce that in 1914, the Orillia junior squad beat Toronto Varsity, led by a young Conn Smythe who would later become owner of the Leafs, to win the Ontario junior finals. Varsity, with the hotshot Smythe, had eliminated the Berlin (now Kitchener) Union Jacks, managed by good old Frank Selke.

So you see? If you combine all the pieces of the puzzle – the Habs opening on my brother’s birthday, and this brother happens to live in Orillia, and Orillia beat Conn Smythe’s team which had overcome Frank Selke’s team, and Selke went on to run the Montreal Canadiens and Smythe became owner the Leafs, the team the Habs meet on October 7th, not to mention that I saw Blind Faith featuring Eric Clapton at the old Varsity Stadium, a stadium where Smythe probably watched football and yes indeed, the same Varsity which had a hockey team that lost to Orillia, my hometown.

When you add everything up – it was only by some strange twist of fate that didn’t see me become a Montreal Canadien.


6 thoughts on “The New NHL Schedule And A Strange String Of Coincidences”

  1. Ah, I go to U of T and I don’t know if you know but they’ve completely changed Varsity Stadium. And the Varsity Blues are no longer what they used to be. Conn Smythe would be disappointed.

    By the way, cool autographs! Both passed away before I was born so you are very lucky and I’m slightly envious. 🙂

  2. Habby, thanks. I haven’t seen Varsity Stadium since the Blind Faith days (1969), so I have no idea. You mean it’s modern now or something? The autographs I got when the Hockey Hall of Fame opened at the CNE when I was about 11 and my dad took me.

  3. Yes, it’s very new now. Though the football team’s a joke so having a new stadium didn’t help.

    Wow! That is so cool. Have you been to the HHOF building on Yonge and Front?

  4. Habby, I was at the new one about four years and really enjoyed. I’ll be back again, I’m sure.

  5. I’d like to meet you if you come by (and if that’s ok with you). Keep us updated! And good luck with your back. I hope you get well soon.

  6. Hi Habby. I’m assuming you’re in Montreal or Toronto and I think sooner than later I’ll be back to see a game and enjoy both cities and I’d love to see other Habs fans. Hopefully I can get a trip like this together. And thanks about the back. It seems to be easing off slightly but it’s still hard to get out of bed or pick something up off the floor.

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