What Players Had To Do

I pulled cards from my 1954-55 set to show you examples of what players back then did for summer jobs, which you can see on the last line of each player description. This was long before a players association, when the game was much different, and there was no such thing as a wealthy player. The owners made millions, the players worked summer jobs, and if these stars-on-ice somehow incurred the wrath of Conn Smythe and other owners or general managers, they could be buried in the minors or cast adrift, rarely or never to be heard from again.




3 thoughts on “What Players Had To Do”

  1. Incredible.

    On one hand I don’t mind the players having rights and being taken care of and getting a cut of the action (I think that should have been so the whole time).

    On the other hand though, it’s sickening to see some of the athletes out there making all this money and having the nerve to bitch and whine. Or what gets me even more is seeing someone making a fortune and then spending it all because they blew all that money on parties, fancy sports cars, floozies, etc.

    I think people need to work because it keeps them humble. Even if they just work at home I think it’s vital they do this. When you’ve got money you kind of forget the way the world really works. And I think if this were true for more athletes out there we’d see a lot less floaters hanging around.

    It’s also a change of culture I’d think. Offer any of these guys a 5 million dollar a year contract and I’m sure they’d work their asses off each and every game and would apologize if they had an off night. Now you’d get players who would show up and just grunt at you and ask you where their bonus is.

  2. Darth, once again a great comment from you. I think players now don’t understand the concept of a normal life. From junior on they’ve had everything done for them, and then wheelbarrows full of money handed to them. They’ve never had to book their hotels or worried about debts, anything, right from the time they were teenagers. They’re out of touch, unlike the guys who came before them, and fans like us. I have no sympathy for the players locked out, even though the owners are greedy pigs. The entire landscape of pro hockey has to be changed.

  3. Thanks for the kind words Dennis. I’ll send you that $50 for the compliment. 😉

    Another issue too is that these guys are young when all of this hits. I think most of us would go somewhat crazy at that age if we suddenly got a ton of money and all this fame. That’s why I will always stress that people need to keep humble. It’s the only way to stay grounded because it’s very easy to believe the hype when it comes to yourself.

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