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Looking Back: Primeau
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Hooper, John, Author
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Written: 15 August 1994
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    Latitude: 44.35012 Longitude: -78.73286
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I was just thinking back to Saturday nights at 9:p.m. years ago when my ears would be poised to the radio waiting to hear Cort Benson's voice come over the airwaves with his familiar "Again from coast to coast it's hockey night in Canada and again on behalf of the three-star Imperial dealer in your community, Imperial Oil brings you Foster Hewitt"! Then Hewitt's voice would ring out with his familiar "Hello Canada and hockey fans in the United States and Newfoundland, the first period is just over and...". Then he would go into describing what had happened during the period.

During the intermissions, Wes McKnight, who followed Jim Hunter's evening broadcast out of CFRB in Toronto, would come on to host the "Hot Stove League" that always proved lively and enlightening and would keep us up-to-date on what was going on in the NHL.

I vividly recall McKnight's broadcast was called "Wes McKnight and his Sportsview" and was sponsored by Beehive Golden Corn Syrup. How could I ever forget it! If you were interested in collecting pictures (about 7x5 and mounted on cardboard) of your favourite players, all one had to do was send a Beehive label to the St. Lawrence Starch Company in Port Credit along with your name and address one the back of the label with the name of the player of your choice and mail it in then patiently wait for about ten days for the picture to arrive. We used to get relatives and neighbors to save labels for us and if you were lucky enough to get a label from a one gallon can you got three pictures for that one.

Of course being a Leaf fan I went after guys like Jackson, Primeau, Concher, Turk Broda, Red Horner, Apps, Drillon (the last Leaf to win the NHL scoring title) Davidson, Day, Clancy, etc. only to mention a few.

Oh yes, did you know that the first player that Conn Smythe ever signed to a Maple Leaf contract was born in Lindsay and was on their first Stanley Cup team? True, and on top of that, the player in question went on to be, and still is, the only coach in organized hockey to complete hockey's Triple Crown in that he (1) coached the Toronto St. Michael's to win the Memorial Cup Championship, (2) coached the Toronto Marlboros to the Allan Cup Championship, and (3) the Toronto Maple Leafs to the Stanley Cup Championship. Yep, that man was born in Lindsay on January 29th 1906 above his father's butcher shop on Kent Street. Well, for those of you who are stuck for an answer, it was the man who also won the Lady Byng Trophy which is awarded for Gentlemanly Conduct and one of the reasons he gained the name "Gentleman" Joe Primeau.

I assume he has earned his place in Lindsay's Sports Hall of Fame.

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Looking Back: Primeau