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    There's been some discussion of late regarding how things aren't quite the same in Hockey East these days, and how the league's good ol' days have long since passed, back at around the turn of the century (and millennium). Which got me to thinking and that's always a dangerous proposition now, isn't it? Anyway, I've been kicking around going back to revisit those "good ol' days" through the prism of time since passed, and I came up with something I hope you folks will find entertaining and enjoyable - or at least it will give you a reason to check in while we wait for the 2019/2020 HE season to begin.

    I'm not going to start this up today, but I'm posting this here and now to force myself to stop kicking the can down the road, and to get the show on the road. So, next up

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    Re: WIS Productions Presents ... Once Upon a Time in Hockey East

    OMG while we wait for that can you revisit The Godfaddah?? Still one of the best things ever to come out of this site.

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    Re: WIS Productions Presents ... Once Upon a Time in Hockey East

    Should be a fun thread. Chuck's campaign to be next HEA Commish was launched in the Joe Bertagna exit-after-2019/2020-season thread, also worth a read.
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    Re: WIS Productions Presents ... Once Upon a Time in Hockey East

    Quote Originally Posted by Scarlet View Post
    OMG while we wait for that can you revisit The Godfaddah?? Still one of the best things ever to come out of this site.
    Somebody's got to have that somewhere.

    I wonder whether 90% of the people here now have any idea just what on earth we're talking about.
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    Re: WIS Productions Presents ... Once Upon a Time in Hockey East

    Gotta change the title. WIS gets me every time.
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    Re: WIS Productions Presents ... Once Upon a Time in Hockey East

    WIS Disclaimer

    What follows here - Once Upon a Time in Hockey East - is a semi-literate work of semi-fiction. Some names, characters, programs/businesses, places, events, locales, and incidents are either the products of the vivid imagination of WIS, and/or used in a borderline fictitious manner. Any vague resemblance to actual persons, living or dead, or actual events is somewhat coincidental and somewhat imagined, and meant to bring some level of good-natured entertainment to the semi-tolerant USCHO cognoscenti.

    Setting The Scene

    Emerging from the shadows cast in the aftermath of the Great War in the middle of the preceding century, college hockey was a niche sport that stumbled across the deserted plains of the larger American sports scene for decades in relative anonymity, far from the bright lights of Broadway or Montreal. Programs were existing on the fringes of their school's athletics budgets, well behind the larger sports, which were played on grandiose gridirons. Games were played in primitive barns, unheated and dimly lit, sometimes surrounded by chicken wire fencing. Media coverage was sparse, where it existed at all. Players played for the thrill of the competition, and opportunities for advancement in the sport were effectively limited to the goon leagues with teams placed in hardscrabble mill towns where players were kin with the working class folks many of them would soon enough become themselves. Helmets were mandated, as if to further reinforce the players' limited prospects, in sharp contrast to the helmetless gods playing at the top levels. All players were four year players … but only three years would count, and then only after an enforced year-long apprenticeship. Grades mattered, and if you didn't keep up, you'd be off to that goon league destination sooner than planned, and likely to that job in the mills, too. Alcohol and tobacco were staples, both in locker rooms and as training supplements, as if to cope with those harsh realities, present and future. These were commonly known as the Dark Ages of College Hockey.

    But then, something happened, when a group of these young cowboys broke off together to take on the world in what became a watershed moment not only for college hockey, but for international hockey as well. Suddenly, the players who were used to the harsh realities of their anonymous sport were thrust into the limelight, and with it, more attention began to be cast upon college hockey as the incubator for this world-wide "miracle". This newfound attention brought with it the usual growing pains, as old ways clashed with new thinking, and the resulting dynamics and upheaval led to new approaches. Among those was the birth of Hockey East, with 7 teams cleaved out of the stale and stodgy ECAC. At a time in an era where the way sports were viewed was radically being reshaped, as evidenced by a precursor league in a different sport over much of the same footprint, Hockey East offered the long-standing devotees of the sport a new, broader outlook. Its players - now far less anonymous - enjoyed better prospects and more freedom, and took training more seriously. And its coaches - well, some of them became mythical figures.

    Some of these mythic figures did battle amongst each other, as well as against the mere mortals among them, overlapping both sides of the turn of the century. And then, slowly but surely, it all but faded away. But the feats of these mythical men remain alive, as they themselves have faded away. Here at USCHO, those of us fortunate enough to have been there still recall those years of glory, when great battles were fought by mythical figures, for both worthy and not-so-worthy causes.

    That's where we'll pick up next time with the first installment of Once Upon a Time in Hockey East


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    Quote Originally Posted by Hammer View Post
    Somebody's got to have that somewhere.

    I wonder whether 90% of the people here now have any idea just what on earth we're talking about.
    While looking for that one, could someone please find the "who is Holy Cross" post?

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    Re: WIS Productions Presents ... Once Upon a Time in Hockey East

    Quote Originally Posted by Snively65 View Post
    While looking for that one, could someone please find the "who is Holy Cross" post?
    That was written yesterday compared to the WIS stuff.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hammer View Post
    That was written yesterday compared to the WIS stuff.
    I think I saved Da Godfaddah somewhere, but I doubt it's still accessible on USCHO. I did an offseason re-run about 5 years after the initial run, and I haven't gone back to it since. Doing the re-run took almost as much time as the original, with all the cut and paste from the original source. Had lots of help at the time from former USCHO/UNH poster olddog, who I need to catch up with soon. If I figure out when it first ran (I know, I make it sound like a feature film this way ) maybe there will be a 20th anniversary edition a couple of summers from now, if I make it that long myself?

    Hoping to get to the first real installment of OUATIHE in the next few days.
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    Re: WIS Productions Presents ... Once Upon a Time in Hockey East

    I am hoping this thread touches on posters who have since disappeared like Stevef, Bobo, the BU guy who boasted about how much he made...Ritt18? The TBAs. The list goes on and on.

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    Re: WIS Productions Presents ... Once Upon a Time in Hockey East

    Ritt was a BC guy. Well, Im sure he still is.

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    Re: WIS Productions Presents ... Once Upon a Time in Hockey East

    Quote Originally Posted by J.D. View Post
    I am hoping this thread touches on posters who have since disappeared like Stevef, Bobo, the BU guy who boasted about how much he made...Ritt18? The TBAs. The list goes on and on.
    darin, too.
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