Slap Shot – Denis Lemieux

The 1977 movie Slap Shot with Paul Newman is a classic in Canada. One of the movie’s fan favourites’ character was goaltender Denis Lemieux, a French Canadian goalie with a thick accent and no filter… as did most of the characters in the movies. The actor playing the now famous goaltender is Yvon Barrette, who grew up in Alma, Quebec. Ironically, Barrette played hockey but as a forward, so playing a goalie didn’t come naturally. What did come naturally though is the persona and the emotion of being French Canadian and the actor brought a touch of humour and realism to the classic movie.

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NHL Drafts Top-10: The Tale of Missed Opportunities

This is a continuation of a previous article on this blog about the Drafts redone for those years. This time around though, we will look at the teams who have clearly missed out on some great picks, selecting the wrong player(s), and how many times those teams blew up opportunities. That said, hindsight being 20-20, every single NHL team messes up at the Draft as they’re not comparing talents at the time, but rather they’re trying to determine, to the best of their abilities, the ceiling those young men will reach in their development. Lots of room for errors at the Draft… as we’ve all seen. As looking at all 30-31 teams for even just the first round would be quite the undertaking, we’ll only focus on the Top-10 once again.

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