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“That guy handles the puck like a cow handles a gun."

Bill "The Big Whistle" Chadwick, the first American-born referee in the National Hockey league, died Friday at 94. Chadwick invented the gestures referees use to indicate penalties, and he was a longtime color man on WOR-TV's broadcasts of New York Rangers games when I was growing up.

I had never heard the above quotation, but it certainly sounds like a Chadwick-ism. One of my favorites was the time he said Terry O'Reilly, the Boston Bruins' pugnacious forward, was "playing like a demon possessed."

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thenightfly5150
Oct. 26th, 2009 02:07 am (UTC)
I'm going to start using that quotation. For example, "Petr Tenkrat handles the puck like a cow handles a gun."

Any idea who he was referring to?
patrick_vecchio
Oct. 26th, 2009 02:22 am (UTC)
No idea. Chadwick was probably my favorite hockey colour man ever. He and Jim Gordon were great. Gordon had an announcing style in which he would frequently just use a word or two when the action picked up. Say the Bruins of that era had a power play against Buffalo and were moving the puck around good. His call would be something like this:

"Park. Smith. Back to Park. Middleton. McNab. Save, Sauve! Into the corner. Wensink. Park. Middleton—just over his stick. Back in front. McNab. Score!" And them, Chadwick would invariably refer to Peter McNab as "Max."

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