1) 1984 was a trademark year for the NHL. It marked the first ever televised NHL draft courtesy of CBC television. A big reason for the draft being televised that year was the 18-year old phenom Mario Lemieux. Mario Lemieux had garnered fans even before he played an NHL game; much of the reason was because of the many stories of his talent and scoring feats with the Laval Voisins of the QMJHL. To give you an idea of how accomplished Mario Lemieux was, in his final year 1983-84, Lemieux scored 133 goals and 149 assists for a combined 282 points. The previous record was set 13 years earlier by Guy Lafleur who has 130 goals and 79 assist for a combined 209 points. Mario Lemieux’s record still stands today as the all-time record for any junior hockey player.

2) The history of the high five has been a surrounded in debate for many years. When people think of the High Five celebration, they think of the names Wiley Brown and Derek Smith of 1978-79 Louisville Cardinals basketball team, whom used this celebratory gesture on national television. However many have said that the original High Five gesture was executed on Oct. 2, 1977 by Dusty Baker and Glenn Burke of the Los Angeles Dodgers. Though this fact is debated, Glenn Burke has the unique distinction as the first ever athlete to publicly acknowledge his homosexuality in 1978.

3) The 1983 Philadelphia 76ers theme song during their championship run was Keep it On by Galaxy Five.

4) Lebron James ‘ last High School regular season game in March 2003, drew a bigger audience than the Cleveland Cavaliers home game that took place the same night.

5) Hall of fame Goaltender Glenn Hall who was infamous for being on the receiving end of the famous Bobby Orr Stanley Cup winning goal in 1970, was a huge pioneer in goal tending. He was the first to use arguably the most effective style of goal tending, the ‘butterfly style’. This style of was also used by Hall of Fame goaltender Tony Esposito, but it was Patrick Roy that took this style to the next level to what is known as the ‘profly’; this style is used by practically every hockey goaltender today.


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