Friday, September 02, 2005


Bondra, Detroit, and a Berger Fix!

As has been reported, today is D-Day for Bondra and Washington. Stay tuned for that...

I also talked to a source in Detroit that had this to say, "The feeling is that the cat and mouse game with Datsyuk and Zetterburg is about to come to an end. It could still get uglier before it gets better, but the feeling is that in all likelihood both will be back as Red Wings in the upcoming season."

Now for a Berger Fix...Part 2 of his popular arena series...


The Fan-590 Radio, Toronto

I want to begin by thanking the many readers who have e-mailed their memories, in response to my first in a series of columns on National Hockey League arenas, past and present. As promised, I will incorporate many of your recollections in a future column, so keep them coming to The first submission on this topic dealt with my top ten former arenas. Today, I look back at numbers 11 through 20 of defunct NHL buildings:

11. LE COLISEE: The home of the Quebec Nordiques from 1972 to 1995 was among the liveliest arenas in both the WHA (’72-’79) and the NHL. Like so many of the older buildings, this one had superb sightlines, as the seats rose on a very steep incline. The seating bowl had the same color scheme as in the Montreal Forum, with red seats closest to the ice, blue chairs further up, and white ones near the top. Now known as the Pepsi Colisee, it is still very much a functional building – home ice for the QMJHL Quebec Ramparts. I saw only two NHL games in the building – both in 1981 – as the Nordiques hosted St. Louis and Montreal. And it’s doubtful there has ever been an NHL rivalry comparable to that of the Nordiques and Canadiens

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