Posted: 5/9/2012 5:27:19 AM
Although they were truely one of the most colorful franchises in sports history I think that everybody else is a distant #2 behind...
The Oakland/California Seals/Golden Seals/ Cleveland Barons.
I Highly recommend a book called "Shorthanded - The Untold Story of the Seals - Hockeys Most Colorful Team" for ANY and EVERY hockey fan (especially old school cats like me who remember that period in the NHL).
It's written by Brad Kurtzberg and you can find how to order by using google to find the book.
Off the ice they were horrible having had 7 ownership groups in its 9 year lifespan in two cities. On the ice they were not very good either... but very entertaining as a team.
The book is a large 8 x 11 inches and about 320 pages (softcover)... The first 30 odd pages gives you an overview of this franchise and what happened. The rest of the book is comprised of stories from over 110 former players, owners, coaches and staff.
The stories told by these guys is worth the weight of the book in gold to me.
If you LOVE hockey... NHL history and old school stories from the actual players... ya gotta read this book.
NO... I am NOT a salesman... I just love the book.
They were the definition of a BAD FRANCHISE and TEAM.