Introductionp. 1
1In the Beginningp. 3
Strange But True: Rules Are Rulesp. 13
2The Forgotten Teamsp. 15
Strange But True: The Best Team to Ever Miss the Playoffsp. 20
3The Dawn of the Original Sixp. 23
Strange But True: The Original ... Seven?p. 29
4Hockey's First Superstarsp. 31
Strange But True: Broadway Bulliesp. 39
5The Cup Heads Northp. 41
Strange But True: Superstar for Salep. 47
6Expansion Arrivesp. 50
Strange But True: Earmuff It for Mep. 58
7Here We Grow Againp. 60
Strange But True: The Wheelp. 67
8That '70s Showp. 70
Strange But True: The August Draftp. 78
9The High-Flying '80sp. 80
Strange But True: The Blues Take a Passp. 88
10Bad Bloodp. 91
Strange But True: Spin the bottlep. 98
11The European Invasionp. 100
Strange But True: The Greatest Japanese Player Who Never Wasp. 105
12The Tradep. 107
Strange But True: The Biggest Trade Proposal Ever Madep. 114
13Expanding Horizonsp. 116
Strange But True: Draft Dodgersp. 122
14The Hall of Presidentsp. 125
Strange But True: Referee Your Own Stinking Gamep. 133
15A Tale of Three Centresp. 135
Strange But True: O Captain, My Captainp. 144
16The Greatest Season Everp. 146
Strange But True: That's Using Your Headp. 156
17The Dead Puck Erap. 158
Strange But True: Esposito's Smudgep. 168
18The Last Great Rivalryp. 170
Strange But True: How Hollywood Saved the Avalanchep. 178
19International Incidentsp. 181
Strange But True: The Case of the Disappearing Canada Cupp. 189
20Southern Comfortp. 191
Strange But True: When Compensation Goes Badp. 197
21A History of Violencep. 199
Strange But True: From the Canoe to the Boxing Ringp. 211
22The League of the Lockoutp. 213
Strange But True: The NHL's Only Strikep. 223
23Getting Creativep. 225
Strange But True: The Forgotten Outdoor Gamesp. 233
24The Parity Erap. 235
Strange But True: The Case of the Missing Cupp. 242
25The Futurep. 244
Acknowledgementsp. 251
Indexp. 253