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tom reid, who only scored a total of 17 goals in his career, scored a rare penalty shot goal on October 14th, 1971, against ken dryden. It was the only penalty shot ever scored against dryden.

          this is the goal, this is the goal that almost made me famous. … he tripped me, and i went into the boards. the ref asked if i was okay and i said, ‘yeah, im fine, does he have a penalty?’ and the ref replied, ‘not only that, but you have a penalty shot.’ my coach looked at me and asked the ref if i had to take it. i tried to convince him i had a broken leg. j.p. parise told me, ‘just put the damn thing behind him.’ when i got on the ice, there was absolutely no sound, just complete silence. i shot it, and it went in between his legs. it was a perfect goal.”

mod contribution: well, he wouldn’t allow our home games to be televised for one because he thought it would be “betraying season ticket holders”. ticket prices were also incredibly low, making it hard for the team to generate any revenue from them. and like a modern charles wang, he refused to spend money on the team at all. there was also allegations of embezzlement and bribing government officials among other things.

he literally had to die, and have the blackhawks handed down to his son for these things to change. literally the only reason why the hawks didnt move is because the wirtz’s were so rich because they were in the bottom of the league of attendance by 06-07 teetering on failure. so yeah, there was a lot of messed up stuff going on that blackhawks fans had the right to be upset about. just because we didnt lose the team doesn’t mean we cant get upset about the injustices.

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