LCS Hockey Tribute - world domination update #1
For those of you unware, LCShockey.com, aka "Le coq sportif", was one of the earliest hockey news websites online. It started in June 1994 as a weekly email news report, and eventually became league-wide with a few dozen contributors. All that remains now are the internet archives.
Before the media, NHL, and NHLPA start gearing up for a CBA deal, I wanted to post a few quotes from LCS articles that give you a taste of how they covered the sport. There has been nothing like it before or since.
From LCShockey's about page:
It all started back in May of 1994, when four young lads decided it was time to change the way hockey news was reported. No longer would they sit idly by and allow the vast hockey loving masses to be rendered sleepy from the never ending stream of boring and uncreative hockey reporting. They set forth to try and create a hockey publication that would not only inform their readers, but also entertain...50/50, a little bit of this, a little bit of that. Led by the inspiration of their hockey reportin' hero, Al Morganti, they worked tirelessly to release the first issue of LCS Guide to Hockey on June 15th, 1994. The world of hockey reporting was changed forever.
The San Jose Sharks were one of the first teams to create a website online in 1995. ESPN.sportszone.com also came online in 1995. Prior to the internet explosion in 1994, Gopherspace and dial-in BBS bulletin boards were the only online options to follow the sport if your local newspaper did not.
From December 30, 1994.
On the 1994-95 lockout:
With still no definitive date set for the cancellation of the NHL season, the lockout continues to drag on worse than a game between the Anaheim Mighty Ducks and Tampa Bay Lightning. The only differences being that the Lightning only make people suffer from boredom in sixty minute increments, and Gary Bettman no longer wears lightning bolts on the sides of his pants.
From April 21, 1996: A tribute to the Hartford Whalers.
LCS' Save the Whale Telethon
By Michael Dell, editor-in-chief
For those of you that read Issue 42 of LCS, you know about our efforts in order to try and Save the Whale. In hoping to raise money to help the cause, we bought ourselves some time at a local cable-access TV station located in Monroeville, Pennsylvania in order to broadcast a Save the Whale telethon.
Station WSCK-TV fills the air waves with experimental, and often odd, programming that caters to the discriminating tastes of the modern television audience. For fifty bucks you too can have your own half hour of programming each week. But the fine folks at WSCK don't just accept anyone off the street. No siree, Chester! You've gotta have talent, you've gotta have drive, you've gotta have... well, really you just have to have the fifty bucks in cash.
From Issue 86, Feb. 9, 1998. A tribute to Sweden:
Common Swedish Phrases
by LCS Hockey
In case you, our valued readers, ever travel to Sweden, we've tried to piece together some common Swedish phrases using a Swedish-English dictionary. The syntax may not be the best, but the point should get across.
Lang bor de Val! - Long live the Whale!
Sicken det finns? - What it is?
Han finns de action? - Where is the action?
Har du sedd min kaslonger? - Have you seen my pants?
Langa de vin. - Pass the wine.
Jag var i Cleveland den vecka, officer. - I was in Cleveland that week, officer.
Du ar a illa skona kvinnor. - You are a very beautiful woman.
Skulle du lik att se de hem av a ensam, ensam man? - Would you like to see the home of a lonely, lonely man?
Forlat, Jag tanke den var min ben. - Sorry, I thought that was my leg.
Behagar skaffa ej slag mig om. - Please do not slap me again.
Nej, nej, ej de paprika sprej! - No, no, not the pepper spray!
Jasa Gud, min ogon! - Oh God, my eyes!
From Issue 116, March 24, 1999:
Scott Stevens Chat
by Michael Dell
See, here's how it works. The NHL provides us with transcripts of conference calls and then I usually craft a hilariously funny feature article around the quotes, employing a vast array of obscure television references and other comedic devices.
One of the featured players this time around is New Jersey's Scott Stevens. Unfortunately, I'm quite burnt at the moment and just don't feel like writing anything. I got nothin'. So instead I'm just going to rerun the transcript in its original question-and-answer form. The only difference being that I have supplied new questions. Stevens' answers are the same, but the questions have been changed or altered to make things confusing and difficult to understand. Good night and god bless.
LCS: Hello, Mr. Stevens. Let me start by asking the obvious question. Have you ever been bitten by a monkey?
SCOTT STEVENS: Well, it seems like that happens every year, but it is a gamble. I guess the teams that really feel they are there and they have a great chance of winning the Cup will tend to do it. Other than that, I think usually you are going to give up some pretty good players for some picks that could hurt you later on down the line. But if you feel you are right there and you feel you have an excellent chance of winning, a lot of teams will do that...
LCS: Have you ever read "Catcher in the Rye"? Because I just read it a couple weeks ago and I was extremely disappointed.
SCOTT STEVENS: Yes, especially the first half, but now guys are being creative and we had some time off to relax. I can see now he is starting to get more intense. He believes now, which is true, is the time to bear down; work a little harder at different things and really come together and get ready for the playoffs because it is the most important time of the year.
LCS: After French painter Paul Gaugin abandoned his family and moved to Tahiti, he had a string of affairs with several young teenage girls and contracted such a severe case of Syphilis that many of the other island inhabitants thought he was a Leper. Do you think Al MacInnis has a chance to win the Norris this year?
SCOTT STEVENS: Well, there is no question, he has really improved a lot ever since he has come into the league. He seems to be getting better and better. He is very potent on the power play and playing a lot of minutes and he is playing more defensively, which was always a knock, but now, obviously, seems like he is doing much better in that area. To be playing the minutes you are playing, you have to play well defensively at the same time...
LCS: Thank you very much for your time, Scott.
SCOTT STEVENS: Okay, no problem.
Another highlight was the tribute to Darcy Tucker, his interview, and the pictures drawn of him by first and second graders from the St. Aquinas Academy in Greensburg.
From an interview with Seth Lerman:
Asked how he felt on being the centerpiece of a tribute issue, Tucker replied: "It's very nice, especially for me. I came a long way to get to where I am today. It's been a long hard road. I'm a small guy that never really was given a chance to fulfill my dream when I was younger. At every level they said I was not good enough to play at the next level. It's really gratifying for me to feel that people recognized how hard I work out there. I love the game and it's something that's never going to diminish."
From The kids love Darcy Tucker:
NICK ADAMS, AGE 5
CHRIS GEFFEL, AGE 6
JEFF BENNETT, AGE 7
Editor Michael Dell wrote a thank you to all the readers and contributors after 5 years of publishing hockey news for the masses. Here is to version 3.0!
[Update] Where should the NHL look for financial salvation? - Jon Swenson/LCS Hockey.