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Note and trivia

Alert reader Rick Longsworth sent me this which most old-time fans will find interesting. (You don't know how much it hurts me to call the early-80s "old-time.'') Paul Tantardini has passed away. For those who don't know him, imagine Jim Duhart or Kerry Toporowski times about 30, and that's how much Komets fans loved to hate Tantardini when he played with Toledo. He was perhaps the most-hated player on the Komets' biggest rival.

Here's the link: http://www.toledoblade.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060110/SPORTS10/301100002/-1/SPORTS

Here are the trivia questions as submitted by blog and Komets fan Neal P. Colvin:
Jan 6, 1962 was an unusual day for the Komets. Why?
Besides playing for the Komets, what do Reg Primeau, Len Thornson, Jim Hrycuik and Bob Wilkie have in common? No, it's not the obvious answer but that provides a big clue.
Speaking of Jim Hrycuik, he is a footnote in NHL history. Why?
No prize this time, but if anyone else would like to present some questions I'll post them as well. Not to brag, (at least not too much, HA!), but I was able to answer two of these questions right away and then the other one took some time but I got that one too.
Posted in: Komets


Wed, 01/11/2006 - 12:49pm

Although he was a player Komet fans loved to hate, this is sad, especially at the age of 52.
Condolences to his family.

Wed, 01/11/2006 - 2:08pm

I think Jim Hrycuik scored the first goal in the history of the Washington Capitals.

Thu, 01/12/2006 - 7:55pm

tantardini was a guy everybody hated but one we wished we had! besides his checks and somewhat dirty play and over 200 pim every year, he also could score twenty goals per year. if you go to the toledo blade site you can leave a message for his family as i have. #16 will be missed but will live on in the anals of komet history!

Sat, 01/14/2006 - 2:04pm

what was the answer to the trivia?

Sat, 01/14/2006 - 6:07pm

Rick was correct on the one, but I'm not giving up on the other two yet. Maybe I'll bump them up later this week.