WBKB Channel 7 - Midwest Sports Special - "Inside the World of Hockey with the Chicago Blackhawks" (Part 5, 1964)

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Here's Part 5 of Midwest Sports Special - "Inside the World of Hockey with the Chicago Blackhawks," hosted by Frank Sweeney, as aired on WBKB (now WLS) Channel 7. This was transferred from the original film, and thus has no commercials. Featured in this part are players Bobby Hull, Elmer "Moose" Vasko, Pierre Pilote, Stan Mikita, Phil Esposito and John McKenzie, general manager Tommy Ivan, coach Bobby Reay, and trainer Nick Garen. Includes:

After demonstrations of the team in action on the ice, Bobby Hull explaining the hard part about playing hockey, followed by Elmer Vasko explaining how he is one of three players in the NHL who stand 6' 3", and general manager Tommy Ivan explaining how the average height of an NHL player is 5' 10, and emphasizing the aspects of body contact and speed in hockey.

More examples of hockey action, with Coach Reay bringing up the contradictory aspects of the game (players trying to cut each other up on the ice, then in a different mood altogether after the game).

General Manager Ivan acknowledging how hockey is "a rough sport" compared to other contact sports, but advising how football is pretty rough.

Pierre Pilote broaching the subject of injuries in hockey, in particular those to the head plus various cuts and bruises; Stan Mikita going on about his own sprained/broken ankles, sprained/broken wrists, broken shoulders, broken hands, Charley Horses, etc., and over 100 stitches, over the course of his career; and Phil Esposito explaining how he never had facial injuries before coming to the Blackhawks.

Frank then interviews trainer Nick Garen over procedures after players' injuries and how they're dealt with (i.e. cuts to heads, with a demonstration with player John McKenzie).

"Inside the World of Hockey" bumper

This aired on local Chicago TV on Saturday, December 19, 1964 (and repeated on Saturday, March 20th 1965) during the 5:30pm to 6:30pm timeframe.





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After demonstrations of the team in action on the ice, Bobby Hull explaining the hard part about playing hockey, followed by Elmer Vasko explaining how he is one of three players in the NHL who stand 6' 3", and general manager Tommy Ivan explaining how the average height of an NHL player is 5' 10, and emphasizing the aspects of body contact and speed in hockey.

More examples of hockey action, with Coach Reay bringing up the contradictory aspects of the game (players trying to cut each other up on the ice, then in a different mood altogether after the game).

General Manager Ivan acknowledging how hockey is "a rough sport" compared to other contact sports, but advising how football is pretty rough.

Pierre Pilote broaching the subject of injuries in hockey, in particular those to the head plus various cuts and bruises; Stan Mikita going on about his own sprained/broken ankles, sprained/broken wrists, broken shoulders, broken hands, Charley Horses, etc., and over 100 stitches, over the course of his career; and Phil Esposito explaining how he never had facial injuries before coming to the Blackhawks.

Frank then interviews trainer Nick Garen over procedures after players' injuries and how they're dealt with (i.e. cuts to heads, with a demonstration with player John McKenzie).

"Inside the World of Hockey" bumper

This aired on local Chicago TV on Saturday, December 19, 1964 (and repeated on Saturday, March 20th 1965) during the 5:30pm to 6:30pm timeframe." /> Share

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