"....a little known statistic about former NHL star Steve Larmer that doesn’t appear in record books: He puffed his way through more than a pack of cigarettes each day of his career.And don't think it does not happen still today.
Back in Larmer’s era, the ’80s and early ’90s, there were often a half-dozen smokers on every team. The players lit up on the way to the rink and between periods. Many were stars of the day: Guy Lafleur, Mike Bossy, Rick Vaive among others.
“Denis Savard and Larmer were two of the best players I ever played with, but they both smoked liked chimneys,” said former Leafs defenceman Bob McGill, who played, and smoked, with Larmer for four years in Chicago.
"You’d be hard-pressed to find someone who admits to smoking cigarettes in the NHL these days. Those around the game say some still do it but do it less publicly due to the anti-smoking bylaws and stigma attached to smoking.Elsewhere in news concerning former hockey stars:
"Using snuff and chewing tobacco, however, still appears to be popular among many players, including Washington superstar Alex Ovechkin."
- Georges Laraque is a panelist for CBC Radio's popular Canada Reads literary competition. Laraque will be fighting for The Bone Cage by Angie Abdou to be named the top Canadian book of the decade.
- Sheldon Kennedy is fighting to make sure no convicted sex offender is ever granted a pardon again.
- Another great old hockey building is gone, as the Philadelphia Spectrum met the demolition crews. Ah, the memories!
- Speaking of the Flyers, here's an interesting Ron Hextall: Then and Now feature.