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March 18, 2014

Those Were The Days: Intermission Routines

"Between periods (Johnny) Bower and (George) Armstrong would head to the washroom for a cigarette, and (Bert) Olmstead would head to the washroom for a cigarette, and (Bert) Olmstead would pop in for a drag on Army's cigarette. For a few years we thought Kelly and Horton were just resting, but they would actually fall asleep, be it a league game or game seven of the finals. It was Bower's responsibility to wake them before (coach Punch) Imlach appeared.

"We ate orange quarters between periods. The dressing room was usually quiet, unless Olmstead was upset about something. No hockey player ever demanded more from himself than Bert Olmstead, and he demanded almost as much from his teammates."

- Billy Harris, member of the 1960s Toronto Maple Leafs dynasty.

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