Colby Cave honored with tribute video before Flames-Oilers sport


Fans counted down the seconds to the final buzzer, ”Brass Bonanza” played over the speakers at Hartford Civic Center and Whalers players Dave Tippett, Joel Quenneville and Dean Evason celebrated a three-game sweep of the Quebec Nordiques.

Wait, Hartford Whalers? Quebec Nordiques? Three-game sweep?

About honored

Colby Cave honored with tribute video before Flames-Oilers game

About tribute
A tribute (/ˈtrɪbjuːt/) (from Latin tributum, contribution) is wealth, often in kind, that a party gives to another as a sign of respect or, as was often the case in historical contexts, of submission or allegiance. Various ancient states exacted tribute from the rulers of land which the state conquered or otherwise threatened to conquer. In case of alliances, lesser parties may pay tribute to more powerful parties as a sign of allegiance and often in order to finance projects that would benefit both parties. To be called “tribute” a recognition by the payer of political submission to the payee is normally required; the large sums, essentially protection money, paid by the later Roman and Byzantine Empires to barbarian peoples to prevent them attacking imperial territory, would not usually be termed “tribute” as the Empire accepted no inferior political position. Payments by a superior political entity to an inferior one, made for various purposes, are described by terms including “subsidy”.
The ancient Persian Achaemenid Empire is an example of an ancient tribute empire; one that made relatively few demands on its non-Persian subjects other than the regular payment of tribute, which might be gold, luxury goods, animals, soldiers or slaves. However, failure to keep up the payments had dire consequences. The reliefs at Persepolis show processions of figures bearing varied types of tribute.
The medieval Mongol rulers of Russia also expected only tribute from the Russian states, which continued to govern themselves. Athens received tribute from the other cities of the Delian League. The empires of Assyria, Babylon, Carthage and Rome exacted tribute from their provinces and subject kingdoms. Ancient China received tribute from various states such as Japan, Korea, Vietnam, Cambodia, Borneo, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Myanmar and Central Asia (listed here). The Aztec Empire is another example. The Roman republic exacted tribute in the form of payments equivalent to proportional property taxes, for the purpose of waging war.
Tribute empires contrast with those like the Roman Empire, which more closely controlled and garrisoned subject territories. A tributary state is one that preserves its political position and such independence as it has only by paying tribute. Although, Roman Republic and Roman Empire sometimes controlled client kingdoms providing it with tribute.

It was 1986 and one of the final NHL playoff series of its kind. The league this summer holds its first best-of-five playoff series in 34 years, and Tippett, Quenneville and Evason are among those involved in some capacity who know from personal experience what to expect.

”You have to be ready for the grind,” said Tippett, now coach of the Edmonton Oilers. ”In a unique situation like this, you’re going from not playing to playing playoff-style hockey, so you’ve got to embrace the grind mentally, physically.”

Colby Cave honored with tribute video before Flames-Oilers game

This is a different kind of grind after four-plus months off the ice because of the coronavirus pandemic. The champion could need 19 wins – not the 15 from decades past – to lift the Stanley Cup. Sixteen teams will play eight best-of-five qualifying round series to determine who moves on to face the league’s best from a truncated regular season.

Tippett’s Oilers face the Chicago Blackhawks, whom Quenneville coached to three Cup titles from 2010-15. Quenneville’s Florida Panthers face the New York Islanders, whose associate coach, Lane Lambert, played in a five-gamer with Detroit in 1984. And Evason’s Minnesota Wild face the Vancouver Canucks, managed by Jim Benning, who went through one with Toronto in 1983.

These expanded playoffs have plenty of links to that past, which is plenty evident in Quenneville’s trademark white mustache.

”It’s going back just a couple years ago,” Quenneville quipped. ”It’s going way back. Back in the day when we did have best of five, we played four in five nights and it was right off the bat. That was a heck of a grind. Game 4 it was like, ‘Wow.’ Sometimes your legs, you didn’t know if you had them underneath you.”

There will be more time off this year, with series spread out over eight or nine days and no travel because all games are played in one city. But each qualifying round series features one potential back-to-back, a rarity in modern playoffs.

”I think that (players have) got to be a little bit concerned about those knowing that the next day’s the next day,” Quenneville said. ”But you’re only playing to win that game that you’re in. So I think that’s the focus in a short series. Momentum is a key. You always talk about doing the right things shift in, shift out, finding consistency in your game.”

Evason has preached that mentality to his team since taking over in February. He doesn’t want Wild players looking too far ahead.

”End of the day, it’s one game at a time,” Evason said. ”When the puck’s dropped in that first game, we want to play the right way and then we’ll figure stuff out after that.”

But what happens when it’s too late to turn things around? Eddie Olczyk won and lost one best-of-five series early in his playing career with Chicago and remembers the nerves of being 18 and 19 years old in those moments.

”Game 1 will be absolutely pivotal in those play-ins to try to get to the first round of this tournament,” said Olczyk, who is now broadcasting games as an NBC Sports Analyst. ”I’m not going to say it’s a must, but I’m going to say it’s an m-u-s and I’m getting ready to cross the ‘t.”’

Carolina coach Rod Brind’Amour understands that urgency despite being drafted two years after the NHL moved to all best-of-seven series. His Hurricanes face the Rangers, whose president, John Davidson, won the only two best-of-five series he played in with New York.

The Penguins, managed by best-of-five seasoned goaltender Jim Rutherford, face the Montreal Canadiens, whose GM Marc Bergevin was a teammate of Olczyk’s in Chicago in the mid-’80s. Columbus, whose assistant Brad Shaw played eight games with the 1985-86 Whalers, faces the Toronto Maple Leafs in the other Eastern Conference series.

Out West, Arizona Coyotes coach Rick Tocchet has his ’80s Flyers experience to take into a series against the Nashville Predators, managed by David Poile, who oversaw a couple of best-of-five triumphs with Washington. Winnipeg, which faces Calgary, can lean on assistant coach Charlie Huddy, who won a couple five-game series on the way to Stanley Cup championships with the Oilers.

Then there’s Tocchet’s old Philadelphia teammate Craig Berube with a fresh 2019 Stanley Cup ring on his hand as coach of the St. Louis Blues. His team finished atop the Western Conference and along with Colorado, Vegas and Dallas gets to skip the best-of-five round.

”It’s important obviously to get off to a good start in those,” Berube said. ”There’s always an opportunity to lose a couple in a seven-game. You can come back from it. You lose a couple right away in a five-game series, you’re in trouble, probably.”

Washington GM Brian MacLellan, whose Capitals get a bye in the East along with Boston, Tampa Bay and Philadelphia, won and lost a few of those series back in the ’80s. He agrees with Olczyk that these playoffs will be wide open and unpredictable – in large part because of how it starts.

”In a short series,” Quenneville said, ”anything can happen.”

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