Smythe's "Lick in alley, beat in rink" (1955)
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Bapopik at AOL.COM
Wed Jan 26 08:47:39 UTC 2005
All right, I'll look through the Toronto Star "Pages of the Past." But I
guarantee you, the $5 I spent is more than I'll make all year, if ever.
The quote was very difficult to find. Is it "beat" or "lick"? "Ice" or
"rink"? "Them" or "'em"? Further complicating matters was a personal name of
"Alley." Also, there's more than one "Smythe." And is it "Conn" or "Connie" or
I found the quote from 1955. I'll also check out the book below.
Title War games : Conn Smythe and hockey's fighting men / Doug Hunter.
Imprint Toronto : Viking, 1996.
_Syracuse Herald Journal _
April 18, 1976 _Syracuse,_
(http://www.newspaperarchive.com/Search.aspx?Search=city:syracuse+lick+em+in+the+alley) _New York_
...pro hockey. THE man who once you can't LICK 'EM IN THE ALLEY you can't
beat 'EM.....to wIN THE he said. He did not strike IN THE 10th and did not
need too IN THE..
_Bucks County Courier Times _
April 18, 1976 _Levittown,_
...pro hockey. THE man who once you can't LICK 'EM IN THE ALLEY you can't beat
'EM.....THE tangle of legal problEMs because IN THE courts THE Rozelle Rule
(PAGES OF THE PAST)
9 October 1955, Toronto Star, pg. 22, col. 1:
One of Smythe's more publicized utterances was that he'd fine any Leaf who
won the Lady Byng trophy, an award that's associated with politeness on skates.
Smiddy (Sidney James Smith--ed.) has won it twice in the last four years. So
he winds up as captain of the club. Smythe couldn't have been misquoted,
because he never bothered to deny the yarn. So the chances are his proclamation
was meant for the particular situation which existed at the time. He also got
international credit--or discredit--for the theory, "if you can't lick 'em
in the alley, you can't lick 'em in the rink." Capt. Sid never spent more than
28 minutes in the penalty coop during one season. His nirmal stretch in
stir, over a 70-game schedule, is something like 10 to 13 minutes. So if Sid
licked anyone, it must have been out in the alley, well removed from the referees.
19 November 1980, Toronto Star, "Smythe leaves a rich legacy" editorial, pg.
8, col. 1:
His most famous quote--"If you can't lick 'em in the alley, you can't beat
'em on the ice"--reflected his approach to life as much as his philosophy of
hockey. He was a scrappy little gambler who relentlessly pursued whatever he
thought was right.
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