He played with [the University of] Minnesota in 1974-75, where he scored ten goals and 31 points in 37 games, while spending 108 minutes in the penalty box. He turned pro the following year, opting to try his hand in the WHA with the Minnesota Fighting Saints, who had obtained his WHA rights. Playing at home was the key for Holmgren, who suited up for 51 games with the Saints, scoring 14 goals and 30 points. He also played a handful of games in the minors with the Richmond Robins of the AHL and the Johnstown Jets of the NAHL.
The experiment with the WHA was short-lived and Holmgren joined the Philadelphia Flyers when the Saints moved out of Minnesota. He played one game with the Flyers in 1975-76. The following year Holmgren dressed for 59 games, and the most noticeable statistic was his 201 minutes in penalties.
Holmgren certainly was the center of some controversial situations, including a six-game suspension for clubbing Carol Vadnais with his stick during a game against the New York Rangers. Advocates of Holmgren said he was simply an aggressive player, while those less charitable said he was nothing more than a goon. Holmgren landed himself in more trouble with the NHL when he took a swing at referee Andy Van Hellemond after a nasty on-ice incident with Pittsburgh's Paul Baxter. In Holmgren's eyes, he was angry that Van Hellemond had not called a penalty on Baxter, who had high-sticked Holmgren, leaving him unable to move his jaw for the better part of a week.
Holmgren remained with the Flyers for another six-and-a-half years, with his most productive offensive season coming in 1979-80 when he had 30 goals and 65 points to go along with his 267 minutes in penalties. That was also the year the Flyers went on their record 35-game unbeaten streak,and he scored ten goals and ten assists in 18 playoff games.
Late in the 1984-85 season, Holmgren was traded to the Minnesota North Stars, and although nobody likes being traded, it was a return to his home state, so he was quite happy with the move. Upon obtaining Holmgren, North Stars' general manager Lou Nanne called him "the glue we've sadly missed." Holmgren dressed for eleven games with the Stars that year, scoring seven points. In 1984-85, Holmgren was limited to just 16 games due to a serious shoulder injury. During the off-season he had [reconstructive surgery], but the shoulder was not responding to treatment, and so, after eleven years in the NHL, Holmgren was forced to retire. He appeared in 527 NHL games, scoring 144 goals, 179 assists and 323 points while spending 1,684 minutes in the penalty box.
Although Holmgren never regretted the enforcer role he played in the NHL, the one incident he says he will always be sorry about was when he hit Van Hellemond in that game against Pittsburgh on December 9, 1981. "That's the worst thing I've ever done," Holmgren said. "I hope the people believe me when I say I'm sorry for what happened."
Following his playing career, Holmgren moved into the coaching ranks and served as an assistant coach with the Philadelphia Flyers for three seasons before being appointed head coach in 1988-89. Holmgren was the Flyers bench boss for the better part of four seasons before being replaced midway through the 1991-92 season. Prior to the [start] of the 1992-93 season, the Hartford Whalers hired Holmgren as their new head coach and position he held up until the early stages of the 1993-94 season. Following a short layoff focusing on his other duties as the team's general manager, Holmgren returned behind the Whalers bench in 1994-95 and spent two more seasons as the team's bench boss.
Although he was born in Belleville, Ontario, Bain grew up in Winnipeg after his family moved there when he was a child. He first played top-level hockey with the Victorias of the Manitoba Hockey League in 1895, quickly establishing himself as an outstanding center and valuable team leader. On February 14, 1896, the team traveled east to try to strip the Montreal Victorias of their Stanley Cup. Bain scored the winning goal in the Westerners' 2-0 upset to claim the hallowed silverware. Months later, the Montreal squad reclaimed Lord Stanley's trophy from Winnipeg by a 6-5 score despite two goals from Bain.
In February 1899, the gifted center led the western Vics to another unsuccessful Stanley Cup challenge against their eastern rivals from Montreal. A year later, Bain led another Winnipeg expedition eastward to face the Shamrock club of Montreal. This time, Bain's exceptional performance in scoring four goals in three games couldn't lift the Winnipeg team past their eastern opponents, who eked out a victory by 11 goals to 10 in the total-goals series.
Winnipeg launched a successful challenge against the powerful Shamrocks in January 1901, sweeping a two-game series in Montreal. Bain proved to be the overtime hero in the second match. In the process the skillful forward made history by [registering] the first-ever extra-time Cup-winning goal. That year he also caused a stir by adopting a rudimentary wooden facemask to protect his broken nose. The media labeled him the "Masked Man" for many years after his pioneering use of the equipment.
The newest Cup holders withstood a confrontation with the Toronto Wellingtons in January 1902. Two months later, they faced the Montreal Amateur Athletic Association, the [winners] of the first Stanley Cup in 1893 by virtue of their first-place finish in the Amateur Hockey Association of Canada. In a hard-fought three-game set, Winnipeg won the first game before succumbing in the latter two even though Bain was often the dominant forward on the ice.
Bain's extraordinary career in sports was recognized when he was chosen Canada's outstanding athlete of the last half of the 19th century. He's a member of the Canadian Sports Hall of Fame and Manitoba Sports Hall of Fame and was one of the initial 12 players selected to the Hockey Hall of Fame .
<p>Armstrong was moved up to the senior Marlies in time for the 1949 Allan Cup playdowns and stayed with the club on a full time basis for the 1949-50 season. He <a href="http://www.legendsofhockey.net/LegendsOfHockey/jsp/LegendsMember.jsp?mem=p197501&type=Player&page=bio&list=ByName#">registered</a> 64 goals in 45 games and a further 19 goals in 17 Allan Cup playdown games as the Marlboros captured the 1950 Canadian senior hockey championship. It was during the Allan Cup tournament that the Marlies visited the Stoney Indian Reserve in Alberta. When the band heard of Armstrong ancestral background they dubbed him Big Chief Shoot the Puck and presented him with a ceremonial headdress.</p>
<p>He played the majority of his first two pro seasons with the Leafs' AHL farm team in Pittsburgh before making the big club for good at the start of the 1952-53 season. Armstrong was never a great skater but was rarely out of position; he knew how to play the angles on the opposing forwards and was a great corner man in the offensive zone. He never attained the scoring heights in the <a href="http://www.legendsofhockey.net/LegendsOfHockey/jsp/LegendsMember.jsp?mem=p197501&type=Player&page=bio&list=ByName#">NHL</a> as he had in his junior and senior days but Armstrong brought determination, leadership, and humour to a Leafs squad that was trying to escape the shadow of the Barilko tragedy in the early 1950s.</p>
<p>Armstrong was named as captain of the Leafs to start the 1957-58 season and was called by Conn Smythe "the best captain, as a captain, the Leafs have ever had." Smythe later honoured his captain by naming one of his horses Big Chief Army, something Smythe had done on only two other occasions for Charlie Conacher and Jean Beliveau.</p>
<p>After his <a href="http://www.legendsofhockey.net/LegendsOfHockey/jsp/LegendsMember.jsp?mem=p197501&type=Player&page=bio&list=ByName#">retirement</a>, Armstrong coached the Toronto Marlboros to Memorial Cup victories in 1972-73 and 1974-75 before accepting a scouting position with the Quebec Nordiques in 1978. Armstrong was with the Nordiques for nine years before returning to Toronto as assistant general manager and scout in 1988. His first year back was an eventful one and Armstrong found himself in the uncomfortable role as interim replacement coach for the final 47 games of the 1988-89 season. By the next year he had returned to his preferred role as a scout for the organization, primarily covering the Ontario Hockey League in the Toronto area.</p>
<p>George Armstrong was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1975.</p>
Persimmons are the edible [fruit] of a number of species of trees in the genus [Diospyros]. Diospyros is in the family [Ebenaceae], and certain species of Diospyros are the sources of most kinds of ebony wood, and not all species bear edible fruit. In color the ripe fruit of the cultivated strains range from light [yellow-orange] to dark [red-orange] depending on the species and variety. They similarly vary in size from 1.5 to 9 cm (0.5 to 4 in) in diameter, and in shape the varieties may be spherical, acorn-, or pumpkin-shaped. The [calyx] generally remains attached to the fruit after harvesting, but becomes easy to remove once the fruit is ripe. The ripe fruit has a high [glucose] content. The [protein] content is low, but it has a balanced [protein] profile. Persimmon fruits have been put to various medicinal and chemical uses.
Like the tomato, persimmons are not popularly considered to be [berries], but in terms of [botanical] [morphology] the fruit is in fact a berry.