"He instinctively can find the shining greatness of our American culture and does a good job of highlighting it (although he also does have those rare lapses when he writes about hockey, but that is something caused by impurities in the Eastern waters or something)." Erik Keilholtz
Under the patronage of St. Tammany
Mark C. N. Sullivan is an editor at a Massachusetts university. He is married and the father of three children. Email
With former referee Cooper Smeaton as their coach the Quakers were made up of a bunch of toughs that preferred to fight rather then play. The ugliest incident involving the Quakers came on Christmas Day when police had to come onto the ice and break up a fight they were having with the Boston Bruins. The Quakers goon squad would put together one of the worst season in NHL history as they won just 4 games on the way to finishing in last place with a horrible 4-36-4 record.
Despite not being a "big" man, he was obviously not afraid to throw his weight around. He managed to rack up a league leading 89 penalty minutes in 20 regular season games, another 26 minutes in the 6 post-season games, and yet another 23 in his 7 games in Chicago. This trend continued in his only NHL season with the Philadelphia Quakers, where in only 28 games, roughly a half season, he was third in penalty minutes in the league with 103. His granddaughter claims that on the night his second child was born, D'arcy was away playing hockey, and took his frustration about missing the event out on his opponents.
Quaker Stanley Crossett went on to serve as sergeant of a gun crew in the Second World War and was photographed receiving the king and queen of England on an inspection tour.
* * *
The Hockey Hall of Fame multimedia gallery has a collection of vignettes on the Legends of Hockey that aired a few years back, I believe, on ESPN Classic. (Scroll down to "Legends Spotlight.") The small size of the clips is a bit annoying, but the tributes to old-time hockey greats are wonderful: I particularly appreciated the installments on Bobby Orr and Milt Schmidt, and on old-school goalies Gump Worsley and Glenn Hall, who played more than 500 consecutive games without a mask. The piece on Terry Sawchuk is rather sad.