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Some still-form­ing pre-cof­fee thoughts on a Satur­day morn­ing …

HAMIL­TON VS. HAMIL­TON VS. HAMIL­TON

Three of the four teams re­main­ing in the play­offs were at one time ru­moured — or more — to have called Hamil­ton home.

In 2007, Jim Bal­sil­lie had a let­ter of agree­ment to buy the Nashville Preda­tors and a lease ar­range­ment with Hamil­ton city coun­cil to use then-Copps Coli­seum ei­ther tem­po­rar­ily or per­ma­nently.

A year be­fore that, Bal­sil­lie agreed to buy the Pitts­burgh Pen­guins but pulled out when the NHL re­stricted his abil­ity to move the fran­chise. It was be­lieved/ex­pected Hamil­ton was his de­sired des­ti­na­tion.

And in 1990, Hamil­ton was a favourite to be granted an ex­pan­sion fran­chise but Ot­tawa won the bid­ding on the back of some lofty prom­ises, de­spite shaky fi­nanc­ing and no arena.

SPELLCHECK, PLEASE

Peo­ple in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones. We un­der­stand that. Still …

Shortly af­ter the CFL draft, the B.C. Lions of­fi­cial web­site pub­lished a story about for­mer McMaster Danny Van­der­voort be­ing the team’s top pick. The article mis­spelled Van­der­voort (Van­der­voot), Tiger-Cats (Tiger-cats), and Ma­raud­ers (Mu­radors). But it was just get­ting started. Be­cause it also mis­spelled the name of the league’s first over­all draft pick, Faith Ekak­i­tie (Ekik­i­tie), the team’s fourth pick, Fred­eric Chagnon (Gagnon) and said this was the 2016 draft (it is 2017).

Then for a cap­per, it ac­tu­ally mis­spelled the name of the fran­chise’s own di­rec­tor of foot­ball ops and player per­son­nel, Neil McEvoy (Mcevoy).

OK, WE DO IT, TOO

No, we at The Spec aren’t per­fect in the typo de­part­ment. A cou­ple years ago af­ter the fi­nal game of the fi­nal AHL Bull­dogs’ sea­son, we ran this favourite gem:

“In the end, the Bull­dogs didn’t miss by much. With a record of 3429-12-1, the team closed out its 19th year in 10th place in the west …”

Must’ve been a pretty good league that year if a .996 win­ning per­cent­age doesn’t get you a play­off spot.

BULLDOG TENTACLES

Five lit­tle-known Hamil­ton Bulldog con­nec­tions to the teams re­main­ing in the Stan­ley Cup play­offs. As in, less ob­vi­ous con­nec­tions than PK Sub­ban once played here and Guy Boucher used to be the Bull­dogs’ head coach, which ev­ery­one knows.

1. The brother of Ot­tawa’s Cody Ceci (Cole Ceci) is a goalie with the OHL Hamil­ton Bull­dogs and has played for the Jr. B An­caster Avalanche.

2. Ot­tawa Se­na­tors video coach (Kris Young) and head equip­ment man­ager (John For­get) both held the same roles with the Hamil­ton Bull­dogs as re­cently as last year.

3. Ot­tawa backup goalie Mike Con­don played for the Bull­dogs from 2013-2015.

4. Pitts­burgh’s Trevor Da­ley and Ron Hain­sey were oc­ca­sional de­fence part­ners here in the 2004-05 sea­son when the Mon­treal Cana­di­ens and Dal­las Stars shared the lo­cal af­fil­i­a­tion.

5. Nashville de­fence­man Yan­nick We­ber was a Bulldog from 2009-11.

BIRDIES BUILD NEST EGG

Go­ing into this weekend’s Play­ers Cham­pi­onship — which he was co-lead­ing af­ter the first round — Dun­das golfer Macken­zie Hughes had won $1,724,578 this sea­son in 19 PGA Tour events.

In his en­tire pro ca­reer be­fore this sea­son (70 events) he’d made $314,416.

FLY­ING WINGS

Though few paid much at­ten­tion to the pro­vin­cial Ju­nior A Hamil­ton Red Wings when they were play­ing out of the Dave An­dr­ey­chuk Moun­tain Arena from 2003-2015, per­haps they should’ve. At least eight for­mer play­ers — in­clud­ing Ed­mon­ton Oil­ers’ star goalie Cam Tal­bot — have gone on to play in the NHL.

The 2010-11 team alone had four play­ers who even­tu­ally made the big league: Zach Hy­man, Matt Carey, Buddy Robin­son and Tyler Gaudet.

NOT JUST A HOCKEY PLAYER

Speak­ing of Hy­man, you may not know that in ad­di­tion to be­ing a for­ward on the Maple Leafs he’s also a chil­dren’s au­thor. He’s writ­ten two books — “Hockey Hero,” and “The Bam­bino and Me” — with a third be­ing re­leased next spring.

Any chance there’s an­other one in him about a Toronto kid who grows up a huge Leafs fan who even­tu­ally lands on the home­town team play­ing first-line min­utes along­side the likely rookie of the year while be­com­ing the favourite of the head coach?

“That’s a good story,” he said on my ra­dio show this week. “But the story is far from fin­ished, so I’m go­ing to save that one.”

WASN’T SHE COLD?

On this Mother’s Day weekend as we cel­e­brate the won­der­ful women who raised us or our chil­dren, a re­minder of what NOT to do if you’re a sports mom …

In 2004, a Wood­bridge woman was banned from all city are­nas for a year af­ter she dis­tracted her son’s op­po­nents in a hockey game by stand­ing by the glass, lift­ing her shirt and shak­ing her breasts from side to side.

The kids she was dis­tract­ing were 11.

RICK MADONIK, TORONTO STAR

Toronto Maple Leaf cen­tre, and chil­dren’s au­thor, Zach Hy­man cel­e­brates a goal against the Florida Pan­thers on March 28.

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