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HARTLEY’S HART ATTACK – (In store for 2024) Dec. 29, 2023 EDITION 973

Happy New Year!

With my last column of the year, I will see the future without any fear.

To this end, I go on a dare and make some notable predictions for 2024 with much loving care.

Although the chances are high there are no guarantees these forecasts will all fly.


What a game:

Connor Bedard of the Chicago Blackhawks scores five goals in a game to tie the NHL rookie record set by Howie Meeker (January 8, 1947) and Don Murdoch (October 12, 1976).

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However, of the five none was a Michigan (Lacrosse) goal.


Tocchet top coach but Canucks sputter in post-season:

Rick Tocchet of the Vancouver Canucks captures the Jack Adams Trophy as NHL Coach of the Year based on a strong regular season.

The Canucks though do not get past the second round of the playoffs because as Tocchet pointed out the team did not feel uncomfortable enough.

More grief for the Maple Leafs:  

Naturally, the Toronto Maple Leafs will qualify for the NHL post-season but after another early exit (they have only won a playoff series once in 20 years) there will be many disgruntled fans and media suggesting things would have been different had they played Ilya Samsonov in goal.


Canada reaching new Heidt(s):

Riley Heidt of the PG Cougars is selected to play for Team Canada at the 2025 World Junior Hockey Championship that will be held in Ottawa from Dec. 26, 2024, to Jan. 5, 2025. He looks so impressive in a Canadian uniform that a few Hockey Canada officials are overheard asking why was he ignored on the 2024 team.


Pistons win (sort of):

The Detroit Pistons will win a game in January to snap their NBA record-losing streak which reached 28 games last night (Thursday). That is the good news. The bad news is they will set the NBA record for most losses in a season which is 73 set by the 1972-73 Philadelphia 76ers.


Bills fans are reminded of Scott Norwood:  

The Buffalo Bills lose the Super Bowl to the San Francisco 49ers in a gut-wrenching fashion. On the game’s final play, and the Bills trailing by two, Buffalo kicker Tyler Bass misses a 47-yard field goal. Shortly after the game, Bass is consoled by 63-year-old Scott Norwood (who missed a game-winning field goal attempt from a similar distance at the end of Super Bowl XXV). The prolonged Buffalo drought in football (and hockey) will continue.

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Patience is preached:  

The New England Patriots will increase their win total from four in 2023 to six in 2024 and then declare their long-term plan is right on target with Canadian QB Nathan Rourke barking out the signals and coach Bill Belichick a distant memory.


Show me the money: 

CFL Players in Toronto, Hamilton, and Ottawa will get a raise on October 1st, 2024. That is the date the Ontario government plans to increase the minimum wage from $16.55 an hour. The government will likely announce the rate increase of perhaps a whopping buck an hour around April 2024.


Dodgers need to spend more:

Despite their billion-dollar investment in Ohtani and Yamamoto the LA Dodgers do not win the 2024 World Series. This does not sit well with Dodgers ownership who insist to get to the next level they will need to sign more Japanese high-price superstars.


Cat Scan podcast:

This is season six of Hartley’s Cat Scan, a weekly podcast show that predominately features the PG Cougars.

This week my guest is Cougars president and part owner John Pateman in the first of two parts.



The LA Dodgers spent over a billion dollars to sign Shohei Ohtani and Yoshinobu Yamamoto. In other news, Dodger Dog hot dogs have just risen to $100.

*Contributor Bill Littlejohn of South Lake Tahoe, California

Look, admit some amount of sour grapes might be involved. But wonder how the two newly-signed Japanese Superstars will react when the LA Dodgers go on the road this year and discover fans of other teams consider their teams the MLB version of Godzilla?

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*Comedy writer Janice Hough of Palo Alto, California

A tortoise with bad feet that lives in a theme park in Norfolk, England, has been outfitted with wheel rims and tires. They renamed it Danica Patrick.

*Western Canadian comedy writer RJ Currie

Hartley Miller is the news and sports director/supervisor plus morning news anchor for 94.3 the GOAT and Country 97fm. He is in his 10th season as the radio colour commentator for Prince George Cougars’ home games. Hartley has been on the airwaves in PG since 1979 and is the author of You Don’t Say (sports quotes).


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