That time Gord Downie and I talked hockey after the 1994-95 NHL lockout


By Steve Newton

When I interviewed Tragically Hip singer Gord Downie on January 18, 1995, it had been exactly one week since the end of the historic NHL lockout that had started the previous October. That lockout caused the 1994-1995 hockey season to be shortened from 84 games to 48, the shortest season in 53 years.

Realizing Gord was a big hockey guy–he’d worn a Bruins jersey in videos and promo photos, and sang about doomed Leafs player Bill Barilko in “50 Mission Cap”–I asked him if he was happy the lockout was over. And, as always, he had some interesting things to say.

Have a listen:

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