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Entry from March 13, 2019
“There are only two places you should never attempt a drop pass—home and away” (hockey adage)

A “drop pass” in ice hockey is when a player passes the puck directly behind him to a teammate. Many believe that it’s a very dangerous pass. “There are only two places you should never attempt a drop pass—home and away (on the road)” is a popular hockey saying.

“Two places you don’t pull a drop pass: home and away” was posted on Twitter by Buffalo NY on January 26, 2010. “Theres two places you shouldnt use a drop pass: home and away #HarryNeale” was posted on Twitter by Caputis Patutis on November 19, 2011. “Quoting legendary Montreal player and coach, Toe Blake, Neale said, ‘There are only two places you shouldn’t use a drop pass – home and away’” was printed on the hockey blog Between the Posts by Howard Berger on January 13, 2014.

Authorship is uncertain. Hockey broadcaster Harry Neale has frequently been credited with the saying, as has hockey coach Tom McVie.


Wikipedia: Pass (ice hockey)
Drop pass
when a player passes the puck directly behind him to a teammate. If executed properly, the puck stops moving and the pass’s receiver catches up to it.

Wikipedia: Harry Neale
Harold Watson Neale (born March 9, 1937) is a retired NCAA, NHL and WHA coach and general manager, and ice hockey broadcaster.

Wikipedia: Tom McVie
Tom McVie (born June 6, 1935 in Trail, British Columbia) is a former coach in the National Hockey League.

Twitter
Buffalo NY
@buffalo_ny
Two places you don’t pull a drop pass: home and away. Unless your last name is Sedin. #NHL #Canucks #buffalo #spic… http://bit.ly/6SqK12
4:03 AM - 26 Jan 2010

Twitter
Daniel Brabon
@Brabon31
Memo to P K Subban.. Two places you never make a drop pass - at home and on the road!
7:32 PM - 12 Feb 2011

Twitter
Caputis Patutis
@CaputisPatutis
Theres two places you shouldnt use a drop pass: home and away #HarryNeale
7:22 PM - 19 Nov 2011

Twitter
rian B
@Real_BBolt
“There are only two places not to make a drop pass, home and away.” -the wise Harry Neale #Sabres
8:43 PM - 18 Jan 2012

Between the Posts
LEAFS LOOKING FOR A “BIG BODY”
By HOWARD BERGER
TORONTO (Jan. 13, 2014) –
(...)
A BELLY-LAUGH: The Maple Leafs made a wonderful call by summoning Harry Neale for a handful of games this season. The former NHL coach, elected last summer to the Hockey Hall of Fame’s broadcasting wing, has long been among the most entertaining voices on TV. He offered a splendid anecdote during Sunday night’s New Jersey at Toronto telecast, seconds after Mason Raymond of the Leafs made an errant drop-pass in Devils’ territory. Quoting legendary Montreal player and coach, Toe Blake, Neale said, “There are only two places you shouldn’t use a drop pass – home and away.”

Twitter
Philar
@ldphartel
“There are two places never to make a drop pass. “At home, and on the road.” — Tommy McVie.
Write this on dressing room walls.
10:13 PM - 11 Dec 2016

SportsNet
How old-school Randy Carlyle updated his style with the Anaheim Ducks
Mark Spector
@sportsnetspec
May 13, 2017, 7:59 PM
(...)
In the latter city he played for coach named Tommy McVie, whose old school ways rubbed off on Carlyle.

“There are two places never to make a drop pass,” McVie used to growl at his charges. “At home, and on the road.”

Twitter
James Hope Howard, Five-Time VF Champion
@jameshopehoward
There’s an old Harry Neale-ism about the two places you should never attempt that drop pass:  Home and Away
8:32 PM - 5 Feb 2019

SportsNet
Jets, Hellebuyck still focusing on improvements
Mark Spector
@sportsnetspec
March 13, 2019, 6:05 PM
(...)
Like the old joke about two places never to make a drop pass — at home, and on the road — there are times to try that cross-ice pass, and times to keep it in your holster. 

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CitySports/Games • Wednesday, March 13, 2019 • Permalink