J.J. Kwiatkowski goes back to the Original Six. Seriously. Howe, Beliveau, Hull, Keon and Orr aren't just moving images on old film for him. He saw them in person, in famed arenas like the Olympia, Chicago Stadium and Maple Leaf Gardens.
He's been watching, writing and coaching hockey for more than 50 years.
As a player (not a very good one), longtime journalist, accomplished coach (guiding three teams at different levels to national championship tournaments in the USA) and a hockey parent, he can speak from more than a few experiences.