Last Updated: Tuesday, November 30, 2010 | 3:02 PM ET
Heals and Flats is coming to CBCSports.ca, and it may never be the same again.
The show, hosted by Hockey Night in Canada personality Glenn Healy and Patrick
Flatley, was a huge hit when it aired in the New York area in the late 1980s
and early '90's, when the pair were Islanders teammates.
"There wasn't a lot entertaining going on at that time for the Islanders — does
this sound familiar? — and it was a way to spruce things up, so to speak,"
"Of course, when you have someone who has the skill set that Pat Flatley does —
it's an easy target."
Off-the-wall and irreverent, nobody was safe from ridicule on the show.
"From teammates to the commissioner, the gloves were off," Healy said. It
developed a cult following that still lingers on Islanders blogs and message
"The ironic part is that we'd get more fan mail about the show than we'd get
about our team and our play," Healy said.
"So I don't know if that's an indication of the quality of the show or the
quality of our play. [But] when the team started to get successful they decided
to spend some money on some real content, instead of our corny act.
"It was a lot of fun, it really was.… Pat and I have been friends for a long
time … [he's] a great teammate, great leader, understands the game."
After almost two decades off the air, Heals and Flats will release new segments
on CBCSports.ca, starting with Wednesday's on-demand episode discussing the
Toronto Maple Leafs' "revolutionary" stretching techniques.
"I think it'll be informative, with an edge," Healy said. "That's the way both
of our personalities are. "[And] any time you can take advantage of somebody
for two minutes on television — is there nothing better than that?"
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