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Wayne Maki-Ted Green Incident On September 21, 1969, the Boston Bruins were playing the St. Louis Blues in an NHL pre-season game in Ottawa. Things got very nasty between Boston's Ted Green and St. Louis' Wayne Maki. This photo shows Maki clubbing Green over the head with his stick. Green dropped to the ice and laid in a grotesque position as if he had been poleaxed--which he basically had been. Green needed three brain operations and a steel plate inserted into his skull to save his life. Maki was suspended for most of the 1969-70 season. Green, to no one's surprise, did not return that season. Nevertheless, after Boston won the Stanley Cup, his Bruin teammates voted him a full share of the team's playoff money. Green's name also was inscribed on the Cup. Green returned the following year and played pro hockey until retiring at age 39 in 1979. He always wore a helmet afterward, a rarity at the time for NHLers. Maki became something of a pariah and was dealt to the expansion Vancouver Canucks before the 1970-71 season. Somewhat ironically, Maki was forced to retire in 1972 after being diagnosed with brain cancer. He died in May 1974 at age 29.
Tags: hockey  violence  NHL  Maki  Green 
Added: 15th April 2011
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Posted By: Lava1964
Posted by: Lava1964 on 2011-04-15 
This incident was so horrifying and out of character at the time that people in Canada talked of it in hushed tones. Apparently the game was televised in the Boston area. For years rumors circulated that the videotape of the incident had been destroyed because it was so disturbing.
Posted by: Cliffy on 2011-04-15 
Wow :-0
Posted by: eric1957 on 2011-04-15 
I remember an article in Sport Magazine that showed a picture of Green sprawled on the ice with blood coming from the back of his head.
Posted by: Marty6697 on 2011-04-21 
Karma! Yup!
Posted by: NedBraden on 2011-04-22 
The referee (back turned, no number on his sweater) was an NHL trainee by the name of Ken Bodendistel. He never refereed a regular-season NHL game. He is now the Senior Officiating Manager of the Ontario Hockey League.
Posted by: Bones on 2011-06-05 
Imwould just like to say why does no one remember what happened before maki hit green.... I agree that maki should not have hit green but it was green the hit maki with his stick first in the head and maki retaliated. Yes green appeared to get the worst of it but some believe that makis brain tumor from which he died from leaving his 29 year old widow, 3 year old daughter and 1 year old son on their own was brought on from that possible blow to his head from green. At least green lived to tell the tale ...maki didn't
Posted by: Lava1964 on 2012-05-22 
Can you imagine if this incident hadhappened in today's world of 24-hour sports coverage? Criminal charges would be a certainty.
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