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1976 Canada Cup Winning Goal Darryl Sittler of the Toronto Maple Leafs scores the winning goal in overtime versus Czechoslovakia to give the home team the 1976 Canada Cup title.
Tags: Darryl  Sittler  Canada  Cup  goal 
Added: 14th March 2009
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Posted By: Lava1964
Bill Barilko Mystery One of the oddest sports stories ever is the disappearance of Bill Barilko of the Toronto Maple Leafs. In the spring of 1951, Barilko became a Leafs hero when he scored the Stanley Cup-winning goal against the Montreal Canadiens. That summer, Barilko and a dentist friend, Dr. Henry Hudson, flew to northern Quebec in the dentist's private plane to do some fishing on the Seal River. For their return home, they loaded the plane's pontoons with 120 pounds of fish they had caught, took off for southern Ontario--and were not seen alive again. The RCMP began a huge search for the missing men. (Some thought the police's interest in the case was far beyond what might be expected.) Nearly eleven years passed before the plane's wreckage was discovered in a densely wooded area of northern Ontario. The skeletal remains of Barilko and Hudson were found in the plane. Oddly enough, the plane was facing the opposite direction one would expect--and the 120 pounds of fish were not found in the pontoons. One persistent and fascinating rumor insists that Barilko, who hailed from a gold-mining community, was using his dentist friend as a mule to move a significant quantity of gold nuggets and dust he had illegally obtained from the mine. (Since dentists need gold for fillings, they have connections with gold suppliers.) The plane's pontoons had mysteriously been sliced open.
Tags: Bill  Barilko  mystery  hockey 
Added: 30th May 2008
Views: 1798
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Posted By: Lava1964
Wayne Gretzky Interview 1980 Nineteen-year-old rookie sensation Wayne Gretzky is interviewed by Dave Hodge of Hockey Night in Canada. It was a postgame chat following an 8-5 Edmonton Oilers' victory in Toronto over the Maple Leafs on March 29, 1980. Gretzky had two goals and four assists in his team's victory. Gretzky displays experience and maturity beyond his years in answering Hodge's questions.
Tags: NHL  Wayne  Gretzky 
Added: 18th November 2008
Views: 1612
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Posted By: Lava1964
1933 Stanley Cup Final - Game 4 Here's a treat for hockey fans--remarkable film of Game #4 of the 1933 Stanley Cup final between the visiting New York Rangers and the Toronto Maple Leafs. The Rangers won 1-0 in overtime to take the best-of-five series. Canadian broadcasting legend Foster Hewitt calls the action and conducts interviews between periods with future Hall-of-Famers.
Tags: NHL  Stanley  Cup  1933  Rangers  Leafs 
Added: 10th January 2014
Views: 962
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Posted By: Lava1964
Leafs-Sabres NHL Game 1970 Here is 80 seconds of a Toronto Maple Leafs' home game versus the expansion Buffalo Sabres on December 19, 1970. The Leafs won 2-0. Buffalo goalie Joe Daley is not wearing a mask!
Tags: hockey  Toronto  Maple  Leafs  Buffalo  Sabres 
Added: 21st February 2009
Views: 1099
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Posted By: Lava1964
Brian Spencer - Hockey Tragedy On December 12, 1970 Brian Spencer was elevated from the minor leagues to the Toronto Maple of Leafs of the NHL. Prior to the Leafs' game versus Chicago, Spencer phoned his father, Roy, in British Columbia to tell him the good news and advise him to watch that evening's Hockey Night In Canada broadcast on CBC television. When the elder Spencer attempted to watch the game, though, he discovered the CBC affiliates in British Columbia were showing the Vancouver Canucks' home game versus California instead of his son's game from Toronto. Incensed, Roy drove 85 miles to the nearest CBC affiliate in Prince George, BC. Threatening several employees at gunpoint, he demanded the station switch its coverage from the Canucks' game to Leafs' game. The station complied. However, when Roy Spencer attempted to leave the television station, he got into a gun battle with police and was shot and killed. The feisty Brian Spencer spent nearly a decade in the NHL, but descended into a lifestyle of cocaine addiction afterward. He himself was shot to death at age 38 in a drug deal gone wrong in Florida on June 3, 1988.
Tags: Brian  Spencer  hockey  father   
Added: 12th October 2009
Views: 1355
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Posted By: Lava1964
Foster Hewitt Canada's first pioneer sports broadcaster was diminutive Foster Hewitt. His first hockey broadcast was an amateur game between Toronto and Kitchener in 1923--which he did from the penalty box. He became the voice of the Toronto Maple Leafs on Hockey Night In Canada when its radio broadcasts began in 1931. For the next 40 years Hewitt's familiar voice was the most famous in Canada. He regularly began his broadcasts with the phrase, 'Hello, Canada...and hockey fans in the United States and Newfoundland.' Hewitt smoothly made the transition to television in 1952--and his TV broadcasts were still simulcast on radio until 1963. That year his son Bill took over the TV broadcasts; Foster continued hockey broadcasts on the radio until 1970. Hewitt was lured out of retirement to call the historic Canada-Russia series in 1972. He was given the Order of Canada that same year. Hewitt died in 1985 at the age of 82.
Tags: Foster  Hewitt  hockey  broadcaster 
Added: 7th January 2010
Views: 1184
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Posted By: Lava1964
Bob Baun - Broken Leg Goal A sports classic: It's April 23, 1964; Game #6 of the 1964 Stanley Cup finals. The Detroit Red Wings lead the Toronto Maple Leafs three games to two and are looking to clinch the Cup at the Detroit Olympia. During the third period, Toronto defenceman Bobby Baun crumples to the ice and has to be taken to the Leafs' dressing room on a stretcher. He's done for the night, right? Nope! Believing he only has a pinched nerve in his leg, Baun returns in time for the overtime period--and scores the winning goal! A post-game medical examination reveals that Baun had broken his leg. (Two nights later, Baun plays in the deciding seventh game too and leads Toronto to a 4-0 win and the Stanley Cup.)
Tags: Bob  Baun  broken  leg  Stanley  Cup  hockey  NHL 
Added: 8th June 2013
Views: 1146
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Posted By: Lava1964
1939 Rangers-Leafs NHL Game This is a quaint National Film Board of Canada featurette on hockey titled Hot Ice. Most of it focuses on a New York Rangers-Toronto Maple Leafs game at Maple Leaf Gardens played on November 11, 1939. It features an interesting look at old-time hockey. Notice there is no center red line in 1939 and both teams share the same penalty box. Five months later the same two teams would meet in the 1940 Stanley Cup finals, with the Rangers prevailing in six games.
Tags: NHL  hockey  New  York  Rangers  Toronto  Maple  Leafs 
Added: 21st February 2013
Views: 1197
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Posted By: Lava1964
Ian Turnbull - 5 Goals on 5 shots On February 2, 1977 Ian Turnbull, a 23-year-old defenceman for the Toronto Maple Leafs, set two NHL records that still stand: He scored five goals on five shots in Toronto's 9-1 win over the Detroit Red Wings at Maple Leaf Gardens. No defenceman has equalled the feat and no other NHL player, regardless of his position, has ever scored five goals on five shots. Turnbull scored 22 goals the entire season. Here's his fifth goal--a beauty.
Tags: NHL  hockey  Ian  Turnbull  five  goals 
Added: 1st April 2013
Views: 1544
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Posted By: Lava1964

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