Fifty Years Since Maple Leafs Dynasty

By HOWARD BERGER

TORONTO (June 12) – Los Angeles Kings failed to win the Stanley Cup last night on the second anniversary of their first championship. It was June 11, 2012 that Kings routed New Jersey Devils, 6-1, at the Staples Center. Now, L.A. will try to spook out the New York Rangers at home on Friday the 13th.

Speaking of hockey anniversaries, it was 50 years ago this spring that Toronto Maple Leafs completed a Stanley Cup hat-trick under general manager and coach George (Punch) Imlach. Leafs won the NHL title in 1962, 1963 and 1964; then added a surprise championship in 1967. The teams of the early-60’s were among the best in franchise history with Johnny Bower in goal; Tim Horton, Allan Stanley, Bob Baun and Carl Brewer on defense; future Hall-of-Famers Dave Keon, Dick Duff, Frank Mahovlich, Bob Pulford, Red Kelly and George Armstrong up front.

While rummaging through my apartment locker the other day, I came across a bag-full of THE HOCKEY NEWS that I evidently bought at a collector’s show some years back. Included were issues from the 1962-63 and 1963-64 seasons, when the Leafs won their second and third consecutive titles. This discovery was a pleasant surprise and one that I’d like to share with you before the 2014 Stanley Cup is hoisted. 

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COVER OF THE HOCKEY NEWS – JUNE 1964 ISSUE – WITH THE THREE-TIME STANLEY CUP-CHAMPION TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS GRACING THE COVER.

These issues of THE HOCKEY NEWS (as you can see) were subscribed to by a man named Frank Theriault in Frankford, Ont. – now known as Quite West – which incorporates the city of Trenton in eastern-Ontario. I don’t recall whether I made the purchase from Mr. Theriault, himself, or from a person to which he had initially sold the newspapers. They are, however, rather precious items and still in good condition. Though folded before being mailed, the items were presented to me in individual plastic sheaths, sealed by scotch-tape. That helped to prevent deterioration through the years and preserved them exceptionally well.

1962-63 NHL SEASON

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OLDEST ISSUE OF THE BUNCH – JAN. 19, 1963.

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FEB. 2, 1963 ISSUE – I TURNED FOUR YEARS OLD THE NEXT DAY.

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FEB. 16, 1963 – EXPANSION WAS STILL FIVE SEASONS AWAY.

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LATE-SEASON ISSUE OF MAR. 16, 1963.

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APR. 20, 1963 – LEAFS TO PLAY DETROIT FOR STANLEY CUP.

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APR. 27, 1963 – AFTER LEAFS WIN CUP IN 5 OVER RED WINGS.

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FROM APR. 27, 1963 ISSUE ??

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SUMMER 1963

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MAY 1963.

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JUNE 1963. ??

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JULY 1963 – BIG TRADE BETWEEN MONTREAL AND NEW YORK WOULD BENEFIT THE CANADIENS AS GOALIE LORNE (GUMP) WORSLEY, ACQUIRED FROM THE RANGERS, HELPED THE HABS WIN STANLEY CUP TITLES IN 1965, 1966, 1968 AND 1969.

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SEPTEMBER 1963 – WOW! $31,000.

1963-64 NHL SEASON

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NOV. 2, 1963 – GORDIE HOWE TIES ALL-TIME GOALS RECORD.

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DEC. 21, 1963 – NHL FINES RESULTING FROM DEC. 7 BRAWL AT MAPLE LEAF GARDENS.

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JAN. 18, 1964 – THE HOCKEY NEWS WAS PUBLISHED ON SATURDAY IN THE EARLY-60’s. THIS PARTICULAR SATURDAY IS STILL REMEMBERED BY VINTAGE TORONTO HOCKEY FANS. BOSTON BRUINS CAME INTO THE GARDENS AND ANNIHILATED THE MAPLE LEAFS 11-0. SOON TO WIN THEIR THIRD STANLEY CUP IN A ROW, LEAFS WERE IN SECOND PLACE WITH A RECORD OF 21-12-6 FOR 48 POINTS. BRUINS WERE DEAD-LAST AT 8-24-8 FOR 24 POINTS. IT IS STILL THE MOST LOP-SIDED DEFEAT IN MAPLE LEAFS HISTORY.

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FEB. 29, 1964 – THIS LEAP-YEAR COVER FEATURED ONE OF THE BIGGEST TRADES IN MAPLE LEAFS HISTORY; TORONTO ACQUIRING TOP SHOOTER ANDY BATHGATE FROM NEW YORK. THE DEAL HAD BEEN MADE THE PREVIOUS SATURDAY – FEB. 22 – WHILE THE RANGERS WERE IN TORONTO TO PLAY THE LEAFS. PLAYERS INVOLVED IN THE TRADE SIMPLY SWITCHED DRESSING ROOMS AT MAPLE LEAF GARDENS BEFORE THE GAME.

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APR. 18, 1964 – TORONTO AND DETROIT IN CUP FINAL AGAIN. ??

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MORE FROM APR. 18, 1964 ISSUE. ??

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RE-CAP (TOP-LEFT) OF ONE OF THE TRULY CLUTCH PERFORMANCES IN MAPLE LEAFS STANLEY CUP HISTORY: DAVE KEON SCORING ALL THREE GOALS IN GAME 7 SEMIFINAL CONQUEST OF THE CANADIENS AT THE MONTREAL FORUM, APR. 9, 1964.

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APR. 25, 1964 – DURING LEAFS-RED WINGS STANLEY CUP FINAL. ??

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MAY 1964 ISSUE ? AND MAGNIFIED COVER STORY. ?

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MORE FROM MAY 1964 ISSUE. ??

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ALSO FROM MAY 1964 ISSUE – ONE OF THE LEGENDARY MOMENTS IN LEAFS PLAYOFF HISTORY: BOB BAUN SCORING THE OVERTIME WINNER IN GAME 6 OF THE CUP FINAL AT DETROIT OLYMPIA WHILE PLAYING ON A FRACTURED LEG. AS YOU CAN SEE, THE BAUN LEGEND HADN’T YET FLOURISHED AS IT WOULD IN SUBSEQUENT YEARS.

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JUNE 1964 – STANLEY AND CALDER CUP WINNERS ON COVER.

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FROM JUNE 1964 ISSUE – PLAYOFF STATS AND SCORING RE-CAP. ??

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AND NOW FOR SOME  C O L O R

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THESE CERAMIC FIGURES ARE POPULAR AT COLLECTOR SHOWS. I HAVE TWO: GORDIE HOWE IN A HARTFORD WHALERS UNIFORM AND TERRY SAWCHUK WITH THE LEAFS.

SKY WONDERS

Since moving into my mid-town Toronto apartment last summer, I’ve developed a bit of a cottage industry. My 14th-floor balcony faces north, providing me lots of shadow during the day and absolutely gorgeous sunsets between March and November. Snapping weather photos with my trusty NIKON – and posting them on my Facebook page – has become quite a hobby. Here are 13 of my absolute favorites:

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SUN LOOKING LIKE JUPITER.

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MULTI-COLOR SUNSET.

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RAIN PORING FROM STORM-CLOUD.

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MATTIMUS CLOUD AFTER THUNDERSTORM.

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SUNSET BENEATH CLOUD LAYER.

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SETTING SUN AMID STORM CLOUDS.

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COATED TREES AFTER ICE STORM – DEC. 23, 2013.

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RED GLOW AFTER SUNSET.

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BOEING-777 JET CLIMBING OUT OF PEARSON AIRPORT.

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HAZY SUNSET BENEATH DISTANT TREES.

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RISING CLOUD COLUMN IN SUMMER.

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SUN SETTING BEHIND DISTANT APARTMENTS.

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SUNSET REFLECTION OFF BUILDINGS IN WINTER.

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