In the past, I’ve posted a fair bit on my beloved “olden days”. Not everyone’s cup of tea, I realize, but for me, those memories are a connection to a great time in my life in the late 1950s and early 1960s—and also to an important in the history of our great game of hockey.
One of those posts was about “12 things I preferred about pre-1967 expansion hockey”. Another was about how there was no glass or protection for fans in NHL rinks back in the 1950s and early '60s. (Click to check out those earlier posts.)
Times were indeed different, in life and in hockey.
It’s summertime and on occasion I flip over to Leafs TV, because they fill the sometimes quiet off-season programming gap with some wonderful old-games on occasion. They re-play “Sunday Night Classic” broadcasts hosted by Joe Bowen, all taped in the early 2000s or thereabouts.
Well, there are two things I noticed while watching some of these old games that would never happen today. One is that, during the 1964 finals between
and Toronto , at one point, Red Wing defenseman Pete Goegan has the puck behind the net. He’s looking one way, then the other, as defensemen do all the time when they are looking to move the puck out of their zone safely But in this instance, the wingers were apparently covered along the boards— so he held on to the puck for a while. Detroit
All of a sudden, the whistle blows (the referee was a then fairly young Vern Buffey, I believe, who became a legendary ref and later jumped to the fledgling World Hockey Association in the 1970s) and there is a face-off in the circle next to
goalie Terry Sawchuk. Detroit
The reason? Goegan didn’t move or advance the puck in time, I guess. Now, there was no penalty against
or anything like that. The punishment was a face-off in their own end. Detroit
Others may have a better recall than I? Let me know!