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How could we lose to the Habs with two seconds left? Episode 17 of “The Vintage Leaf Memories Podcast”…

I’m hoping some of you may be able to fill in the blank on a Maple Leaf memory that goes back more than forty years. In Episode 17 of “The Vintage Leaf Memories Podcast” I bring forth a memory—but it’s regarding a game I never actually saw, and the specific details likely escape me as a result.

A small hint: the story relates to the brother of former Leaf superstar Frank Mahovlich and it does involve the blue and white.  This one recollection triggers a series of other Leaf names and moments, and even includes a little Team Canada nostalgia, too. (That's the "Big M" scoring against the Bruins in an old 1960s photo at right.)

The current Leafs are life and death to make the playoffs, but fortunately we always have our memories.  The particular flashback that opens the latest VLM program is not a happy one, but it did generate some enjoyable old-time images for me.

I invite you to listen to Episode 17. And if you do, perhaps you can provide a bit more background information where I’m drawing a blank.


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  1. Trying to find the info on that game... but in the meantime, here's the Pete Mahovlich goal from the Summit Series

  2. Jan 19, 1972...
    In 1972, Ken Dryden recorded the fourth shutout of his rookie season and Pete Mahovlich scored the only goal of the game at 19:58 of the third period as the Canadiens beat the Toronto Maple Leafs 1-0 at the Forum.

    How I remember those "partial" games - starting at 9 o'clock.. then 8:30.... finally at 8 o'clock (before the days of the double headers). If memory serves, games were almost always played on Saturday, Sunday, Wednesday or Thursday. I particularly remember the exciting crowd sounds they'd play under the intro... it was years before I realized the actual crowd sounds were quite different once you cut to the game. I could probably sing all the verses to the Esso song from those days - "the Happy Motoring" sign. Today, it's hard to believe they used to sponsor the entire game! (I believed Murray Westgate was a real Esso gas station attendant, for that matter).
    The clip from the Summit Series just reinforced my feeling that Foster Hewitt remains the pre-eminent hockey announcer, with Danny Gallivan a close second. No embellishment, no telling me what the player is thinking, just incisive and exciting play-by-play.

    1. First of all thanks for the Mahovlich goal on video, Gerund O' and for locating the date of that goal that sank the Leafs. (I knew it was early '70s, could not remember precisely when!)

      As for Gallivan and Hewitt, amen. For me, Foster was the best ever on the radio and Danny was the man on the television side.

      And yes, I choose to believe that Murray Westgate did work for for Esso! He was that credible as a "spokesperson".