Is it possible to mention Montreal goaltender Gerry McNeil, who was born in Quebec City on this day in 1926, and not allude to the goal that Bill Barilko scored on him to win the Leafs the 1951 Stanley Cup? Maybe, but I don’t know that anyone has really tried too hard. McNeil did win a Cup for himself, in 1953. At the Canadiens’ website, they call him stingiest and 5-foot-7. “Too small,” they say, “to cover much of the net if he remained in his crease, McNeil compensated with geometry and reflexes.”
“There is an $100 fine supposed to be levied on any manager going onto the ice, and we certainly hope that Pres. Frank Calder, who was in the crowd, plasters this impost on Col. Smythe for first firing his hat at Referee Mickey Ion and then vaulting the boards and walking right out to the middle of the play four minutes along in the second session. … Although Smythe won his point by drawing a five-minute penalty on Jack Crawford for causing a head injury to Pete Langelle, Connie’s act came close to turning this series which up until now has been fought on a clean-cut basis into a hippodrome. … To Ion should go the credit for preventing a burlesque, for the veteran referee held his head when, on the suggestion of Manager Art Ross of the Bruins, he skated over to the Toronto bench and ordered Smythe to move back to the second row under another league rule which forbids more than one coach on the players’ bench. … The Toronto maestro actually shoved Ion backwards several times during the interview, and appeared on the verge of unleashing a couple of punches when linesman Donnie McFayden and Capt. Syl Apps of the Leafs intervened.”
• Gerry Moore, reporting in the Daily Boston Globe, on April 4, 1941, after the Bruins’ game-seven 2-1 win over the Leafs put them into the Stanley Cup Finals. They won there, too, beating Detroit in four consecutive games.
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