brakeman bill

Beast On The Beat: A son of Winnipeg, Manitoba, Bill Juzda served in the air with the RCAF during the Second World War and, before, during, and after his NHL career, on the rails for the Canadian Pacific Railway — hence one of his nicknames, “The Honest Brakeman.” He died on a Sunday of this date in 2008 at the age of 87. On the ice, Juzda’s jarring bodychecks helped the Toronto Maple Leafs secure a pair of Stanley Cup championships, in 1949 and ’51. He was a New York Ranger before that, as seen here during the 1947-48 season, railroading  Detroit’s Jimmy McFadden. The linesman on scene is (I think) Butch Keeling. As both a Leaf and a Ranger, Juzda was known, too, as a pastmaster in the fine art of goading Maurice Richard.