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The Bloodbath In The Maritimes

from Bruce MacNab at the Chronicle Herald,

Seventy-five years ago, a bloodbath between the Boston Bruins and the Montreal Maroons nearly marked the end of a six-game series scheduled for the Maritimes. And this was only the first game of the tournament.

Following the game, Maroons Manager Tommy Gorman threatened to call off the 1936 pre-season contest. “Anyone who witnessed the game in Saint John could see that Boston started the heavy checking,” he complained.

Boston manager Art Ross disagreed, and fired back. “It wasn’t the Maroons players who had to be carried from the ice. It isn’t the Maroons management that has to pay a $350 dentist bill for (Teddy) Graham’s teeth.”

Once cooler heads prevailed, the series continued. But Art Ross ordered his Bruins to wear their protective headgear for the rest of the games. It may have been the first instance of an entire NHL team wearing helmets.

continue especially if you enjoy some famous names of the past…

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