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09-04-2009, 02:54 AM
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D Bill Juzda



- 5'9", 190 lbs
- Stanley Cup (1949, 1951)
- AHL 2nd All-Star Team (1953)
- Placed 12th, 13th among NHL defensemen in scoring (1942, 1950)

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Originally Posted by loh.net
Defenceman Bill Juzda used his 5'9" 190 lb. frame to punish opposing forwards with some of the hardest open ice hits of his era. He was not blessed with immense talent in the areas of skating and puck handling but he played his position effectively and was a difficult defender to get past.
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Originally Posted by The Leafs: An Anecdotal History
A short, blocky man who provided the Leafs with four years of obstinate defense
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Originally Posted by Hockey Towns
Among Hubbard's teammates one year was the rambunctious Bill Juzda, who'd played with the NY Rangers and the Leafs. "We called him The Beast. He could hit like nobody I've ever seen... Juzda and I played defense together. He'd get the man, and I'd get the puck."
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Originally Posted by Players: The Ultimate A-Z Guide Of Everyone Who Has Ever Played In the NHL
The pair (Barilko and Juzda) were regarded as the hardest hitters in the game, and proof for Juzda comes in the form of a famous photograph from the Gardens that shows Maurice Richard breaking the "unbreakable" Herculite glass, the result of a thundering Juzda check.
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Originally Posted by Metro Ice
Meanwhile, Richard broke his stick over Juzda's head, snapping the shaft in two. Juzda arose slowly, like a Frankenstein moster, and tackled Richard, bringing him down violently.
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Originally Posted by Manitoba Sports Hall of Fame
The life and hockey career of Bill Juzda was every bit as colourful as his nickname “The Beast”. A hockey journey that began in 1938 with the Elmwood Junior Maple Leafs saw success through Junior, AHL, NHL, Intermediate and Senior levels.... Following the war he joined New Haven and was drafted by the Rangers in 1946-47. The next season he was traded to the Toronto Maple Leafs where he stayed until 1951 and won two Stanley Cups... Upon returning to Winnipeg he played for the Maroons and twice lost in the finals of the Allan Cup; once in 1955, they lost to the Penticton Vees in the western final (the Vees went on to win the World Championship). The Maroons settled for a tour of Czechoslovakia where veterans still refer to a bone-rattling body check as a “Juzda”.
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Originally Posted by Stuart Juzda
"He was very competitive. He was known as Rocket Richard's Anglo nemesis," ... "He was a very defensive defenceman, the old-fashioned kind. Actually, if you look at the penalty minutes, he had very few."

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