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09-19-2011, 06:10 AM
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a fan in detroit said doug harvey hit him in the face with his stick during game 3 of the '56 finals. harvey admitted to going into the crowd to confront the heckling fan, but denied hitting him.
officials in detroit found insufficient evidence to prosecute harvey, and clarence campbell, president of NHL, later investigated.
an interesting article about clint benedict, from the end of his NHL career:
Originally Posted by
Saskatoon Star-Phoenix: 11-13-1930
CLINT BENEDICT HOLDS GREAT HOCKEY RECORD
The announcement recently from Montreal that Clint Benedict had been sent to the Windsor club of the International League, along with 3 other members of the 1929-30 Montreal Maroons squad ends the major league career, at least, of the veteran of professional hockey. Benny at the end of last season was the oldest player, in point of continuous service, in the National Hockey League, and he has been in more playoffs and world's series than any other major league player.
Benedict played his first major league hockey game with Ottawa Senators in 1913, served with that club until the 1923-24 season, and after getting his release was picked up by Montreal Maroons and was their regular goaler until the end of that season ('30). That gives him 17 straight seasons in major league hockey. Last year Benedict has suffered from nervous indigestion, probably the result of his many years of service, and the extra strain which the new forward pass rules throw on the net-minders. He was relieved at intervals by "Flat" Walsh, crack goaler of the Sault Ste. Marie team, who has been understudying Benedict, as well as acting as a Maroon scout, for the past 2 seasons.
Benedict has played on innumerable Stanley Cup championship teams and was a contemporary of scores of noted stars of another athletic generation whose names would not be recognized by hockey fans of today -- Hamby Shore, now dead; Horace Merrill, rugged defence man who once lost his entire front teeth in a battle with Art Ross, now manager of Boston Bruins; Ross himself played in front of Benedict, and with the latter as the backstop, devised the first "Kitty Bar the Door" system in hockey. George Boucher, Cy Denneny and Harry "Punch" Broadbent, 3 of the greatest hockey developments Ottawa has had in the past decade, broke in while Benedict was starring for the Ottawa club, and two of this three have slipped out of the game. Sprague Cleghorn, Eddie Gerard and the late Jack Darragh were, from time to time, other team-mates of Benedict during this long period of service with the Ottawa club. When "Bullett" Didier Pitre, one of the great French-Canadian stars of all time, was hurling his crashing shots at opposing defences, Benedict was starring against him. He was a great player when Newsy Lalonde, now Ottawa coach, was at his best. He faced such sniping stars as Jack Adams, who broke in with Toronto; Odie Cleghorn, who played for Wanderers and Canadiens of Montreal; Jack Laviolette, Canadien speed-king of his day; Joe Malone, the great Quebec centre who wound up his hockey career with Canadiens; Tommy Smith, one of the greatest sharp-shooters of hockey; and scores of other lesser lights. All have vanished into the mists, but Benedict still carries on.
Benedict has been rated by many shrewd observers the greatest goaler hockey has ever known, over a period of years. He first broke into athletics by playing Canada's national game of lacrosse, at which he was a star, and came into hockey prominence with Ottawa New Edinburghs, an amateur club from which came many brilliant stars for the professional game. Tall, and apparently gawky and awkward, with a shambling style of skating, Benedict possessed an eagle-eye and the quickness of a cat. In the days when goalers were not allowed to drop to the ice to stop shots, Benedict was dubbed "Tumbling Clint," because he insisted on going to his knees to stop shots, and the records of those distant days indicate that he was penalized more than once for thus breaking the playing rules. Later when it became permissible for a goaler to drop to any position he wished to stop a shot, Benedict became almost unbeatable. He and the late George Vezina were the admitted kings of the nets.
WITH MANY CHAMPIONSHIP CLUBS
The long fellow has played with half a dozen championship clubs. His first taste of a title was in 1915, when the Ottawa team won the National Hockey Association, and went to the Pacific Coast to meet the Western winners for the Stanley Cup. Ottawa was beaten 3 straight games.
Ottawa, with Benedict still in goal, won the National League title in 1920, and met the famous Seattle team in a world title series, winning 3 of 5. Ottawa had no artificial ice in those days, and the series had to be finished in Toronto. Seattle had an all-star team, including 3 players of the champion Toronto team of 1915 (should be 1914). "Happy" Holmes, net guardian; Jack Walker, the poke-check wizard; and Frank Foyston, then regarded as one of the greatest centre-ice players in the game. The Ottawa club included Eddie Gerard and Sprague Cleghorn, on the defence; Frank Nighbor at centre; the late Jack Darragh on right wing; and George Boucher on the left side. Broadbent and Cy. Denneny were among the spares. Ottawa won the series, taking three games, Nighbor leading the scoring with 6 goals and an assist. That Ottawa machine is still regarded as one of the most powerful hockey has ever known, for the club ran roughshod over all opposition in the league race the following season, and Benedict was on another world's champion team, for the Ottawa team broke all previous inter-league series tradition and precedent by journeying across the continent and winning the cup series from the home club, Vancouver. The visiting team had never won before since the start of the series in 1914.
Benedict's (last) appearance with an Ottawa champion club was in 1923, when Ottawa Senators again won the Eastern title, with only 54 goals scored on Benedict, in 24 regular games; defeated Canadiens in one of the most torrid playoffs ever known. Senators went west with a badly-battered team, but out-fought Vancouver for the Stanley Cup*, winning 3 of the 4 games played. Ottawa had only 3 regular forwards for the series, Nighbor, Broadbent and Denneny, and took Billy Boucher of the Canadiens west with them, but he was not allowed to play. Benedict had in front of him a crack defence, including George Boucher, now once more his teammate with Maroons; Eddie Gerard, Lionel Hitchman, captain now of the champion Boston Bruin team, and Frank "King" Clancy, still a star for Ottawa. It was Hitchman's first season in hockey.
Gerard, captain and star of the Ottawa team, was forced to retire the following season because of throat trouble, but Benedict's great goaling helped keep the team in the fight to the finish, when they were beaten out by Canadiens, adding another play-off to his list. But Benedict was not through with world's series hockey. Along with Broadbent, he was released by the Ottawa management in the spring of 1924, the supposition being that both these players were through. They were picked up by Cecil Hart, who was then forming the Montreal Maroons, and proved to be the backbone of the club in its first season in hockey. The following year, 1925-26, Maroons fought their way to the Eastern title and then defeated Victoria Cougars for the Stanley Cup and world's title. In that world series, Benedict set a record which will likely never be broken in Stanley Cup play. He turned back the Victoria snipers scoreless in 3 of the 4 matches, and was scored on only 3 times, that being when Victoria won a 3-2 contest, the only Western victory of the series.
ONE OF THE GAME'S GREAT "MONEY PLAYERS"
Known as one of the game's great "money players," Benedict has figured in a half a score of play-off series. In 1926-27, when Maroons played off with Canadiens, for Canadian divisional play-off entry, Canadiens won only by 1-0 in a grueling overtime final game, after a 1 all draw in the first encounter. In 1927-28, Maroons were again in the play-offs, defeating Canadiens, and Benedict added another Stanley Cup series to his long list, the memorable Maroon-Ranger struggles. Thus Benedict figured in play-off or world's series games in 8 out of 9 seasons from 1919-20 to 1927-28, his first season with Maroons being the only one in which he missed one or the other.
Benedict was born Sept. 26, 1894, at Ottawa, weighs around 165 pounds, and is 6 feet in height.
1911-12 to 1912-13, New Edinburgh of the Ottawa City League
1913-14 to 1923-24, Ottawa Senators of the NHA/NHL
1924-25 to 1929-30, Montreal Maroons of the NHL
*in '23, Ottawa played Vancouver and then played Edmonton for the Stanley Cup.
Ottawa did not really "run roughshod over all opposition" in '21. they finished 3rd of 4 teams in the 2nd half, with a 6-8 record. they shutout Toronto in both playoff games, though (5-0, 2-0).
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