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Bob Baun, D

Position: Defenseman
HT/WT: 5'9", 180 lbs
Handedness: Right
Nickname(s): "Boomer"
Born: September 9th, 1936 in Lanigan, SK

- 4-time Stanley Cup Champion (1962, 1963, 1964, 1967)
- Played in the NHL All-Star Game 5 times (1962, 1963, 1964, 1965, 1968)
- scored 37 goals and 187 assists for 224 points in 964 games, adding 1493 penalty minutes.
- scored 3 goals and 12 assists for 15 points in 96 games, adding 171 penalty minutes.

Top 10 Finishes:
Penalty Minutes - 4x - (4, 7, 10, 10)

Voting Record

Norris Voting Record:

5th (70-71), 7th (63-64), 8th (64-65), 10th (68-69)


Originally Posted by Greatest Hockey Legends
Bobby Baun's playoff heroics are what the Stanley Cup is all about.

With 10 minutes left in the sixth game of the 1964 finals between the Maple Leafs and Detroit Red Wings, Bobby Baun fearlessly sacrificed his body, sliding down onto the ice to block a Gordie Howe shot. The heavy shot bounced off Baun’s foot at exactly the worst spot, breaking a bone in Baun's ankle. He was carried away on a stretcher and he should have seen his season to come to an end.

But he didn't.

In one of the most courageous and famous moments in hockey history, Baun returned to the lineup in the very same game. The game had gone into over time, and Baun refused to go to the hospital. Instead he was given painkillers and had his ankle taped tightly, and returned for the extra period of play.

Just a couple of minutes into the over time, Baun became a hero of legendary proportions. Baun picked up a failed Detroit clearing attempt at the blueline and directed a shot on the Detroit goal. It deflected off of Detroit defenseman Bill Gadsby and over Terry Sawchuk and into the net, forcing game 7 of the Stanley Cup Finals!!


Originally Posted by Bobby Hull
The night Baun missed a game in Chicago, we started taking liberties. We realized he wasn't in town, so we could get away with a lot more. When Baun was around, that right side was like an obstacle course.
Originally Posted by Charlie Burns, on Baun
He was a hard-nosed individual. He didn't know how to do anything but win.
Originally Posted by Ron Harris
He was our leader on defense, he was a hard-nosed guy. He'd get mad. When you didn't do your job he'd give you hell.

His duels with Bobby Hull are legend now. And the respect they showed for each other was evident every time they collided. You seldom saw an elbow or a raised stick. Just a brutal test of strength between two fine athletes.
Originally Posted by Bill Hicke
He tried hard and was an unbelievable defensive defenseman, He blocked as many shots as our goalies did and he had the bruises to prove it.
Legends of Hockey

Two nights later, the Leafs won game seven, and with it the Stanley Cup. The irrepressible Baun played a regular shift in the deciding game. The upshot of Baun's painful goal-scoring heroics was that he was never much of a marksman during his 17-year NHL career, recording just 37 goals and 187 assists in 964 career games. From the standpoint of personal stats, his best season was one goal and 20 assists in 1970-71. Instead of wowing the fans with impressive offense, though, Baun was known as a hard-checking pure defender, and he was a mainstay of the "Big Four" of Leafs defenders in the 1960s.
Greatest Hockey Legends

Although he also played with Detroit and Oakland, Baun is best known for his days with the Maple Leafs where he teamed up with Carl Brewer to form one of the finest pairings ever. Bobby Hull often mentioned these two as the toughest defensemen he ever played against. Baun was the stereotypical pre-Bobby Orr type of defenseman - a bone crunching stay at home rearguard.

A native of Lanigan, Saskatchewan, Baun was a surprisingly small man for such a voracious hitter – 5’9” and 175 pounds. He would play junior hockey with the Toronto Marlboros for 4 seasons before joining the Leafs in 1956-57. Baun would be a regular throughout the Leafs resurgence in the 1960s, including all 4 championships.
Though in the twilight of his career, Baun continued to be a steadying influence on the Leafs defense for parts of three seasons. Unfortunately he suffered a career ending neck injury early in the 1972-73 season. That prevented Baun from reaching the 1000 game level - a true milestone for a such a physical, defensive player.
His game? Check out "irrepressible". Look up the term "hard rock" in the dictionary and there would be a picture of #21.

A prototypical defensive defenseman, Baun's overtime goal in game six of the 1964 finals gave the Leafs a new life, and they beat the Wings in the final game, at home, 4-0 to win their third straight Stanley Cup. His overtime goal was scored on a fractured ankle. Earlier that game, Baun was taken off on a stretcher after being felled by a slapshot. He returned, ankle frozen and taped, to score what Sports Illustrated ranked as the 17th greatest sports moment in the 20th century. However to me what was even more amazing than coming back in that game as he was likely running on adrenalin at that point, was that two nights later he would play Game 7 and help the Leafs win the Cup without missing a shift

His philosophy was "You don't have to kill every forward coming down the ice, just slow them up a little." Few opposing players coming into the Leafs end of the rink ever came in with their heads down against Baun. Baun played a lot of minutes for a very long time, he could hit like Scott Stevens. As for his fighting, he always showed up for the fight, he was fearless.

The only thing I could add was that Baun was one of the most courageous players the Leafs had in the 60's. For a time, Baun was the only player to stand up to John Ferguson. And, when Baun left the Leafs the first time, the Leafs' downhill slide started.
Who's Who in Hockey

Among hockey pros, Bob Baun was recognized as one of the hardest - and cleanest - bodycheckers in the game. Players respected Baun for his respect of the rulebook.
Shorthanded: The Untold Story of the Seals: Hockey's Most Colorful Team

In the team's first season, Bob Baun was the foundation of the California Golden Seals. He was the team's first captain and the first non-goaltender chosen by the Seals in the expansion draft. It was Baun who was expected to the lead the expansion Seals and teach them how to win.
Lewiston Evening Journal, Mar. 5, 1960

Double defeat by Toronto has dealt a staggering blow to the Bruins' wilting playoff hopes with defensemen Red Kelly and Bob Baun the chief villains.
Windsor Star - Dec 12, 1969

Bob Baun ruffled a few North Star feathers in that period with some lusty body work...
The Spectator - Feb 20, 1999

Bob Baun, a hardrock defenceman who helped the Toronto Maple Leafs win the Stanley Cup four times in the 1960s
Los Angeles Times - Apr 27, 1998

probably doesn't match Bob Baun's heroism in playing the sixth game of the 1964 Stanley Cup ...

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