Who was the first goalie to be recognized for his pucking moving
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03-19-2013, 03:50 PM
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These were the two that stood out from my youth. I have a videotape of a Feb. 1970 Seals at Leafs game in which Smitty lugs the puck past center ice -he was the impetus for the rule that now prohibits goalers from venturing out that far.
Boy, what a character that guy was. Came up through St.Mikes in Toronto, then when they shutdown their hockey program in the early 60's, transferred over to Neil McNeil along with most of the St.Mikes Juniors , another private school which for awhile had a team called the Maroons, ending his Junior career with the Toronto Marlboro's.
In addition to skating past centre ice (game against Montreal, where JC Tremblay nailed him at the blue line amongst other episodes) Smitty also one time punted the puck with his pad at Maple Leaf Gardens, very nearly causing major damage to the overhead scoreclock... then when playing in Vancouver, would bizarrely sometimes just leave the arena after a game stopping briefly to grab his street clothes out of the dressing room but not changing, getting behind the wheel of his car in skates, pads, the whole 9 yards, driving home like that. After his playing days, got involved in thoroughbred racing out here in Vancouver. Strange Duck.
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