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05-06-2009, 09:20 PM
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First Goalie to Use a Curved Blade Stick...

I remember watching a televised game here in NY in which Flyers goalie Don "Smokey" McLeod was using a stick with a curved blade, and it was the first one I'd ever seen.

Looking up his records, he only played 4 games with Philly in the 71-72 season, so I witnessed a rare occurrence. I don't recall if it was a "Game of the Week" telecast or a game versus the Rangers; perhaps our Flyershistory member can verify that.

Of course, he moved on to the WHA the following season where the curved blade helped make him quite a playmaker. Although he didn't register an assist in his first season with the Houston Aeros, he went on to record 43 assists in his next five WHA seasons, including a high of 13 in 1975-76 with the Calgary Cowboys.

Can anyone recall an earlier instance of a goalie with the curved blade??

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Just found this rare pic of McLeod at goaliesarchive.com!!!!! Check out the stick!!!
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McLeod as a WHA Calgary Cowboy...
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Smokey as a WHA Edmonton Oiler...
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McLeod as a Houston Aero. Look at that curve!!!! Look at that mask!!!!
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Smokey as a Vancouver Blazer!

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Jack Norris

From memory believe that Jack Norris was the first to use a curved goalie stick, circa 1968-70.

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Just bumping up an old thread of mine to see if there is any other interest in this subject

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Always good to see Smokey!

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Huh. Thats interesting. Certainly vaguely remember that goalie,
but I dont remember the innovation happening so early.

Great pictures SF. Thanks.

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Seals, any idea who holds the rights to those photos?

I'd love to put one on my website (but don't want to poach).

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Taco, I think all of these pics came from goaliearchives.com

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I had an NHL Trivia Pursuit game that said it was Dan Bouchard.

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Smokey as a WHA Edmonton Oiler...
I love that jersey. An absolute classic.

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Taco, I think all of these pics came from goaliearchives.com
Hmmm - thanks! That's what I was afraid of.

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I love that jersey. An absolute classic.
Yeah, the subtle difference between the WHA version and NHL version - "OILERS" is in orange and the oil droplet is blue, which they reversed for the NHL version.

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With the exception of Edmonton & Houston, he's sporting a
Greg Harrison mask, identical to the one I had made & used.
Ditto on the pads & gloves, including the tape on the blocker (leather split).

Brings back some memories for sure...

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