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Don Gallinger and Billy Taylor

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06-23-2013, 12:52 PM
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Don Gallinger and Billy Taylor

Some background information about Don Gallinger:




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Here's some more info from the ATD subboard, where a bio was done for the 2010 Double-A Draft:

Don Gallinger, the 5-year NHL pro who led the Bruins in assists and points in 1945-46 and in assists again two seasons later, 7th in league assists the 1947-48 season, scoring 153 NHL points in 222 NHL games, including 3 goals in the 1943 Stanley Cup Finals run and 6 points in the 1945 Finals run. Number 11, the nephew of HHOFer Shorty Green, was the second youngest NHLer in history at age 17 and centered the Kid Line until a gambling scandal ended a decent career five seasons later at the tender age of 22.

".. good shooting, swift skating..."
He became known as Boston's "lamplighter" because of he was one of the mainstays on a team on its way up the ladder in the standings. Over the course of his early years in hockey, he had been offered contracts by baseball's Philadelphia Phillies and later the Boston Red Sox. Both times he turned down the offers because they were too small. With two sports from which to choose, if necessary, he was riding high in the sports world. But suddenly the bubble burst. At the same time as Billy "The Kid" Taylor was barred from professional hockey, Gallinger was handed an indefinite suspension stemming from his association with Detroit bookmaker and racketeer, James Tamer.

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Rather a tragic tale for both players. Gallinger essentially Blackballed and disgraced, eventually getting back into the game at the Coaching level, Jr.B. Strange postscripts, life he lead. His first wife dying in a car crash; an illegitimate son showing up on his doorstep with his own family in tow some 50yrs later? Oy. Donny boy. Sowing the wild oats a little to freely there son. A lot of wasted potential athletically speaking, hockey or baseball.

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