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Wally Stanowski interview

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THEAMAZING,UNHERALDEDNHL
FOUR-CUPHEROWALLY
WSKl,NOWAGE92(PARTFATHREE-PARTEXCLU-
lUESBY
LAURENBORSUK):
There
should
bea
sectioninthe
HockeyHallofFamefor"UniqueOut-
standingPlayers."
Ifsucha
section
of
the
PuckPall-
theon
existed,
Wallystanowskiwouldbethefirstonein.BeforeBobbyOrrandRed
Kelly.
Stanowskitrulywasthefirst"RushingDcfenseman"intheleagueand.arguably.thebestskaterofhistime.
PAGE
02/04
Page2
Afterbeingtraded
to
theRangers
wentintoGameFour.
in1948.StanowskiboostedasaggingBlueshirt
squad.
Aj~erGameThree,Smythehad
Hap
Day
bench
Gordie
Drillon;whowas
HisdynamicplaygalVMizedNew
ourbestscorer.
York
to
arare
playofffinish.ThatSpring,theRangersreachedthe
t
950StanleyCupFillals,losingindou-ble-overtime
cf
the
seventh
game.
HaleMdhearty,livinginToronto
withhis
wife,
Joyce,
Stanowsklgranted
ourLaurenBorsuk
III1
interviewthatcov-eredtheentirespectrumofhiscareer.He
discusses
withLauren
the
in-imitable1942Leafscomebackfromtheplayoffsabyss.andtheheroesandunsungheroesofth.e1942and1945Cup~winning
teams.
'""BEST"LEAFSTEAM:
Hlsnickname,"The
Whirling
The
bestteam
1played
onwos
the
DervishonSkates."wasn'tgivenfornoth-1942
team.
ing.Thatwould
betOrstickhandlers
who
may
not
be
in
theGordieHowe-WayneOret.zkycate-goryofsuper-excellencebutforthosewho,Inthefollowing,exclusive
inter-
neverthelesshavedistingwshedthemselves
VIew,
theMaplcLeafs
mamstay
harksback
Adal1l3.who
ran
rhe
RedWings
inanotable
way.
tothememorableerafrom1942through
with
an
iron
handjustasSmythedidwith1950.
our
T.eqft,had
the
Cup-winning
cham-
pagne
ready
to
beopened
afterGame
Four.InthaIgame,hehadtheopportunity
10
get
thepuck
intoour
zane.
A
Detroit
player
must
havebeen
twice
the
distance.
from
the
puck
than
Drillon,burstill,hebeatGordie
tothepuck,
and
then
beat
Brodaandthat's
how
we
lost
Game
Three.
,..DETROIT'S
BOSS,
JOHN
(JOLLYJACK)ADAMS'PREMATIJRECl!LE-BRATION:
Before
going
infothat
gClme
he
went
on
theradioto
talk
about
gelling
readyfor
thai
night'S
game.
Hewasvery
fUll
ofhimself
and
saidhe.wasbasically
readytowrap
it
uP:
That
fired
ZlS
up
as
muchasany-thIng.
Weweredown
three
gamesto'"
CONNSMYTHEASLEAFSLEADERHkdthfoll.~
nonein
the
FinalsQJJd
rallied
and
came
ANDDISCIPLINARIAN·.
esateone
owing
rour
MapleLeafsStanleyCupteams_1942,
back
towinthenextfour.
1945,1947and1948.
Smythehadbeennotoriou«
as
a
Ingame:;sixandseven,goaliehoiheadandatoughleader.
The1947-48squad,whichled
the
TurkBrodaonlylei
in
one
goal.
Thathad
NHLduringtheregularseasonwas
agreat
impactonthe
restoftheteam.
HeHe
never
once
would
hesitate
to
dubbed
by
then-Leafs
bossConnS:nythe,
wasaclu.tchplayer
and
we
came
to
de-
rant
athis
employees,
andhisplayer.sfor
"Toronto'sgreatestteam,ever!"
pendonhimwhen
the.
pressurewas
an.
thatmauer.He
believed
it
would
give
themtheincentive
toprovehimwrong.
Stanowskiwaspartofwhatmade
it
sosuperior.
Theoddswere
agaiMIUy
in
that:nriesagainst
Detroit,
and
we
look
it
one
In
1933,
Smythelaidint()everygameatatimeand
managed
to
do
some-singleplayerbe/ore
theytooktheicein
the
thingnooiherteamhadeverdone.semi-finalsagainstBoston.
ally
was
a
keyfactorinthemostremarkableStanleyCupfinalof
all
time.
*
TURNJNGTHETIDEINGAMEFOUROFTHE1942FINALS:
JJ\
1942,theLeafstrailedthe~edWingsthree-games-to-noneandwerecon-
Wehadnochoicebuttowin.
sidered<fead
Onthe
icc.
Smythewasonereasonforthat.
Hapwas
tooconcerned
a/)QU(
hisupcomingwedding,
Busher
Jacksoncared
moreabouthisSummercottage.King
Clancywos
moreinterestedin
entertcdning
hismotherwhowasinfromoutoftown.
But-coached
by
HapDay-
To.
HapDO)'
was
averygoadcoach
Needless
to
,~ay,
theinforiated
ronto
ralliedand
to
thisday
standas
the
bu:Smythe.waoS'thebossandwhenhep'Qyer.~wentontobeat
Ihe
Bruinsand
onlyteamevertocomebackfrema3-0
talked.
you
Itstened.
advanceto
the
Finals.
s,",riesdeficitin
TheFinalRound.
Hecouldputt~fearofGod
inYf)U.That'swhathedidamitluu'showwe(Continue.dn~t
pose)
 
09/20/201113:0912129570876GERRYCOSBYCOPAGE03/04
Page3
Smythe,astrue
Q
Canadian
pa-
trto:as
there
ever
was,hadservedin
WorldWarIin
the
Canadian
Army.
rightwing.Tha:meantthepuckwasonhisrighlside
andthat
left.metryingto
check
Bothimmediatelyclickedforus
in
himfromtheleftside.Itmade
it
a101differentways.harder
10
Iry
andeliminatethepuck
'"WALLY'SAPPRAISALOFHISOWN
RocketRichardwasonthe
UNDERRATEDGAME:
"PurwhLine"with
myother
pal,Toe.
AsaJuniorplayingforSt.Bont-B~ake.Richard
.,fcored
fourgoalsinGame.WhenWorld
War
IJ
br~keout.~ejace,I
starred
inthe1938
Memorial
CupFiveojlhe.semi-finals.He
WaS
a
huge
rea-
Qrgamzed
a
Sportsmans
Bauallon-withFinalsagainstaheavily-favoredOshawason/orthe./0-1upliet.writers
and
athletes-
10
serveoverseas.team.'"
FRANK.
MCCOOL'SREMARKABLE
AfterwewonGameFour,Smythe
Then
the
Ltttifs
signedme
and.
SHUTOUTSTRINGINTHE1945Fl-
came
into
talk
to
14$,
over
th«
years,
1foltIwasunden-aledasa
NALS:
There
were
alotof
rulesto
jol-
player,Afterourclutchgoalie.,Turklow.Hehad
StriCIcUrfews
fo~u,~aswell,
J
I
wQS
responsibl«for
Jugging
theBroda,wentofftothewar,hewas.
re-
was.evenbenchedoncefor
mlSsmg
curfew,uckoutofth«corners.
They
couldn
'i
stopplaced
Izy
FrankM~~ool,w,ho
was
said
10
Itdidmake
usa
betterteam,though.
~e./
wouldahl'Q)'s
get
the
puckout
0/
the
have?~
ulcer
COnditIOn.
wh&chwas
why
he
j
'J
hhi
if
h'tilldfi.
d.
g>,.......
wasn
t
In
thearmedforces.
se
t
oug.
J
e
ins
I
e
ear
In
an
Ii
"yr"
hisplayers
they
would
winhim
hockey
games.
Somepress
guys
wrotethar.McCool's
ulcers
weresobadthathe
had
todrinkmilkofmagnesiabeforeeverythat
J
wasgametocalmhiJ
stomach.
Alii
know
isthat
he
helped
us
winthe
Cupin1945against
Detroit.
010
HOWSMYTHEGALVANIZBD'I1IE
Dickens.
LEAPSWH£NTHEYWEREDOWN
THREEGAMES
TO
NONEIN194:2:STANOWSKT
JOINSTHECANADIAN
MILlTARYFORCES:
Smythe
had
strict
rules
that
were
't'
tobefollowed
by
hisplayers.
and
if
those,
It
was~
asurpriseruleswerebrokenyoucouldcountonhimgomgtobeserving.
to
doleoutthepunishments.1gotthenewsrightcfter
ceiebrat-
t.
h..,
C'
k
I
dingwinningthe(1942)Cup
(again.~tDe-
,,0
nny
me
ormac
go
morris..
duringtheseasonandfoundhimselfdowniron).inth~minors,Ithink
they
actuallyheldoffbe-d
..J
fi
d.HehadDetroitprettynervous
J.'
""'h
b.Idinforetelling
me.
1
'idn
'1
noutabout
II
hhbh
,m
J
I
omsonecame
llfVO
ve
I.
'~IIwith
three
straig
I
s
utotas,
ut
t
en
wefoundingIhePlayers'
Assoeiauon:
and
unti}
acoupledays
oJter
weadwon.lostthenextthree
and
it
lookedasthoughafterbeingcalled
(J
'traitor'
by
Smythe
he
J
didn'tespecially
like
theservice,
it
wouldbea
repeat
ofwhathappenedinwasthensentoJ!toplayinChicago.nordid
J
wantto
go
butwhenyourcountry1942;onlythistime
it
wouldbeustolosecomesknocking,youanswer.lhenextfour.WhenSmythewentonto
QI.lquire
the
Leofs
hepromisedinvestorsandfansI
was
servingintheAir
Force.
1Well.Detroitputthreewinsto-
alike
thai
he
wouldshow(hemanexciting,"ealfywantedtobecomeapilotbuttheygetherand
it
camedowntoGameSeven;winningclubandhedidn'tfailtoproducefoundoutTwascolor-blindso
1
endedupexceptthis
time
weralliedandpulledoutthat.gettingintothe
phy.,ical
trainingside.thewin-andgottheCup.
*
HAPDAY'S
DARTNG
EXPERIMENT
ImissedtheNHL,TtstillexistedNowIhadbeenontwoCup-
AFTERGAMETlfREEOFTHE
J
942
duringthewar
even
thoughalotofgoodwinners,whichismorethanalotojguys
FJNALS:
playerswereserving.hadintheirentirecareers.
Ourbest
forward
was
high-ButIstillgotto
play
game.rfor
the
Ai,.
(NEXTWEEK:PARTTWO-WALLY
scoringGordieDrillanandourtopForce.Weplayadagainstthe
Navy
and
ST
ANOWSKT
RECAl..LSTHEMAPLE
dejensemanwasBuckoMcDonaldArmy.Itwas
actually
alotmorefunplay-
LEAFS
GREATEST-EVERrEAM~THE
D'11
'f
produ
i
d
inginthosegamestlumsomeintheNHL.
1947-1948CLUB,WITHTIlETHREE-
1'1
onwasn
C
ngan
BESTCF...NTERICEMENANYTEAM
BuckowaoSslow_-foOTed
and.thefast
Red
'It
MEMORABLE
OPPOSlNGPLAYERS:EVERHAD;HALL
OFFAMBRS
SYL
Wmgs
weregetting
around
him.
APPS,
tEDKENNEDYAND
MAX
There
were
Q
lotoftoughoppo--Coach
Day
hadalotof
gillS
tonemsin
the.
1945semi-finalsagainstthe
BENTLEY;ALLSPEARHEADINGTHE
benchtwoofhisbestpJayer.rand
insert
aCanadien..,.
FlRSTNfll..DYNASTYOFTHREE
coupleofunknowns.
CUPSINAROW
FOR
TORONTO.
Thetoughestguy
'faced
though
ALSOONEOFTHEBIGGESTUPSETS
Upfront,hebroughtinDonMetz,wouldhavetobeMaurice"Rocket"Rich-
INHISTORY-THE
l...EAFS
VICTORY
who
had
beenup
and
downfrom
(lUI'
ard.
OVER
MONTREALINTHE1946-1947
AmericanHockeyLeaguefarmclub.
And
CUPFINAl..S
ondefensehe
placed
young.untriedErnieHewasleft~"Qnded
bw
playing
In
thefirstthreegames,Frank
didn"allow
onesingle
goal.-
imaginethat!
 
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THETNIMITABLEWALLY
teamswerereallytaking
us
seri()1.lsly.
es-
WhentheLeafs
brought
him
em
he
STANOWSKI
RECALLSPLAYTNG
peciallycomingoJ!the'
'46
seasonwherewasdoing
slIpel'b
rfgEtfromthestart.The
FORTHEGR"A~~
We
m
ia"d'"
playoff~
Idd'"''
'8
at
III<
ume
bod
lit".,....
lop
TEAMOF
ALL-
ER
goalscorer.
TORONTOCLUB
t
TWOOF
*
GREATBSTLEAFS
TEAMTOPLAY:-
cr.
b'.beau
ANEXCLUSIVEIN
ne
was
a
Ig
"art
In
us
eaung
TI.R.VIEWWITHOURLAUREN
Wehad
a,fantastic
groupof
guys
t~e
Canadien"
in
'45.
W~enSylAppsre-
BORSUK)'
that
season.If(ed
aftaf.weswept
Detroit,Snt)llhe
named
..himcoptam.
W'
erof
two
A101ofyoung_guyscameinto
Stanle
CU
I~nwith
the1942
play;
Jim
Thomson,8ill'Ho·rilko..He.wasveryhumbl~.Ireallyap-
and
l-
45PToronto
M..nle
'.rr
hd
1
preciated
"13
styleas
a
captam
over
Apps.
9~,
rr
eaa
S
rongseason,sowe
Leafs,
d~fenselfl!lll
WnUy
weren',surprisedwhenwemade
it
totheM~Bentleywasastrongcemer.
Stanow~klcontmuedto
Finals,Weworkedhardandtook
a
lotofWhen
he
came
infromChicagoI'thinkwe
excel
In
thepost-Wcdd
the
young
guys
under
our
wingsand
that
s
were
all
Q
little.,hocked
WarIIyears..
whywewere.rea¢)!togotoe-to-toewith.
Aft
tI
Leafsmisda
playoff
theCanadtens.Wehadastrong
team
dy.,
H,!wasa
huge
contnbutorinthat
.erte
S~
v
v;
namlcseries
agaInst
DetrOlt.Hecou/dn
't
have
berth
In
1945~6,
Toronto
h9ckeyczar'
beenhappier
ofterwe
swept
1M
Wing.s
in
Conn
Smythc,-
back
fromwartimeservice
GameOneofthatseries
wa,s
Jm.
thai
senes.
-revamped
his
club,
miliating.
No
onethought
we
were
readyto
Veteranssuchassharpshooter
bethere,~ithslfchayoungteam,espe·
II!
CAPTAINSYLAPPS:
Gordie
Drillon
and
crack
d~fensernan
Buck
claJly
the
Canadiens.
It
wasn't
S)'I
Apps'
leadership
l\1cDonal~
were
dropped
10
favor
ofhus-
Theircoach,Dick.
irvin
hadhisthatwon
m
the
Cup,
tlmgrookies.
teamfired
up
and
we
lost
6-0.
Alot
Qf
pea-
.,h
pte
remember
Habs1;0olieBill/JurnanApp:>wasagreat~bw.nota
.Inl
addl~n,
PJc-warstarssl,lc
s,
commenting
onus.
saymg"Howdidany
0/
great
captam.
Hewasmore
oj
0.
sain:
than
goahcbTu,
f{
Bro.
h
an
center-cl~ptaHm
Y
these
(rIJlJS
get
into
the
league?"anything.
Hewastoo
good;
~everdrankor
APP5end,adWItyoun~ter9]",e
OWIC
<;0-....
even
more.
He
wasvery
qu~el
and
kept
to
Meeker,
VICLypnandTed
Kennedy
to...SHAKINGOFFEMBARRASMENT:
him~'elfHelooked
good
onpaper,
offer
future
premise.
,.We
pulled
ourselvesout
of
arutLooking
01
him
you'd
thinkhe
ToSmythe~am~men~.his
realfasi.'wasaperfect
leader,
Buthewasalways
1946·47squad-consideredJusta
nur
bet
quietin
the
dreSSingroomandhe
never
to
evenmakethe_p)aYQft's-upset
the
GameTwowasatoughgame.gavemuchmotivation.
vauntedMontrealCanad.ensto
Win
To-
Thltcrowdwas
prettyrough
100.
ronto'sfourthCup.
On
theice,however.
was
where..Maurice
Richard
wasoutofcon-hisleade.rshipskillsshone.HisskatinSand
Stanowskl
starredonth.atamazlng
trolthatnight,He
took
outtwoof
OU!'
mt)'s
shooting
ahWtieswere
reallysomethmg
to
sextetaswellasthe1947-48
editionwblch
withhighsticks,,
don't
know
if.irvln
had
be.
admired.
Smytheunabashedly-
dubbed"The
Oreatest
wanie«todothatorhedidthaionhis
Team
Toronto
EverHad."
Q:!f'n,buthe
ended
up
getting
suspcndedfor
THEWI-IlRUNGDlRVISH:
One
reason
for
its
success
was
the
GameThree.
1
gotthenickname'TheWhirling
biggesttradein
hocke~
which
Smythe
en-
Wetook
advantage
0/
the
power
Dervish'
mostly
for
my
famousskating
gineerc:dinNovember1947.
R.lays
thatcame
tom
thosepenalties.Inabilities,
C
tent'
f
rwardIi
ne
fact.allourgoa
's
thatnightwerepower
J
rememberwewereattheBoston
The
FIYingO~~J;~::~p~j~~dOOf
Gus
~od:
playgoal.,..
Garden.
andI
hadbeenbenchedafter
nar,BudPoileandGayeStewart-as
well
GamesThreeandFour,weweremissingoneofSmythe'srigid
cUrfews
the
astwostaJtingdefensemen-Bob
Gold-
backinTorontoandwetookathree-to-onenighlOefore.
ham
and
ErnieDickens-
to
Chicago
for
serleslead,
center
Max
Bentley,
Bruinsgoalie
Fral'l1cie
Brimsek
MontreallookGameFivebut
we
gOI
hurtsotheplaywasstoppedwhilethey
With
Bentley.SylApps.nodTed
really
came
togetherinGameSix.Turkwerecheckingon
him.
Kenne4y,
the
Leafs
had
more
high-class
Brodawasamazingthainight,
He.
was
center
ICC
strength
than
anyteamm
mn.
holdingoffa101of
shots.
HeheldoffabigHap
Df1Y
hadscreamedjormeto
history.
breakiiwayandsealedour
z-s
win..geloutonthe
Ice
andwarmup.I
guess
I
musthavetakena
lew
lazy
tums
/ieclRISe
Inthe
followini
PartTwo
of
*
PRESENTING
OFTHE'47
CUP:
Day
screamed."Notlike
(hat,
get
outand
Stanowski's
interview
With
ourLauren
go
hard!
Let'ssee
some
realaluitingl"
Borsuk,
Wally
examines
the
manner
in
CLarenceCampbelldidn'tpresent
whichSmythe
devc:toped
hockey'sfirst-
uswith
lhe
Cup'
tn
Montreal
afterwinning,wentoutthere.anddidsOnJe
ever
dynasty;
aLeafs
team
that
was
the
that
series,
Itl1inkhewas
worried
aboutdazzing
loops
andspins,
ellen
theorganist
NHL's.firsttowinthreestraight
Stanley
(herow~
jeInS,
11
wasawildseries.
got
jn'andgavemealittlebackground
CUPS-In
1947,1948and1949.
N.
h
J
d
II
music:
everte,ess,wewaiteuri!we
BADBLOOD:
were
backinTorontoIortheCuppresenta-Iactuallygot
Day
laughingover
,lion.
thatone.
All
season;therewastensionbe-tweenusandtheCanadiens.
II!
TOPOFFENSIVETEAMINTHE
LEAGUE:.
If.
waS
p'rellyfittingthatweended
UJ!
intheFinalsagainst'oneanother
;17
TedKennedywasasmalltown
1947.kid.
Hewasn'tmuch
01
askaterbuthecouldmakesomeamazingplaysontheice,/don'tthinktheCanadians
or
any
(NEXTWEEK:PARTTHREE.WALLY
ISt.RADEDTOTHENEWYORK.RANGeR.SANDTIlEENDOFHISCA-
REER.)

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