Tuesday, July 29, 2008

1963 Leafs Media Guide

I have a plethora of old media guides, season preview and record books. This one goes nicely with my previously discussed autographed stick from the same season.
The "Big M" is pictured on the cover battling "Terrible" Ted Green. Mahovlich was coming off a First Team All-Star season in 62-63, which would be his last truely great year with the Buds. He would never tally more than 56 points in each of his remaining 5 years with the blue and white. He did however garner Second Team nods in both '64 and '65 mainly because of the dirth of quality Left Wingers in the league after Bobby Hull. Johnny Bucyk was about the only other competition, and he arguably was better either year as he out-pointed Frank in each one.
The other "top" LW's in the loop over those two seasons were; Detroit's Parker MacDonald and a young Paul Henderson, Montreal's Dave Balon and Gilles Tremblay, Fred Stanfield of the Hawks, and the Rangers Dean Prentice and Vic Hadfield who was at least 5 years away from stardom. The top season from any of these guys was 46 by MacDonald.
Mahovlich would of course make up for these two weak selections by grabbing second team honours in '69 and '70 with the Wings and a final first team pick with the Habs in '72 with a career high 96 points.

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