Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Teeder Kennedy, 1972 Signed Program

I picked this one up on the weekend, an old program for the Toronto Marlboros Junior squad. The cool thing is that it is signed by Leaf great Ted Kennedy. Teeder was 46 at the time and 15 years removed from his playing career. This was from the third game of the Ontario League Semi-Finals against the Peterborough Petes. Check out the names on the rosters of the teams below.
The Marlboros won this game 5-3 to make the series 2 to 1 for the Petes. This would be the last win of the season for Toronto as Peterborough would win the next two games. They would then sweep Ottawa to advance to the Memorial Cup. They would eventually lose in the final to Cornwall.

One interesting player from this game is Doug Gibson of the Petes. He led Peterboro in scoring that season with 99 points. We would lead the OHA in playoff scoring with 29 points in 15 games. After a 114 point season in 1972/73 Gibson was drafted in the 3rd round by both the Boston Bruins and the WHA's Los Angels Sharks. Within two years he led the AHL in points with 116 for the Boston Braves. He ended up playing 63 games in the NHL with both Boston and Washington, collecting 28 points and ZERO penalties in minutes. This is the longest NHL career ever by a player without ever being penalized.

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