Thursday, May 15, 2014

1949 Leafs Program

The latest addition to The Den, Maple Leaf Gardens game program from Saturday, Nov. 16, 1949. The lineup page is below, check out the Hall of Famers who played in this one. In front of 14,406 spectators at the Gardens, Toronto blanked the Habs 1-0 in a defensive struggle. Leaf defender Gus Mortson is pictured on the cover. 25 year-old Mortson would be selected a First Team All-Star this year.

The only goal of the game was scored by Sid Smith five minutes into the game with helpers from his line mates Fleming Mackell and Ted Kennedy. Turk Broda turned aside 25 shots for his third shutout of the season while Bill Durnan stopped 25 of 26. The win put the Leafs into second place, a point up on Montreal with a 7-4-3 record, three back of Detroit.

Sid Smith ended up with 22 goals this season and his 45 points would lead the Leafs in scoring. Montreal wound up in second place by season's end while Toronto dropped to third. Detroit won the league race by 11 points and topped the Leafs in the semi-finals four games to three.

Cool ad for Barilko Brothers store.

Some pics of the Leafs celebrating their Cup victory the previous season.
Another add for Beehive Corn Syrup Hockey Picture Rings.
A Turk Broda ring is shown below, no I do not own that one.

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