By Ron Wicks
From the minors to the massive time, former NHL referee Ron Wicks recounts existence off and on the ice.
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In the spring of 1950, Detroit’s Pete Babando, who was from nearby South Porcupine, Ontario, scored the winning goal in overtime, in the seventh game, to beat the Maple Leafs and win the Stanley Cup for my beloved Red Wings. I remember wearing my new Red Wings sweater to school. For my audacity that got all sixty pounds of me stuffed into a garbage can. Looking back, I would say it was worth it, but that was when I first realized Leafs fans can be extremely touchy! Detroit Red Wings Stanley Cup Champions in the 1950s.
They made them tough in the Old Days. The Toronto Maple Leafs, 1967 Stanley Cup winners. Hockey Hall of Fame 3 The Chicago Black Hawks’ name was changed a few years ago to Blackhawks. 4 Linesmen could drop the puck at the request of the referee, or in the last minute of play in a period. 5 The Lady Byng Memorial Trophy is an annual award given to the player adjudged to have exhibited the best type of sportsmanship and gentlemanly conduct combined with a high standard of playing ability. 6 Punch used to pronounce Frank’s name as Maholovich, just to upset him, and it did.
A player’s average income was probably in the range of seven to ten thousand dollars a year. Letter from NHL president Clarence Campbell. Author’s Collection Jerry ran a summer hockey school in Copper Cliff, near Sudbury, where future NHL Hall-of-Fame goalie Eddie Giacomin and I helped him out. We all became good buddies, even though some nights I had to put them in the penalty box. Eddie was a special guy; he was my wife Barb’s first crush. She used to freeze her buns off watching him play goal at the outdoor rink in Gatchell, near Sudbury, where they both grew up.