'67: The Maple Leafs, Their Sensational Victory, and the End of an Empire

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John Wiley and Sons, Dec 14, 2009 - Sports & Recreation - 352 pages
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In 1967 the Toronto Maple Leafs won the Stanley Cup in a stunning defeat of the mighty Montreal Canadiens in Canada’s centennial year. Thirty-nine years later (and counting), no other Leaf team has been able to do it again. As the years pass, the legend grows. The men who were the Leafs in 1967--a scrappy group of aging players and unsung youngsters--were the kings of this universe, the last hockey heroes to skate in the world's most important hockey city. They were the men with the right stuff who enjoyed the perks and privileges that went with it.

Sixty-Seven is not just another hockey book about that legendary team, but a unique and total look at the contradictions, the legends, the shame and the glory of '67. Within five years of that '67 victory, two key members of the team, Tim Horton and Terry Sawchuk, would be dead due to alcohol and drug-related issues. The man who had succeeded Smythe as King of Carlton Street, Harold Ballard, was in jail. The seeds of what would become a horrifying pedophile scandal a quarter-century later were being planted. All that had been built up over the course of decades was in the process of being torn down.

Sixty-Seven will tell previously untold stories, funny and tragic, from the inside of that unforgettable dressing room. And beyond the story of the team, it will tell the story of the times, a time of innocence before Vietnam and Watergate, the last year of the Original Six-Team NHL, and the last gasp of the hockey dynasty built by the legendary Conn Smythe. The story of Sixty-Seven extends well beyond that of a hockey team that found a way to win.

 

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Contents

Game Two Maple Leafs at Chicago April 9 1967
39
Game Three Chicago at Maple Leafs April 11 1967
61
Game Four Chicago at Maple Leafs April 13 1967
93
Game Five Maple Leafs at Chicago April 15 1967
119
Game Six Chicago at Maple Leafs April 18 1967
135
Stanley Cup Final Game One Maple Leafs at Montreal April 20 1967
171
Stanley Cup Final Game Two Maple Leafs at Montreal April 22 1967
203
Stanley Cup Final Game Three Montreal at Maple Leafs April 25 1967
227
Stanley Cup Final Game Four Montreal at Maple Leafs April 27 1967
253
The Unsung Heroes 257 Stanley Cup Final Game Five Maple Leafs at Montreal April 29 1967
275
The Dismantling
297
Index
311
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About the author (2009)

Damien Cox is an award-winning sports columnist for the Toronto Star, Canada’s largest newspaper. He has covered hockey for over 18 years, including the NHL, three Winter Olympics, and other international hockey events. Cox has also worked extensively in radio and television and has been a frequent contributor to The Hockey News and ESPN.com, among other publications and media outlets. He is co-author of Brodeur: Beyond the Crease. For three years he was co-host of Prime Time Sports, heard daily on the FAN590 in Toronto, and on the Rogers radio network across Canada. He appears weekly on TSN’s The Reporters and regularly as an analyst on TSN NHL broadcasts. Cox has been named three times to The Hockey News’ "100 People of Power and Influence in Hockey." Cox lives in Toronto with his wife Vicki and four children.

Gord Stellick began working for the Toronto Maple Leafs in 1975, eventually becoming the club’s General Manager in 1988. In the summer of 1989, he resigned from the Leafs and joined the New York Rangers as assistant GM. He then moved to the media side as the Leafs’ colour analyst on their radio broadcasts, and in 1993 he and Cox joined forces for a year to co-host an afternoon talk show on the FAN590 all-sports radio station in Toronto. Stellick remains one of the most popular sports media figures in Toronto and across the country. He currently co-hosts the FAN590’s daily morning show, and was previously host of "The Big Show" daily on the FAN590. He appears regularly as an NHL analyst for Rogers SportsNet, and co-hosts "Inside the AHL" weekly on Rogers SportNet.

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