Turk Broda

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Turk Broda
Hockey Hall of Fame, 1967
Born (1914-05-15)May 15, 1914
Brandon, MB, CAN
Died October 17, 1972(1972-10-17) (aged 58)
Toronto, ON, CAN
Height 5 ft 9 in (175 cm)
Weight 165 lb (75 kg; 11 st 11 lb)
Position Goaltender
Caught Left
Played for Toronto Maple Leafs
Playing career 1935–1943
1946–1951

Walter "Turk" Broda (Ukrainian: Володимир Брода; May 15, 1914 – October 17, 1972) was a Canadian professional ice hockey player and coach. A goaltender, Broda played his entire career for the Toronto Maple Leafs of the National Hockey League (NHL). After retiring from active play, Broda coached minor league and junior ice hockey teams.

Personal[edit]

Broda was born in Brandon, Manitoba to a Ukrainian family.[1][2][3][4][5] Although he is commonly referred to as Polish by mistake, Publicity Director Stan Obodiac of the Maple Leafs, who knew Broda, dispelled this and confirmed Broda's Ukrainian origin.[1]

Broda acquired the nickname of "Turkey Egg" during his school days in Brandon because of his many freckles. "Turkey Egg" soon became "Turk", and the name followed him.[1]

Playing career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Broda started his playing career with the Brandon Athletics and the Brandon Native Sons. After playing a few years with them he played for the Winnipeg Monarchs, Detroit Farm Crest and the Toronto St. Michael's Majors. In 1932-33, he won the Memorial Cup. In 1933-34, the Detroit Red Wings invited Turk Broda to their training camp. But with, Normie Smith and John Ross Roach already in Detroit, there was no way Broda could start in the NHL. Instead, he would start his professional career with the Detroit Olympics.

NHL career[edit]

In 1935-36, he was acquired by the Toronto Maple Leafs for $7500.[6] Broda was starting to emerge as one of the league's top goaltenders. In the 1940-41 NHL season, he led the league in wins with 28 in 48 games. In 1941-42, he won his first Stanley Cup with the Leafs. The Leafs won the Cup when they were down 3 games to none against the Detroit Red Wings. The Maple Leafs made one of the greatest comebacks in NHL history and took the Cup by winning the next 4 games.

In 1942-43, Broda joined the army for 2 and a half years during World War II. In 1945-46, Turk Broda returned to the Maple Leafs roster and was instrumental in the team's Stanley Cup victories in 1946-47, 1947-48, 1948-49 and in 1950-51. Turk Broda would retire in 1951-52, at 38 years of age.

"Battle of the Bulge"[edit]

The "Battle of the Bulge" was a battle between him and the head coach of the Toronto Maple Leafs Conn Smythe and Turk Broda about Broda losing weight. This argument brought a lot of attention from the media in Toronto. Smythe ordered Broda to lose weight and brought Al Rollins and Gilles Mayer from the minor leagues just to pressure Broda into losing weight. If Broda could not lose weight, then he would be removed from his goalkeeping duties. In the end, Broda lost enough weight to keep his job.

Legacy[edit]

After retiring, Broda became a coach. He coached the Ottawa Senators in the Quebec Hockey League.[7] He later became the head coach of the Toronto Marlboros. He led the Marlboros to back to back Memorial Cup championships in 1955, and in 1956.

Broda was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame In 1967 and was inducted into the Manitoba Sports Hall of Fame and Museum in 1983 as a "Honoured" member. In 1998, he was ranked number 60 on The Hockey News' list of the 100 Greatest Hockey Players. With 13 shutouts and a GAA of 1.98 in the playoffs, he helped the Leafs win 5 Stanley Cups and establish a dynasty. In 2005, Broda was inducted into the National Polish American Sports Hall of Fame.[8] He died in 1972 at the age of 58 from a heart attack.[9]

Awards and achievements[edit]

Career statistics[edit]

Season Team League GP W L T MIN GA SO GAA
1935-36 Detroit Olympics AHL 47 26 18 3 2890 101 6 2.10
1936–37 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 45 22 19 4 2770 106 3 2.30
1937–38 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 48 24 15 9 2980 127 6 2.56
1938–39 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 48 19 20 9 2990 107 8 2.15
1939–40 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 47 25 17 5 2900 108 4 2.23
1940–41 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 48 28 14 6 2970 99 5 2.00
1941–42 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 48 27 18 3 2960 136 6 2.76
1942–43 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 50 22 19 9 3000 159 1 3.18
1945–46 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 15 6 6 3 900 53 0 3.53
1946–47 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 60 31 19 10 3600 172 4 2.87
1947–48 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 60 32 15 13 3600 143 5 2.38
1948–49 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 60 22 25 13 3600 161 5 2.68
1949–50 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 68 30 25 12 4040 167 9 2.48
1950–51 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 31 14 11 5 1827 68 6 2.23
1951–52 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 1 0 1 0 30 3 0 6.00
NHL totals 629 302 224 101 38,167 1,609 62 2.53

Playoffs[edit]

Season Team League GP W L MIN GA SO GAA
1935-36 Detroit Olympics AHL 6 6 0 365 8 1 1.32
1936-37 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 2 0 2 133 5 0 2.26
1937-38 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 7 4 3 452 13 1 1.73
1938-39 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 10 5 5 617 20 0 1.94
1939-40 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 10 6 4 657 19 1 1.74
1940-41 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 7 3 4 438 15 0 2.05
1941-42 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 13 8 5 780 31 1 2.38
1942-43 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 6 2 4 439 20 0 2.73
1946-47 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 11 8 3 680 27 1 2.31
1947-48 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 9 8 1 557 20 1 2.15
1948-49 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 9 8 1 574 15 1 1.57
1949-50 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 7 3 4 450 10 3 1.33
1950-51 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 8 5 1 492 9 2 1.10
1951-52 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 2 0 2 120 7 0 3.50
NHL totals 101 60 39 6389 211 11 1.98

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Czuboka, Michael (1983). Ukrainian Canadian, Eh. Winnipeg: Communigraphics. p. 137. 
  2. ^ Palmer, Bryan D. (2009). Canada's 1960s: The Ironies of Identity in a Rebellious Era. University of Toronto Press. p. 133. 
  3. ^ Viltis, Volumes 13-17. International Institute of Wisconsin. 1954. p. 22. 
  4. ^ Canadians of Ukrainian Descent. General Books LLC. 2010. ISBN 9781156416532. 
  5. ^ Forum, Issues 90-94. Ukrainian Fraternal Association. 1994. p. 34. 
  6. ^ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pXzQt6cmJ8g
  7. ^ "Senators At Home Tomorrow". Ottawa Citizen. April 13, 1954. p. 25. Retrieved June 18, 2012. 
  8. ^ http://polishsportshof.com/inductees/hockey/walter-turk-broda/
  9. ^ http://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=2512&dat=19721018&id=mstHAAAAIBAJ&sjid=S_8MAAAAIBAJ&pg=3854,2563302

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Preceded by
David Kerr
Winner of the Vezina Trophy
1941
Succeeded by
Frank Brimsek
Preceded by
Bill Durnan
Winner of the Vezina Trophy
1948
Succeeded by
Bill Durnan