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00:45Sports as a kid: minor league in Toronto, age 7-8 with Marlboroughs, coach Roger Neilson, played all hockey in Toronto up to midget, joined Marlies Junior B team, played on Memorial Cup team in 1967, choice to turn pro or get education, tough decision was his father died, mother told him his dad wanted him to play in the Olympics so went to Winnipeg and joined the National Team under Father David Bauer, won the Bronze at the 1968 OWG in Grenoble, then signed with Leafs
04:35His idols were the Cleveland Browns in the NFL and the Maple Leafs; Tim Horton was his roommate
05:45Became a defenceman because he was a big kid
06:24Were you taught hip checks? Roger taught him defence, tough position to learn, checking was natural to him, then it was clean, open ice hits
07:24Before you joined the National team did you take hockey seriously? Wanted to be Phys Ed teacher, did not expect to end up as a hockey player; joined the National Team so he could continue his education at the University of Manitoba and play for his country; when he returned the Leafs offered him a contract; hockey was not a burning passion
09:11The Olympic programme was run out of Manitoba, no pros, good nucleus of players, playing overseas very new
10:13How much did you know about the Russians? Had played against the Red Army Team with the Marlies in 1964-e (exhibition series); they were controlled, officials afraid they would defect, realized that playing hockey was their job, that they trained all year round, knew what they were up against; now proud of the Bronze medal
11:43Losing to the Russians 5 -0; outplayed them in the first part of the game but things did not go their way - cheap goals, bad calls, they scored first when he went down on a stick left on the ice - focus can work against you
13:47Did you have trouble with the No Checking Rule? Not really aware of it, lot of physical play; felt they would have won the game if they had scored first
14:471972 Summit Series - he and Ken Dryden were the only players with international experience, did that help? "I did not believe it would be a cake walk. Did try to tell the others that they were good, they are a machine"; it was a difficult situation since they only had a 2 week training period and the players were not all friends at the start, took a while to become a team and get in shape
15:36On the phone call inviting him to join the team - I guess I should thank Dallas Smith, he turned down the opportunity so Harry Sinden called him, unexpected, couldn't say yes fast enought
16:01His role - understood everyone was going to get to play but after the first game they realized they had to play the best players, so all you could do was practice and be ready and help the team
16:51When you watched the game, where did you watch from? Couldn't sit in the seats, moved around, stood most of the time, hard to watch as he really wanted to play
17:25Did you learn from the experience while practicing with the team? Benefitted in many ways, made him a better hockey player, much more comfortable with my own skin, felt like I belonged, friendships with the other players developed
18:18Discusses the role of a defenceman, playing on a bigger ice surface, in international hockey the Russians would come back at you - taught you more patience
19:50What did you take from the Summit Series? Went back to the Leafs, everything had slowed down, easier to move the puck, understood what was going on better; "playing on that level with some of the best players in our game and against some of the best players in the world, I learned a tremendous amount about how to play the game."
21:06What are the most important goals for practice? Practice is directed by the coaches, you can practice shots and skating alone but the rest is with the team
22:13Why do you think a young person should play sport? "It's healthy, from the standpoint of physical health and getting out and playing a game you love and enjoying the camaraderie with your teammates ... From a physical point of view it's just necessary. From the mental aspect, the things you learn from sport, accepting defeat, learning what it's like to contribute as a team mate to the general good of your team."
23:19What do sports teach you about yourself? "That I didn't like losing. I did not leave the game on the ice, which I eventually learned to do."
24:02What makes a winner? Heart. You have to have heart. You have to be able to go the distance. Never quit.
24:22Who was the best leader? Dave Keon, he led by example on the ice. Phil Esposito, went from dislike to respect and admiration.
|Year Range from||1964|
|Year Range to||1979|
Toronto Maple Leafs
1968 Olympic Winter Games Grenoble
1972 Summit Series