Pro hockey player scores decisive goal in Stanley Cup Finals on a broken leg (1964)

In 1964, Toronto Maple Leaf’s Bobby Baun, returns to the ice after injuring his leg, and breaks a 3-3 tie after stealing a clearing attempt and scoring from the point. The goal forced a game seven to the Stanley Cup Finals which the Maple Leafs won. X-rays after the game reveal that Baun’s leg was broken.


Canadian Broadcasting Corporation

Canadian Broadcasting Corporation:


“1964: Brawny Baun goes for broke

Broadcast Date: April 23, 1964

Though known at the time as one of the NHL’s most punishing hitters, Toronto Maple Leafs defenseman Bobby Baun will forever be remembered for battling his own painful injury to lead the Leafs on to playoff glory.

With Leafs and Red Wings tied 3-3 and his team facing elimination in Game 6 of the 1964 Stanley Cup finals, the rugged blue-liner collapses after a harmless looking third-period face off and is hauled away on a stretcher.Mere minutes into sudden-death overtime, Baun makes a heroic return to the ice and stuns the capacity crowd at Detroit’s Olympia Stadium by intercepting a clearing attempt from Red Wings defenceman Al Langlois and beating goaltender Terry Sawchuk with a hard shot from the point.

The game-winning tally forces Game 7, which the Leafs go on to win 4-0 to capture a third consecutive championship title. Following that game, an X-ray reveals a broken bone in Baun’s lower right leg.”


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