Bobby Baun Death – Bobby Baun, a 17-season NHL player has passed away. Toronto Maple Leafs NHL player known for his famous broken ankle goal in 1964 died last night from health complications, according to NHL Alumni Association. “NHL Alumni Association – The NHL Alumni Association is deeply saddened to learn that Bob “Bobby” Baun has passed away at the age of 86.”
Who Was Bobby Baun?
Bob first joined the NHL with the Toronto Maple Leafs in the 1956-57 season as a hard-hitting defenseman. From 1961-1967, he helped the Leafs to win the ultimate prize of the Stanley Cup four times. Baun would take a four-season break from the Leafs after his last Stanley Cup Championship to play for Oakland and the Detroit Red Wings, before retiring to Toronto where he would finish his NHL career. Bob played in 964 games regular-season games, scoring 224 points.
In his retirement, Baun was a farmer, ran Tim Hortons locations in Pickering, Ontario, and was a hockey coach. Not only did he take care of his community, but he was profoundly committed to helping out his NHLAlumni family every single day to make their tomorrow brighter. His legacy of kindness and compassion will be remembered so fondly. We send our deepest condolences to Bob’s family, friends, former teammates, and Alumni family during this difficult time.
Baun played for the Leafs for the majority of his career and is best remembered for his overtime goal against the Detroit Red Wings in the 1964 Stanley Cup Final that tied the series at 3-3. The game winner, who was on a stretcher, was hit in the head by a shot from Red Wings legend Gordie Howe earlier in the game. After receiving medical attention, Baun returned to battle after being told by doctors that he could no longer aggravate his injury.
His long-range attempt at a point shot was successful. With their Game 7 victory, the Leafs clinched their 12th Stanley Cup title. In his eleven years with the Leafs, Baun would help them to four Stanley Cup victories. The Oakland Seals selected him in the first-ever NHL Expansion Draft in 1967, and he spent only that one season with them. Since Baun was now in his mid-30s and the Seals were so awful, he asked to be traded back to a team that could actually compete.
After a successful stint with the Red Wings, he was moved to the Buffalo Sabres, who promptly sent him to the St. Louis Blues in exchange for a first-round choice. After Baun flat-out refused to report to St. Louis, the Blues traded him back to his former team, the Toronto Maple Leafs. Two more seasons in Toronto would pass before a serious skate cut to the neck would terminate his career. After 964 games in the NHL, Baun finished with 37 goals and 224 points. The Ontario Sports Hall of Fame inducted him in 2010 for his four Stanley Cup victories.
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