Larry Jeffrey was a solid two-way left winger who played nearly 400 NHL games despite chronic knee woes. His ability to soldier on was remarkable considering the relatively primitive sports injury treatments that were available forty years ago.
The Goderich, Ont., native had 11 knee surgeries in a nine-year span, a cycle of playing, getting hurt, getting operated on and getting healthy that started in his final season of junior with the Hamilton Red Wings.
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He says it without prompting. And then he says it again. "I'm the guy on the crutches in the picture," says Larry Jeffrey. "I'm the guy on the crutches. People ask me: 'Are you that guy?' "And I say: 'Yup. That's me.' "
Jeffrey watched the Cup-clinching game from behind the Toronto bench. He crutched across the snowy ice surface when it was over, placed on his hands on his captain's shoulders, and smiled for the camera.