Andy Bathgate was a hockey stylist--an athletic, graceful skater who handled the puck with skill and flash. Known for his blazing, accurate shot, he was one of the first men to use the slapshot to overpower goaltenders. Bathgate was a creative playmaker on the ice and often did the unexpected, throwing off opposing defenders with imaginative feints and passes. He accomplished all of this wearing heavy knee braces, the result of a serious injury during his first shift as a junior player in Guelph, Ontario. That injury required a steel plate to be inserted in his left knee to repair the damage.
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Brendan Shanahan is the NHL's new dean of supplemental discipline, and also heads up a new, expanded department aimed at enhancing player safety.
Shanahan told the CBC that the NHL may have to examine whether fighting has a place in the game.
Shanahan made the comments Thursday in an interview conducted for the next episode of Mansbridge One on One.
Peter Mansbridge's interview with Brendan Shanahan for Mansbridge One on One will be broadcast Saturday at 5:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. ET on CBC News Network, and on CBC-TV on Sunday at 12:30 p.m. ET.
It will be interesting to hear his views, he of 97 scraps over 21 seasons. And I'm assuming that the NHL shares his views.
Andy Bathgate is closely associated with one important hockey innovation. The first originated on November 1, 1959. Bathgate sent one of his harder shots toward goalie Jacques Plante of the Montreal Canadiens. The puck struck the All-Star goalie in the face, and opened a gash that required stitches. When Plante returned to the ice, he was wearing a mask, a piece of equipment now universally used. Andy’s final career numbers were 1069 games, 349 goals, 624 assists and 973 points
A smooth player and class act, Andy Bathgate was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1978