|News Articles and editorials about the Portland
Buckaroo Players and Team
|A look at the quixotic
career of Connie Madigan, who at the age of 38 became the oldest
NHL rookie ever
|The story of Connie Madigan
(Originally published in Hockey Digest, Dec. 2001, by
|Cal Ripken, Joe DiMaggio, Wayne Gretzky,
Wilt Chamberlain, Michael Jordan--those are the names you expect
to hear when the subject of unbreakable sports records comes up.
Yet little known Connie Madigan, a defenseman for the 1972-73 St.
Louis Blues, also holds a record that will never be broken. At
the age of 38, the rugged defender became the oldest "rookie" to
make his NHL debut when he took the ice on February 1, 1973, vs.
the Montreal Canadiens. Barring a rule change, the record will
technically stand forever. Due to the large influx of Russian
players in the late '80s, the NHL limited its definition of
rookie to players 26 and under. For example, it's that rule that
prevented the Philadelphia Flyers standout goalie Roman
Cechmanek, 30, from capturing the Calder Trophy this summer
following his first season in the league.
Cornelius Madigan's long road to the NHL began in Port Arthur,
Ontario, on October 4, 1934. He began playing junior hockey in
1952 and over the next 20 years he came to redefine the sports
cliche journeyman. His career took him to the Port Arthur Bruins,
Humboldt Indians, Penticton Vees, Vernon Canadians, Nelson Maple
Leafs, Spokane Comets, Fort Wayne Komets, Cleveland Barons, Los
Angeles Blades, Providence Reds, Portland Buckaroos, and Dallas
Black Hawks. Connie's travels represent a road map to the old
days of hockey prior to the first NHL expansion from six teams to
twelve teams starting with the 1965-68 season.
In the 1950s and '60s it was more difficult to move up to the
six-team NHL. Thus Madigan crossed paths with many well-known
players either on their way up to the NHL or closing out their
careers in the minors. For instance, Andy Hebenton, the 1957 Lady
Byng winner with the New York Rangers and an All-Star in 1960,
closed out his career in Portland as a teammate of Madigan's.
Legendary coach and broadcaster Don Cherry was one of Madigan's
blue-line partners on Spokane. Cherry's NHL career was even
shorter than Madigan's 25-game stint. Cherry played one game with
me Boston Bruins against the Montreal Canadiens on March 31,
1955. "Both of us played the game hard and rugged," Madigan says,
"When it was over, there was a feeling that you had given
everything." Some of the other players that Madigan played with
include: Pat "Whitey" Stapleton, Larry Cahan, Lou Fontinato,
Willie O'Ree (the NHL's first black player), and Bob and Barclay
Among Madigan's career achievements were leading Nelson to the
1959 Allan Cup, which was awarded to the best Canadian Senior
Hockey team. He was a first team All-Star in the tough Western
Hockey League for four consecutive years from 1966 to 1969. And
in 1966 he was awarded the Hal Laycoe Cup as the best defenseman
in the Western Hockey League. With those credentials, you'd think
Madigan would have been called up the big leagues sooner. But
Madigan is philosophical about his long trip to the NHL. "There
were lots of good players in those days," he says. It seems there
might be another reason why it took Madigan so long to get to the
show. Madigan admits to having had a few disagreements with
various front-office personnel during his playing career.
"Players had very little say in their career, where they were
traded to or loaned to, and if you were to open your mouth, it
could hurt you." For instance, Madigan attended the Toronto Maple
Leafs training camp in 1963 and broke his foot on a shot by Frank
Mahovlich. He was subsequently sent to Denver to play for coach
Rudy Pilous. "Rudy did not like me and did not want to hear that
my problem was my foot had not healed fully. We got into a
shouting match after practice and he threatened to trade me and I
told him to go ahead," Madigan says. "In an hour he came back and
told me I had been traded to the L.A. Blades. I had the last
laugh as the Blades won the league by 24 points that season. We
won the playoffs against Pilous and Denver in five games."
Madigan, however, has nothing, but praise for one coach,
Portland's Hal "the Professor" Laycoe. "Laycoe had been a
defenseman and used to spend extra time with me to help me with
my game," Madigan says.
In the '60s, the Portland Buckaroos were called the "Yankees of
the Western Hockey League." From 1960 to '69, the team won 362
games and two Lester Patrick Cups, including one in their initial
season in 1960. In the early '70s, Portland owner Harry Glickman
begun to sell many of his players for cash. The fire sale
included Madigan, but it meant he would finally make it to the
NHL. Madigan played 20 regular-season games for a St Louis team
that finished with a record of 32-34-12 in a tie for fourth
place. He also played in five playoff games against the Chicago
Blackhawks. The next year, Madigan was sold to the WHL's San
Diego Gulls and then returned to Portland, where he finished out
Today, approaching his 67th birthday, he still lives in
Portland. Madigan goes by Connie rather than his birth name,
Cornelius, out of self-preservation: "In the old days could you
see a rugged, defenseman using the name Cornelius? I would have
spent the entire game fighting with someone." A visiting
announced pinned Madigan with his nickname, "Mad Dog." Madigan
says he was never happy with the moniker, especially after
opposing fans took to throwing dog biscuits on the ice when
Madigan was playing. But, according to his Portland teammate Norm
Johnson, Madigan really did not mind the label. "Being a
defenseman, he was one of the enforcers on the team," Johnson
says. "Games were much rougher, but more honest back in the old
days, before expansion. Players respected one
|UO Alumni Association to honor Trail Blazers Founder
(Originally published by the University of Oregon, May
21, 1998, by Maureen Shine)
|EUGENE--The founder and long-time
president of the Portland Trail Blazers and a former Olympic
runner will receive the University of Oregon Alumni Association's
highest awards at a pre-commencement ceremony on Saturday, June
13. This year's Distinguished Alumnus Award will go to Harry
Glickman, a 1948 UO journalism graduate who founded the Portland
Trail Blazers in 1970. "The Distinguished Alumnus Award
acknowledges alumni whose professional contributions and personal
achievements have brought honor to themselves and recognition to
their alma mater," says Dan Rodriguez, alumni association
executive director. "Harry Glickman has done all of the above,
and then some."
Glickman, 74, grew up in Portland and says he "absolutely had his
heart set on going to the University of Oregon" even though his
mother had just moved to Seattle and his family had a history of
attending the University of Washington. His determination to be a
Duck was clinched after his Lincoln High School basketball team
came to Eugene to play the UO freshman team.
While a sophomore at the UO, Glickman became director of the
university's athletic news bureau, now called sports information,
and did sports reporting for both The Register Guard and The
Oregonian newspapers. In addition, he served as editor of the
alumni magazine then called Old Oregon. But it was a job he
didn't get that led to his career in sports promotion, which
literally put Oregon in the big leagues.
Glickman had a job lined up at The Oregonian right after
graduation, but that position was given to the man who had left
the paper to serve in the military and who, by law, had a right
to his old job back. A newspaper executive suggested Glickman
instead try to get some "publicity" accounts. The rest is Oregon
Glickman promoted boxing matches, staged NFL pre-season games,
and became one of the founders of the Portland Buckaroos hockey
team and the Portland Trail Blazers, where he was the
organization's president from 1970-1994. "Now they call me
`president emeritus,'" he jokes. "But I don't know what the heck
that means." Glickman's many honors include the 1993 First
Citizen of Portland award, The Oregonian's 1992 Distinguished
Service Award for Sports and his 1992 election to the Oregon
Sports Hall of Fame. In 1986, the Oregon Sportswriters and
Broadcasters Association renamed their Pro Athlete of the Year
Award, the "Harry Glickman Award."
|Fairy Tale On
|Reunion provides a
glimpse into city’s hockey past.
For 14 years, the Buckaroos were Portland’s team
(Originally published in Sports Tribune, April 27, 2004, by
|A 14-year fairy tale came to an end 30
years ago Wednesday. On April 28, 1974, the Phoenix Roadrunners
beat the Portland Buckaroos in Game 5 of the Western Hockey
League finals, clinching the 1973-74 championship. From 1960 to
1971, the Buckaroos finished first in the WHL regular season
eight times; the other three years, they were second. The Bucks
also won three Lester Patrick Cup playoff titles, the last coming
on April 27, 1971.
It was quite the love affair, Portland and the Bucks, who rocked
Memorial Coliseum long before the Trail Blazers had the
opportunity. The WHL was a strong pro league, especially with
only six teams in the NHL until 1967.
Oh, and the players the Buckaroos had: Art Jones, Connie
Madigan, Jim “Red Eye” Hay, Andy Hebenton, Don Head.
They were Drexler and Walton before Drexler and Walton.
Bob Vroman joined the club for that final season, then joined
many ex-Bucks once more last week for an evening of beer and
storytelling with the Tribune at Sinnott’s Tavern at
Northeast 58th Avenue and Halsey Street.
“I think I have a pretty good perspective on the
Buckaroos,” says the former goalie, 56.
“I played in the Eastern, Central and American leagues,
and I got to the NHL,” Vroman says. “And the hockey
here was as good as anywhere.
“I mean, these are legends here. As good as anybody
playing hockey at the time.”
Vroman pauses. He points to his arms.
Here’s just part of the story.
The first year...
One Canadian sports writer called the expansion Buckaroos,
operated by Harry Glickman and coached by Hal Laycoe, the worst
WHL team ever assembled. So the Bucks simply went out and beat
Seattle for the 1960-61 WHL title.
“After the first five games, it seemed like the rink was
sold out every time,” Barney Krake, a forward on that team,
remembers. “It was amazing, and it stayed like that for 10
years, until the Blazers came in and Harry Glickman kind of let
the hockey team go.”
“Hockey built Memorial Coliseum,” says George
Rickles, the Bucks’ longtime business manager under
Glickman. “The biggest complaint we got the first year was
that the city was charging 25 cents to park. The next year, they
raised it to 50 cents, and people really went crazy.”
The Bucks set WHL attendance records for a game (10,417) and
season (272,000) in the first year — despite a rough
beginning. “When we finally got home for the opening game,
they forgot to put whitewash in the water and the ice
wasn’t white,” says Jones, the star center.
“The goalies had a terrible time seeing the puck. We
didn’t draw many people.”
The Bucks started slowly. “Then Don Head — who
played for Canada in the 1960 Olympics — started playing
good in goal,” Jones says. “We started winning, and
we just kept going.”
“I was 21 when I came here,” says winger Bill
Saunders, who joined the team in the fall of 1961. “I drove
from Winnipeg, and when I passed the big Paul Bunyan (in North
Portland) and saw all the shipyard stuff on the river, I said to
myself, ‘Who in the hell would ever live in
Portland.’ Well I’m still here.
“If you didn’t play in the NHL, Portland was the
best place to play. You made money, and they treated you with
class. You couldn’t go anywhere without being recognized.
You’d be in a grocery store and little kids would be
peeking around the corner at you.
“The people who remember us always have a smile on their
“No money to be made,” says Head, who recalls early
salaries in the $3,500 to $4,000 range. “But we had a lot
“Minimum wage in the NHL then was $7,500. The most I ever
made was $25,000,” Jones says. “They won’t even
go onto the ice for that much today.”
Center Norm Johnson asked for a bump in pay one year.
“I demanded a $500 raise,” he says. “I went
into Harry’s office and told him I wasn’t going to
play if I didn’t get it. He wasn’t budging. I started
to leave. He says, ‘Hey, come back here and sit down, and
he pulled a contract that already had the $500 raise written into
“I signed it, and then he asked if I could make it to
training camp in Spokane the next day. I said sure.
‘Good,’ he says, ‘and, oh, by the way, training
camp started yesterday, so I’m going to fine you
“We went first class,” says Madigan, a
rough-and-rowdy defenseman. “We didn’t get a lot of
money, but it was a first-class operation. With Portland, you
knew you were going to be in the playoffs. That was money in the
bank. We had a lot of fun together.”
“The travel in the Western League was great,” goalie
Dave Kelly says. “The travel and hotels we stayed at were
first class. We’d go on the road sometimes and play three
games in a row in San Diego or Phoenix, and we’d have three
days off in between. And usually the teams there would have an
arrangement set up where we could play golf every morning and not
have to pay.”
Head played when equipment would get waterlogged and feel like
cement. “Now it’s like they’re wearing
underwear — superlight,” he says. Head started when
goalies did not wear masks. He only took a puck to the noggin
once; nothing serious. “My problem was my knees,” he
says now. Recalls Kelly, who came along later: “I wore a
mask, which was something new back then. At training camp,
we’d go back to the hotel after practice and get the golf
clubs. One day, (winger Tommy) McVie was asking people,
‘Who’s that little guy who’s always hanging
around?’ Without the mask on, he didn’t know who the
hell I was.”
Laycoe coached from 1960 to 1969. The Bucks won their second WHL
title in 1965 with a team Madigan calls the best he played
“If you played hard for Laycoe, he’d take care of
you,” winger Len Ronson says. “He had a good system
and was real honest.”
Says Kelly: “Laycoe commanded a lot of respect. Some of
that was lost when Gordon Fashoway took over. It was no fault of
his; it was like taking over for Vince Lombardi.”
Says Madigan: “I’d play with a broken hand —
(Laycoe) demanded it. He may have seemed mild-mannered, but when
it came to winning, he’d do anything.”
Laycoe has been credited with instituting the breakout plays
teams use from behind the net.
“He made plays up coming out of the zone that they still
use in the NHL,” Jones says. “That’s the reason
we were good the first year — good coaching and a good
One night in Phoenix, the Bucks went into the stands to confront
some fans. Defenseman Hay recalls:
“They’d taken a shot that hit the post, but the goal
judge turned the light on. Laycoe — this was out of his
character — went all the way around the rink to talk to the
“This was back when they didn’t have glass, and only
had wire screens up behind the nets. Laycoe went back there just
to tell the goal judge he didn’t think he was doing a very
good job. Well, some fans started sticking up for the goal judge,
and pretty soon Laycoe was down on the ground.
“So we went over the boards. Madigan actually climbed up
over that high screen behind the net. I looked at Andy Hebenton
and said, ‘Hell, we’re not dummies; we’re old
guys.’ So we just went over the side boards.
“There was a wire photo taken that ran in papers all over
the next day. Laycoe was on the ground, and it kind of looked
like I was laughing at him. It was just the expression I had. We
got to San Diego the next day, and they ran the picture in the
paper there. I was in the hotel, and Laycoe called me up and
said, ‘What the hell were you laughing at?’
Jones, a center, played all 14 years of the Buckaroos —
977 games — and is the all-time WHL scoring leader with
1,357 points (492 goals, 865 assists). For most of that time, he
served as the team’s captain. The Montreal Canadiens
drafted him in 1962 — “out of spite,” he says,
because Laycoe had a notorious stick fight once with Montreal
great Maurice “Rocket” Richard. But Jones never left
Says Ronson: “Every winger wanted to play with Art Jones.
He was so good at getting you the puck. If you couldn’t
score 40 or 50 goals with Art, something was wrong.”
Jones had a house full of trophies at one time.
“Threw ’em all away,” he says. “Big
ones, little ones, tall ones … 125 trophies to the garbage
when we sold our house in Gresham and got a condo near Sunnyside
“My wife said she wasn’t going to dust all those
trophies anymore, so I took all the labels off and put them on
Hay, who played for eight WHL teams, got the nickname “Red
Eye” after getting pinkeye as a child. “Had a million
fights,” he says. “I won half of them.”
At one point, he held the WHL career mark for penalty minutes.
“And mine were legit, too,” he says. “I got a
lot of two-minutes, a lot of five-minute majors. But I
didn’t get any misconducts.”
There was also steady Mike Donaldson, now a scout with NHL
Central Scouting, and big Jack Bionda, the best lacrosse player
in Canada. “Always skated with his tongue out,”
And the ’70-71 team had Jerry Korab and Rick Foley, two of
the biggest and toughest guys the league had seen. Foley had 306
penalty minutes that season.
The tough guy...
Still, the pre-eminent defenseman was Madigan. “Mad
Dog” played in Portland from 1964-74, became the oldest NHL
rookie (at age 38) in 1973 with St. Louis, had a bit part in the
1977 movie “Slap Shot” and had a reputation that
stretched from Vancouver to San Diego.
“He’d go after anybody, and he wouldn’t back
down from anybody,” Ronson says. “When he was on the
ice, he had everybody looking out for him.”
Madigan was suspended for the 1971 Patrick Cup playoffs after
punching an official. “If he would have behaved
himself,” Fashoway says, “he would have been
great.” Madigan says Larry McNabb and Ted McCaskill were
his toughest opponents. “In those days, you were as tough
as you wanted to be,” he says. “You got in a fight,
they let you fight. Drop your gloves, fight. Now, they break them
up. I don’t know why they don’t just let them
A cartoon of Madigan on the 1965-66 WHL yearbook cover shows him
knocking an opponent silly: “Give an Irishman a bent
shillelagh and stand back,” it reads.
Now 69, still tough and surly — he retired from his job of
working on natural gas pipelines in 2000 — Madigan tells a
“I played on a broken leg in Quebec. I knew it was hurt,
but I didn’t know how bad. Their doctor said it looked all
right, and Laycoe said to just tape it. The guy was going to roll
down the sock and look at it, but Laycoe told him to just tape
it. So I kept playing. When we got down to Baltimore, I tried
skating on it and I couldn’t turn. I flew home and got it
X-rayed. When I was in the doctor’s office, the phone rang,
and it was Laycoe calling from Buffalo. I said, ‘I
don’t want to talk to him; I’ve got a broken
McVie, who’s 70 but looks 55, still scouts for the Boston
Bruins. He watched more than 100 NHL games and many minor and
junior games last year. He played in Portland from 1961-66, and
again in ’72-73. He once had five goals, tying the WHL
record for a game.
“Is this a great country or what?” he says.
“This is my 49th year in hockey. I was traded five times
and fired seven times. That’s more years right there than
many guys get in hockey. I was fired by the Bruins three times,
and I’m still working for them.”
He also does a hockey radio show, “Tuesdays with
Tommy,” which is broadcast in Canada. “I have a lot
of really good stories, and by the time I embellish them 10 times
over, they’re really, really good stories.”
Like the one from his youth: “The scouts would come into
your house when you were very young and try to sign you with a
small bonus. A Ranger scout came to my house in Trail, B.C., to
meet my parents. The scout said, ‘What we’d like to
do is turn Tommy pro, for $500.’ My mom said, ‘You
seem like a nice man, but really — we don’t have
The last title...
On April, 27, 1971, shortly after the Blazers’ first season
ended and on the same day Hank Aaron hit his 600th career home
run, the Bucks beat Phoenix 5-0 for the WHL title before 10,607
in Memorial Coliseum.
It was Fashoway’s second year as coach. Ken Campbell had
two goals. Donaldson was a stalwart on defense, and Jimmy McLeod
recorded his record ninth shutout.
It was the third WHL title for ironman winger Hebenton, who
broke into pro hockey in 1949-50, and the next year played for
the Victoria Cougars against the Portland Eagles, who skated at
Marshall Street Arena in Northwest Portland. He played 630
consecutive WHL games from 1955 to 1965.
“This one is the best of all,” Glickman said
“That club could have played in the NHL,” says
“Just a powerhouse,” Jones says. “It was no
contest in the finals.”
The WHL folded after the NHL began expanding into Los Angeles,
San Francisco and Vancouver, British Columbia., and the World
Hockey Association started operations. In 1965, Laycoe suggested
the WHL try to lure NHL players and become the major
“There could still be a (pro) WHL right now,” Jones
The Buckaroos played before just 1,874 on Oct. 17, 1973, the
smallest WHL crowd ever. They finished third in 1971-72, sixth
(last) in 1972-73, when they become property of the NHL’s
L.A. Kings, and fourth in 1973-74.
But, oh, the glory years.
“We didn’t realize what we had,” says Doug
LaMear, longtime KGW (8) sportscaster who was the
Buckaroos’ public address announcer. “If you were to
take that team, say, from 1966, and put it in a time capsule and
drop it in the NHL now, it would win. It would be as good as the
Philadelphia Flyers or whoever.”
For years, the Buckaroos would reunite at Christmas parties.
“Our conversations always go back to the same thing:
hockey,” says Hebenton, 74. “Get a few more beers in
us and then it was how great we were.”
Roger Anthony, Steve Brandon and Dwight Jaynes contributed to
|Bucks' Lone Checker becomes
|Arlo thought he was a
'goner" when powerful scorers added
(Orignally published in Western Hockey World, October 19, 1962 by
|It was late summer when Arlo Goodwin got
the phone call in the oil filter service company where he works
in Portland. He had been promised that details of a Buckaroo transaction would
be revealed to him just as soon as they could be "leaked". "Arlo" he was told, "the Bucks have just bought Orv Tessier and
Tom McCarthy." Goodwin's end of the phone was silent for a few seconds. Then he spoke. "McCarthy", said Goodwin. "he's a Left-winger. And Bill
Saunders, he's a left-winger. And Gordie Fashoway, he's a left winger". Goodwin started to add together the staggering total of goals on
the left side of the Bucks' front lines. "Hey" he said, "Where does that leave Arlo Goodwin?". "Heck, Arlo," the informant came back. "Portland's gotta have a
checker." "With all those goal scorers," shot back Goodwin." Who needs a
checker. They'll just win the games 14 to 12."
Actually, the position with the team of Goodwin, who frets and
fusses more than any of the Bucks, was never in real danger. It's true that the 160-pounder is a checker - one of the best in
all of hockey. He's as bothersome to play against as any guy in the league because he simply never let's up. It's
check-check-check. Swarm-swarm-swarm. And it's equally true that he's not the greatest goal scorer in
hockey history. He's his the 20-mark only once. In fact, some one was compiling in training camp a list of
active players who had scored 50 goals. The list read something like: "Orv Tessier, 54 1961-62…Tom McCarthy, 53,
1961-62…Lou Jankowski, 57, 1960-61…etc…etc…." Then a wag wrote in: "Arlo Goodwin, 51, 1954-62."
Some hockey players are great shots. Some are not. And suffice to say that among Arlo's two nicknames with the Bucks, one is
"Puffball." (The other is "Bones" because he's broken so many of 'em in his
pro career.) Yet, frequently, overlooked, is the fact that Goodwin has scored some might big goals for the bucks in the two seasons since
hockey returned to Portland. One of 'em beat Seattle in the playoffs two years ago in an
overtime thriller. And no one ever can take away from Goodwin the eight goals he
scored in the playoffs that seasonto tie with teammate Art Jones
for the league leadership. In the Bucks' Western League opener this season, Goodwin set up
one goal by stealing the puck from San Francisco and scored
another himself on a 25-footer from straight out in front. Not bad for a "checker".
Goodwin, it's been noted in some quarters, sometimes has more
courage than sense. In a clash with the rough Spokane Comets last season, it was
Goodwin who took off after Con Madigan of Roy McBride's crew.
Goodwin spotting perhaps 25 pounds, was no match for Connie. Buy
he stayed right in there punching. "Someone", he later told Coach Hal Laycoe," had to show those
Goodwin is a product of the Saskatchewan prairies that produced
Art Jones and Arnie Schmautz for the Bucks, to say nothing of
Coach Laycoe himself. He turned pro with Laycoe at New Westminster, moved to Victoria
and finally to Portland with him. Goodwin and his wife, Marcia, a
schoolteacher, make their offseason home in Portland. Arlo is perhaps the best of the many Buckaroo bridge players,
constantly tries to improve his game by playing with veteran
tournament contenders. He's also one of the toughest Buck golfers, hitting his peak
summer before last when playing with touring pro Jim Feree in the
pro-am preceding the $30,000 Portland Open, he fired a 77 over
the championship Columbia-Edgewater layout. And the course was
stretched out that day just as long as it could be stretched. "I
guess that would be my best when it counted," said Arlo, although
shortly after moving to Portland he fired a 30-37-67 on the
easier but legitimate Broadmoor course there. Don't play golf with Goodwin, however, unless you're prepared to
run - not walk - around the course. He takes off after each shot
like a bird dog after it's quarry.
On a team loaded with goal scorers, Goodwin could be even more
valuable to the Buckaroos this season than last. His forechecking and backchecking constantly keep opponents off
balance, and he's one of the league's top penalty killers. Furthermore, he'll throw in those odd goals, too, frequently
when they're needed the most. Heck, if he could just stay healthy for an entire season, he
might even hit the 20 mark again.
|Goals and more goals marked Gordon Fashoway's career
|Fashoway reaches 1000 points scored during career starting in '48
Buckaroos captain in pursuit of Richard record
(Orignally published in Western Hockey World, December 21, 1962 by
|Portland - Gordon Fashoway didn't even know it. Furthermore, the big Buckaroo left winger and captain really couldn't care less. It had happened in Portland's 25th game of the season against San Francisco. At exactly 15:47 of the third period, Fashoway's 4-1/2" lie stick with a 3 inch blade - one of the widest in pro hockey - had finished in front of the Seals net. The red light went on.
In a professional hockey career that started in 1948, that was Gordon Fashoway's 1,000th point. He had amassed them in League and playoff games for six teams in three circuits. And Fashoway's reaction to all this?. He rubbed his nose with that big glove gesture that follows every Fashoway goal. He dressed quickly after the game-he's always the first out of the locker room. And he said: "Is that so." For Fashoway who feels his job is to score goals rather than talk about them, that was a keynote speech
at a political convention.
Goals tell the story of Fashoway-who, incidentally, was approaching after 25 games, a pair of major Western Hockey League milestones, his 800th point in League play and his 800th League game. Although they're separated by a couple of thousand miles, Fashoway and Red wing Gordie Howe are running a silent race to break professional hockey's all-time goal scoring record of Montreal's Rocket Richard. Richard wound up a brilliant career with 544 in League play. After Portlands 25th game, Fashoway career record-in
League play only-was 529. At that point in the in the NHL season, Howe had 533.
Goals. . .goals. . .goals. . .goals. . .
Only two players in pro hockey history have notched in 50 or more in a single season. One of them is Gordon Fashoway-52 at Kansas City in 1950, 51 at New Westminster in 1952. Only one player in WHL history has broken the 40-mark six times-Gordon Fashoway. Only one Western League player ever broke the 30-mark 10 times in a row-Gordon Fashoway. The string ended last season when Fashoway scored 29-after missing 10 games with injuries.
Goals. . .goals. . .goals. . .goals. . .
Fashoway scored his first professional goal on November 7th 1948 for Kansas City against Omaha. Set up by Hank Blade, he whipped the puck past Jim Shirley at 11:42 in the third period. For the life of him Fashoway could not recall the goal. But I remember surely, he laughed. He played one game for us in New Westminster. Had all his clothes stolen from a locker room.
Fashoway scored his first National Hockey League goal on October 29th 1950. As a Chicago Blackhawks rookie, he fired the puck in unassisted at 12:33 of the third period in a 3-3 tie with Toronto. The old professional brightened just an ounce. Must have been against Al Rollins, he said. He and I are good buddies. It was against Rollins, a teammate first to Kansas City and last season in Portland.
Fashoway was in some select company in the NHL. Only 17 rookies started the season they included Tom Johnson, Marcel Pronovost, Vic Stasiuk, Danny lewicki, Terry Sawchuk, Gerry McNeil and Steve Kraftcheck. The current Buckaroo Captain played a couple of games that season against a young Montreal defenseman named Hal Laycoe. Fashoway got to know the guy quite a bit better as his career progressed.
With Chicago, Fashoway got off to a good start. After seven games, his line- he played with Stasiuk and Pat Lundy - had 10 points, second only to Bill Mosienko, Doug Bentley-Pete Babando combination and ahead of lines with Roy Conacher, Gus Bodner, Burt Olmstead, Adam Brown, Don Morrison, and Pep Guidoin. But Fashoway's NHL career was short. He was sold the same season to New Westminster for the then fabulous sum of $6,500. It would be like paying $45,000 for a hockey player these days, said Laycoe. And he was
worth every cent of that.
Fashoway's first WHL goal came on December 30th in 1950 in a 7-2 triumph over Victoria. He was set up by Bobby Koch at 18:44 of the third period. Nope. Fashoway doesn't remember the goal.
But that was about the time, he said. I reported just before Christmas but couldn't play for a few days because they didn't have my skates. It's ironic that there were rumors of of Fashoway's retirement before the current season opened. At the farewell banquet last season, Fashoway said flatly:
"I won't be back". His wife, Joyce, nodded vigorously. The when camp opened, there was the 36 year-old Fashoway, in the best condition in years after a rough summer working in a sawmill.
He was injured just before the season started, missed the first two games in San Fransisco. In the home opener, he scored. In his first road game, three nights later, he scored-twice. Then came a longer period of idleness. Fashoway was held out of seven of the Bucks next eleven games. "I know what Fashoway can do," said Laycoe. "I've watched him play quite a few games, you know." The 180 lb. winger finally took the ice again November 20th in Calgary. For four games he didn't score. And then?
Old Fashoway was firing them in once again. He scored in 5 of Portland's next 6 games.
He collected goals in all three of the three clashes in three nights against San Francisco that ended with the Bucks on a streak of 11 victories and a tie in 13 consecutive games. He's hustling harder now than he ever did, said Laycoe of Fashoway, who plans to settle in Portland where his two sons, 10 year-old Wayne and 7 year- old Kerry are playing kid hockey. In fact, said Laycoe, I singled him out in the dressing room after that 6-2 victory over San Francisco. It was one the best games he's ever played.
goals... goals.... goals...
From his native home Portage La Prairie....to the junior ranks in Winnipeg..... to the Senior Amateur days in New Westminster....through a season in England where Fashoway still breaks up as he recalls the polite crowds chirping, "Up with the racers, down with the Hounds". Through his days in Kansas City where he played with Rollins and Stasiuk and Burt Olmstead... through his brief fling in the NHL.... to his long and and brilliant career that is still going strong in the WHL....
Goals... goals... goals... goals...
Through the legs of Glen Hall and the Gump Worsley..... and Johnny Bower... and Charlie Hodge.... and Hank Bassen..... and Mark Pelletier... and Lu Deschene... and Emile Francis...
Goals.... goals.... goals.... goals...
In the language of hockey they spell Gordon Fashoway. And the only one the guy can remember clearly is the last one.
|'Iron Man' Andy Hebenton Runs Streak
|Plays in 1,000th Straight Pro Game
(Originally published in The Hockey News, January 15, 1966,
by Bill Libby)
|Victoria, B.C. - On Wednesday night, Dec. 29th, the Victoria Maple Leafs hosted the San Fransisco Seals and Victoria's Andy Hebenton played his 1000th consecutive professional hockey game. Hebenton turned pro in 1949 and he played 161 games when his string of consecutive games was begun on March 8, 1952 with the last six games of last season with another Victoria team in the old Pacific Coast League. He has not missed a game
The winger from Winnipeg continued his string through three more PCHL seasons, nine seasons in the National League, last season with Portland and this season in the Western League. It is a truly remarkable record ina sport as rough as hockey. Hebenton is not a rough player. It has been 11 years since hehad as many as 20 minutes in penalties in a season ansd he won the award as the most gentlemanly player in the NHL in 1952 and in the WHL last season. But he is a hard-working close-checker who does
not spare himself and he has had to play with many monor injuries.
When Hebenton went up to the majors after six long seasons in the minors, in 1956. He was 26, and it was considered late. But he played eight years with New York and one with Boston, scored 15 or more goals every year and 20 or more five years with a high of 33. He scored 46 goals for Victoria in 1955, and 34 goals for Portland last season, helping them to the pennant and playoff title.
Reassigned to Victoria for this, his 16th season as a pro, hockey player. He's always been a poor skater and may have been responsible for more offsides than any player ever, but at 36 he is still a digger, who plays both ends. He's not been shooting as sharply as usual this season and had only 11 goals after 31 games, but he had 23 assists, and his mates on the league's best line, Bob Marlow and Milan Marcetta, had 41 goals between them.
|Laycoe Amazing Coach
|(Originally published in The Hockey News, January 15, 1966,
by Bill Libby)
|Hal Laycoe - does an amazing job as a coach with the Portland club. In five seasons, his teams have won three pennants and two playoffs and never finished lower than second. Some of these seasons he had much the best club, but not this season, yet he has his Buckaroos scaring the wits out of loaded Victoria. It was logical to write Portland off when it lost it's two best players, Pat Stapleton and Andy Hebenton, during the
summer. Chuck Holmes and Len Ronson, who replace them, do not measure up to them. Yet, they keep winning. Now they've lost their great little scorer, Tommy McVie, for eight weeks with a busted ankle. And they've kept on winning.
Laycoe's Bucks play a close-checking game that does not please everyone. But everyone's in condition on the club, everyone checks, everyone plays both ends of the ice, everyone helps everyone else out; it's really and truly a team which wins in spite of the comings or goings or the ups and downs of the individual stars. They play a tough brand of hockey and usually lead the league in penalties, but they kill them off effectively.
"We've heard Laycoe turned down the Boston Bruins coaching job. He'll be glad to tell you he's happy in Portland. He is not popular with everyone. He and San Fransisco's Bud Poile, who has the best long-term coaching record in the league, would not speak to one another if they got stuck in a telephone booth together. But Hal belongs in the big league. There simply are not enough coaches of his calibre, especially young ones, to go around.
|A Special Night For A Good
|A night to honor Arlene
(Originally published in Sports Tribune, September 17, 2004,
by Dwight Jaynes)
|Indulge me, please, while I tell you a
Tommy McVie and his late wife, Arlene, were together for 47
years before cancer claimed her on March 27, 2003. He always called her “the Duke,” but the secret of
exactly why isn’t something the noted hockey storyteller
wants to discuss. “Called her that since she was 17. If I told you why,
I’d have to kill you,” he says. “I met her when
I was 19. I was a hockey player, and she was a figure skater, and
we met at a rink in Vancouver, B.C. I never had a girlfriend
before that, and she never had a boyfriend.” Their love endured McVie’s roller coaster of a hockey
career that has spanned nearly five decades. Through good times
and bad, her wry wit and deep reservoir of patience served her
well in a marriage to one of hockey’s great characters.
“We moved 42 times in 47 years,” McVie says.
“We lived in 18 states and four provinces. Through it all,
she kept the family together and brought up our three children.
Not once did she complain.” McVie played for the Portland
Buckaroos before embarking on a coaching career that saw him
coach four NHL teams and many more minor-league clubs. He’s
still employed by the Boston Bruins as a scout. “I’ve
been fired by them three times, and I still work for them,”
he says in his impish way.
The Duke had a long career, too. Talented enough as a teenager
to tour with the Ice Follies, she taught figure skating for 35
years. She made as many friends and impacted as many people in
her field as her husband — the NHL’s court jester
— did in his. After teaching at nearly all the local ice rinks — from
Silver Skate to the Lloyd Center to Valley Ice Arena — for
the last several years of her life Arlene McVie taught skating at
Mountain View Ice Arena in east Vancouver, Wash., near the family
home. And on Saturday night at Mountain View, they’re going to
honor the Duke in a very special way. Big-time figure skaters are coming from as far away as Russia to
skate in a special program. U.S. figure skating champions Renee
Roca and Gorsha Sur will be there. The event is called
“Once in a Blue Moon — Black Tie on Ice.”
About 300 people will pay $100 each (a few tickets are available
if you get in touch with the folks at Mountain View) to sit on
the ice and enjoy a 90-minute show that will include six pro
skaters, eight of the best local skaters, full theatrical
lighting and a live symphony. There will also be an incredible fund-raising auction where
McVie — pulling strings that only he would have — has
collected a star-studded list of autographed hockey jerseys from
players such as Wayne Gretzky, Ray Bourque, Jerome Iginla, Joe
Sakic, Mario Lemieux and Peter Forsberg. The Portland Ice Skating Club and the Maverick Hockey
Association will reap the benefits of the proceeds. An Arlene
McVie Scholarship Fund will be set up to allow donations for
years to come. “The money will go to young figure skaters and young
hockey players who can’t afford skates, equipment or ice
time,” McVie says.
He misses his wife. Staying busy helps, of course. This project,
in the name of the only life partner he’s had other than a
hockey stick, has been all-consuming. And why not? It’s a way McVie can share all the love
that’s still inside him. And it’s a way for all the
rest of us to get to know the Duke.
|1961-62 Portland Buckaroos Team, Player Profiles
|by John White, Nov. 13, 1961
Bruce Gamble, Portland's new goalie, is another Don Head-and yet he isn't.
Gamble is built along Head's lines. He's stocky. At 5-9, he weighs 190 in top condition.
Like Head, Gamble has a weight problem. He reported to the Buckaroo training camp at 200-plus.
And like Head, he's a top goalie.
Yet Gamble is much quieter than Head, both off the ice and on the ice. It's extremely doubtful that he'll approach Head's penalty record. (But then what goalie ever has done this?)
Gamble was in the nets for 52 games last season for Boston's Bruins in the National League.
He yielded 3.75 goals a game with a weak defense in front of him.
He played one previous season in the Western League. With Vancouver in the '58-'59 campaign, he won the league's rookie award (as did Head), posting seven shutouts in compiling a 3.06 goals- against record. In the playoffs that season, he held foes to 2.20 goals a game and shut 'em out twice.
Gamble is exceptionally quick with his hands, probably faster than Head in this respect. He also sprawls on the ice more often than Head in stopping shots.
Now 23 years old, Gamble is a product of Port Arthur, Ont. His first full pro season was with Vancouver. He then played one year with Providence in the American League before jumping to the majors.
They're a couple of thousand miles apart, but each time they skate on the ice this season they're shooting for hockey's all-time goal-scoring record.
One is Detroit's Gordon Howe. The other is Portland's Gordon Fashoway.
At the start of this campaign, Fashoway had scored 492 goals in 13 years of league play. Howe had scored 491 in 16 seasons.
Only Maurice (Rocket) Richard, with 544 goals in 18 seasons, tops the two still active contenders.
Goals tell the story of Buckaroo Capt. Fashoway's career. He scored 13 in his first pro season with Kansas City ('48-'49) and the next year led the old United States League with 52.
The red light is still on.
Fashoway lighted it 42 times last year to lead the Bucks and collect his highest total in six seasons.
Actually, Fashoway has scored 524 goals in his career, counting playoff games.
And he shows no signs of letting up.
In his first season with Portland, Fashoway certainly didn't earn his goals the easy way, either.
His best record against any single team was against league champion Calgary. He scored 12 times against the Stampeders. And his next best record, nine goals, was set against Seattle, the team the Bucks whipped for the playoff championship.
If Fashoway is anywhere near that cage, the opposition goalie is in trouble.
No newcomer to Buckaroo ranks will be more welcome this season than wing (he can play both left and right) Bill Saunders, purchased in the off-season from Victoria.
There are two sound reasons.
First, Saunders will add goal - scoring punch to the Buckaroo attack.
And second, he will no longer be playing against Portland. This, alone, was just about reason enough to purchase him.
Saunders last season poured eight goals past Buck goalie Don Head, more than any other opponent except his teammate, George Ford, who also scored eight.
He added nine assists for 17 points to rank as the third highest scorer of the year against the Bucks.
Despite missing the first 10 games of the season, Saunders wound up with 76 points last year on 33 goals and 43 assists, to rank 10th in the league in scoring.
Saunders has perhaps the best shot in the Western Hockey League.
Veteran Victoria defenseman Hugh Currie had this to say about him last season:
"I've never seen any kid with a more accurate shot. His marksmanship is uncanny."
Saunders is 23 and a product of the hockey hotbed of Winnipeg, where he played with the famed junior Monarchs. He turned pro with Rochester in the American League in 1959 and scored 24 goals and 28 assists.
When the pressure's heaviest, the action is the roughest and tempers reach boiling points, check the middle of the mob on the ice.
That's where you'll find big Jack Bionda-police man, holler guy, leader and hockey player.
On a team of lightweights, it was Bionda who last season smashed down opponents with authority, with such authority that they showed more caution in knocking down Buckaroos.
Bionda's a born fighter. In the off-season he's Canada's best in lacrosse, a sport matching hockey in sheer roughness.
He's also a born leader. He can turn a quiet dressing room into turmoil with his shouts and wisecracks. Bionda last season drew more roughing penalties than any other Buck. He drew more boarding penalties, more interference penalties and more hooking penalties.
There were only 13 charging penalties called on the Bucks all season. Bionda drew nine of 'em.
As a scorer, he was erratic, last season. He blasted a goal in Portland's first home game in mid-November. He didn't score again until early in March. Then he counted four goals in eight games and scored in three in a row.
He still wound up with 36 points (7 goals, 29 assists), the most he's ever scored in one professional season.
But most of all he was a leader. And he still leads 'em.
Gene (Ack Ack) Achtymichuk, obtained from Edmonton in a trade for Gordon Haworth, has really been around.
The 29-year-old center has played with Montreal's Canadiens and Detroit in the National League, with Buffalo in the American League, with Victoria and Edmonton in the Western League, with Quebec and the Montreal Royals in the Quebec League and with Sudbury in the Eastern Professional League.
But there's one season of those nine since 1952 that Buck Coach Hal Laycoe hopes Achtymichuk will duplicate for Portland.
Two years ago, in the second half of the WHL season, Achtymichuk suddenly turned torrid for Edmonton. In a 35-game stretch he outscored every other player in the league and wound up with 71 points on 20 goals and 51 assists.
This was his career high.
Achtymichuk was shifted last season by Detroit between Edmonton, where he scored 20 points in 25 games, and Sudbury, where he accounted for 33 points in 37 games.
In a Buckaroo uniform, with a new lease on his hockey life, he could prove a key performer.
Achtymichuk, a 5-11, 170-pound product of Lamont, Alta., shoots from the left side and crashes a golf ball in the same way. When he hits a golf ball, incidentally, he is one of the longest hitters on a team of long hitters.
Laycoe is hoping for the "longball," so to speak, on the ice rink.
Defenseman Ronnie Matthews is not the oldest of the Buckaroos-but he's been playing professional hockey longer than anyone else.
Matthews broke in with Hershey in the American League back in '47, switched the next year to
Oakland in the old Pacific Coast Hockey League and is still going strong.
In fact, he's going stronger. He seems to get better with age. Last season he scored 15 goals and added 36 assists for 15 points to tie his all- time one-season career high.
He was the highest-scoring defenseman in the WHL.
When Matthews is on the ice, it's the same as having four forwards. He can carry a puck with anyone in the league, and his slap shot from just inside the blue line is one of the most feared in the circuit.
The power of this shot is so respected by Coach Hal Laycoe that he has Matthews playing the point on Buck power plays when the opposition is shorthanded.
As a defenseman, Matthews uses finesse rather than force to stop onrushing wings. He poke checks 'em and sweep checks 'em and rides them out of plays rather than rushing up to crash them into the boards.
Matthews draws few penalties (just 22 minutes last season) and seldom gets involved in fights- although he won't back down, either.
On the golf course Matthews bangs the ball a mile, and plays well enough that he won the hockey team's first annual tournament last summer, shooting 88-16--70.
By a fraction of an inch, Eddie Dudych is playing hockey this season with Portland's Buckaroos-or with anyone else, for that matter.
That fraction of an inch is the point where a Seattle skate blade stopped in Eddie's neck in a pre-season clash at the Bucks' Squeal training camp.
The gaping neck wound (a cord was cut) will keep Dudych out of action for a time. But he'll be back.. And he might not have been in action at all.
The injury to Dudych was ironic in that Eddie is not a rough hockey player. Yet he
was the one making the check when he was hurt in the resulting tangle of skates.
In his rookie season, Dudych, who had starred the season before (50 goals) with Louisville in the amateur International League, displayed blinding speed on skates, especially straight ahead. He is perhaps as fast on the straight-a-way as any man in the league.
He used that speed to advantage often enough to score 19 goals in his first season. He added 17 assists for 36 points.
Although he's not rough himself, Dudych, again ironically, was at his best against Spokane's roughhouse Comets. He scored six of his 19 goals against Spokane, his best record against any single team.
Dudych is a product of Winnipeg, where the young bachelor worked in the off-season at a provincial liquor store.
Tommy McVie was a terror last season in Port land hockey games-but against the Buckaroos.
Now the tough little (5-9, 162) right wing obtained from Seattle in a trade for Don Ward, will direct his charging, swarming tactics at Buckaroo opponents
He's a wildcat on defense, this McVie, and offensively fired 33 goals for Seattle last season, more that any Buckaroo except Gordon Fashoway and Art Jones.
McVie, 26, is one of the few British Columbia-born players starring in professional hockey.
All three of his three full previous professional seasons were played with Seattle. He broke in with a scoring 26 goals his rookie year with nine of them proving to be game-winners, a Western League record for a first-year man.
A top all-round athlete, McVie once was the diving champion of British Columbia. In the off-season he's one of the toughest Lacrosse players in Canada, and was a teammate of Buck defenseman Jack Bionda, generally considered the best player on the continent.
McVie is married and the father of a son.
In the rough game of hockey, McVie asks no quarter and gives none as his 79 minutes in penalties last season show.
He should prove a tremendous help to the Bucks, both at scoring and at knocking down foes when the going gets the roughest.
Des Moroney, a professional rookie at 26, proved one thing in the Buckaroos' pre-season games.
He fears no man.
In the last pre-season clash with San Francisco, Moroney was knocked flat after a whistle by big Duke Edmundson, a bruiser who once drew 188 minutes in penalties while playing for Hal Laycoe at New Westminster and who is rated one of hockey's toughest fighters.
Moroney didn't hesitate a second. He jumped to his skates, banged Edmundson three times with his fists, butted him with his head and pulled the Seal wing's jersey up over his head.
This explains, in part, why Moroney drew 149 minutes in penalties last season with Minneapolis in the amateur International League.
He scored 39 goals and 35 assists for 74 points.
In pre-season training, Moroney showed flashes of brilliance. At other times he seemed completely out of the play. He developed, however, as the training wore on and Buck Coach Hal Laycoe hopes the wing will prove one of the pleasant surprises of the season.
Moroney, born in Sudbury, is one of 10 children.
One of his brothers, Harry, played college hockey at Michigan State.
He's a bachelor and an extremely quiet youngster off the ice.
But on the ice he's likely to explode at any time. Laycoe hopes he'll do just this for Portland- at the right time and in the right places.
In the drive to the Buckaroos' playoff championship last season, big Dale Rolfe came through.
Looking back, it seems strange that his ability should have been questioned. Yet, here was a 20-year-old youngster stepping straight from junior hockey (the Barrie Fliers) to a tough professional circuit.
It's a big jump but Rolfe, all 6-4 and 200 pounds of him, made it look comparatively easy.
He was so outstanding in his rookie season that he ranked third to Don Head (now with Boston) and Edmonton's Bruce MacGregor (now with Detroit) in Western League balloting for rookie-of-the-year honors.
His play earned Rolfe a long look in the Boston training camp this season. He earned rave notices there, but it was decided that one more year of minor league seasoning was in order.
Rolfe, now 21, plays with the skill of an experienced pro. With his long arms he can reach out and take a puck off the stick of any wing who tries to skate around him. He carries the puck well, is a tremendous skater for such a tall youngster.
He doesn't play it particularly rough but in his one major fight of the season he gave Victoria's Wayne North a good working over. He doesn't start 'em but he's willing to finish 'em.
Rolfe is not a particularly great shot yet, scored just 16 points last season. He fired four goals but has yet to score one on Glass Palace ice.
Portland is hoping the string will be broken this season.
It was a sight that Buckaroo fans saw many times last winter.
Defenseman Bill Davidson . . . sprawled full length on the ice . . . extending his stick through a forest of legs . . . batting a puck out of danger in front of the Portland nets.
It's not that Davidson is knocked down so often. It's just that even when he's flattened, he never gives up. He never quits. He'll skate, crawl, roll or slide to- get a puck.
At 31, Davidson is one of the older Buckaroos. He was purchased early last season from Seattle and his drive and hustle proved vital in the astounding success of the Buck team.
There are defensemen who skate faster, who shoot harder or who hit more often with more authority. But there is no defenseman in the league who works harder. And when Davidson does deliver a body check, it usually cartwheels an opponent. When he shoots out with his hip, the results are spectacular.
Davidson turned pro in 1950 with Tulsa in the old United States League, join'ed the Western circuit the next season to stay. He holds the league's "ironman" record-set when he played 553 consecutive league games and 32 playoff games with Tacoma, Victoria and Seattle.
Although he's not considered a major scoring threat, Davidson twice last season fired two goals in one game, first against Seattle and just a week later against Spokane.
Eddie Panagabko, who broke into professional hockey in 1955 as a teammate of Buckaroo Coach Hal Laycoe at Boston, hits the Western League this season after spending most of his six pro seasons in the American circuit.
And, in Panagabko's case, "hits" is the word.
He joins Portland with the reputation of not looking for trouble but being an expert at finishing it once it starts.
Jack Bionda and Buck goalie Bruce Gamble, independently and a month apart, both had exactly the same thing to say about Eddie:
"I've never seen him lose a fight."
A 5-9, 165-pounder, Panagabko is a fierce checker who always seems to get a piece of an opponent.
He never has been a top scorer but last season was his best in this respect. He banged home 20 goals and added 32 assists for 52 points while playing with Providence.
Panagabko's a 27-year-old product of the Saskatchewan prairies. After turning pro with Boston, he played almost three full seasons with Hershey and three more with Providence before moving to Portland.
In the off-season, Panagabko's a golf professional at Estevan, Sask., where the Buckaroos trained last year. Although he shoots a hockey puck from the left side, he bangs a golf ball-far and with controlled fade-from the right side.
A rival coach recently asked Coach Hal Laycoe, half in jest and half seriously, "Why don't you get rid of that Schmautz and give the league a break."
Another coach announced publicly last season, "We're going to test that guy tonight. We're going to give it to him."
But nothing stops little right wing Arnie Schmautz- not wisecracks or threats or even the skull fracture late the season before last that sidelined him at the end of the campaign.
He weighs just 135 pounds, this Schmautz, but he's 270 pounds of fierce competitor, as more than one unwary op ponent has learned.
Offensively, Schmautz last year had the best of his six professional seasons- all played in the Western Hockey League.
He scored 27 goals, added 40 assists for 67 points. He scored his goals the hard way, too, never counting more than once in a game, And, amazingly, he got 16 of 'em on the road where scoring is supposed to be tougher.
Arnie's favorite target was Victoria (17 points), while he added 14 against Spokane and 10 against Seattle.
On defense, Schmautz is an aggressive fore-checker and backchecker who never lets up, who seems to skate right on top of his opponents.
And, despite his 135 pounds, he led Portland in tripping penalties, tied for first in slashing penalties, was second in high-sticking and third in hooking and charging. It all added to 78 minutes off the ice.
In Winnipeg, they called him "the one who got away"-because he once was cut by the now defunct Winnipeg Warriors.
His real name is Art Jones.
And he has a rather formal title now-scoring champion of the Western Hockey League.
The 5-10, 150-pound Buckaroo center added 64 assists to his 36 goals last season for an even 100 points, one more than Calgary's Lou Jankowski and enough to capture the point-making crown.
It was the best of Jones' four professional seasons since he turned pro with New Westminster in 1957 after leaving the amateur Spokane Flyers.
In the playoffs in which the Bucks won the Lester Patrick trophy, Jones was first in the league again when the goals and assists were added. He accounted for 18 points to lead the field.
And he did it, this slim center, in a manner spectacular simply because he isn't spectacular. It was. a long time before many Portland fans even realized his full worth.
Jones does more than score. He's a forechecker who never quits. In a scramble along the boards it'll be Jones more often than not who comes out with the puck. When there's a faceoff, it's Jones more often than his opponent who gets the draw- passes to one of his teammates.
On the ice he's almost never erratic, and that's why he is champion.
His Buckaroo teammates call left wing Arlo Goodwin "Bones" for good reason. He's broken almost every one of 'em in a pro hockey career that dates back to 1955.
Last season it was a bad knee that sent Goodwin to the hospital for an operation after just four games had been played. He missed the next 27.
When he came back, Good win failed to score for 14 games. In fact, he added just four goals the rest of the way to run his season's total to five, a career low.
Then came the championship playoffs with the chips down and all the money riding on each shot.
When they were over, and the Bucks were champs, Arlo Goodwin had scored more goals- eight-than any player in the Western Hockey League.
Always rated one of the toughest checkers in the league, 160-pound Arlo could develop into a top scoring threat, too, if he continues to follow the pattern he set in those playoffs, when he was sensational.
Goodwin, who worked this summer for a Portland oil filter service company, is a top contract bridge player and golfer when he's not checking opponents crabby on the ice.
He represented the Bucks in the pro-amateur golf tournament which preceded the $25,000 Port land Open and toured a toughened Columbia Edgewater course in 77 to give his pro considerable assistance.
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