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Gilbert had ultimate photo bomb on Fischler

Rangers Hall of Famer made life miserable for reporter-turned-goalie

by Stan Fischler / Special to

Legendary hockey reporter and analyst Stan Fischler is writing a weekly scrapbook for this season. Fischler, known as "The Hockey Maven," will share his knowledge, brand of humor and insight with readers each Wednesday. Once a month, he will let a picture from his vast collection do the talking in his "Picture is Worth 100 Words" feature. 

Today, he recounts the time he played goalie against New York Rangers forward Rod Gilbert. 

Participant journalism is a good thing if the reporter knows what he's doing. I didn't -- and this picture underlines the point. 

I was an NHL reporter for the New York Journal-American in the 1960s when future Hall of Famer Rod Gilbert was coming into his own with the New York Rangers. For a feature story, I asked him to test my goaltending skills -- and he agreed. 

I donned goaltender Cesare Maniago's pads and had Gilbert fire 15 shots at me. He went 14-for-14 before I stopped the last one -- by accident. 

P.S. I never played goal again. Maniago did, and very well, thank you.

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