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Face-off photo lets Fischler play nickname game

'Bones,' The Beast,' 'Gertie' among those in picture as puck drops

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 writes about a photo with some colorful nicknames.


Rare is a photo that features six nicknamed NHL characters gathered around a face-off.

Starting from left to right is New York Rangers center Don Raleigh, whose nickname was "Bones" -- shortened from "Bag of Bones." Directly behind him is Rangers defenseman Fred Shero, alias "Hero Shero." The member of the Toronto Maple Leafs staring at the puck is Joe Klukay, known as "The Duke of Paducah." Almost hidden by the referee is Maple Leafs defenseman Bill Juzda, affectionately called "The Beast." Referee George Gravel was called "Gertie," and Toronto's Max Bentley (No. 7) was the "Dipsy-Doodle Dandy From Delisle," his hometown in Saskatchewan.

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