Today's edition of The New York Times
features an article by Richard Sandomir that looks back at a remarkably brutal stick-swinging incident
that took place between Hall of Famer Bernie "Boom Boom" Geoffrion
of the Montreal Canadiens and Rangers forward Ron Murphy
on Dec. 20, 1953, at MSG.
The incident is legendary in Original Six lore because Geoffrion hit Murphy so hard in the side of the head that some people in the arena initially thought the young Ranger had been killed. Eventually, Murphy got up from the ice, but a concussion and broken jaw ended his season.
|Bernie Geoffrion |
Geoffrion was suspended for all future Rangers-Canadiens games during the 1953-54 season. Nearly 15 years later, he would return to The Garden as a player and coach with the Rangers for the twilight of his NHL career.
Footage of the game that included the stick-swinging incident was thought to be unavailable, but MSG has located video shot by Rangers head coach Frank Boucher's staff, and that footage will air for the first time on MSG tonight.
Be sure to watch MSG's Vault tonight at 9 p.m.
for a look back in time at what can only be remembered as an infamous moment in Garden hockey history.