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|Hockey Hall of Fame, 1967|
May 15, 1914|
Brandon, Manitoba, Canada
October 17, 1972 (aged 58)|
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
|Height||5 ft 9 in (175 cm)|
|Weight||165 lb (75 kg; 11 st 11 lb)|
|Played for||Toronto Maple Leafs|
Walter Edward "Turk" Broda (Ukrainian: Володимир Брода; May 15, 1914 – October 17, 1972) was a Canadian professional ice hockey player and coach. A goaltender, Broda played his entire career for the Toronto Maple Leafs of the National Hockey League (NHL) between 1935 and 1951, taking a brief hiatus from 1943 to 1946 to fight in the Second World War. After retiring from active play, Broda coached minor league and junior ice hockey teams. In 2017 Broda was named one of the '100 Greatest NHL Players' in history.
Broda was born in Brandon, Manitoba to a Ukrainian family. Although he is commonly referred to as Polish by mistake (to the extent of him being inducted in the National Polish American Sports Hall of Fame in 2005), Publicity Director Stan Obodiac of the Maple Leafs, who knew Broda, dispelled this and confirmed Broda's Ukrainian origin.
Broda acquired the nickname of "Turkey Egg" during his school days in Brandon because of his many freckles. "Turkey Egg" soon became "Turk", and the name followed him.
Broda started his playing career with the Brandon Athletics and the Brandon Native Sons. After playing a few years with them he played for the Winnipeg Monarchs, Detroit Farm Crest and the Toronto St. Michael's Majors. In 1932-33, he won the Memorial Cup. In 1933-34, the Detroit Red Wings invited Turk Broda to their training camp. But with, Normie Smith and John Ross Roach already in Detroit, there was no way Broda could start in the NHL. Instead, he would start his professional career with the Detroit Olympics.
In 1935-36, he was acquired by the Toronto Maple Leafs for $7500. Broda was starting to emerge as one of the league's top goaltenders. In the 1940-41 NHL season, he led the league in wins with 28 in 48 games. In 1941-42, he won his first Stanley Cup with the Leafs. The Leafs won the Cup when they were down 3 games to none against the Detroit Red Wings. The Maple Leafs made one of the greatest comebacks in NHL history and took the Cup by winning the next 4 games.
In 1942-43, Broda joined the army for 2 and a half years during World War II. In 1945-46, Turk Broda returned to the Maple Leafs roster and was instrumental in the team's Stanley Cup victories in 1946-47, 1947-48, 1948-49 and in 1950-51. Turk Broda would retire in 1951-52, at 38 years of age.
The "Battle of the Bulge" was a battle between him and the head coach of the Toronto Maple Leafs Conn Smythe about Broda losing weight. This argument brought a lot of attention from the media in Toronto, Ontario. Smythe ordered Broda to lose 10 lbs. in a week and brought Al Rollins and Gilles Mayer from the minor leagues just to pressure Broda into losing weight. If Broda could not lose weight, then he would be removed from his goalkeeping duties. In the end, Broda lost enough weight to keep his job, though Broda admitted years later that the scales were rigged in his favour.
After retiring, Broda became a coach. He coached the Ottawa Senators in the Quebec Hockey League. He later became the head coach of the Toronto Marlboros. He led the Marlboros to back to back Memorial Cup championships in 1955, and in 1956.
Broda was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1967 and was inducted into the Manitoba Sports Hall of Fame and Museum in 1983 as an "Honoured" member. In 1998, he was ranked number 60 on The Hockey News' list of the 100 Greatest Hockey Players. With 13 shutouts and a GAA of 1.98 in the playoffs, he helped the Leafs win 5 Stanley Cups and establish a dynasty. In 2005, Broda was inducted into the National Polish American Sports Hall of Fame. He died in 1972 at the age of 58 from a heart attack.
|1936–37||Toronto Maple Leafs||NHL||45||22||19||4||2770||106||3||2.30|
|1937–38||Toronto Maple Leafs||NHL||48||24||15||9||2980||127||6||2.56|
|1938–39||Toronto Maple Leafs||NHL||48||19||20||9||2990||107||8||2.15|
|1939–40||Toronto Maple Leafs||NHL||47||25||17||5||2900||108||4||2.23|
|1940–41||Toronto Maple Leafs||NHL||48||28||14||6||2970||99||5||2.00|
|1941–42||Toronto Maple Leafs||NHL||48||27||18||3||2960||136||6||2.76|
|1942–43||Toronto Maple Leafs||NHL||50||22||19||9||3000||159||1||3.18|
|1945–46||Toronto Maple Leafs||NHL||15||6||6||3||900||53||0||3.53|
|1946–47||Toronto Maple Leafs||NHL||60||31||19||10||3600||172||4||2.87|
|1947–48||Toronto Maple Leafs||NHL||60||32||15||13||3600||143||5||2.38|
|1948–49||Toronto Maple Leafs||NHL||60||22||25||13||3600||161||5||2.68|
|1949–50||Toronto Maple Leafs||NHL||68||30||25||12||4040||167||9||2.48|
|1950–51||Toronto Maple Leafs||NHL||31||14||11||5||1827||68||6||2.23|
|1951–52||Toronto Maple Leafs||NHL||1||0||1||0||30||3||0||6.00|
|1936-37||Toronto Maple Leafs||NHL||2||0||2||133||5||0||2.26|
|1937-38||Toronto Maple Leafs||NHL||7||4||3||452||13||1||1.73|
|1938-39||Toronto Maple Leafs||NHL||10||5||5||617||20||0||1.94|
|1939-40||Toronto Maple Leafs||NHL||10||6||4||657||19||1||1.74|
|1940-41||Toronto Maple Leafs||NHL||7||3||4||438||15||0||2.05|
|1941-42||Toronto Maple Leafs||NHL||13||8||5||780||31||1||2.38|
|1942-43||Toronto Maple Leafs||NHL||6||2||4||439||20||0||2.73|
|1946-47||Toronto Maple Leafs||NHL||11||8||3||680||27||1||2.31|
|1947-48||Toronto Maple Leafs||NHL||9||8||1||557||20||1||2.15|
|1948-49||Toronto Maple Leafs||NHL||9||8||1||574||15||1||1.57|
|1949-50||Toronto Maple Leafs||NHL||7||3||4||450||10||3||1.33|
|1950-51||Toronto Maple Leafs||NHL||8||5||1||492||9||2||1.10|
|1951-52||Toronto Maple Leafs||NHL||2||0||2||120||7||0||3.50|
The Hockey Hall of Fame in downtown Toronto has recognized a number of Ukrainian hockey players like [...] Turk Broda
| Winner of the Vezina Trophy
| Winner of the Vezina Trophy