Dignity After Hockey was created to assist former professional hockey players who have fallen on hard times. It has been a long-standing tradition in hockey to protect a teammate when he needs help. Unfortunately, many retired players, long since departed from the game, still require help with financial and medical problems.

Kurt Walker is the founder of Dignity After Hockey. Kurt played in the National Hockey League for the Toronto Maple Leafs and is determined to unite the hockey and business communities in an effort to aid those in need.


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George Kuhn This day in hockey history, February 17th 1960, Gump Worsley was injured in the second period of a game against the Chicago Black suffering torn tendons in his stick hand when the skate of the Chicago Black Hawks' Bobby Hull tore through his glove during the first minute of the second period.

In those days, NHL teams carried only one goalie. A home team was required to have an emergency backup in the stands who could finish the game for either the home or visiting goalie if either were injured and unable to continue.

Joe Schaefer, who worked at an office-equipment company by day, had been the Rangers' statistician since the early 1950's while also serving as a goalie in practices and sometimes as a penalty-clock timekeeper or a goal judge. He was the emergency goalie for Ranger home games, although his experience had been confined to playing goal for the Sands Point Tigers of the amateur Metropolitan Hockey League and six minor league games over four seasons, presumably in a similar emergency capacity.

As Worsley left for St. Clare's Hospital on that February night, the game was delayed for 23 minutes while Schaefer donned a Ranger jersey. He was 35 years old and something on the paunchy side, at 5 feet 8 inches and evidently about 200 pounds. Now he would be facing blistering shots from the likes of Hull. His counterpart in the Chicago goal happened to be Glenn Hall, a future member of the Hockey Hall of Fame.

The Rangers were leading, 1-0, when Schaefer entered the game, but lost by 5-1. ''Schaefer had little to offer except courage,'' Joe Nichols wrote in The New York Times. But he managed to make 17 saves. He became the first native New Yorker to play for the Broadway Blueshirts. He played 39 minutes and finished with a 7.69 GAA.

On March 8, 1961, Schaefer got another chance, with Hull and Worsley the protagonists again. This time, Hull came in on a breakaway in the 14th minute of the opening period. When Worsley stretched to block Hull's wrist shot, he suffered a torn thigh muscle and left on a stretcher.

The Rangers and Black Hawks were tied at 1-1 when Schaefer emerged from the press box once more to become the New York goalie. Chicago won by 4-3, but one Black Hawk goal against Schaefer was deflected in off a Ranger defenseman and another came on a two-on-one breakaway. He played 47 minutes, surrendered three goals and made 27 saves to roars of approval from the crowd of 8,515.

Schaefer continued as the emergency goalie until the mid-1960's, when the N.H.L. began requiring teams to dress two goaltenders for each game, but he never again donned the pads. He remained a Ranger statistician until 1986, then retired to South Carolina.

Schaefer was paid $100 for each of the games he played in, a hefty raise over the $10 per game he was receiving for handling the statistics and waiting in the wings.

He also gained a niche in the record books. He is listed on page 1,703 of ''Total Hockey'', the N.H.L.'s official encyclopedia, right after Terry Sawchuk, considered by many to be hockey's greatest goalie.
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