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 On this date in hockey history, December 2, 1961, Gerry Cheevers played his first NHL game for the Toronto Maple Leafs against the defending Stanley Cup champion Chicago Black Hawks, Cheevers was the winning goalie against Glenn Hall as Billy Harris scored a hat trick in the Leafs 6-4 victory. Cheevers played for the Leafs again the next night then spent the remainder of his career with the Boston Bruins.

Johnny Bower played 59 games in goal for the Leafs in 1960-61 and Don Simmons played only 9 but had 249 games of NHL experience. Cheevers spent the next four seasons in the minors, primarily with AHL Rochester. He didn't play in the NHL again until Boston acquired him via the waiver draft in 1965. The Leafs had Terry Sawchuck and Bower in the nets in 1965 and neither of those would be cast aside for a minor league player. Punch tried to sneak Cheevers through the waiver draft by listing him as a forward but it didn't work.
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George Kuhn On this date in hockey history, December 2, 1969, the NHL announced the league would add two expansion team for the 1970-71 season, the Buffalo Sabres and Vancouver Canucks.02.12.2016 at 10:36 pmLike
George Kuhn On this day in hockey history, December 2nd 1940, rookie Max Bentley of the Chicago Black Hawks scored his first NHL goal during a 4-1 Chicago at the Chicago Stadium over the New York Rangers. Bentley was born March 1, 1920, in Delisle, Saskatchewan. He was the youngest of six boys, and one of thirteen children. His father Bill was a native of Yorkshire, England who emigrated to the United States as a child and became a speed skating champion in North Dakota before settling in Delisle. He became mayor and helped build the town's covered skating rink. All of the Bentley children were athletes, and all six brothers played hockey. Bill Bentley believed that all six boys could have played in the National Hockey League, though responsibilities on the family farm resulted in the eldest four boys spending the majority of their careers playing senior hockey on the Canadian Prairies.

His father taught Bentley to play hockey on their farm, where the family patriarch believed the daily chores would give his children the strength to have strong shots. Bentley's father also taught him to use his speed to elude bigger and stronger opponents as he weighed only 155 pounds fully grown. He played two years in Rosetown, Saskatchewan between 1935 and 1937 where he led the Saskatchewan Intermediate league in scoring as a 16-year-old.He moved onto the Drumheller Miners of the Alberta Senior Hockey League in 1937, leading that league in scoring while playing on a line with brothers Roy and Wyatt. The trio were joined in Drumheller by Doug and Reg for the 1938–39 season. The family operated a gas station in town when not playing hockey.

While playing for Rosetown, Bentley attended a tryout camp for the Boston Bruins. Believing him too small to play in the NHL, the Bruins sent him home. He then traveled to Montreal for a tryout with the Canadiens. The team advised him to see a doctor who stated he had a heart condition, and that if he did not quit hockey, he would be dead within a year. Bentley chose to continue playing, but developed into a hypochondriac following the diagnosis. He constantly complained of aches, pains and ailments, and carried so many drugs and medications he was known as a "walking drug store".
He played two years of senior hockey in Drumheller, and one more with the Saskatoon Quakers in the Saskatchewan Senior Hockey League before playing his first professional games with the Providence Reds of the American Hockey League in 1940–41. He caught the attention of the Chicago Black Hawks, and while the team was impressed with his play, they wanted him to start with their American Hockey Association affiliate in Kansas City. Bentley initially refused, and considered retiring. He was convinced to report by Kansas City's coach, Johnny Gottselig, and played only five games before injuries in Chicago led the Black Hawks to request a call-up. Gottselig sent Bentley up, reuniting him with brother Doug who had joined Chicago in 1939. Max played his first NHL game on November 21, 1940, against the Bruins.

In his third NHL season, 1942–43, Bentley scored 70 points to finish third in the league in scoring. He finished three points behind brother Doug, who won the scoring title. Max tied an NHL record by scoring four goals in one period of a 10–1 victory over the Rangers on January 28, 1943. He added three assists in the game, tying the league record at the time for points in one game with seven. He was called for only one penalty during the season, and as a result was voted the winner of the Lady Byng Trophy as the league's most sportsmanlike player.
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