Conn Smythe should have been the person to wheel Turk Broda into the Manitoba Sports Hall of Fame.
In Smythe’s memoirs, “If You Can’t Beat Them in the Alley”, he provided a good citation for Broda. “I always believed in Broda. George Hainsworth started that 1937 season for us, but in Broda’s first start he beat Detroit and I made up my mind. I released Hainsworth outright and said Broda is my goalie. He was the best I ever had with the Leafs.”
Smythe continued. “Broda knew that he could play goal and rise to heights, but the past never worried him, not like some players who would have a bad night and then go all to pieces. He was also as decent and loyal as a man could be... decency and loyalty go a long way with me. So does great goalkeeping, and both were a part of Turk Broda.” Broda’s nickname started out as “Turkey Egg” because of his freckles. He helped the Brandon Native Sons win the Memorial Cup in 1933.
Broda played in goal for the Leafs from 1937 until his retirement in 1951, excluding the war years from 1942-45. He twice won the Vezina Trophy as top goaltender (1941 & 1942) and shared a third with Al Rollins (1951), was twice a first team all-star and once a second team all-star, but most of all was known as one of the greatest pressure players in the history of the game. Over his sixteen-year career he recorded 62 regular season shutouts and was a member of 5 Stanley Cup Champions. In his time, Broda held records for the most Stanley Cup shutouts (13) and the most Stanley Cup games played by a goaltender (101).
b. May 15, 1914
d. October 17, 1972