Watching Ben Bishop labor in goal in Game Three of the Stanley Cup Final got us to thinking about others who played through injuries.
This time of year most teams have a full complement of walking wounded. You can likely make a quality selection of one of represents the fortitude to soldier on the face of injury and adversity.
The one player who immediately comes to mind for me is Bob Baun.
Always a scrappy defenseman and a leader on the ice, Baun holds a legendary place in Stanley Cup lore.
Baun was one of the hardest and cleanest hitters of his time. He was not considered an offensive threat as a defenceman, never scoring more than 20 points in a season in the NHL. His highest single-season goal total was eight in 1959–60. However, Baun is remembered for his performance in game six of the 1963–64 NHL season Stanley Cup finals against the Detroit Red Wings. On April 23, 1964, he fractured his ankle in regulation play, only to return in overtime and score the game-winning goal. The Leafs won the next game 4–0 to win the best of seven series, and secure their third consecutive Stanley Cup championship.
When I see Ben Bishop, I remember Bob Baun.