On This Day December 28th.

December 28: On this day in 1918, goaltender Bert Lindsay was signed as a free agent by the Toronto Arenas. He played his first game with Toronto that evening in a 6-3 loss to the Montreal Canadiens. Lindsay had originally been the Montreal Wanderers goalie the previous season when the franchise was forced to fold after their rink burned down. Bert Lindsay was the father of Hall-of-Famer, Ted Lindsay. The Arenas of 1918-19 won only 5 of the 18 games they played. 

December 28: On this day in 1927, Phil Samis was born in Edmonton, Alberta. Samis played his first five games as a defenseman in the NHL when he was called up for the 1948 playoffs. He earned an assist on a goal by Max Bentley in the Finals, but more importantly, he earned the right to have his name engraved on the Stanley Cup. Dr. Phil Samis turned to a career in dentistry after playing just two more regular season NHL games, both with the Leafs.

December 28: On this day in 1929, Terrance Gordon Sawchuk, better known by his teammates as "Uke" was born in Winnipeg Manitoba. Sawchuk won most of his Cups (4) and Vezina trophies (4) as a Red Wing where he also won the Calder trophy, but played brilliantly in 10 playoff games for the Leafs when he helped them win his last career Cup in 1967. Sawchuk died of a freak accident after a scuffle with a teammate in 1970. Sawchuk surpassed fellow Hall-of-Fame goalie George Hainsworth in 1964 for the all time record in career shutouts. He finished with 103.

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