Throwback Thursday: This week in 1936, Toronto Maple Leafs purchase future HHOF goalie Turk Broda

Welcome back to another edition of Throwback Thursday!

This week in 1936 (May 6), the Toronto Maple Leafs purchased minor-league goalie Walter “Turk” Broda from the Detroit Red Wings for a sum of $8,000.

According to usinflationcalculator.com, that’s equivalent of just under $150,000 in 2020 dollars.

Broda went on to have a storied NHL career playing for the Leafs for 14 years and after starting in the league, it didn’t take long for him to establish himself as a top goalie in the league.

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He led the league in wins twice (1940-41, 1947-48) as he helped lead the Leafs to five Stanley Cup titles, three all-star appearances and two Vezina trophies both won when he led the league in wins.

Broda had left the league for two and a half years to fight in WW2, before returning to be a big part of the Stanley Cup wins in 1947, 1948, 1949 and 1951.

His #1 was retired by the Leafs and he was named to the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1967, five years before he died at 58 years old from a heart attack.

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