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PostSubject: To raise money for Bailey's    Sat Jun 25, 2011 11:30 am

On December 13, 1933, Bruins defenceman Eddie Shore, in a daze following what he thought was a check by Toronto's Ace Bailey, charged the latter player from behind, flipping Bailey into the air and causing him to suffer a severe skull fracture after he landed on his head. The check was so vicious that Bailey was given the last rites before being transported to the hospital in Boston.[73] Neurosurgeons operated throughout the night to save his life; however, Bailey's prognosis was so grim that morning papers printed his death notice. Bailey survived, but he never played professionally again.[74] Shore ultimately served a 16-game suspension for the hit, and avoided being charged with manslaughter had Bailey died.[75]
Participants of the Ace Bailey benefit game

To raise money for Bailey's recovery, Maple Leaf Gardens hosted the Ace Bailey All-Star Benefit Game on February 14, 1934.[74] The Maple Leafs defeated an all-star team of players from the rest of the league 7–3 while raising over $20,000.[76] Prior to the game, the Leafs announced that no Toronto player would ever wear Bailey's #6 again, marking the first time in NHL history that a team retired a player's jersey number.[75] Before the game, each player came out and shook Bailey's hand as they received their all-star jersey. The last player to do so was Eddie Shore.[74] The crowd, which had fallen silent as Shore approached, erupted into loud cheering as Bailey extended his hand towards his attacker.[75] Elmer Ferguson described the moment as "the most completely dramatic event I ever saw in hockey"



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