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Marv’s Marvelous Leafs Debut

At the age of 15, while playing junior A for the St. Catharines Teepees, Marv Edwards was afforded the chance to practice with the 1950-51 Toronto Maple Leafs, who’d go on to win the Stanley Cup that spring.

While on the ice, he gained a valuable bit of instruction from Leafs coach Joe Primeau, who showed Edwards the proper way to protect his post so that short-side goals wouldn’t elude him.

Nineteen seasons later, Edwards would be afforded the chance to repay the Leafs. At the age of 34, Leafs coach-GM Punch Imlach acquired the veteran netminder to work with Bruce Gamble and 45-year-old Johnny Bower in what would be the NHL’s first three-goalie rotation.

Edwards had won a world championship for Canada in 1959 with the Belleville McFarlands, as well as successive Memorial Cups with the Barrie Flyers (1952-53) and Teepees (1953-54). His lone NHL appearance with the Pittsburgh Penguins on Feb. 20, 1969 saw Edwards made 30 saves and earn the game’s third star during a 3-0 loss to the Detroit Red Wings.

In his Leafs debut, Edwards turned aside 36 shots for a 4-1 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks. He delivered a 27-save performance to beat the St. Louis Blues 3-1. Next up, Edwards earned the game’s first star, beating the Boston Bruins 4-2 behind a 40-save effort.

Edwards made 37 saves in a 4-4 tie with the Bruins at Boston Garden. Then he had 22 saves in a 5-2 win over the Oakland Seals.

Edwards had opened his career with the Leafs by going 4-0-1.

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