When I started watching the NHL in 1958, Frank Mahovlich was already a big deal.
A big, rangy skater, he scored a lot of goals and helped the Toronto Maple Leafs to four Stanley Cup wins. If I had to say who was my favourite player at the time, it was #27.
Years later, he became a Liberal member in the Canadian Senate.
Like a lot of Maple Leaf players, he studied at, and played for, St. Mike’s College. His ‘sensitivity’ as documented in his hospital stays may have evolved from his time there.