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Frontenacs 50th

March 4, 2013

Frontenacs logoToday’s installment in a daily series that recalls the story of the 1962-63 Kingston Frontenacs, on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of their Eastern Professional Hockey League championship season:

Fifty years ago today, Monday, March 4, 1963

Bruce Gamble may have made his point. Weighing 215 pounds amid a slow start in the fall, the Kingston Frontenacs goaltender was ordered by general manager Wren Blair to lose 20 pounds in three weeks or he’d be let go.

It would have been a stunning fall for Gamble, who finished the previous season with Boston in the NHL. “The Bruins will carry two goaltenders this year,” Herb Ralby wrote in his preseason prognosis in Hockey Pictorial magazine. “Unless he falls apart completely at training camp, Gamble will be one of them.” Gamble not only didn’t stay with the Bruins, he was sent all the way past the American Hockey League to Kingston, where it didn’t take long to draw the ire of Blair.

Gamble was benched for four games, lost 10 pounds, and returned to play with the caution that he still had to lose the other 10 pounds.

Not only has Gamble not lost the additional 10 pounds, he’s regained the 10 he initially lost. It’s no longer an issue, however, since his goaltending is one of the main reasons the Frontenacs have overcome an eight-point deficit in a month to take a two-point lead atop the league standings.

Gamble admits the extra weight might slow him down a little. “I think about 200 would be a good weight for me,” he told the Kingston Whig-Standard.

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