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Turk Broda -turns weight problem into great PR stunt


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One of the most famous and publicized incidents in Broda's career was his constant "Battle of the Bulge." The often witty though short-tempered Broda had caught the Toronto media's attention as he and Leaf boss Conn Smythe constantly battled over Turk's playing weight.

Smythe once ordered Turk to cut his grocery intake enough to lose some weight. Smythe then bought up minor leaguer Gilles Mayer and brought Al Rollins from Cleveland Barons (AHL). The Toronto press had a field day and called the goaltending trio "The Long" (Al Rollins 6'2"), "The Short" (Gilles Mayer 5'6") and "The Fat" (Turk Broda), but there quickly became serious concern about the Leafs’ fortunes if the popular Broda could not get his weight down. Turk was able to lose the weight and restored his position as the Leafs goaltender.
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Turk had his "limitations" yet turned them into "strengths"

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Turk was my 1st goaltending coach.
1968 at the Wpg Arena.
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I named my last dog Turk after him. Turned out to be a great name for a dog. Rogie proceeded him. Broda was awsome.
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