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Teeder's last game(?) on LeafsTV Jan 18 and 19

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Today (Jan 18) at 8:00 p.m., tonight at 12:30 a.m. and tomorrow at 12:30 p.m., LeafsTV will be showing a Leafs/Rangers game from Mar. 16, 1957.  Given that the games were not broadcast in their entirety at that time, this will pick up in the second period.

The Leafs paste the Rangers 14-1, but this is notable because Ted Kennedy will pick up four assists and these are the last points of his NHL career.  He gets one of them in the first, so three might be part of this broadcast.

Kennedy had retired for the first time in 1955 and the Leafs went into serious transition mode.  In 1956-57, though, they were torn apart by injuries, so he made a comeback in December.  In 30 games, he had 22 points.  His skating, somewhat laboured at the best of times, wasn't really where it needed to be.  At the end of the season, the Leafs wanted to take a look at a kid named Frank Mahovlich, so Kennedy retired again.  Mahovlich's first Leaf practice was Kennedy's last.

In the clip below, they suggest that Mar.16 was his last game.  I think it's actually the next one, also a Leaf win over the Rangers, the following night.  This would have left three games in the schedule, which matches what Mahovlich played in 1956-57.

Either way, this is the first time I've ever seen a game broadcast on LeafsTV that's old enough to have Kennedy in the lineup.  It'll be the first chance to watch him in action.

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