Ice Hockey: Aged on the Rink

It was the night of Feb. 6. The league-leading Chicago Black Hawks were playing the Toronto Maple Leafs, and all eyes were on Chicago's great Bobby Hull as he picked up the loose puck and rocketed down the rink. Hull had already scored one goal (his 38th in 48 games), and he was taking aim again when—oof!—Bob Baum hit him with a crunching body check. Hull crumpled to the ice with pulled ligaments in his knee. In that instant, the whole National Hockey League season turned topsy-turvy.

Hull has not scored a goal since. The Black Hawks, who led the...

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