Sport: Big Bill

Since a flying hockey puck travels a good deal faster than the human body, a topflight goalie needs the knack of being in the right place at the right time. It also helps to have perfect balance, knowledge of the tactics of the opponent streaking down-ice toward the net and a thoughtfully padded uniform. In the National Hockey League, the man who seemed to combine the necessary qualities better than anybody else this season was Toronto-born William Ronald ("Big Bill") Durnan, 34-year-old veteran of the Montreal Canadiens.

Big Bill Durnan was not the most...

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