Lest we forget

Most people have probably never heard of Joe Turner or Dudley “Red” Garrett.

They have lots in common with Sid Abel, Syl Apps, Johnny Bower and Doug Harvey.

They all served in war time, either leaving or postponing their hockey careers, or before their careers started, so we can live free.

The latter four are all hall of famers. Turner and Garrett aren’t.

While Turner and Garrett never produced hall of fame numbers, they never had the opportunity because they were too busy protecting our freedom.

Garrett, a goaltender with the Detroit Red Wings, played one game, a 3-3 against the Toronto Maple Leafs. He died in Holland during the Second World War. The Turner Cup in the IHL was named after him.

The obituary for Dudley Garrett.

As a defenceman, Garrett played 23 games for the New York Rangers in 1942-43 (he had a goal and an assist). After the season, he signed up to fight in the Second World War. He died while serving on a destroyer off the coast of Newfoundland in 1944. The AHL also named a trophy after him, the Dudley “Red” Garrett Memorial Award, which goes to the best rookie in the league.

His family has a web site dedicated to him. You can see it here.

In all, there are 368 NHL players who also served in the military during one of the wars. You can see the full list at the Society for International Hockey Research.

With the NHL honouring hockey players every years at this time with inducting new players into the Hockey Hall of Fame, I think it’s time for them to honour two more players: Garrett and Turner.

They’re the real heroes. We should make sure hockey fans all over the world remember their sacrifice.

Lest we forget.

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