This is Bob Falkenberg, about 1970. He would have been 23 or 24 in this photo. He’s an interesting player for lots of reasons, one of which involves one of the very famous incidents in junior hockey history.
I don’t believe justice can be done to just how vicious an act caused the Memorial Cup to come close to cancelation. The Edmonton Journal recently described it like this:
Falkenberg was jumped from behind and knocked unconscious to the ice, where he was continually pummeled by Derek Sanderson, who received a major penalty for intent to injure, a match misconduct and an indefinite suspension for the rest of the season.
The Toronto Star described it this way on Tuesday, May 11, 1965:
Tempers esclated throughout (the game) and exploded at 16:30 of the third period in a free-for-all which Art Potter, past president of the Canadian Amateur Hockey Association called “butchery.”
Potter said he would recommend that the Memorial Cup series be “called off.”
Edmonton captain Bob Falkenberg was carried from the ice on a stretcher after the game ending battle. Potter said his beating was the “most brutal I have ever seen.” Referee Jim McAuley ended hostilities and halted the game on instructions from Potter.