George Gee

Pete Babando is forever etched in hockey folklore. He scored one of hockey's biggest goals of all time when he notched the Stanley Cup winning goal in game 7 of the 1950 Stanley Cup finals to give Detroit the edge over the New York Rangers.

Babando is now part of hockey legend, but so should be George Gee, the man who made the Cup winning tally possible.

Gee, who played 3 1/2 seasons with Chicago before being dealt to Detroit, centered a line with Babando and Gerry "Doc" Couture. The trio lined up in traditional fashion for a faceoff deep in the Rangers zone when Gee maneuvered a new formation. He had Babando step back from the line of scrimmage. Babando took his position at a 45 degree angle to Gee's left, thus freeing Babando from his check by 3 or 4 feet. Gee won the all important face-off cleanly and right on to the stick of Babando. Unchecked, Pistol Pete let a quick shot go that eluded Rangers goalie Chuck Rayner. Gee's assist was his 6th of the post-season which led all players in that category.

"Hully" returned to the Black Hawks in 1951-52 and played through the 1953-54 season. He played left wing on a line with Gus Bodnar and Bill Mosienko the night Mosienko scored 3 goals in 21 seconds.

In total the crafty center scored 135 goals and 183 assists in 551 career National Hockey League games.

Gee died in an unusual fashion. According to Total Hockey, he died during an old-timers game in 1971. He was skating for the Red Wings alumni team against the Wyandotte Juniors.


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