Not a lot to say about Vern Kaiser, who is number three of the trio of Bee Hives I picked up recently. (I only need Tod Campeau to complete things now – 73 in all).
Kaiser played 50 games with Montreal during the 1950-51 season, plus two games in the playoffs, and that was it. He managed seven goals and added five assists during this time, which is decent numbers I suppose, but all in all, Vern Kaiser was mostly a minor leaguer throughout his career. He’s definitely a sensational Bee Hive to get hold of though.
More about Mr. Kaiser can be found here
This is number two of the three Bee Hives I found on eBay recently, with only one left to go to complete the 73-player Group 2 set. The first of the trio, that I posted last week, was Doc Couture. And now today – Ross Lowe.
Ross Lowe was a defenceman who came over to the Habs from Boston in a 1951 trade which sent Hal Laycoe to Beantown. Laycoe would later become synonymous with the infamous Richard Riot in 1955 when he belted the Rocket over the head with his stick, which led to Richard punching linesman Cliff Thompson and getting the boot for the final three games of the season, plus all of the playoffs.
But that’s getting off the subject.
Lowe would play two playoff games with the Habs in the spring of ’51, and then 31 regular season games during the 1951-52 season when he would tally one goal and five assists.
After three years in the minors following his brief Montreal stint, Lowe would be offered a tryout with the New York Rangers, but it wasn’t to be. He drowned in Lake Haliburton, which is north-east of Orillia, in the summer of ’55 while vacationing with his family.
Derry has probably solved the question of who the little tin goalie is because of the identical gloves on each hand. Bill Durnan was ambidextrous and would at times switch hands.
I had compared Durnan’s photos to the tin man yesterday and decided it wasn’t him. But I was going by the face, not the gloves. The gloves were the key. I had actually decided, from my Bee Hives, that the tin man’s face resembled Emile Bouchard’s more than anyone in my Been Hive collection. Especially the hair.
Way to go, Derry. You %$#&*^.
Now I suppose I have to buy him a beer when he shows up in Powell River next year.
This is the Beehive that made me think it wasn’t Durnan.
And this is the Beehive that made me decide that maybe it was Butch. Although it might have been even closer if he wasn’t smiling.