Tuesday, August 22, 2006

Hank Safarik ...or Chuck Lee

Take a moment to check out hockeydb.com and the players Hank Safarik and Chuck Lee. In the late 1940s and early 1950s saw Safarik playing for the Sands Point Tigers and New York Mets. As a member of the Mets, Safarik even travelled to Japan on a goodwill hockey tour. Safarik also played the occasional game with the highly-skilled New York Rovers of the Eastern Hockey League.
And then there is Chuck Lee. Mr. Lee played for Sands Point from 1943 to 1947. Although statistics are incomplete, it is apparent when Lee stops, Safarik begins. Coincidence? No, not at all. In the mid 1940s Safarik played under the name Lee in an attempt to save his eligibility at Princeton University.
A player who loved the game, Safarik (and likely others) got creative with their names to get just a little extra ice time.
(Photo: 1943 player card of "Chuck Lee" and photo from Safarik's freshman year at Princeton University)


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