Memories of Ohio St.

LANCE HORNBY -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 9:51 AM ET

Leafs TV analyst Harry Neale returns to Columbus today, where he was coach of Ohio State's fledgling hockey program from 1966-70.

"We only had four scholarships, which we wound up splitting between eight kids," Neale said with a laugh.

"We didn't win many games, but I helped (Buckeyes' football legend) Woody Hayes win two titles."

Neale's duties as a phys ed teacher included a beginner's hockey class, attended by gung-ho future Oakland linebacker Jack Tatum. Neale's varsity grads included goalie Bill McKenzie, who played for Detroit and the Colorado Rockies.

Neale said the worst part of the job was the student anti-war protests of 1970. Neale recalls tear gas wafting through the school as the National Guard battled students, clashes that would lead to shootings at neighbouring Kent State University a few days later.

Little bit o' Slo

With all due respect to Los Angeles Kings' rookie sensation Anze Kopitar, there's another player of Slovenian ancestry doing well in the NHL. That would be Matt Stajan of the Leafs, who has five points in seven games.

Stajan's grandparents came from the Central European country.

Stajan spent part of the summer on vacation in Slovenia and the Czech Republic.

Loose Leafs

Leaf prospect and Quebec Remparts forward Brent Aubin was selected as the Canadian Hockey League's player of the week after recording nine goals and five assists in four games. Aubin has recorded points on 14 of his team's first 23 goals ... The Leafs came close Wedneday to tying a 20-year team record of five consecutive overtime games ... It was 35 years ago today that Paul Henderson was stopped on a penalty shot by Buffalo's Roger Crozier. Incredibly, two years to the day later, he was granted another penalty shot and was foiled by the Rangers' Gilles Villemure.


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