Ouch! That must hurt.
That's Bobby Hull, upended and doing a face plant into the ice.
The image is on the cover of an obscure book, which honestly I know little about. Perhaps one of our readers can share more information on that.
The Golden Jet was arguably hockey's most dynamic player ever, making him a natural cover boy. Here's a few more books featuring today's Greatest Hockey Legend, Bobby Hull:
The book with an upside down Bobby Hull on the cover is "Hockey" by Gerald Eskenazi, who was the NY Times Rangers beat and hockey writer. He also wrote "A Thinking Man's Guide to Hockey." "Hockey" was 1st published in 1968 or 1969; I think there was a revised ed. published in the early 70s. At the front of the book was a dozen or so pages of amazing full color photos, including "fish eyes" from within the net, something new at the time.
Now my memory is much less sure about this, but I think that the photo shows Hull after a hip check from Ranger D-man Arnie Brown in a game at teh Garden.
I actually watched this game on TV, and it was a perfectly legal hip check, actually the highlight of Arnie Brown's career, who would be completely forgotten except for this play. All this picture shows is the end result. Watching Bobby Hull flip over was totally amazing. Nobody retaliated because it was legal and nobody those days retaliated for a LEGAL hit. Then the NHL allowed the Big Bad Bruins and the Broad Street Bullies and hockey changed its mentality forever.
681 games in the league, 44 goals, 185 points, not bad for a forgettable defenseman in the original six. Bobby certainly didn't forget it if you speak to my father.
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