September 07, 2015
Paul Knox is a member of the National Hockey League's one game wonder club.
Knox played a single game with the Toronto Maple Leafs on March 12th, 1955 - a 2-1 loss to the New York Rangers. Knox did not play much in the game, and did not register on the scoresheet.
Knox was a proud Torontonian, born and raised. He attended St. Michael's College for four years, always emerging as more and more of a scoring threat. He was described as a smooth skating forward and said to have a sneaky shot that surprised goaltenders.
The season he got to play with the Leafs for one game Knox was playing for the University of Toronto as a law student. It would be his only season at the University. He would jump to the Kitchener-Waterloo Dutchmen, the senior hockey powerhouse. They were always in the hunt for the Allan Cup as Canada's senior champions.
Knox never won the championship. H signed with the Dutchies after they won the 1955 Allan Cup. But he was still able to be part of the Dutchies team that would represent Canada at the 1956 Olympics and the accompanying exhibition tour of Europe.
The Olympics in Italy was the highlight of Knox's career. Knox led the team with seven goals and twelve points (tied with Jim Logan) while Denis Brodeur - Martin Brodeur's father - was in goal. Canada would win the bronze medal.
Knox continued his hockey career until 1959, while continuing his studies at Waterloo College. Though the statistical record does not show it, it appears he also played for the varsity hockey team - the Waterloo Hockey Mules - while continuing to play with the Dutchies.