These were the original six teams of the National Hockey League. This was the era of Bobby Orr, Pierre Pilote, Red Kelly, Doug Harvey, Harry Howell and Tim Horton (yes, the donut shop owner Tim Horton). Nicknamed "The Golden Age of Hockey", this was the era of no helmets and less body contact, of close friendships and intense rivalries, of lower salaries and higher expectations, the era of shorter haircuts and clean shaven faces. On Saturday night, hockey fans often listened on their living room radio to the play by play by Foster Hewitt. For the Leafs fans who purchased tickets, they attended the game at Maple Leaf Gardens dressed in suits and fedoras, dresses and pillbox hats (sometimes the hats ended up on the ice after a player scored three goals in a game). The Golden Age of Hockey lasted until 1967, when the NHL expanded. It would never be the same.
Note: For more information on the Original Six, visit (http://www.hockeycentral.co.uk/nhl/history/nhl-orgsix.php).