Julian Klymkiw

Born on July 16th, 1933 in Winnipeg Manitoba, Klymkiw was a former junior and senior goaltender, mostly with the Brandon Wheat Kings and Winnipeg Warriors, who was serving as the Detroit Red Wings assistant trainer and practice goaltender in the 1958-59 season.

When the New York Rangers came to town to play the Wings on October 12, 1958, Ranger goalie Gump Worsley was injured in the third period. Without another goalie, the Red Wings agreed to allow the Rangers to use the 25 year old practice goalie to complete the game.

When Klymkiew entered the game, the score was 1-0. Klymkiw would play the final 19 minutes of the game, surrendering 2 goals as the Wings went on to win the game 3-0.


Unknown 8:22 AM  

I was at the old Olympia in Detroit to watch the Wings during the pre-season practice one year. I was getting autographs of the players as they came into the rink. This young fellow came in and was going to walk right past the man at the door, when he asked him his name. He said he was Julian Klymkiw and was trying out for the Red Wings. I don't think the guard believed him and told him to sign my autograph book! He did and I've always wondered what happened to him. Glad to finally know.

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