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Wayne Maki Buffalo Bisons Autogaphed 8x10 B&W Photo - Deceased - Very Rare
Lot #481

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Wayne Maki Buffalo Bisons Autogaphed 8x10 B&W Photo - Deceased - Very Rare
Lot #481

Wayne Maki joined the Chicago Black Hawks at left wing for the 1967–1968 season, playing that year with his older brother Chico Maki. In 1969 he was claimed by the St. Louis Blues. In a preseason game on September 21, 1969, Maki and Boston Bruins defenceman Ted Green engaged in a bloody, violent stick swinging fight. Green was hit in the head and suffered a fractured skull and a brain injury. Maki was eventually sent down to the Buffalo Bisons of the AHL. People who saw the fight have rated Maki's attack as one of the most vicious attacks in league history.

The Vancouver Canucks claimed Maki in the 1970 NHL Expansion Draft. The feisty winger caught on with the team and became one of the franchise's first stars, being among the team's leading scorers both of his full seasons with the team. Maki played two + seasons with Vancouver until being diagnosed with brain cancer in December 1972. He died on May 1, 1974, at the age of 29. The Canucks unofficially retired his Number 11 jersey until Mark Messier, who had worn Number 11 with the Edmonton Oilers and New York Rangers, joined the team.

Wayne’s a very tough signature as he died of brain cancer at the age of only 29. The photo is in beautiful condition. The signature is also beautiful.