In Toronto, Maple Leafs assistant general manager, George "Punch" Imlach, wasn't impressed with the effort of his new club.
"I was amazed at their lack of fire. They failed in front of their home fans when they should have been giving their best shot. In Chicago, they tossed in a second period that was a disgrace" said Imlach.
In addition to hockey, Conn Smythe loved the excitement and potential financial rewards of horse racing. His participation in the Sport of Kings dates back to the late 1920s. On September 20, 1930, he entered another filly, Rare Jewel, in the Coronation Stakes at Woodbine. Smythe purchased the horse for $250. which reflected the fact her name had yet to appear in the win column. Being new to the sport, Smythe was of the opinion he had nothing to lose by having Rare Jewel run. As luck would have it, jockey Dude Foden rode Rare Jewel to victory. The pay-off for Smythe was huge - $3,570 in purse money and $9,372.70 for his bet. The 107-to-1 long shot paid $214.40 to win, $46.75 to place and $19.95 to show.
With his winnings, Smythe made another investment in an athlete. This one only had two legs, but a massive heart - King Clancy. The cash from the track helped Smythe purchase Clancy from Ottawa.
Although Smythe and Norris didn't have a winner with Kitty Girl, one member of their entourage did have a fruitful day at Woodbine. Tommy Ivan, who wasn't known as a track regular, made the trip to the track with Norris. Like most novices, he was examining the names of the horses as a hunch for a placing a wager. One name, in particular, caught his eye - Hot Ice. Now, I ask, what hockey fan wouldn't slap down a couple of bucks on this nag? Tommy Ivan certainly grasped the hockey connection. He held a winning ticket, but didn't disclose how much money he walked away with.
|Hot Ice in the 4th race|
Less money for the players to spend at the track.