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Blake Ball
Position Defence
Shot Left
6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
225 lb (102 kg)
Born February 25, 1938(1938-02-25),
St. Thomas, ON, CAN
Died January 20 2006 (aged 67),
NHL Draft Undrafted
Pro Career 1964 – 1977

Blake Ball (February 15, 1938 – January 20, 2006) was a ice hockey defenceman who spent the majority of his career in the Eastern Hockey League.

Playing careerEdit


Ball spent six years in the Canadian Football League as a defensive end[1].


Ball would earn the nickname "Badman" because of the excessive time that he spent in the penalty box as a member of the New Haven Blades[2]. As a member of the New Haven Blades, Ball had four consecutive seasons of at least 290 penalty minutes, including a career high 362 PIMs in 1968-69. During the 1968-69 season, Ball also recorded a career high in assists (42) and points (55).

After a single season with the Johnstown Jets, Ball would be named player-coach for the Jacksonville Rockets on September 13, 1971[3]. Despite holding a position as player-coach, Ball - along with goaltender Ted Ouimet - were dealt to the Syracuse Blazers on December 15, 1971.

Ball was suspended for two games, effective March 13, 1973, due a brawl that occurred against the Rhode Island Eagles[3]

Acting careerEdit

Ball had a minor role in the movie Slap Shot. He played the role of defenceman Gilmore Tuttle. Tuttle, was billed as being from Mile 40, Saskatchewan, and was running a donut a shop after his retirement from hockey. Tuttle was also claimed to be the "former penalty-minute record holder for the years 1960 to 1968 inclusive." Gilmore Tuttle, according to public address announcer Jim Carr, wore uniform number 10.[4]

"We'll straighten you out, you little prick.[5]"
——Gilmore Tuttle, a character played by Blake Ball in the movie Slap Shot.


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