Players You Like Even Though You Were Too Young/Not Alive to See Them
Who are players you never saw, but for whatever reason like?
For me it is Esa Tikkanen, Hakan Loob, and Clint Benedict
Of the 800 all-time greats drafted in ATD 2013, here are the ones whose bios make me most wish I'd seen in games:
Jean Beliveau, C
Eddie Shore, D
Jacques Plante, G
Cyclone Taylor, C/D
Bill Cook, RW
Boris Mikhailov, RW
Aurel Joliat, LW
Johnny Bucyk, LW
Lionel Conacher, D
Busher Jackson, LW
Ernie "Moose" Johnson, D
Georges Vezina, G
Harvey Pulford, D
Didier Pitre, RW/D
Vladimir Lutchenko, D
Russell Bowie - C
Vyacheslav Starshinov, C
Hugh Lehman, G
Jim Neilson, D
Frank McGee, C
Alf Smith, LW/RW
"Bullet" Joe Simpson, D
Herbie Lewis, LW
Neil Colville, C/D
George Hay, LW
Anatoli Tarasov, Coach
Jack Darragh, RW
J.P. Parise, LW
George McNamara, D
Wilf Paiement, RW
Vladimir Vikulov, RW/C
Dan Bain, C
John McKenzie, RW
Hamby Shore, D
Dollard St. Laurent, D
Marty Walsh, C
Percy LeSueur, G
Fred Lake, D
Art Ross, coach
Boris Mayorov, W
Rejean Houle, W
Dick Irvin, C
Johnny Wilson, LW
Howard McNamara, D
John Ross Roach, G
Goldie Prodger, D/W
Harold "Mush" March, RW
Yevgeni Babich, RW
Billy Reay, coach
Pete Muldoon, coach
Riley Hern, G
Sven "Tumba" Johansson, C
Charley "Rabbit" McVeigh, LW
Rick Ley, D
Paddy Moran, G
Tom Paton, G
Karel Gut, coach
A lot of them are big and strong or at least fast and tenacious; then there are charismatic goalies and lively, intriguing coaches.
Jean Beliveau, Henri Richard, and Serge Savard appeal to me. Combination of brains and relentless but clean play.
Charlie Gardiner is a tragic but great story.
Not a player, but the 80's Oilers is a team that I would've really wanted to see live...
Seen a lot of footage from back then of course, but it's just not the same.
Claude Lemieux. I was old enough but we could hardly watch the games over here in Sweden in the nineties, but i always liked him back then as well. Skated relentlessly although not with the same type of finesse he later displayed on Battle of the Blades, took the shot all the time(Not sure if that's a good thing, but fun.), and for sure i'm one of the people that enjoyed watching on YouTube his giveback to Darren McCarty after being grogged out to defend himself during the first situation. McCarty was a pretty good player but all told obviously were nothing compared to the ice dancing-dynamo Claude Lemieux. While some people cant seem to avoid hating pests on other teams, while defending their own, i just really enjoy seeing players of all shapes and status do nasty things to get the opposition off their skates. Edit: It should be said though that Lemieux hit on if it was Draper might not fit that bill, but at the same time things happens in the game of hockey so we cant go hold grudges on players forever. I might not enjoy the very view of Claude Giroux when he plays for the opposition, but i have no problem with him in other situations.
Gordie Howe. 52-year old guy scoring 46 points during NHL season is just amazing.
Morbid thread title, btw ;)
Orr. I was alive but too young to "see" him.
This begins and ends with Langway for me. Guess I'm a youngin.
Gordie Howe and Terry Sawchuk.
Bure is my number 1, saw him a bit with the Rangers but by that time, he was but a mere shadow of his former self.
Wish I could've enjoyed the 90's era more, growing up I loved Foppa and Kariya, and of course Naslund.
Born in '93 so missed out on most of the 90's
They were superheroes to us, supervillains to some, being from Vancouver.
I had a hard time differentiating their trumpeted acheivements and skill from the Star Wars gang.
Gretz was definitely the dumb hick, idiot savante jedi Luke Skywalker, pre-destined to be great, playing under his father's watchful eye. Blonde, young, sorta dopey and effeminate, and magical.
Messier was Han Solo - a badass rogue, a little mean, second in command, a lot of people liked him more. If anyone was gonna nail a broad out of this group, it was him.
Chewbacca - well, that's Semenko for sure,
Grant Fuhr was Lando Calrissian... I mean, color aside, we all know Lando did a ton of coke, rails between Colt 45's...
Kurri was probably Princess Leia. His level head and all around, quiet game really held the gents together.
Tik was any one of the weird space creatures that spoke gibberish and always did something crazy right when the intensity was at its peak.
Can't think of anyone for Coffey.... he might be the Millennium Falcon when at warp speed. Some serious letdowns getting them off the ground/own zone, too.
Hope this helps!:)
He was reviled, hated by many, but me? I liked Claude Lemieux. One of the all time greatest agitators who was also a terrific hockey player. Its sad that you guys across the pond werent able to access the NHL on a regular basis, as youd have also missed out on the many wonderful exploits of everyone from North American born players to your own homegrowns like Salming & Tikkanen.[/QUOTE]
Claude as a player? Great to have. Him and Ulf would be the two 'agitators' I would pay the most to have.
This is a little funny, but my last memory of Claude is on Pros vs Joes when he highsticked a Joe in the face, when he could just have easily stick or bodychecked him. Worse, he went back to the Pros bragging about it. THAT is low-character in its most naked light... you can't take the dirt out of a guy like that! Like boxing Lennox Lewis, and he punches you in the nuts, then talks big about it.
All of the Habs legends from the 1920s all the way up to the 80s and early 90s, including Howie Morenz, Toe Blake, Aurele Joliat, Joe Malone, Maurice Richard, Henri Richard, Jean Beliveau, Bernie Geoffrion, Doug Harvey, Butch Bouchard, Larry Robinson, Guy Lafleur, Georges Vezina, Ken Dryden, Jacques Plante, Bert Olmstead, Dickie Moore, Yvan Cournoyer, etc...
Never saw any of them play but I still like them.
And then some of the greats from other teams: Gretzky, Orr, Howe, Sittler, Messier, Coffey, McDonald, McInnis, etc...
I would have loved to see Cyclone Taylor score his backward-skating goal
Believe it or not, I'm all-natural crazy.... just my homebrew... but I was like this before that, too.
I forgot to add that everyone thought Sather was a genius, but he keeps trying to make great things happen nowadays by reliving the past, dusting off old names and such.... now sorta looked at as an idiot..... George Lucas.
I could list a lot of Habs but #1 on my list is Beliveau
Bobby Orr (I only have memory of his last few games in Chicago)
Just about every superstar of the original six era.
Syl Apps Sr.and many others.
was just about to post about Apps.
would have liked to seen the shore and Bailey incident and the first "all-star" game that resulted in trying to get monetary funds for his family.
Also the Babe Pratt gambling incident would have been interesting to be around.
And of course, Gordie, Alex D and the Habs/isle/Oilers dynasties are something I wish I could have witnessed.
Ted Lindsay. I like pretty much everything I've heard about him on or off the ice.
But yeah, Bobby Orr.
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