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02-13-2008, 04:48 PM
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VanIslander
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Greenville selects the most prolific hip checker I have ever seen, a NCAA all-star offensive defenseman who settled in to play a more defense-first game in the NHL, getting heavy minutes as a rookie as his North Stars went to the Stanley Cup Finals, a decade later he would lead the team to the finals again, this time as the veteran captain


Curt Giles



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short and stout he used to destroy guys with a hip/butt check. He'd send guys flying azz over tea kettle; like running into a fire hydrant
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North Stars captain (1988-1991)
North Stars MVP (1980-81, 1984-85, 1988-89)
North Stars Best Defenseman (1984-85, 1985-86, 1987-88, 1988-89, 1989-90)
242 points, 733 PIM in 895 NHL games (118 PIM in 103 NHL playoff games)
helped Minnesota run to the Stanley Cup Finals (1981, 1991)
NCAA All-star, captain, multiple offensive record holder for a defenseman

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... a steady defenceman who could pass the puck up ice effectively. He played nearly 900 games for three different teams between 1979-80 and 1992-93 but was best known as a fixture on the Minnesota North Stars' blueline... stepped in and showed surprising poise for a rookie while helping the team reach the semifinals. Along the way the young Stars defeated the Montreal Canadiens in the quarterfinals to end their four-Cup dynasty.

Beginning in 1980-81 Giles was a regular for over six years in Minnesota and helped the squad reach the Stanley Cup final for the first time in franchise history in 1981. The next year, after Minnesota was upset in the first round of the playoffs, he joined Team Canada and helped them win the bronze medal at the World Championships. Early in the 1986-87 season the steady rearguard was traded to the New York Rangers but returned to his original club twelve months later. In 1991 his veteran savvy helped Minnesota reach the finals for the second time.

Giles spent the 1991-92 season with the Canadian national team and scored a goal as the team won the silver medal at the Albertville Olympics.
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