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03-14-2008, 11:06 PM
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VanIslander
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Here is another all-time worthy guy who suffered injuries in his later years, whose impressive combination of size and skating is all I remember personally about him from a quarter century ago.


"Big" Willie Huber

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Was NHL's tallest and heaviest player throughout most of his playing career, and was tallest player in N.Y. Rangers history at the time he played for team
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Blessed with exceptional hands and skating ability, Huber was amongst the league's highest goal-scoring defenders in the early 1980s, and a fixture on the Detroit powerplay. While he was also solid in his own zone, fans often - unfairly - expected him to be a nasty physical presence, which didn't come as naturally to him.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Willie_Huber

321 points in 655 NHL games with 950 PIM. In NHL All-Star Game (1983).

In his 10-year NHL career his first five were his best:

1978-79 Detroit Red Wings NHL 68 7 24 31 114
1979-80 Detroit Red Wings NHL 76 17 23 40 164
1980-81 Detroit Red Wings NHL 80 15 34 49 130
1981-82 Detroit Red Wings NHL 74 15 30 45 98
1982-83 Detroit Red Wings NHL 74 14 29 43 106

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won the Memorial Cup in 1976... one of the top defensemen in the OHA.... Huber was chosen in the 1st round, 9th overall, by the Detroit Red Wings in the 1978 NHL Amateur Draft. During his rookie season he played in 68 games, scoring seven goals and 31 points. He played in Detroit for five seasons in total, surpassing the 40-point plateau during the last four years. However, a nasty dispute arose between Huber and Wings general manager Jimmy Devellano during the offseason, which resulted in Huber calling the GM "a liar." Huber was sent to the New York Rangers..
http://www.legendsofhockey.net:8080/...p?player=13022

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