All-Time Draft #11, Part 4
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05-12-2009, 05:25 AM
I voted for Kodos
Join Date: Feb 2002
Location: West Egg, New York
The Boston Bruins select LW/D
Nice (new, I think) article on this guy
. An excerpt from the article:
He was a highly effective utility forward though he originally was a defenseman. Born in Montreal, Fleming spent most of his junior and minor league career playing defense. However due to his small size (5'8" 170lbs) he was converted to a left wing for much of his NHL career. With his decent speed and physical, hustling style he was an extraordinary penalty killer. Another reason for his great penalty killing was he was a superb defensive forward, as many players are once they are converted from the blueline to the forward position. Fleming already had a great understanding of defensive positioning by the time he moved up.
He was also a pesky player. He loved to get under the skin of the opponents, disrupting them from their game, thus giving his team a much better chance of victory. The opposition hated him, but Chicago fans loved him.
Fleming started his career with his hometown Montreal Canadiens, but only saw limited action in just 3 games. ...It was in Chicago that he was converted to left wing, though also saw time along the blueline when need be.
In his first year in Chicago teammates nicknamed him "Mr. Clean" because of his bullnecked, crew cut appearance that resembled the mascot for the famous cleaning product. But in actuality Fleming was one of the NHL's dirtier players. He would lead the league in penalty minutes in 1965-66 and had a career total of 1468 PIM in 749 games.
Just the kind of utility player we want.
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