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10-06-2009, 08:31 PM
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D Bob Goldham

-Called the "Second Goalie" because he would throw himself in front of the puck. (wiki)
-NHL Second-Team All-Star in 1955
-Five-Time Stanley Cup Champion (42, 47 with Toronto; 52, 54, 55 with Detroit)
-Six NHL All-Star Games (47, 49, 50, 52, 54, 55)
-7th in assists by defensemen from 1941-1955.

Originally Posted by legendsofhockey
Defenceman Bob Goldham played 650 NHL games for three different clubs in the 40s and 50s. He was known for playing the man well in his own zone and contributing the occasional burst of offense.
Originally Posted by redwings
It's often said that the posts are a goaltender's best friends. Except when Bob Goldham was on the ice, because he was truly the bosom buddy of all netminders.
"Blocking shots in an art and he was the game's best practitioner," said Detroit teammate XX XXX, who went on to develop his own qualities as a shot blocker. "I learned the right way to do it from Bob Goldham."
He broke in with Toronto in 1941-42 and was part of the Leafs team which rallied from a 3-0 series deficit to defeat Detroit. Goldham scored in Games 5 and 6 of that series and set up XXX XXXX for the Cup-winning goal in Game 7.
Goldham came to the Wings in a nine-player transaction with Chicago on July 13, 1950 and provided a steadying, veteran influence on Detroit's younger players. "To this day, I can't understand why he's not in the Hall of Fame," former Detroit coach XXX XXX said. "He was one of the best stay-at-home defensemen the game has ever seen."
Known as a jokester who used his sense of humor to crack dressing-room tension during crucial games...

Goldham should work well in front of Eddie Belfour:

Originally Posted by Joe Pelletier
Shot blocking is now an integral part of a hockey team's defensive game plan. In fact the Dallas Stars 1999 championship was filled with countless blocked shots. Some games it seemed that the players were stopping more pucks than goalie Ed Belfour!

But who was hockey's first shot blocking expert? Defenseman Bob Goldham, a tough defensive defenseman from 1941 through 1956 with Toronto, Chicago and Detroit.

In the early 1940s the Maple Leafs coach XXX XXX tried to convince all of his players the art of shot blocking. None of them were willing to sacrifice their bodies by dropping in front of a frozen rubber bullet. None except for Goldham.

Goldham would drop to one knee and keep his hands besides his body, taking up as much room as possible. If the puck didn't just hit him, he'd swat at the puck with his gloves.

"He used to get down on his knees and look the puck in the eye," explained former Red Wing teammate Max McNab in amazement. "He's the first totally fearless guy that I ever saw."

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