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10-27-2009, 08:09 AM
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Pat Egan, D

Joe Pelletier:
Back in the 1940s few defensemen were tougher than Pat "Boxcar" Egan...He entered the league with an established reputation for his toughness, which meant he was test with fists and liberal use of sticks with great frequency. The rookie passed the test nicely, earning instant respect from his peers.

As time went on he also developed a reputation as a good skater with a heavy shot. With the weak NY Americans team he was relied on to rush the puck out of the zone and man a point on the power play. By his second season in the NHL the pugnacious Egan was named a 2nd Team NHL All Star on defense. He scored 8 times and assisted on 20 others that season, all while leading the NHL with 124 PIMs.

His offensive numbers would fall off, but he became a fan favorite in Boston for the next five seasons. With his hard-hitting, rambunctious style, he became an all around solid presence. He was unforgiving with his physical play in his own zone.
XX XXXXXXXX, via Boston Bruins: Greatest Moments and Players:
Our veterans were Pat Egan, whose nickname was Boxcar because that's what he was built like...
Egan was a second team all-star for the 1941-42 season, and played in the third annual All-Star game in 1949 as one of the top six non-Toronto defencemen.

During the 1940s, Egan was:

2nd among defencemen in games played (Jack Crawford)
2nd amoung defencemen in goals scored (Flash Hollett)
3rd among defencemen in points scored (Babe Pratt, Flash Hollett)
4th among defencemen in points per game (Flash Hollett, Babe Pratt, Earl Seibert)
1st among defencemen in PIM

His top-10 finishes in points by defencemen were:
1941-42: 3rd (28 points)
1943-44: 2nd (43 points)
1944-45: T-7th (22 points)
1945-46: 4th (18 points)
1946-47: 1st (25 points)
1947-48: 6th (19 points)
1948-49: 1st (24 points)
1949-50: T-10th (16 points)
1950-51: 10th (15 points)

Egan spent the 1942-43 season first working in war industry, and then in the army. He received a medical discharge in time to play in the 1943-44 season. He was top-10 in defenceman scoring in every other year for the decade 1942-1951.

Egan was among the hardest shooters of his day, possibly the hardest. From the Globe and Mail, February 4, 1946:
Martin J. (Pat) Egan, a hard rock hockey product from Blackie, Alberta, who was introduced into the National League a few years back with Brooklyn Americans by “Red” Dutton, tossed fadeaway shots that mystified Frank McCool and hoisted the Boston Bruins to a 5-3 decision over the Leafs here Saturday night.

A turnstile count of 14, 435, one of the largest of the season, saw Egan rifle a high shot past McCool midway through the second period to tie the score at 2-2, and then deliver another buzz bomb at shinbone height a minute later to move the league-leading Bruins into their victory groove.

Hockey’s Hardest Shot?
Six years ago Egan brought into the NHL one of the hardest shots any goaltender had been asked to handle since Charley Conacher was firing ‘em and scoring ‘em from the hip. Two seasons back, with Detroit Red Wings and then Bruins, Martin J. bagged 15. Saturday’s double brought his count to six for the current campaign, best figure credited to a defenseman in a new style game in which rear guards had not been rolling up scores the way many observers predicted..

Like many other high-powered puck drivers, Egan’s shots are as apt to whistle past a goaltender’s ear or wind up in the end blues as find the target. Saturday he was on the beam twice. Critical fans, well out of Egan’s range, opined that McCool fanned on both shots. They were drives from 30 feet out, and from the right wing side. We’ve seen Brimsek, Thompson, Chabot, Mowers, and a dozen others miss the same kind. After all, McCool isn’t Houdini.

Egan’s defensive play was as impressive as his sniping. He tossed out half a dozen jolts, far above par in this season of the “Vanished Body Check”. His blocking on the Metz-Hamilton breakaway was the high defensive spot of the night. Not only did Blackie Pat take care of Nick, but he wound up with the puck.

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