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07-12-2010, 03:25 AM
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With the 323rd pick in MLD2010, The Regina Capitals are pleased to select:

Hugh Bolton, D

- 6'3", 186 lbs
- Stanley Cup Champion (1951)
- Allan Cup Champion (1950)
- Top-10 In scoring by defensemen twice (6th, 8th)
- Placed 5th, 9th in Norris voting (1955, 1956)
- Played in NHL All-Star Game (1956)

Originally Posted by
Hugh Bolton was a natural, all-around athlete in the form of a standout first baseman in baseball, a strong-passing quarterback at football and a hard-hitting rearguard in hockey. He also had a life-long passion for learning, especially about things related to electricity. He started his post-secondary training at Queen's University, but was enticed to join the Toronto Marlboros junior squad which, at the time, was coached by former Leaf great Syl Apps.

...From there, Bolton joined the Leafs as one of the tallest players in the league. But that was about the only distinguished aspect of his game. Otherwise he played an unspectacularly conservative, stay-at-home game in his own zone.

Over his seven-plus seasons with the club, he was also frequently beset by injuries and ailments. One year he developed mononucleosis, an illness that was not fully understood at the time. On another occasion, his jaw was cracked by a shot from the stick of Boom Boom Geoffrion. But through it all, Bolton managed to improve his game from year to year. Near the end of his career, he was usually good for an average of one point per three games played.

But one night in 1956, his NHL career came to a sudden halt while killing a penalty in the Montreal Forum. His skates got stuck along the boards, causing an impact that broke his leg so severely that the bone split right up the middle.
Originally Posted by Ottawa Citizen, 1952-12-02
He's a rugged, hard-hitting type of blueline operator. He'll make it rough for incoming puck carriers.
Originally Posted by Ottawa Citizen, 1952-12-03
Hugh Bolton, a husky defenseman...
Originally Posted by Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, 1953-03-21
Hugh Bolton, rugged defenseman...
Originally Posted by Ottawa Citizen, 1953-12-29
Hugh Bolton, outstanding defenseman who has been starring with Ottawa Senators (QHL) and Toronto Maple Leafs this winter...
Originally Posted by Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, 1954-12-11
Hugh Bolton, former Hornet now playing defense for the Maple Leafs, is getting more rave notices in Canada for his play than any other player...
Originally Posted by Montreal Gazette, 1954-12-22
Doug Harvey, Hugh Bolton and Red Kelly are in the running for the James Norris Trophy... Red Kelly is going to get a real run from Hugh Bolton, one of the surprises of the first half of the season. Up and down between the big league and the minors like a punchy fighter in the past, he appears to have matured overnight and has become a bulwark on the Toronto defense.
Originally Posted by Montreal Gazette, 1955-04-02
Sport Magazine had the captains of the six NHL teams select an all-star team, here it is: Goal, Harry Lumley. Defense, Doug Harvey and Red Kelly. Center, Jean Beliveau. Wings, Rocket Richard and Sid Smith. On the second team are Terry Sawchuk, Bob Goldham, Hugh Bolton, Ted Kennedy, Gordie Howe and ***** *******.
Originally Posted by Montreal Gazette, 1955-12-08
Hugh Bolton has returned and is credited with putting a lot of thump into the team. Toronto writers say the return of the belting Bolton indicates that the heavy-hitting pattern recently set by newcomers is spreading to the veterans.
Originally Posted by
Barilko and other toughs like Bill Eziniki were “ruffians” to Granny. She reserved her praise for the classy Syl Aps and the tenacious Ted Kennedy. She encouraged the underdogs and unappreciated soldiers like Hugh Bolton, master in her mind of the effective “poke check,” which obviated the need for violence.
Originally Posted by Danny Lewicki: From the Coal Docks To the NHL
Hugh was one of the defensemen in the league that would drop down in front of a player coming in to shoot.

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