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10-16-2010, 02:13 PM
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Hedberg
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Toledo selects RW Pentti Lund



1949 Calder Trophy Winner

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In 1947-48, he graduated to the AHL where he skated for the Hershey Bears. He put up very solid numbers over the course of the regular season and was rewarded with an appearance in two Boston Bruin playoff games. During the off-season, however, Lund was traded to the New York Rangers. There, he got his NHL career off to a great start by winning the Calder Trophy as the league's top rookie on the strength of his 30 points in 59 games and thus becoming the first Finnish-born player to score a goal in the NHL.

In his second Ranger campaign, he saved his best for the playoffs, pumping home a remarkable six goals and five assists in 12 matches. Lund stayed on with the Rangers through the end of the 1950-51 campaign. His offensive numbers slipped, however, and, as a result, he was traded back to Boston.

As a Bruin again, the most defining moment of his career occurred early in the 1951-52 season. Some suggest that the superstitiously prone number 13 played a role. The date was November 13 and it was the 13th game of the season for the Bruins. On that night, he and his mates went up against the Chicago Blackhawks.

A Hawk blueliner had a habit of clearing his zone by backhanding the puck with a strong upward motion. Lund came over the blueline and got too close to ____'s stick, catching the blade in the right eye. The blow was so severe he lost almost all of his sight on the right side. He was sidelined for three months, but, remarkably, he staged a comeback to complete the season. He also made the team for the following year and managed to pot 17 points with only one eye.

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und patrolled his wing with little fuss or fanfare until he got within shooting range of the net where upon his dynamic wrist shot came into play.

As a rookie with the Rangers, Lund earned the Calder Trophy as the league's top rookie in 1948-49 collecting 14 goals and 16 assists.

“Getting Pentti was one of the best moves that I had ever made,” said Boucher. “He was a ‘player’s player,’ well liked by all.”

All, that is, except Maurice (The Rocket) Richard on the 1949-50 Montreal Canadians.

Heavily-favored to defeat the Rangers in the opening round, the Habs counted on Rocket Richard for their primary offense.

“I figured that Lund, a big man that was defensively-responsible, would be the ideal man to check the Rocket,” Boucher recalled. “That’s all I wanted but never expect what I got.”

What Boucher and the Rangers got was an extraordinary offensive output from Lund, who guided the Rangers to a five-game upset victory over Montreal. He limited Richard to a single goal in five games while Lund recorded a three goal hat trick in Game Three of the series.

Incredibly, Lund finished the playoffs as the leading scorer with six goals and five assists. Unfortunately, the Rangers lost the Stanley Cup Finals in double overtime in Game Seven against the Detroit Red Wings.


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