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07-05-2005, 10:49 PM
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NHL Players You've Played with or Against

This one may have been discussed before, but I was too lazy to look into it.

I don't really talk too much about playing hockey in my youth (I'm now 40), but when the above-mentioned topic comes up, I've got some interesting names to throw out.

The only player I've played with that ever made the NHL was a Bruins draft choice who only had a cup of coffee - Doug Kostynski. I've played against some though. Cam Neely of Maple Ridge. Brett Hull at North Shore Winter Club. Cliff Ronning at Burnaby Winter Club. There were a few others that played a couple of games, but that's about it.

Funny thing about Hull. When he was 15 or thereabouts, he was a little roly-poly who couldn't skate but had a Howitzer of a shot. From all the slagging I see him taking on these boards, he must have returned to that shape.

Ronning had all the talent in the world but everybody thought his size would hold him back.

Neely was OK (played rep in what, at the time, wasn't too good of an organization), but really blossomed when he hit Midget. Once he got to Portland, he was pretty much unstoppable.

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