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Tommy Phillips, LW(/RW)

Originally Posted by legendsofhockey
He showed himself to be a speed merchant on the blades and had no peer as a backchecker
Originally Posted by Short Bio vs kaiser matias
One of the first 12 members of the HHOF, he is probably best known as the captain of the Rat Portage/Kenora Thistles, and won the Cup with them in 1907. Also won the Cup early in his career when he was a member of the Montreal HC in 1903. Played for the Cup another 4 times with the Senators, Vancouver Millionaires, Edmonton Pros, and Thistles.

He was one of the key players for the Thistles, he helped them grow into a powerhouse and able to challenge for the Cup. In the 1908 ECAHA season he was only 2 goals behind his teammate Marty Walsh and Russell Bowie for the scoring lead, while playing a defensive role. After one season with the Millionaires in 1911-12, he retired, and died after a pulled tooth led to an infection in 1923.
2 x Stanley Cup Champion (1903, 1907)
5 x Stanley Cup Finalist (1903, 1904, 1905, 1907, 1909)

Selected to The Hockey News’ pre-NHL First All-Star Team.

Ultimate Hockey awarded him:
“Best All-Around Player” of 1900-1909
“Best Defensive Forward” of 1900-1909

2 x Stanley Cup Challenge leading scorer (1905, 1907)
3 x Led his own team in Cup Scoring (1904, 1905, 1907)

Charter Member of the HHOF (1945 Class)

Originally Posted by Small Town Glory
A great stickhandler and natural leader… (after leaving Thistles,) remained a feared goalscorer. He became a highly paid ringer, often brought in to help a team with the Stanley Cup
Best player in the world / Most complete player of his era

Originally Posted by Ultimate Hockey
Virtually overnight, he was the talk of the hockey world. Stories were told of a speed demon from out west, a hockeyist “game” to the core. This man had a vast repertoire of skills, each of them polished to a glimmer. He controlled the puck exceptionally well, possessed a deadly shot, and had a knack for defensive pursuits, most notably the backcheck… He had a devastating shot. His blasts were often referred to as “cross fires”. At a tme when hockey fans argued on behalf of the Russell Bowies, Frank McGees, and Hod Stuarts as hockey’s top player, “Nibs” was easily the all-around pick of the litter.
Originally Posted by Total Hockey
He could skate, shoot, and stickhandle, and was considered the best backchecker in the game…was generally regarded as the best player in hockey…broke his ankle and was never the same player afterwards…
Originally Posted by The Montreal Herald, 1906
Who is the best hockey player in Canada? Nine out of ten people will tell you it is either Frank McGee or him. He is the speedier, but he has nothing on McGee in the matter of stickhandling and has not the same generalship. Where each shines is in pulling doubtful games out of the fires of uncertainty
Originally Posted by HHOF
Hockey Oldtimers who could recall the game as it was played in the early 1900s agreed that he was perhaps the greatest hockey player they had ever seen…
Originally Posted by Honoured Members
He showed great skating ability and had a backhand of unequalled speed and accuracy. Out west, he was often called the greatest player in the game, much like Frank McGee in the East
Originally Posted by The Trail of the Stanley Cup
Tom Phillips played in six Stanley Cup series and stands up well in the scorers for playoff games. He was undoubtedly a great player who was compared favouably with Frank McGee…
Originally Posted by The Trail of the Stanley Cup, Vol 1
Passing through Ottawa en route to Renfrew (in 1909), Lester Patrick gave an interview to the press. He stated that he considered Tom Phillips the best player in the game.
Originally Posted by Art Ross
The Greatest Hockey player I have ever seen
A Complete Player

Originally Posted by The Ultimate A-Z guide of Everyone Who Has Ever played in the NHL
“In many ways, he was, in the modern vernacular, a complete player. He had great speed and a terrific shot, and he was a backchecker without compare.” –
Originally Posted by HHOF
He had everything a good player should have: whirlwind speed, a bullet-like shot, stickhandling wizardry, and was regarded as being without peer as a backchecker
Originally Posted by
He soon showed superior talent in puckhandling and on-ice decision making that made him an unpredictable force to be reckoned with. Tommy could play both Left Wing and Right Wing, and had an unusually powerful shot to go along with pinpoint accuracy. His backchecking skills were exceptional as well. As the obvious superior in natural talent, he became the leader of a special group of close knit players that would be destined for hockey greatness
Originally Posted by Small Town Glory
Phillips earned praise for his “amazing” rushes and his “bullet” shots.
Best Left Wing of the Early Era

Originally Posted by THN's Century of Hockey
Here are the best of the pre-and non-NHLers.
THN’s First Team
G: **** ******
D: Hod Stuart
D: Lester Patrick
R: Cyclone Taylor
LW: Tommy Phillips
C: Frank McGee
RW: Didier Pitre
Originally Posted by Joe Pelletier
In a 1925 article (Lester) Patrick was asked to select his all-time all-star team. Here's what he said:

"My opinion is based on consistency of players over a period of years, and the fact that men selected possessed nearly all the fundamentals of an ideal player - physique, stamina, courage, speed, stick-handling, goal-getting ability, skill in passing, proper temperament and, above all, hockey brains."

Patrick selected Hughie Lehman in goal, Sprague Cleghorn and Hod Stuart on defence, and up front he chose Tom Phillips, Arthur Farrell and Fred "Cyclone" Taylor.
Offense in Cup Challenges

Originally Posted by seventieslord
As of the end of the pre-consolidation era, according to The Trail Of the Stanley Cup, here are the scoring leaders for all cup games:

1. Frank McGee - 63
2. Frank Foyston – 37
3. Alf Smith – 36
4. ***** ******* - 31
5. Newsy Lalonde – 27
6. ***** ******** - 26
7. ***** ***** - 25
8. Ernie Johnson - 23
8. Joe Malone - 23
8. ***** ***** - 23
11. Tom Phillips – 22

However, Phillips’ cup games all came against the very best teams. A couple of players at the top of the list padded their stats against some terrible challengers such as Queens University, Brandon, Smiths Falls, Ottawa Vics and Dawson City. Remove those games from the record, leaving only serious games in which there was doubt about the outcome, and you’re left with:

1. Frank Foyston - 27
1. Newsy Lalonde - 27
3. Tom Phillips - 22
4. Frank McGee – 21
5. ***** ******* - 18
6. Alf Smith – 15
7. Joe Malone - 14
8. ***** ***** - 13
9. Ernie Johnson - 11
10. ****** ******** - 9
11. ***** ***** - 4

And that’s not just over Phillips’ career (1902-1912) – That’s from the start of the Cup until consolidation! (1893-1926)
Remember, Phillips put up these numbers while continuing to play impeccable defense.

Did the Ottawa Silver Seven Flood the Rink to Slow Down Phillips in 1905?

Originally Posted by Trail of the Stanley Cup, Vol 1 (game3)
Phillips and McGee were the stars, both scoring three goals… when Phillips scored his third goal it tied the score at 4-4 and the (Ottawa) crowd was yelling to salt the ice or flood it.
Originally Posted by
Phillips scored three of the six Rat Portage goals in the final two games, but the watery ice of Ottawa's Arena Rink severely hampered his skating and shooting abilities. Many eastern hockeyists openly questioned the outcome of the series, with a good share of them proclaiming Phillips as the best player, not only of the west, but in all of organized hockey.
See seventieslords' "essay" on Tommy Phillips for a more detailed description his participation in Cup Challenges:

As Late as 1922, Phillips was still the Gold Standard for a "perfect" Hockey Player Out West

Originally Posted by The Calgary Herald, Jan 17, 1922
What should the perfect hockey player possess to be classed as such is the question that naturally arises. Should he be a goal keeper, a defenseman of a forward? As the game of hockey is won by the team that scores the majority of goals, and as forewards have this brunt of the work to do, the perfect player will, perhaps, be more readily discovered up on the firing line, hence the opinion of many that Frank Foyston should be acclaimed the leader. The player should first of all have speed. He should be a goal getter. He should be unselfish. He should be able to check back. He should have stick handling ability, hockey brains and the ability to keep his temper. He should also be able to stand the gaff and go 60 minutes without rest.

What hockey player has all these virtues? Does the history of the game show any man capable of passing a close test on these points? It is argued that Tommy Phillips, former Kenora star, who played his last hockey with Vancouver's first team in 1912, was the closest approach to the real thing that ever displayed his wares on the frozen pond. He was an all-round star.,1787841&hl=en

(credit to Sturminator for the quote)

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