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A guy that I think is just about on the same level of Dean Prentice, John Tonelli, and Rick Tocchet as glue guys because of his two-way ability, physicality, goal scoring ability, ability to turn it to a level that few could in the playoffs, and added chemistry bonus with Jean Beliveau, LW Dick Duff

7x NHL All Star Game Participant
6x Stanley Cup Champion
Hockey Hall of Famer
5x Top 20 Goals (8, 9, 11, 16, 20)
2x Top 20 Points (17, 18)
4x Top 10 Playoff Goals (4, 5, 7, 7)
6x Top 10 Playoff Assists (3, 3, 5, 6, 8, 9)
5x Top 10 Playoff Points (3, 4, 8, 9, 10)
Conn Smythe Runner Up 1969

Dick was one of the central figures as the Maple Leafs re-built the team through the late-fifties, enjoying three consecutive seasons with 25 or more goals for Toronto between 1956-57 and 1959-59...Duff played a pivotal role in the Stanley Cup championship won by the Toronto Maple Leafs in 1962... Dick scored the Stanley Cup-winning goal on April 22, 1962, as Toronto edged Chicago 2-1... Having the chance to play for the Canadiens revitalized Duff's spirit and his play. With the Canadiens, Dick was part of four more Stanley Cup championships, winning hockey most treasured prize in 1965, 1966, 1968 and 1969.

...Dick Duff had carved out a reputation as a guy who came to play every night. Pound-for-pound one of the toughest men in the game... Too small to be considered a power forward, Duff still managed to play like one. The 5-foot-9, 165-pound left winger did everything expected of bigger forwards. He battled for the puck, carried it through traffic and staked a claim to his spot in front of the enemy net.

The determined play and drive to win that made Duff a pivotal member of successful Toronto teams was not something he had left behind... Duff quickly became a fan favorite and an essential component of the Canadiens team that won the Stanley Cup in the spring of 1965, picking up nine playoff points along the way.

Long recognized as one of the NHLís most dogged competitors, Duff took his game to another level when the stakes were raised... Playoff pressure, while weighing heavily on many playersí shoulders, simply drove Duff to new heights

Dick Duff was known as one of the best "money players" of all time. He tasted the sweet smell of Stanley Cup success six times during a 18-year NHL career. He always seemed to reach his peak in the playoffs where he earned his reputation as one of the greatest clutch playoff performers of all time.

Duff was a small and fast player. His was also the ultimate team player. He never made an All-Star team or won an individual trophy; wins and Cup titles were more important to Duff.

By no means was Duff the most spectacular player on the ice, but when the game was on the line, Duff was the go-to guy. Though small he was scrappy and determined. He had a little bit of Glenn Anderson or xxx in him with his flair for the big playoff goal.

He did well in his rookie year, scoring 18 goals and, in his aggressive play drew quite a few penalties... proved himself a good penalty killer. He was of somewhat slight build but did not hesitate to go into the corners with some of the hard rocks in the league. It was said, he wanted to Emulate the fiery Ted Lindsay.
-Trail of the Stanley Cup Vol. 3

Jean Beliveau once said that Duff was uncanny around the goal, while Yvan Cournoyer loved playing alongside Duff because of his playmaking skills...He was a rare player who excelled during the regular season yet managed to raise his game to another level when The Stanley Cup was on the line... The Habs squeezed Chicago in game 7 in 1965 for the Cup. Duff Led the way with a goal and two assists in that deciding game... His heart was the biggest part of his body, and his skill was virtually limitless. He was hands down a player any coach in the league would have wanted on his team. Winning was his greatest strength.
-Honoured Canadiens

He could be used on any line and fill any role. In 1969, Duff led the team in goals with six and finished second to Jean Beliveau in points with 14, and also finished second to Serge Savard in voting for the Conn Smythe Trophy.
-Habs Heroes: Greatest Habs from 1 to 100

A smallish but tough LW
-Fischler's Hockey Encyclopedia

A couple of Leafs showed some life when Dick Duff got under the skin of Rocket Richard (the Canadiens star roughed up the Leaf player and when Duff tried to retaliate, the Pocket Rocket intervened)
-Cold War: A Decade of Hockey's Greatest Rivalry, 1959-1969

Still holds the record for the fastest two goals from the start of a playoff game (68 seconds), Indicative of his superior play when the Cup was at stake.
-Players: The Ultimate A-Z Guide Of Everyone Who Has Ever Played In the NHL

Tiny but tough... an aggressive player and was effective both offensively and as a penalty killer...
-Hockey's Glory Days

Duff was as tough as nails and never hesitated to drop the gloves if he had to... he was simply determined to score goals.
-Maple Leafs Legends

Another problem, one that related directly to Mahovlich, was the fact that, offensively, Dick Duff had been carrying the team singlehandedly
-The Big M

Speedy Dick Duff, to the confusion of many, hadn't been used much... "One thing I'll always wonder about this series, is why Toe didn't use Duff more", Boom Boom Geoffrion said afterwards.
-'67: The Maple Leafs, Their Sensational Victory, and The End Of An Empire

Duff had a move that would drive defenders to distraction. He would come in quickly and low, kick the puck into his skates and through a defenseman's feet, and pick it up again behind the opponent. In effect, he was passing to himself, and it worked more often than not. He'd make that move while driving toward the net or crossing the ice out at the blueline, opening up miles of room for Yvan and myself.
-Jean Beliveau: My Life in Hockey

In Montreal, Duff blossomed again as one of the best money players in the game, the most dangerous man on the ice when there was a big game to be won, especially in the playoffs. He still is, for my money.
-Hockey is a Battle

(thanks to seventies for that part of the bio)

A prime catalyst in the Toronto Maple Leafs' 1962 Stanley Cup win...

A splendid two-way player

Former Leafs star Dick Duff...

The miracle Leafs of 1959 reached the Finals against Montreal but managed only one win on an overtime goal by none other than Dick Duff

Dick did all the work. He got past two guys and made a perfect play to set me up.-George Armstrong

Toronto coach Punch Imlach said after the game the Blackhawks found "they can't push us around."

The man he singled out for special mention was Duff. Although Duff had no goals, "he was really going in after the puck. He sure was going hard."

The Toronto Maple Leafs, with Dave Keon and Dick Duff pacing their blistering attack...

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