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03-04-2011, 03:04 PM
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Velociraptor
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Vic Hadfield, LW

Position: Left Wing
HT/WT: 6'0'", 190 lbs
Shoots: Left



- 1 acknowledgement for NHL Second All-Star Team (1972)
- 323 goals, 712 regular season points in 1002 games played.
- 27 goals, 48 playoff points in 73 games played.

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Originally Posted by Legends of Hockey
Not many players start out with reputations as enforcers and end up with equal billing for their goal scoring and puck handling abilities. While playing for St. Catharines and the Buffalo Bisons, Hadfield regularly posted far more penalty minutes than points. He continued in his tough guy roll for the New York Rangers after they claimed him from Chicago in the 1961 Intra-League draft.
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Originally Posted by Legends of Hockey
Hadfield was put on a line with Jean Ratelle and Rod Gilbert in 1968, creating a combination so effective that they were nicknamed the Goal-A-Game line. That was the first year that his point total came close to equaling his penalty minutes. He consistently scored twenty or more goals a season for the rest of his career.
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Originally Posted by Legends of Hockey
Hadfield posted a personal best during the 1971-72 season with 50 goals and 106 points. During this same season he was again in triple digits in penalty minutes, with 142, demonstrating that it was possible to do it all. The Rangers made him their captain in 1971, a position he held until being traded to Pittsburgh in 1974.
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Originally Posted by Greatest Hockey Legends
In the 1960's the New York Rangers were a small speedy team who were often beaten up by their counterparts. They scouted for big aggressive players to remedy their shortcomings. The best of their finds was Vic Hadfield. Hadfield came to the Rangers as a Blackhawk's prospect who earned that status due to his abrasive physical pursuits of the enemy. He wasn't known for his finesse, but soon would blossom into a fine scorer, too.
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Originally Posted by Greatest Hockey Legends
That 1971-72 season was even more memorable for Hadfield as he was a big reason why the Rangers returned to the Stanley Cup finals, but they did not win that elusive Stanley Cup, but Hadfield had a great spring. He, along with Rod Gilbert, led the way with 7 goals. Only Bobby Rousseau had more points by a Ranger that spring, 17 compared to Hadfield's 16.
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Originally Posted by Greatest Hockey Legends
Hadfield was one of the scarcely used forwards on the 1972 Canadian Summit Series team, he playe two of the first four games. And when the team arrived in Moscow he was told he wouldn't dress for the remaining games. An upset and outspoken Hadfield, who had just come off his 50 goal season, was angry and packed his bags and went home.

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