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03-06-2011, 01:11 AM
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I need a good penalty-killing center, and this guy is one of the best available. He was also an agitator and pest who made life difficult for the other team's players, something I want my team to pride itself on.

The Vancouver Maroons select center Doug Risebrough

Stanley Cup x4 (1976, 1977, 1978, 1979)
Selke Voting Record: 5th, 12th*

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For the next eight years, the feisty forward was one of the biggest pests in the NHL. An energy player who got under opponents’ skins with his tenacious and unrelenting approach to the game, Risebrough was a valuable member of the four consecutive Stanley Cup Championships that concluded each of his first four seasons with the Habs.

Playing with fellow youngsters, Risebrough did everything he could to prevent oncoming attackers from reaching the Montreal net. His tactics, while not always within the rules of the game, were remarkably effective and frustrating to his opponents.

Despite spending the equivalent of almost three and a half games in the penalty box in his rookie year, Risebrough still found time to pick up 47 points in the 1975-76 regular season and add another eight in the playoffs.

With experience and maturity, Risebrough reduced his time in the penalty box over the next few seasons, remaining a solid two-way performer while still playing a tough physical game. Craftier with his tactics, he developed a knack for goading opponents into retaliation penalties as they grew frustrated with his antics.

Retaining his nose for the net, his offensive productivity consistently improved. Risebrough hit career highs in 1976-77, registering 22 goals, 38 assists and 60 points. That same year, he had his name engraved on the Stanley Cup for the third time as a player.

Following the 1981-82 season, Risebrough was dealt to Calgary where he played the next five seasons, annoying his opponents with the same dogged approach he had shown for over 500 regular season and playoff matchups in Montreal.

Joe Pelletier's Greatest Hockey Legends blog:

I never got a good close up look at Doug Risebrough as a hockey player until his later days with the Calgary Flames. Though I missed much of his role with 4 Stanley Cup championships as a Montreal Canadien, the beauty of Doug Risebrough is he always played the same, day in, day out, pre-season or game 7.

Doug Risebrough played with tons of heart and determination, and with a hatred for losing which no doubt was nurtured during his days with the Habs. In Montreal he learned how to win and how not to accept anything less, something he was always able to take with him and make him a better leader.

A leader he was. He captained the Flames to their first Stanley Cup appearance in 1986, only to fall just short to his old Montreal Canadiens teammates. Risebrough was an essential cog in the Flames rise from also rans to contenders in his 4 seasons there.

Risebrough was a very physical player, playing much bigger than his 5'11" and 170 lb frame should have allowed. He would hit anything in an opposing jersey, never afraid to get his nose out of joint. Risebrough would pay for this, however, missing significant time in 6 of his 13 seasons, including his final four in Montreal, leading to his trade to Calgary. Among the serious injuries on his medical charts are badly separated shoulders which would lead to early arthritis, a severe groin/abdominal pull, and career ending knee surgery.

While physical, Risebrough walked the line from chippy to dirty. He was amongst the best pests ever in the game. I experienced Risebrough at his pesky best during those great post-season Battle of Alberta wars between the Flames and Edmonton Oilers. I remember him receiving a 6 game suspension for swinging his stick at the head of Glenn Anderson. And of course who can ever forget him using his skates to slice Marty McSorley's jersey to pieces.

Don't get me wrong, Riser was a very good player, too. He was an exceptional skater, blessed with speed and balance and agility. Enhancing his skating abilities was his ability to read the play as it was happening. Best applied defensively, he could anticipate what the opposition was going to do, and break up plays using his vision.

Risebrough was a penalty killing specialist. Firstly he had outstanding arm and wrist strength, making him one of the best on faceoffs. Throw in his anticipation and skating skills and Riser was a natural born PKer. Because of his breakaway speed he was always a short handed threat to score.

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