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07-11-2011, 10:46 AM
The Wrong Company
Join Date: Mar 2004
Location: Tobacco Islands
Normie Himes, C
- was the NHL's New York Americans' leading scorer for seven consecutive seasons
- played in first ever NHL all-star game, the benefit for Ace Bailey
- finished top-10 in NHL assists three times (1929-30, 31-32, 32-33) and top-10 in goals in 1929-30 with an impressive 28 markers
- also had two other top-20 goal seasons and another top-20 assist season.
Himes was described as a
brilliant playmaking center, and an underrated scorer
. While he was not necessarily the star of the Amerks, he was the backbone. He started out as a reserve center (kind of like a 3rd or 4th line player nowadays). He really impressed in his opportunities to play. He finally displaced husky Bill Burch when Burch suffered a bad knee.
Wearing his trademark black ball cap,
Himes emerged as the Americans leading scorer for the next seven seasons
. His best year came in 1929-30, scoring 28 goals in the 44 game NHL schedule and had 50 points
The Americans never had much team success, likely why Himes did not earn the notoriety he probably should have. As one commentator suggest,
Himes "should be judged the MVP of the league if the Americans weren't so far down in the standings." In 1930 he finished 6th in Hart trophy balloting.
There was no All Star game back in those days, but
Himes was one of the players chosen in the very first All Star game
, which, in 1934, was actually a benefit game for fallen player Ace Bailey.
He was a crafty pivot blessed with intelligent burst of speed,
very durable despite his size having played 360 consecutive games
. He could be dazzling at times, but for the most part was an underrated star.
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