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F Mike Corrigan and Coach Gerry Cheevers

x2 20gs, x1 30gs
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347 points in 594GP

Originally Posted by LoH
Left winger Mike Corrigan played his Junior A hockey with the Toronto Marlboros, scoring 25 goals and 61 points in 41 games in 1965-66. From there, he toiled in the minors with the Tulsa Oilers of the CPHL and the Rochester Americans of the AHL. The big break for Corrigan, and many others, came in 1967 when the NHL announced it was expanding by six teams.

In 1967-68, Corrigan joined the Los Angeles Kings for five games while playing the bulk of the season in the AHL with the Springfield Kings. He had a very productive season, scoring 24 goals and 54 points in 58 games but he failed to earn a roster spot with Los Angeles the next season. However, Corrigan was inserted into the Kings lineup for 36 games in 1969-70 where he scored ten points.

The Vancouver Canucks acquired Corrigan's services for 1970-71, and in 76 games he notched 21 goals and 49 assists. Midway through the next season, he was sent back to Los Angeles for his second go-round with the Kings where he played a regular role for the club. Corrigan's best individual season came in 1972-73 when he scored 37 goals and 67 points with 146 minutes in penalties, all of which were NHL career highs.
Originally Posted by Pelletier
This is OPC card #37 from the 1974-75 season. It is of Mike Corrigan, a rough and tumble player best known with the Los Angeles Kings. Though most sources list him as a left winger, he played all three forward spots with proficiency. In fact, one newspaper report suggested Corrigan was the first player in NHL history to score 20 goals at each of the three positions.

The Toronto Marlies grad spent several seasons apprenticing in the minor leagues. Turning pro in 1966, Corrigan never stuck in the NHL until he left the Kings organization and joined the Vancouver Canucks in 1970.

Corrigan responded with a 20 goal rookie season. But part way through the following campaign the Canucks traded Corrigan back to the Kings.

That turned out to be a very astute move by the Kings. Corrigan found a home on the "Hot Line" with Bob Berry and Juha Widing. In 1972-73 he would have his best season, scoring 37 goals and 146 penalty minutes.

Corrigan's numbers never reached that level again, although his exuberance remained. He led the Kings in penalty minutes in three consecutive seasons. He played on with L.A. until joining the Pittsburgh Penguins in 1976, originally as an injury replacement for Lowell MacDonald. He played two more years with the Pens before his career all but officially ended with a badly broken leg.

In total Mike Corrigan played in 594 career NHL games, scoring 152 goals, 195 assists and 347 points. He added another 2 goals and 5 points in 17 post season contests. One of those playoff goals was particularly memorable for Kings fans. In game six of the 1976 quarterfinals vs Boston Corrigan scored a goal while lying flat on the ice. The goal forced over time in a game eventually won by the Kings.

x2 Top 3 Adams Finishes (3rd, T3rd)
Led the Bruins to 1st and 2nd place finishes league-wide during Adams finalist years
Lost to Islanders 4-2 in Conference Finals in '83, Lost to Canadiens 3-0 in first round of '84 playoffs

Originally Posted by The Montreal Gazette, Tim Burke; 6/7/1983
If the Boston Bruins are becoming paranoid, who can blame 'em? Their head coach, Gerry Cheevers, did the best job of any of his peers in the league this season, lifting his team to first-place overall in the in the toughest of the NHL's four divisions. He achieved this despite the worst injury record (Terry O'Reilly out for whole season, Steve Kasper out for most of it, defenceman Ray Bourque out at various times, etc) and the trauma that beset the club after Normand Leveille's tragic brain hemmorage.

Yet 11 of the 33 members of the NHL Broadcasters' Association who pick the Coach of the Year (Jack Adams trophy) didn't even include Cheevers in 1st, 2nd, or 3rd place on their ballots, causing him to come third, after Chicago's Orval Tessier and Washington's Bob Murray - despite the fact he got the most first-place votes.

Probably the 11 broadcasters who ignored Cheevers altogether did so because "Cheesy" happens to be a regular, old-fashioned guy with one of the drier wits in the game and who refuses to complicate matters with modernesque gobbledygook.

Here's an article from '83 titled "The Doggone Bruins May Go All The Way" that provides a great look into the Bruins who led the league before a disappointing postseason.
Originally Posted by Sports Illustrated, Jack Falla
"This group is completely different from any other Boston team I've seen," says Naples, who claims to have missed only four Bruin home games in the last 44 years. "This team doesn't have the big scorers, and you don't see the bench-clearing brawls anymore. The Big Bad Bruins are gone. Nobody comes here saying, 'Let's see a shootout and a free-for-all.' This is a bunch of kids who'll check you all over the ice. Look at them. They work like dogs."

And they're beginning to cotton to that canine handle. "About six weeks ago, [right wing] Keith Crowder started calling us the Dogs because of the way we work and check," says General Manager Harry Sinden, who by means of a 50% turnover in players the past 22 months has converted Boston from an aging team of playoff losers—three games to none to Minnesota in the first round in 1981—to a young pack of Cup contenders. "They're all dogs," says Sinden. "They want to be dogs. They think a dog is a great thing to be."

From the opening whistle the Bruin forecheckers are indeed relentless at hounding their opponents. "We'll have two forwards—and sometimes all three forwards—deep in the offensive zone, working for the puck," says Coach Gerry Cheevers, "but I don't let our defense-men rush in very often. That way, even if all our forwards get trapped, the worst we're going to give up is a three-on-two, which isn't really that high a percentage opportunity."

As a Boston goaltender in the glory years of Orr and Phil Esposito, Cheevers faced more than his share of two- and three-on-ones as the Bruins committed everyone but the stick boy to the attack. The idea was that a 9-7 win was just as good as 2-0.

"Now goals are precious to us," says Sinden, "not so much because we don't score that many as because we know we have the ability to protect the goals we get. We can go into the third period with a one- or two-goal lead and make it stand up." Indeed, through Sunday the Bruins were winning games by an average score of 4.03 to 2.63. Their defense, stingiest in the league at giving up goals, has been strong enough to support a so-so ninth-place offense.

...On Thursday, while the Bruins' dogged checking held Quebec's high-scoring Stastny brothers to a total of three shots on goal, Peeters repeatedly short-circuited the Nordiques' tic-tac-toe passing by intercepting their centering plays and poke-checking pucks away from their forwards. At one point, with the Bruins clinging to a 4-3 lead, he jabbed the puck off the stick of top-scorer Peter Stastny before Stastny could get off a shot.

Peeters' flashy play sometimes causes observers to overlook what his defensemen are doing in front of him, which is allowing opponents only about eight shots on goal per period. Chief among them is 22-year-old Raymond Bourque...he's the one defenseman Cheevers hasn't shackled to the blue line...

Says Milbury, "It's easy to play defense when you know you're not expected to contribute a lot of offense. Bourque and O'Connell rush the puck sometimes, but Gerry wants us to get it over the red line and dump it in. Let the forwards go to work."

That is to say, unleash the dogs. Their tenacity as forecheckers, said Ranger Coach Herb Brooks after Boston's 3-1 win on Jan. 24 in New York, "forces you to do things you don't want to do."

One of those things is taking a hit. While these Bruins may not play rough-house hockey like Da Broons of yore—"I was a goon goalie," Cheevers has said, "but I'm not a goon coach"

...Considering the gravity of the Bruins' injuries—12-year stalwart Terry O'Reilly out for the season after having knee surgery; Steve Kasper, the top defensive forward in the league last year, out at least until March after undergoing shoulder surgery; and Normand Leveille, the spark-plug left wing, out of hockey forever after suffering a near-fatal stroke last October—it's a tribute to the young dogs' scrapping spirit that they've gone as far as they have.

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