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LW Tom McCarthy

399 points in 460GP
x1 NHL ASG ('83)
Minor AST votes in '84 (4 points for 8th place)

Originally Posted by LoH
Thanks to his stellar minor-league statistics, McCarthy was selected first overall in the junior draft, and the pressure that followed was incredible. In fact, when McCarthy first arrived in Oshawa he was greeted by a chorus of boos from the Generals fans. It was not so much a personal attack on McCarthy as it was the fans' verbal disapproval that team bypassed another young phenom by the name of Wayne Gretzky, who wound up going to Sault Ste. Marie. "I feel it everywhere I go," McCarthy said at the time. "Even at school people talked about it." Nonetheless, McCarthy soon gained the approval of the local fans with his own brand of excellent play. In 1977-78 McCarthy continued the torrid scoring pace he had enjoyed in the MTHL with the Generals, netting 43 goals and 93 points in 62 games to lead the team. He had such as good season that he was offered a lucrative contract by John Bassett to become one of the underage players on the WHA's Birmingham Bulls in 1978-79, but on the advice of his grandfather and agent Graham Stewart, felt he was not mentally prepared to turn professional and instead decided to return for a second season with the Generals while enrolling in Durham College where he studied sports administration. As good as his rookie season had been, McCarthy put up incredible numbers that year, drawing huge national attention scoring 69 goals and 144 points.

McCarthy was selected in the first round, tenth overall in the 1979 NHL Entry Draft by the Minnesota North Stars. General Manager Lou Nanne had his eye on McCarthy for most of the season and was amazed he was still available with the tenth pick. As a 19-year-old, with still a year of junior eligibility remaining, McCarthy was able to crack the Stars' starting lineup and in 68 games he responded with 16 goals and 36 points. At the start of the year McCarthy was quoted as saying "The decision to pass up the last year of junior was entirely up to me. I didn't have a clue what my chances would be of making the North Stars and I didn't know what to expect."

McCarthy's NHL career seemed like it was well under way after a successful rookie campaign. He remained with the team for five years and in his second season helped the club reach the Stanley Cup finals, where they were defeated by the New York Islanders. After playing 25 games in 1985-86 McCarthy was stricken by Bells Palsy and was forced to miss the rest of the season. The North Stars may have felt his career was over and traded him in May 1986 to the Boston Bruins for a third-round pick in 1986 and a second-round pick in 1987 which turned out to be xxx and xxx, respectively. McCarthy returned to hockey and played one full season with the Bruins, scoring 30 goals and 59 points in 68 games. He was back with the team for another seven games the following year. He played his last pro hockey season in Italy in 1988-89 with HC Asiago.
D Bob Woytowich

x1 NHL ASG ('70)
2 years of minor AST votes (1 vote in '68, 2 votes in '70)

Two-way defender logged a ton of minutes for often poor teams. He played on both specialty teams and should reprise those roles for Traktor.

Bob Woytowich was certainly not the most gifted hockey player ever to skate in the NHL, but he was a solid defenseman who played a very smart game, which allowed him to stay in the pro ranks for close to 20 years. Not overly large, or fast, he compensated by reading plays before they unfolded.

Woytowich began his NHL career in 1964-65 with the Boston Bruins. In 21 games he scored two goals and ten assists. The following year he was on the team for 68 games, again scoring two goals but increasing his assists total to 17. Woytowich played another season with the Bruins before being moved out to the expansion Minnesota North Stars in 1967. In his only season with the Stars, Woytowich provided leadership on the team, primarily made up of young kids and castoffs. He collected four goals and 17 assists while spending 63 minutes in the penalty box.

In 1968-69, Woytowich joined the Pittsburgh Penguins where he would play for three full seasons and part of a fourth. His best NHL season from an offensive perspective was 1969-70 when he tallied 33 points on eight goals and 25 assists. Midway through the 1971-72 season, he went from one bad team to another, when he was shipped of to Los Angeles to play for the Kings for xxx on January 12.

Perhaps tired of playing for perennial doormats, Woytowich saw an opportunity to branch out with the arrival of the World Hockey Association. He signed with the Winnipeg Jets, playing with them for two seasons before moving on to the Indianapolis Racers in 1974-75. But, he was only there for about half a year before going back to the Jets later that season. In 1975-76, he returned to Indianapolis to play another 42 games.
C Vladimir Yurzinov

Soviet HOF
x1 USSR All-star ('63)
8-10-18 in 12 WC GP
231 goals in 472 Soviet league GP
Chidlovski gives him 23 goals in 54 USSR games

x2 WC Gold
x1 WC Bronze
x2 European Championship Gold
x1 European Championship silver

Originally Posted by Kings of the Ice
Even though he was the star center of Dynamo Moscow in the 1960s, Yurzinov wasn't destined to become a full-fledged member of the nine-time World Championship-winning team. He was in the World Championship lineup only twice. Ironically, if the future goals-plus-assists system had been in place in 1963, Yurzinov would have been top scorer on the USSR nationals.
So why didn't he get into more international games?
Originally Posted by Kings of the Ice
It is worth noting the character of that time, the lineups and morals that prevailed then. Anatoli Tarasov, the virtual ruler of the nationals, had whipped into shape a whole detachment of candidates from his own local CSKA club for the national lineup, capitalizing on the comptetive pride of each candidate. Tarasov virtually ignored the forwards from Arkady Chernyshev's club, even though as Dynamo coach he was the senior coach of the nationals. Dynamo's best forward, Vladimir Yurzinov, only made it to the World Championships twice. Tarasov also seemed to enjoy breaking up the talented forward lines of Spartak Moscow in order to weaken his competitors in the domestic championships.
This info was actually pulled out of the bio of the Mallard's Viktor Yakushev. Yakushev was one of the biggest benefactors of Tarasov's politics because his club, Lokomotiv Moscow, weren't challengers for the USSR league title. There's no question Yurzinov would have gotten into more international games without politics playing a role and he even led them in scoring in one of the tournaments! His third appearance only saw him play 2 games in '69 but he posted a 3-1-4 statline so it's clear he was just waiting to produce. I'm gonna try to take a look at scoring in the Soviet league later on and I think that should further show his value.

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