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Max Bentley, C

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One of the most exciting players of any era in National Hockey League was Max Bentley. He was nicknamed "The Dipsy Doodle Dandy" because of the way he zigged and zagged his way through an opposing team "like a scared jackrabbit." Several NHL old timers were quick to compare Wayne Gretzky upon his NHL debut to the electrifying Bentley. Others favor the modern day comparison of Denis Savard or Gilbert Perreault.

Although he was puny at just 5' 8" and 155 pounds, Bentley quickly learned to use his superior skating abilities to survive the rough and tough NHL. He was also brilliant with the puck. He could stickhandle through a maze of players at top speed - a true rarity in any era. He was a deft passer and had a laser like wrist shot.

Bentley credited his incredible wrist shot to his farm chores back home in Delisle, Saskatchewan. His father would tell him that milking cows would make his wrists strong, and in turn would provide him with an excellent shot.
Joe Pelletier

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When he retired, he had scored 245 goals and was second among active players only to Maurice Richard.
LEGENDS
Seasons 12
Era Early 40's mid 50's
RS 645 245 299 544 179
PO 51 18 27 45 14
Cups -4
Hockey Hall of Fame 1966
Lady Byng Trophy 1943
Hart Trophy 1946
NHL Scoring Champion 1946, 1947




#1 Turk Broda, G
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He was the best money goalies of his time. Coach Hap Day had to constantly ride him to keep his reflexes sharp and his weight down, making him face shooters without a stick for 15 minutes every practice, and trailing him while skating laps, shouting for him to “join the race.” But there wasn’t a more clutch goaltender in the history of hockey. In 12 full years, WWII cost him 2 full years and the most of a third, he won 5 Stanley Cups, and got Toronto to the Finals 8 times. His solid 2.53 goals against average became a stellar 1.98 in the playoffs. Jack Adams said, “Turk Broda didn’t have a nerve in his whole body. He could tend goal in a tornado and never blink an eye.” BM67. He retired after playing only one game in the 1951-52 season. Broda was accorded a special night at the Gardens by Conn Smythe, one of the rarest honors bestowed upon a Leaf. That night came on December 22, 1951, and players and executives from Toronto, the opposing Bruins and every other NHL team gathered to pay respects to one of the greatest goalies of all time.
-Era mid 30's early 50's
-World War II Vet
-14 NHL Seasons
-NHL All-Star First Team, 41,48.
-NHL All-Star Second Team, 1941-42.
-All-Star Game, 47,48,49,50
-Vezina Trophy ('48, '41)
Regular Season (302-224, 2.53)
-Playoffs (50-39, 1.98)
-Won five Stanley Cups as a starting goalie (1942, 1947, 1948, 1949, 1951)
- Won the Conn Smythe (49') and was a 3-time all-star
- Ranks 3rd all-time in adjusted playoff wins
- GAA drops 25% in the playoffs (biggest improvement all-time); 4th largest improvement in win percentage
-His uniform #1 Hangs from the Rafters at the ACC
-Hockey Hall of Fame, 1967
-Ranked 9th- Top 100 All Time Leafs Book
-Ranked 60th-The Hockey News list 100 Greatest Hockey Players.
-Role:Franchise Puckstopper/Game Breaker/ Money Goalie



#9 Bobby Hull LW
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Few of the game's superstars could match the physical talents of Bobby Hull. The Golden Jet combined speed, a feared slapshot and a powerful physique to rise to the elite of the NHL in the 1960s. Hull was hockey's faster skater (28.3 mph with puck, 29.7 without it) and had the hardest shot (once reportedly recorded at 118.3 mph, some 35 mph above the league average). He was hockey's ultimate hockey player, blending together the talents of his most famed predecessors - the speed of Howie Morenz, the goal scoring prowress of Maurice Richard, the strength and control of Gordie Howe - plus the looks and charisma of a movie star. Hull did more than any other player to popularize the game of hockey in the United States prior to Wayne Gretzky.
RS 1063 610 560 1170 640
PO 119 62 67 129 102
Seasons-17
Era mid 70's early 80's
30 Goal+ Seasons-13
40 Goal+ Seasons-8
50 Goal+ Seasons-5
-Top 10 Points-63-64(2nd)64-65(4th)66-67(2nd)
67-68(4th)68-69(2nd)-70-71(5th)71-72(7th)
-Most Points -59-60,61-62 Tie 65-66
-Most Goals 59-60 Tie-61-62 ,63-64 65-66,66-67 67-68,68-69
-Top 10 Goals-64-65(2nd)69-70(4th)70-71(3rd)
71-72 (3rd)
Art Ross Trophy (60,62,66)
1st All-Star Team LW (60,62,64,65,66,67,68,69, 70,72)
Hart Memorial Trophy (1965, 1966)
Lady Byng Memorial Trophy (1965)
Lester Patrick Trophy (1969)
2nd All-Star Team Left Wing (1963, 1971)
Stanley Cups:1
HOF 1983
-Became 3rd hockey player to appear on the cover of Time magazine[1]
-WHA 1st All-Star Team (73,74, &75)
-WHA 2nd All-Star Team76 & 78)
-WHA Most Valuable Player (73 & 75)
-Avco Cup (WHA) Championships (76,78, &79)
-Retired -2nd leading goal scorer in NHL history
-Retired -ninth leading point scorer in NHL (currently 12th and 43rd respectively).
-2nd in WHA history in goals
-6th in assists WHA history
-3rd in points WHA history
-Ranked #8-The Hockey News Top 100 Greatest Hockey Players
-The highest-ranking left winger in THN Top 100
-He and Gordie Howe became the last active players that had played in the 1950s.
-#9 has been retired by Blackhawks
-#9 sweater has been retired by Jets/Coyotes
Role:Sniper/Generational Talent/Game Breaker/ Speed Demon/Leader


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Cameron "Cam" Neely, RW

Position: Right Wing
HT/WT: 6'1", 215 lbs
Shoots: Right
Nickname(s): "Bam-Bam Cam"



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Originally Posted by Greatest Hockey Legends
Cam Neely was the ultimate Boston Bruin. Character, perseverance, team work, physical play, play to death, win - all traits that can be easily used to describe both Neely and his B's.

Originally Posted by Greatest Hockey Legends
Cam would score 36, 40, and 38 goals in his first 3 seasons with Boston. Cam would go on to record two straight 50 goal seasons before he suffered a major blow to his knee. Cam returned for the 93-94 season scoring 50 goals for the third time. It took Cam only 44 games to reach the 50 goal plateau, only Wayne Gretzky has done it faster. (Mario Lemieux in the 88-89 season also scored 50 in 44 games.)

Originally Posted by Greatest Hockey Legends
As amazing of a goal scorer that he was, lighting the lamp did not define Cam Neely. He was the ultimate power forward of his time. His hands were as soft as a feather when he handled the puck, yet hard as a rock when handled an enemy. Defensemen feared going back into their corner to chase a loose puck knowing Neely was right behind them. As a forechecker he was relentless and imposing. He was an insane body checker and a dangerous fighter. Through his physical play he set the tone of games.

Originally Posted by Greatest Hockey Legends
The physical game took it's toll on Neely's body, yet he handled diversity with the utmost of class. He showed courage and perseverance, and a deep love of the game. Cam Neely gave everything he had to the game of hockey - his blood, sweat and tears, his hip, quad and knee, and most of all his heart.

Originally Posted by Wayne Cashman
"If you are going to write the description of a power forward, you just put down Cam Neely. You don't need to put anything else."

Originally Posted by Legends of Hockey
In spite of nagging injuries, in the ten seasons Neely played for the Bruins, he still led the team in scoring seven times, including three campaigns with fifty or more goals.

Originally Posted by Legends of Hockey
Cam Neely is considered the pre-eminent power forward of his era. It was talent and dogged determination that set the competitor above his peers and earned Neely a spot in the Hockey Hall of Fame.
- Recipient of the 1994 Bill Masterson Memorial Trophy
- Member of the Hockey Hall of Fame (2005)
- 395 goals, 694 regular season points in 726 games played.
- 57 goals, 89 playoff points in 93 games played.
- 4 acknowledgements for the NHL Second All-Star Team. (1988, 1990, 1991, 1996)


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