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06-14-2012, 01:53 AM
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Dreakmur
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Neil Colville !!!


Awards and Achievements:
Stanley Cup Champion (1940)

Hart voting – 5th(1938)

All-Star voting – 2nd(1939), 2nd(1940), 3rd(1938), 3rd(1941)
All-Star voting – 4th(1948), 6th(1947)


Scoring Accomplishments:
Points – 7th(1940), 7th(1941), 10th(1938), 10th(1939)
Goals – 6th(1940), 7th(1939), 10th(1938), 16th(1941)
Assists – 2nd(1941), 10th(1940), 11th(1942), 13th(1937), 14th(1938), 18th(1939)

Points among Defensemen – 5th(1947), 13th(1948)

Play-off Points – 1st(1940), 4th(1937)
Play-off Goals – 3rd(1937)
Play-off Assists – 1st(1940), 5th(1937), 7th(1942)


Quote:
Originally Posted by The Trail of the Stanley Cup; Vol. 2 – Biography
Neil Colville was the centre of the line that soon became masters of the pattern-passing style that Patirck had developed with their predecessors.

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Neil was moved back to defence in 1946 where he played with Ott Heller, Bill Judza and Bill Moe. His defensive ability and leadership helped steady a team that was in a rebuilding stage.
Quote:
Originally Posted by Greatest Hockey Legends
Known as the Bread Line, the three were groomed by Lester Patrick, who orchestrated the Ranger clubs that won Stanley Cups in the late 20's and early 30's, to follow in the footsteps of the Cook brothers and Frank Boucher.

Neil Colville was the best of the three, hence his inclusion in the Hockey Hall of Fame. He cracked the the top ten in scoring five times in a row. He also earned spots on 3 NHL All Star Teams.

Following his military service as a navigator with the Royal Canadian Air Force, Neil returned to New York but the time away had eroded the Bread Line's chemistry. Neil reinvented himself as a defenseman and team captain for four season.
Quote:
Originally Posted by Legends of Hockey
Colville moved up to the Rangers in 1936 and later centered the "Bread Line" consisting of brother Mac and Alex Shibicky. Neil was both a prominent NHL playmaker and scorer until joining the war in 1942.
Quote:
Originally Posted by Babe Pratt
Schmidt, Syl Apps of the Maple Leafs, and Neil Colville of the Rangers were the three best puck-carriers I’ve ever seen.

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