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07-20-2012, 08:57 AM
The Wrong Company
Join Date: Mar 2004
Location: Tobacco Islands
With pick #42 the
Herb Cain, LW
Leafs Forever's ATD #12
Can't find a lot of descriptive words on him in the newspaper archives, just that he scored goals -- which we knew.
Christian Science Monitor: Nov. 4, 1939
The Bruins were met in Toronto by their newly acquired left winger, Herb Cain,
speedy, good scoring forward
who came from Les Canadiens in trade for XXXXXXX
Here's a quote that might indicate that he wasn't adverse to defending himself and may have had a bit of a mean streak.
The Montreal Gazette: Mar. 14, 1934
... the fighting reached its climax in the dying minutes when Herb Cain and XXXXXXX XXXXXX used their sticks as battle axes on each other as a prelude to fisticuffs.
Canada.com article from 2007
makes the case for Cain in the Hockey HOF
Cain scored 36 goals and had 46 assists in 48 games during his league-leading year. Yes, the war had diluted the NHL, but this was a record that stood for seven seasons, until Detroit's Gordie Howe had 43 goals and 43 assists through 70 games in 1950-51.
Cain survived the mishap to win the Stanley Cup with the Maroons in his sophomore season of 1934-35, playing on Gorman's so-called Green Line with Bob Gracie and XXXXXXX. He won the Cup again with Boston in 1940-41, two seasons after having earned 27 points in 45 games with the Canadiens, picked up when the Maroons were dissolved.
With the Bruins, Cain became only the 13th NHLer since the league's 1917 birth to score 200 career goals.
Cain had 206 goals and 400 points in 571 NHL games, totals superior to many contemporaries who have been elected to the Hall of Fame.
Last edited by Selfish Man: 07-21-2012 at
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