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09-13-2012, 03:14 PM
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We've talked a lot about McGimsie (though perhaps not enough to really get to the bottom of it) and Bronco Horvath in this thread, so here is a look at the other centers in this series.


Billy Reay
- Primarily the 2nd line center on his Montreal teams during the late 40s and early 50s, behind Elmer Lach.
- Played senior amateur hockey until age 27, and was subsequently denied a passport by the Canadian government to play in Detroit, because he hadn't done any military service. Thus he ended up in Montreal instead.
- 15 centermen played >350 games between 1946 and 1953. Among them, Reay was tied for 14th in points per game and 7th in PIM. The only one with fewer PPG than Reay was his third-line teammate Ken Mosdell.
- In two of Reay's best three seasons, his point totals were inflated by playing on the first line with Maurice Richard due to injuries to Lach.
- Reay is listed at 5'7", 155lb, which was small even by 1950s standards.

Pete Stemkowski
- Faceoff specialist who had some pretty good scoring runs in the playoffs. As third line centers go, he's pretty solid.

Forbes Kennedy
- Another small center at only 5'8", which again is very small considering he played until 1969.
- He had one decent scoring year where he was the 3rd scoring center on his team, but generally he is a pure defensive player and penalty killer at this level.
- While his penalty killing is solid, it is offset somewhat by the fact that he himself is a penalty risk.

Polar Twins

Ulf Nilsson
- 1st Team All Star in this year's MLD voting.
- Acquitted himself well in the WHA (by far the fewest GP of any top-10 scorer in that league), the NHL and international competition.
- Really, his only downside as a 1st-line center is injury problems.
- Was the highest paid hockey player in the world for a time.

Charlie Burns
- As good as it gets defensively at this level. He shadowed the stars of the Golden Era head-to-head and has by far the highest penalty kill percentage of anyone with more than 400GP.
- Not a superb offensive player, but as bottom-6ers go he was an ok playmaker.
- One of the many bottom-6 players who got a new lease on life after expansion.

Stephane Yelle
- In the lineup essentially as a pure faceoff specialist and penalty killer. Not asked to do anything offensively. Similar to Forbes Kennedy without the agitation dynamic.

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