2012 AAA Bio Thread
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11-15-2012, 01:02 PM
MLD Glue Guy
Join Date: Jan 2005
Location: BC, Canada
C Earl "Dutch" Reibel
5'8, 160lbs, shoots right
84 G, 161 A, 245 Pts in 409 GP
1954, 55 Stanley Cup Champion
1955-56 Lady Byng Winner
7th in Goals 54-55
4th (53-54), 5th (54-55), 6th (55-56) in Assists
4th (54-55), 7th (53-54), 8th (55-56) in Points
Red Wings Legends
What a debut impression Reibel made. He assisted on all four Red Wings goals as Detroit knocked off the New York Rangers by a score of 4-1. That mark still stands as a NHL record for most assists by a player in his first NHL game (equalled by Roland Erksson of Minnesota in 1976).
The playmaking centerman found a home on a line with none other than Gordie Howe and Ted Lindsay.
"They were two of the greatest players. You couldn't beat them, not only as players but as gentlemen, too."
The now long forgotten Reibel was pretty good in his own right. He helped the Wings win Stanley Cups in 1954 and 1955. He was the winner of the 1956 Lady Byng trophy. He finished in the NHL's top ten in scoring in his first three seasons. And in 1954-55 he was the only player between 1950 and 1964 to lead the Red Wings in scoring not named Gordie Howe.
"Once I left Detroit, things just went downhill," he told author Frank Pagnucco. "It just wasn't the same. I enjoyed Detroit . . . you play with an organization for so long."
Legends of Hockey
In 1953-54, Reibel finally joined the Wings lineup where he was placed on a line with Gordie Howe and Ted Lindsay. As a talented playmaker, Reibel scored at a very steady clip, helping his club to two Stanley Cup victories during his four and a half seasons with the team. In 1956, his Red Wing success was topped off with a Lady Byng Trophy for gentlemanly play.
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