20 Greatest Red Wings (#11)
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12-05-2012, 12:39 PM
Business of Hockey
Join Date: Jul 2006
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Some info on Black Jack Stewart:
- 10 Seasons with the Wings
- 3 time NHL 1st team 1943, 1948, 1949
- 2 time NHL 2nd team 1946, 1947
- 1943 and 1950 Stanley Cups
Jack Stewart's theory of hockey was as straightforward as it was brutal.
"Hit 'em hard and hit 'em often," he'd say.
"Hockey was no tea party to Jack Stewart," New York Rangers coach Frank Boucher explained.
Stewart loved to bodycheck so much that opponents insisted you could see a smile forming on his face as he closed in for the kill.
"He wasn't dirty," Hall of Fame defenseman King Clancy said of Stewart. "But he was the roughest son of a gun you'd ever want to meet."
Originally paired with rock-hard Jimmy Orlando, Stewart later formed a tandem with Bill Quackenbush and both of them earned selection to the NHL's Second All-Star Team in 1946-47 and to the First Team in 1947-48 and 1948-49.
Complete opposites in style, Stewart struck fear into opponents, while Quackenbush finessed them off the puck.
"Jack did all the heavy work," Hall of Famer Lynn Patrick said. "He was always advising the other defensemen. And if they made an error, Jack was there to back them up."
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