Round 2, Vote 10 (HOH Top Goaltenders final round)
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01-18-2013, 05:09 PM
Join Date: Feb 2010
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...whereas Cheevers had to be managed at the NHL level.
Notoriously. He didnt like to practice for one thing, for another, his "roaming" often had negative consequences. Technically he was a "flopper", as his former Coach Rudy Migay in Rochester had him practising endlessly without a stick, and as Stand-Up hadnt really hit the crease at that point, Cheesy stuck with it through thick & thin until retiring. His best asset really was that he was aggressive, clearing the bodies from the top of his crease or God forbid you strayed into it with his stick....
interesting sidebar, the "stitches" on his mask were first applied in a practice when he got hit by a powder puff, pulled the Drama Queen act, went into the dressing room, cracked open a cold one & lit a cigarette up where Sinden found him a few minutes later. Ordered back on the ice, he had the trainer add the stitches, showed them to Harry as proof positive that he couldve been seriously wounded & needed to "rest", but no go. Thereafter, it became a tradition, his little joke. He also played Left Wing for about a half a dozen games while signed as a Goalie with St.Mikes in Toronto as a Junior. Talented, though unorthodox, and truly one of the great characters of the game, but sure enough, could be "high maintenance" from a Coaching perspective as he was quite the little Leprechaun.
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