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01-25-2013, 12:29 PM
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D/RW Dit Clapper



-Three time Stanley Cup Champion (1929, '29 & '41)
-Two time Captain of the Stanley Cup Champions (1939 & '41)
-Three time First Team All-Star (1939, '40 & '41 as a D)
-Three time Second Team All-Star (1931 & '35 as a RW, 1944 as a D)
-Four times Top 10 in NHL goal scoring (2nd: 1930, 5th: 1935, 8th: 1931 & 10th: 1937
-Two times Top 10 in NHL assist scoring (7th: 1932, 10th, 1930)
-Two times Top 10 in NHL scoring (3rd: 1930, 8th: 1932)
-Four times Top 5 in NHL scoring by a Defenceman (1st: 1941, 2nd: 1939 & '40, 5th: 1943)
-Captain of the Boston Bruins for 13 seasons, 4th longest for any player, held the record for approximately 50 years.

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Dit Clapper enjoyed a NHL career that few others have equaled. He is the only NHLer to have been named an All Star at both forward and defense. Clapper, who was the first player to play 20 seasons all in the National Hockey League, all with the Boston Bruins, was extremely versatile, playing 9 seasons on the right wing, and 11 seasons on the blue line. ...

In 1937-38 Clapper was dropped back to the blue line. His unmatched knowledge of the game allowed him to dominate from both positions and become an all star at each position. "Clapper diagnosed the plays like a great infielder in baseball," remembered Bruins goalie Tiny Thompson. "He put himself where the puck had to come. "
http://bruinslegends.blogspot.com/20...t-clapper.html

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Originally Posted by overpass View Post
...I'm inclined to rank Clapper highly this round. His peak came as a defenceman. And his lack of longevity as a defenceman is not because of any failings he had. It's because Boston had Eddie Shore and Lionel Hitchman at defence and needed a right winger. And Clapper was "amazingly fast on skates and had the swiftest, most bullet-like shot in hockey; a shot so blindingly fast that the puck was in the net long before goalies knew what had happened," (Hiam) so he was also a good fit at forward.
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Originally Posted by BM67 View Post
...Here's a quote from Bobby Bauer talking about Clapper - "He was so very good in so many ways, but he stood out for one thing. He made so few mistakes." - I believe this came from him talking about how Clapper took the young Kraut Line under his wing when they got to Boston.
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Originally Posted by TheDevilMadeMe View Post
...The competition argument for Clapper is being overblown, considering he played at the exact same time as Earl Seibert and for 3 straight years, was better. ...
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Originally Posted by BM67 View Post
...Clapper during the 10 years he played D has at least as good an award voting record (has more 1st team all-star votes), scored more points and had more team success than Seibert. ...
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Originally Posted by overpass View Post
...I have very little doubt that Clapper was better as a defender than as a forward, based on the voting results. ...
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Originally Posted by BM67 View Post
... From 37-38 on, Clapper has more 1st team all-star votes, and has a 2nd and 3rd in Hart voting to Seibert's 4th place finish. Clapper was 4 years older and played half his time on D after a career threatening injury. Why doesn't Seibert beat Clapper out for the 1st team all-star until after Clapper severs his tendon? And during the war years to boot.
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Originally Posted by tarheelhockey View Post
That's a fair point. A cursory review of the newspaper archives shows a pretty much unanimous opinion that Clapper was the best defenseman in the game at his 38-41 peak.
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Originally Posted by TheDevilMadeMe View Post
...There are multiple ways to judge players, and it seems very likely that for three straight seasons, Clapper was a better defenseman than Seibert ever was.
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Originally Posted by TheDevilMadeMe View Post
... It's valid to judge players based on their peak, and if so, there's a good case that Clapper peaked higher than Seibert, as a defenseman. ...


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