Dick Duff in the Hall of Fame
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06-28-2006, 11:23 PM
Join Date: Sep 2004
If you're going to compare Naslund and Duff by simply looking at numbers and statistics, how about this one.
Duff's name can be found in six places on the Stanley Cup, Naslund's in one.
In an age when players routinely spent a couple years in minor pro between the end of their junior years and the time they broke into the NHL, Duff was a full-time Leaf at 19, among the 120 best hockey players in the world, second among goal scorers and third in total points in his rookie year. He still had a year of junior eligibility left when he joined Toronto from St. Mike's. Naslund was 23 when he arrived in Montreal.
Both small players, Naslund a more gifted scorer but as a teammate of Duff's, also a HoFer told me today, "All his goals were big goals."
In terms of toughness, it's no contest. Duff played in an era when guys took care of their own battles and, despite standing 5'9" and weighing under 170 pounds, took care of himself quite well when things got a little rambunctious.
Duff was also much more complete player, much handier defensively than Naslund, better at throwing a blanket over opposing forwards and a lot tougher along the boards and in the corners.
A very nice man who understands what he was able to achieve through hockey and more than willing to give back. Always willing to sign and chat. Regularly appears at Leaf and charitable functions.
He will be appearing at the official opening of the Hockey North museum in his home town of Kirkland Lake tomorrow.
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