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HHOF winger Herbie Lewis, the highest paid NHLer in 1934-35, the year he captained the Detroit Red Wings, the year after he was 7th in NHL goals and the starting left winger in the first ever NHL all-star game. That 1935 postseason he led the Wings in goals with 5 as Detroit went to the Stanley Cup Finals for the first time ever. The following two seasons he was 4th in NHL assists, the second of which was followed up immediately with the first Stanley Cup championship in Motown. Lewis tied the lead in goal scoring in the Wings successful second cup the following postseason. Four times he was top-5 in all-star voting, three times at LW and once at RW. He had 248 PIMs to go with 309 points in 483 NHL games. His 279 points over a 9-year stretch from his sophomore year was within five points of the totals of Bill Cook, Dit Clapper, Paul Thompson, Howie Morenz and Hooley Smith, trailing only six others in NHL assists over that span, four of them centers in addition to wingers Busher Jackson and Paul Thompson. He had over a decade in the NHL. However, if he hadn't been under contract for four years of pro hockey in Duluth, he would have started in the NHL earlier, as he was actively recruited while starring there. As it was, he still had a Hockey Hall of Fame career.

Originally Posted by legendsofhockey
... relentless defence and blinding speed... rough for a little guy, a good defensive winger and accurate playmaker, and considered the fastest skater in the NHL in his day with his trademark short, mincing steps.
Originally Posted by NY Times, Jan 23, 1991
A left wing more noted for his defensive talents than his scoring, he was known as the fastest skater in the league during the 1930's.

Originally Posted by Stan Fischler's Detroit Red Wings: Great Moments and Players
Lewis was best known as a fast skater, a creative passer...

Originally Posted by Red
A small, quick left-winger, Lewis possessed blazing speed on his blades and had a reputation as an accurate playmaker and a gentlemanly player.

Originally Posted by an NHL coach
"...a sportsman of the highest type. I defy baseball or football or boxing or any other sport to produce an individual who can eclipse Herbie Lewis as a perfect model of what an athlete should stand for."

Long before he made the leap to the NHL, Herbie Lewis was a wanted man. The Montreal Maroons signed him in 1926, but the deal was voided by NHL president Frank Calder, since Lewis was already under contract to the American Hockey Association's Duluth Hornets.

Lewis was a star with the Hornets, leading the team in scoring in 1925-26, earning the nickname "The Duke of Duluth" in the process. He was the league's biggest drawing card and its highest-paid performer.

Detroit manager Jack Adams astutely scooped up this budding star through the 1928 inter-league draft and Lewis blossomed in the Motor City.

Lewis garnered a pair of 20-goal seasons and seven times collected at least 30 points during 11 NHL campaigns, all spent with Detroit. The 1934-35 season proved to be his most productive, as Lewis earned 43 points, good for sixth in NHL scoring. He was also reported to be the recipient of the NHL's top salary, an annual stipend of $8,000.

Lewis captained the Red Wings to their first Stanley Cup final appearance in 1933-34 and scored the first Stanley Cup final goal and first playoff overtime marker in club history
. He finished as the leading goal scorer in that spring's post-season.

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