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04-24-2013, 06:31 PM
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Originally Posted by blogofmike View Post
Frank Mahovolich probably had his best year in 1961, but he re-peaked in the early 70s after being traded to Montreal.
Ya, he unfortunately under the what can only be described as the beyond cruel yoke of Punch Imlach never really came close to reaching his potential while physically in his prime, suffering numerous mental breakdown's resulting in hospitalization on several occasions. The Big 'M' had all the tools. Size, incredible speed, just a beautiful skater, fast hands & eyes, a Hell of a shot etc etc etc. Quite possible we'd be talking about him as being on par if not better than Bobby Hull had he been Montreal "property" and not a Leaflander from the get-go. Imlachs' Trap System simply wasnt conducive to a pure offensive talent like that, he, along with Brewer & several others lost in space & time, never fulfilling their true potential as a result... and Imlach was absolutely Evil about it. Turning the screws whenever he could. Its a wonder someone didnt kill him with their bare hands quite frankly.... I was lucky enough to be seated beside him at the 1989 HHOF Induction Dinner in Toronto, and for several hours buttonholed him with conversation. Very quiet man, uses words sparsely, sensitive & caring, extremely intelligent.... talk about a pair of mismatched oddballs. Me n' Frank. Guess you had to be there. Pretty hilarious really.

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