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05-04-2013, 09:32 AM
Dennis Bonvie
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Originally Posted by Killion View Post
Yepp. Played in Toronto with usually Tiger Williams & Jack Valiquette. Boutette was a little piston. Hard driver. What he lacked in size, True Grit. He played "big". Was crafty but not as skilled as say a Keon or H.Richard. More abrasive, in your face. Fairly typical of Toronto's front line at that time. Middlin. Journeyman.
When in Hartford Pat was more than gritty & abrasive. He was dirty. Mostly with his stick.

You are correct, though, about him being crafty. One of the best I've ever seen at getting away with interference away from the play. In 1980 the Whalers came from 3 goals down to tie the defending champion Canadiens 5-5. They scored the tying goal with the goalie pulled. Boutette had his stick hooked around Dennis Herron's waist from behind during a mad scramble at the crease. Brass Bonanza blasts as Herron and other Canadiens go nuts, Patty chuckling to himself.

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