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07-16-2011, 08:02 PM
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D Alex Smith



5x Top 10 Goals Among Defensemen(4, 4, 6, 8, 10)
7x Top 12 Assists Among Defensemen(1, 8, 9, 10, 11, 11, 12)
7x Top 14 Points Among Defensemen(6, 6, 7, 7, 8, 11, 14)
1x Stanley Cup Champion
3x Top 9 PIM(4, 8, 9)
Point finishes on team among defensemen(27-28 to 34-35): 2*, 2*, 3**, 1, 1***, 2****, 2****, 2*****

*Behind King Clancy, ahead of Georges Boucher
*Behind King Clancy, and undrafted
***Among those strictly listed as D
****Behind Eddie Shore
*****Behind undrafted



During Peak(27-28 to 34-35)

7th in goals among defensemen
7th in assists among defensemen
5th in points among defensemen

Vs2 Finishes

Goals: 90, 86, 60, 42, 36
Assists: 100, 80, 57, 46, 43, 42, 32
Points: 81, 74, 54, 44, 43, 40, 39

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Known as one of Ottawa's finest athletes, Alex Smith played most sports in his collegiate days but took on a hockey career that saw him become a member of the Ottawa Senators in 1924. He was an outstanding defenceman who helped that team claim the Stanley Cup in the 1926-27 season.

After being claimed by the Detroit Falcons in the 1931 Dispersal Draft, Smith was back in Ottawa one season later. He was traded to the Boston Bruins in 1933 and later wore the New York Americans sweater for his last year in the NHL, 1934-35.
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He passed to Perk Galbraith as Alex Smith swept down from his defense post and fought his way through to the Ottawa net. The Senators defensemen allowed him to remain there while Galbraith passed back to xxx belted the puck down the middle, and Smith cooly slammed the rebound home to deadlock the game.
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The newest players: Hec Kilrea, one of hockey's fastest wingmen; Alec Connell, veteran goalie; and Alex Smith, star defenseman, bolstered Falcons' weak spots.
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They were joined by Ward who tripped Alex Smith. A moment later, Smith threw Hooley Smith over his hip and also joined the boys with the timers.
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At the end of the 2nd period, xxx, a reserve forward for the Canadiens, took exception to Alex Smith checking him after the bell sounded.

Alex Smith obtained possession of the puck and went down the left boards to circle around the Canadien defensemen and landed the puck in the upper corner of the net.
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One player who is coming along splendidly and who is acquiring finish and smoothness under constant work is Alex Smith. One hockey follower pointed out yesterday that Smith is a real scoring threat and instanced the fine change of pace he has acquired in coming in on as a defense.
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Senators were without the services of George Boucher, who had a sore back, and Alex Smith replaced him in stellar style. Boucher's generalship was a bit lacking, but Smith more than made up for it in the vigor of his rushing.

Alex Smith was conspicuous with some fast rushes that threatened danger.
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The Senator roster was nearly completed with the signing of rugged Alex Smith, defense player.
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"Captain" King Clancy played a hard game, and had an able running mate in Alex Smith. "Boots" laid seven shots on the Ranger cage.
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Clancy, Boucher, and Smith carried the defense burden for the locals while at the other end.
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Alex Smith, the raw boned young defenseman who filled the breach when Clancy was out through injuries has stamped himself all over a valuable guard. Smith as not only been forming a perfect defense alongside George Boucher, but he has been sniping goals to keep the Senators in the running or give them victories. He has put to rout even the home town critics who thought he would not measure up to the first string guard.
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It was decided last night by General Manager Gill that Alex Smith will replace George Boucher on the Ottawa defense. The latter is not in his very best form owing an injury to one of his knees received at Pittsburgh some time since and the Ottawa pilot is desirous of having Boucher in top form for the playoffs and not take any chances on further injury in the meantime.

Alex Smith has demonstrated on repeated occasions that he can hold his own in select hockey society and the rougher the games the better he likes them. He has plenty of poundage, is a fast skater, and a good puck carrier as well as being able to shoot the puck at terrific speed.
http://news.google.com/newspapers?id...senators&hl=en

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A sturdy, reliable defenseman in Alex Smith...
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The first period was 3 parts over when Alex Smith obtained possession of the puck and sailed through center. He rounded xxx to get close in for a drive on the Chicago net and the puck nestled in an upper corner. Two minutes later Smith repeated the play with another shot that completely eluded "Chuck" Gardiner, the Chicago net guardian.
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Keith Crowder, RW

Never an elite scorer, Crowder was a diligent backchecker and did the dirty work that needed to be done to create goals and prevent them. He chipped in more than his fair share on offence as well, recording three 30-goal seasons and peaking at 26th in goals and 24th in points in 1985/86. He played on both checking lines and scoring lines during his career.

Crowder never missed the playoffs in his NHL career, and played in one Cup final in 1988 with the Bruins.

He was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1999. (The Windsor/Essex County Sports Hall of Fame).

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Wally Hergesheimer, RW

Surely one the smallest crease-crashers in memory, he was called the "Garbage Collector" for all the garbage goals he scored in his brief but bright peak. After winning the AHL's top rookie award in 1951, Hergesheimer made the Rangers lineup the following season and immediately starting scoring goals.

He was 7th in goals in 1952, 3rd in 1953 (outscoring Rocket Richard in the same number of games), 4th in 1954 and 11th in 1956. Never a playmaker, his top finish in points was 5th in 1953.

He played in two All-Star games, 1953 and 1956.

He was 2nd in Lady Byng voting in 1953, 7th in 1956 and also received votes in 1952.

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Johnny Mowers, G



Summary: Mowers was considered one of the "big 3" goaltenders in the early 40s, along with Frank Brimsek and Turk Broda. He had a brilliant 3 year run:

- A proven "3rd Team All Star" in 40-41, a likely one in 41-42, and a First Team AS in 42-43 all competing against Brimsek and Broda.

- Stanley Cup finals all three years, including a Cup in 42-43.

Then he went off to serve in World War II for three years. When Mowers returned, it was opined that Bill Durnan would finally have competition for his awards (Brimsek and Broda returned late the previous year and weren't considered in form yet). Mowers was 31 by this time, and wasn't able to beat out future HHOF Harry Lumley (who had taken over during the war) to reclaim his starting job.

When Mowers returned from the War, writers were excited that "the last of the old Big 3" was returning and that Durnan would finally have competition for his awards:
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With the return of Johnny Mowers, completing the old "Big Three" of National Hockey League netminding, Goalie Bill Durnan of the Stanley Cup Montreal Canadiens may as well prepare now for a first-class struggle to defend his stranglehold on the Vezina trophy for these last three years
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The other two of goaltending's big three, Frankie Brimsek of Boston and Walter (Turk) Broda of Toronto Maple Leafs rejoined their clubs late last season and this will be their first full test. Now Manager Jack Adams of Detroit Red Wings has decided that the 31 year old Mowers is "ready to go".
-The Calgary Herald, Oct 23, 1946

Before coming back from war, Mowers was considered among the great all-time goalies:
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Bill Durnan, says Coach Dick Irvin - who should know or who should be prejudiced, depending on which way you look at it, is "the best goaler in 20 years in the National Hockey League."

The coach of the Montreal Canadiens admits he's taking in a wide territory with that "20 years" business, but adds that he has formed his opinion while fully aware of the merits of such stars as Charlie Gardiner, Frank Brimsek, Johnny Mowers, George Hainsworth, and Turk Broda.
-Ottawa Citizen, Dec 7, 1945

YEAR BY YEAR:

1940-41 ---

- Second in Calder voting.

-Third in All-Star voting behind Turk Broda and Frank Brimsek
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- A few months into his career, Mowers was already considered "a star in every game" and "one of the chief reasons for Detroit's success":
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Johnny Mowers' brilliant puck stopping is one of the chief reasons for Detroit's success in the National Hockey League wars this season. The new Red Wing goal-tender has been a star in every game played by Jack Adams' club[/B] and latest achievement came at the expense of the Maple Leafs last night in Detroit. He yielded two first-period goals, then shut the Toronto team out during the remainder of the game while his mates went about nosing out the league leaders.
-Ottawa Citizen, Dec 26, 1940

- An article on Jan 3 was titled, Johnny Mowers Is Backbone of Red Wings

- Deciding between Brimsek, Broda, and Mowers for the All Star Team was a tough choice for one writer:
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It is a long time since the N.H.L. had as many high calibre performers as are parading their wares this winter.

First you try to pick a goalie. My gosh! You say to yourself, there is Boston's Brimsek and Detroit's Mowers and Toronto's Broda.
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Then there is Johnny Mowers, a kid just a year out of amateur ranks who is improving so fast, you marvel at his agility, his poise each time you see him.
...
(The writer picks Brimsek for First Team All Star and Mowers for Second Team)
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However, we must admit it was a tough decision to make. Mowers, for a kid of his limited experience, is wizard, and he's going to be one of the really great goalies of all time or we'll be disappointed. Broda, who has always appeared awkward and in past years permitted too many "soft" goals, this year has been nothing short of sensational. He may still appear awkward but certainly hasn't given away any counters as in years gone by.
-The Windsor Daily Star, Feb 25, 1941

- Reached the Stanley Cup Finals

1941-42 ---

- Full All-Star voting isn't available, but it's highly likely that Mowers was 3rd behind Brimsek and Broda, since he was still considered in the same tier as them as a goalie:
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The Quebec Senior Hockey League team had no luck against Frank Brimsek. If the latter isn't the best goaltender in the major circuit, he will do until Turk Broda and Johnny Mowers are seen here
-Ottawa Citizen, Nov 6, 1941 (After Frank Brimsek and Boston shut out the QSHL Ottawa team in an exhibition).

- Reached the Stanley Cup Finals for the second year in a row

1942-43 ---


- Won Vezina Trophy and was voted First Team All Star over Brimsek (and Broda).

- When he signed a new contract at the beginning of the season, he was credited with "carrying" Detroit to the finals the previous two seasons:
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Fast moving Johnny Mowers, whose agility in the nets has twice carried Detroit to the Stanley Cup finals, is equally quick at the cashier's cage
The Calgary Herald, Oct 19, 1942

- Won the Stanley Cup

- At least one writers considered him the star of the playoffs:

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Star of the playdowns was goalie Johnny Mowers who climaxed a season in which he won the Vezina Trophy (for lowest goals scored on him) by blanking Boston with two shutouts on successive nights and these action pictures from Boston demonstrate how Mowers dominated the finals games.
-The Calgary Herald, Apr 13, 1943

- He was the first goalie since Tiny Thompson in 1929 to come up with back to back shutouts in the playoffs (doing so in the final two games). Thompson, however, did it in the first round, not finals.(Source).


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With pick #88, the Pittsburgh Hornets select Rick Smith, D.



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Rick Smith was the Boston Bruins 2nd round draft choice in the 1966 amateur draft. He joined the Bruins to stay during the 1968-69 season and was a member of their Stanley Cup winning team the following season.

By the end of the 1969-70 Rick Smith had the reputation around the NHL as being a very solid, dependable defensive defenseman. He would never add much offensively to a team however he rarely made a defensive error in his own zone. Late in the 1971-72 season Rick was traded to the California Golden Seals. After the 1972-73 season he received a very attractive offer from the WHA Minnesota Fighting Saints and wasted little time in accepting it. He had a very strong 1973-74 season helping the Saints to advance to the Avco World Trophy semi-finals.
Returned to the Bruins in the NHL in 1976 and helped the team to back to back Stanley Cup finals, losing to Montreal on both occasions. He ranked 3rd on the team with 9 assists for the playoffs in 1976-77.

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Rick Smith has all the attributes of a solid major league defenseman with one addition . . . Although a left shot, he plays either side equally well . . . This makes him more valuable because Coach XXXXXXXXX is not afraid to throw him into the game to take over either a right or left defense.
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In 1968, Rick Smith was selected as a second-team all-star while playing defense for the Hamilton Red Wings of the OHA. The Boston Bruins liked what they saw and selected him 6th overall in the 1966 Amateur Draft. He joined the Bruins in 1968-69, making a solid contribution to the team's efforts to secure Lord Stanley in 1970. By then, Smith had established himself as a solid, steady rearguard who always attended to the homework of his own zone.

Early in 1972, he was dealt to the California Golden Seals where he played for two season before jumping to the rival WHA for three years with the Minnesota Fighting Saints.

He then jumped back to the NHL midway through the 1975-76 campaign by signing with the St. Louis Blues. After a short stay, the Bruins reacquired Smith in 1976. There he remained a key member of the Bruin clubs that consistently finished at the top of the standings.
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With pick #81, the Pittsburgh Hornets select Tim Young, C.



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After a successful junior career with the Ottawa 67's, Young made the jump to the NHL, appearing in 63 games with the North Stars in 1975-76. By his second NHL season Young was able to post career highs for goals, assists, and points. He also made an appearance in the 1977 NHL All-Star Game.
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Tim Young was an offensive wizard, particularly because of his playmaking ability. He was a swift skater and deft puck handler as well as a an accurate shooter, but playmaking was his forte. He was an excellent specialty teams player as he was a good penalty killer and was also often used on the point of the North Stars power play. In fact Tim even played a few shifts here and there on defense while at regular strength when injuries depleted the Stars lineup.

Tim stepped in and played respectably in his rookie season - scoring 18 goals and gathering 51 points in 63 games. But he exploded in year two, 1976-77, when he set a then-Minnesota North Stars team record for points with 95. He scored 29 goals and added a career high 66 assists to create the record.

1980-81 was perhaps the greatest if not most surprising moment in North Stars history - their Cinderella run to the 1981 Stanley Cup finals. After scoring 25 goals and 66 points in the regular season, Young upped his play in the playoffs when he was teamed with super rookie Dino Ciccarelli with 3 goals and 14 assists in 12 games as the Stars fell just short of the championship. Perhaps one of the reasons the Stars fell short was that Tim hurt his knee late in the playoffs.
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With pick #109, the Pittsburgh Hornets select Hugh Bolton, D.



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- 6'3", 186 lbs
- Stanley Cup Champion (1951)
- Allan Cup Champion (1950)
- Top-10 In scoring by defensemen twice (6th, 8th)
- Placed 5th, 9th in Norris voting (1955, 1956)
- Played in NHL All-Star Game (1956)

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Hugh Bolton was a natural, all-around athlete in the form of a standout first baseman in baseball, a strong-passing quarterback at football and a hard-hitting rearguard in hockey. He also had a life-long passion for learning, especially about things related to electricity. He started his post-secondary training at Queen's University, but was enticed to join the Toronto Marlboros junior squad which, at the time, was coached by former Leaf great Syl Apps.

...From there, Bolton joined the Leafs as one of the tallest players in the league. But that was about the only distinguished aspect of his game. Otherwise he played an unspectacularly conservative, stay-at-home game in his own zone.

Over his seven-plus seasons with the club, he was also frequently beset by injuries and ailments. One year he developed mononucleosis, an illness that was not fully understood at the time. On another occasion, his jaw was cracked by a shot from the stick of Boom Boom Geoffrion. But through it all, Bolton managed to improve his game from year to year. Near the end of his career, he was usually good for an average of one point per three games played.

But one night in 1956, his NHL career came to a sudden halt while killing a penalty in the Montreal Forum. His skates got stuck along the boards, causing an impact that broke his leg so severely that the bone split right up the middle.
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Originally Posted by Montreal Gazette, 1954-12-22
Doug Harvey, Hugh Bolton and Red Kelly are in the running for the James Norris Trophy... Red Kelly is going to get a real run from Hugh Bolton, one of the surprises of the first half of the season. Up and down between the big league and the minors like a punchy fighter in the past, he appears to have matured overnight and has become a bulwark on the Toronto defense.
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He's a rugged, hard-hitting type of blueline operator. He'll make it rough for incoming puck carriers.
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Originally Posted by Ottawa Citizen, 1952-12-03
Hugh Bolton, a husky defenseman...
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Hugh Bolton, rugged defenseman...
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Originally Posted by Ottawa Citizen, 1953-12-29
Hugh Bolton, outstanding defenseman who has been starring with Ottawa Senators (QHL) and Toronto Maple Leafs this winter...
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Originally Posted by Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, 1954-12-11
Hugh Bolton, former Hornet now playing defense for the Maple Leafs, is getting more rave notices in Canada for his play than any other player...
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Originally Posted by Montreal Gazette, 1955-04-02
Sport Magazine had the captains of the six NHL teams select an all-star team, here it is: Goal, Harry Lumley. Defense, Doug Harvey and Red Kelly. Center, Jean Beliveau. Wings, Rocket Richard and Sid Smith. On the second team are Terry Sawchuk, Bob Goldham, Hugh Bolton, Ted Kennedy, Gordie Howe and ***** *******.
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Originally Posted by Montreal Gazette, 1955-12-08
Hugh Bolton has returned and is credited with putting a lot of thump into the team. Toronto writers say the return of the belting Bolton indicates that the heavy-hitting pattern recently set by newcomers is spreading to the veterans.
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Barilko and other toughs like Bill Eziniki were “ruffians” to Granny. She reserved her praise for the classy Syl Aps and the tenacious Ted Kennedy. She encouraged the underdogs and unappreciated soldiers like Hugh Bolton, master in her mind of the effective “poke check,” which obviated the need for violence.

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Hugh was one of the defensemen in the league that would drop down in front of a player coming in to shoot.
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C/RW Charlie Sands



1x Stanley Cup Champion
3x Top 20 Goals(8, 10, 20)
1x 8th Assists
1x 19th Points

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Forward Charlie Sands played over 400 NHL games with four different clubs in the 30s and 40s. He was a decent offensive player who could check well and rarely found himself in the penalty box.

Born in Fort William, Ontario, Sands played with the local Forts and Port Arthur Ports of the TBSHL before dressing for three games with the Toronto Maple Leafs in 1932-33. He spent most of that season with the IAHL's Syracuse Stars then scored eight goals as a solid role player for the Leafs the next year which included participation in the Ace Bailey Benefit Game.

In May, 1934, Sands was sent to the Boston Bruins for cash. He fit in well and scored 15 goals for his new club while playing on a line with Marty Barry and xxx. Two years later he scored a personal high 18 goals for the club while teaming with Bill Cowley and Rey Getliffe.

Early in the 1939-40 season Sands was sent to the Montreal Canadiens in exchange for Herb Cain. He was a fine checker and playmaker for four years with the Habs before he was loaned to the New York Rangers for a few games in 1943-44. Sands retired in 1945-46 after playing a few contests for the Los Angeles Monarchs of the PCHL.
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During the 1938-39 season, Cowley teamed with Charlie Sands, a smooth skating wing, and Ray Getliffe.
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Bruin's victory, fashioned through the continued brilliance of Cooney Weiland and Charlie Sands, forced Blackhawks to 10 points back of the American division leaders.

Weiland slipped from a melee near the Boston net to hand Sands the puck for the first counter after nearly 16 minutes of the 2nd period. More than 17 minutes of the 3rd had gone when Sands broke away from a Hawk offensive and set up a scoring pass for Weiland.
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C Nicklas Backstrom



1x 1st Team All Rookie
10th in Selke Voting, 09-10
28th in Selke Voting, 08-09
11th in Hart Voting, 09-10
4th in All Star Voting, 09-10
2nd in Calder Trophy Voting, 07-08
2008-2009 Viking Award Winner for Swedish Player of the Year
2006 World Championships Gold Medalist
8th Power Play Goals(08-09)
4x Top 17 Assists(3, 3, 11, 17)
4x Top 40 Points(4, 9, 34, 40)

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Assists: 99, 94, 83, 69
Points: 93, 80, 66, 65

During Career:

4th in Assists(96% of 2nd place Thornton)
9th in Points(89% of 2nd place H. Sedin)

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Displays outstanding patience with the puck, playmaking acumen and a knack for being in the right place at the right time. Is mature and has great instincts for the game. His shot is improving and he also boasts defensive ability.
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“When you’re around him every day you see how talented he is, how driven and how much attention he pays to every little thing, even though he’s that good. That doesn’t go unnoticed.”

Backstrom’s workmanlike attitude was one of the reasons Boudreau named him one of the team’s alternate captains this season. He had previously served as a captain of the Swedish national team as a teenager, but the acknowledgment of his significance to the Capitals gave him pause.
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Nicklas Backstrom cut to center ice, glanced up and saw a gaping hole in the New York Rangers' defense.

Only the hole wasn't there -- yet.

Everything was unfolding at full speed, but in Backstrom's mind it was in slow motion. Then, without a hint of hesitation, the center threaded a pass between two Rangers and onto the stick of xxx, who scored the third of five consecutive goals in the Washington Capitals' 5-4 victory at Madison Square Garden on Dec. 23.

"You see a lot of great passes in your lifetime, but there are only certain people who can make that pass," Coach Bruce Boudreau said. "He's one of those guys, and he did it with all of the confidence that the pass was going to get there. He had 3 1/2 inches, and the puck is three inches in diameter."

It's passes like that -- and the rate at which he's been racking up points recently -- that have the league buzzing about Backstrom. He was expected to blossom into a world-class playmaker someday; it just wasn't supposed to happen three months into his second NHL campaign, just a month after his 21st birthday.

"Every year you want to be better," Backstrom said. "I have that responsibility right now. I get a lot of ice time. I want to be good out there. I don't want to be just some random player."

Backstrom no doubt benefits from playing on the same line as Alex Ovechkin, the reigning most valuable player and the league's third-leading scorer. But what has distinguished Backstrom's play this season is the fact that he has, on many occasions, dominated games on his own. Of his 31 assists, in fact, only 10 have come on goals scored by Ovechkin.

Boudreau has started turning to Backstrom in critical situations, including putting him out for defensive zone faceoffs in close games. The coach has also given him the alternate captain's "A" the past four contests.


But the thing that doesn't need any work is the same one he struggles to explain: his ability to make imaginative passes, such as the one he made to xxx, that surprise opponents and wow fans.

"It's my best thing on the ice, the way I see the ice," he said. "I don't know where it came from. Maybe it was a gift from my parents."

Boudreau couldn't explain it, either.

"I haven't seen many kids his age -- obviously I don't see Sidney Crosby too often -- that can make saucer passes that end up on the guy's stick that aren't bouncing, over two sticks, on to his teammate's," he said. "It's something special."
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Nicklas Backstrom has already cemented his reputation as one of the NHL's best setup men. But over the past month, the 22-year-old Swede has shown he has the potential to be one of hockey's best finishers, too.

"He's shooting the puck," coach Bruce Boudreau said of Backstrom. "He's got a good shot, and it's sneaky quick. We've been asking him for a long time now to shoot more."
http://articles.baltimoresun.com/200...coring-prowess

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This is debatable, but Nicklas Backstrom may have played the best game of the season by a Washington Capitals player. He was that good.

Brian Pothier said he was "disgusting." Bruce Boudreau said there might not be words to describe how great he was. Backstrom just killed the Rangers on almost every shift.
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Backstrom, the Capitals' No. 4 overall draft pick in 2006, showed flashes of his vast potential and scored a goal in Washington's 4-3 overtime loss to Carolina at RBC Center. He also displayed the defensive discipline that has team officials hoping he'll develop into a two-way dynamo, much like fellow Swede Peter Forsberg.
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"A lot of people want to credit Alex, but I credit Nicky with a lot of Alex's success as well," said Boudreau, who rarely hesitates to give his young players more responsibility. Over the past 11 games, Backstrom averaged 2 minutes 14 seconds on the penalty kill, helping the Capitals unit deny its opponent on 50 of 59 opportunities (84.7 percent).

Backstrom knew as a center he needed to improve his defensive play, and his dedication to becoming more well-rounded has not gone unnoticed by his teammates.

"I think he realizes as a center he needs to play down on defense just as well," Fedorov said. "Down low in our zone he's realized he needs to work a little harder and that's what he's done. That's maturity."
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NOHA 1st Team All Star, 1922
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3x Top 16 Goals(7, 10, 16)
1st in NHL in Assists, 1924-25
2x Top 9 PIM(5, 9)
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Well, in 1922 he scored 31 points in 9 games for Sudbury in the NOHA, which also had the Cook brothers in the league with Sault Ste. Marie. Bill had 12 points in 8 games; Bun had 3 in 3. This was Green's best year and one of Bill Cook's worst, but that's one heck of a gap. And it wasn't an age thing; Bill Cook was actually 4 years older than Green.

In 1923 he has 11 points in 7 games; Bun Cook had 5 in 8. Bill had moved on to the WCHL.
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Left-winger Redvers Green played with four different NHL clubs in the 20s. He was an accomplished goal scorer as an amateur and pro and could handle the rough side of the game as well.

The native of Sudbury, Ontario played junior with Toronto De LaSalle, the Parkdale Canoe Club and the NOHA's Sudbury Wolves. He then played with the senior Wolves and the Port Colborne Sailors before making his NHL debut with the Hamilton Tigers in 1923-24. The next year he scored 19 goals playing on a line with Billy Burch and xxx. On December 5, 1924, Green became the eighth player in league history to score at least five goals in a game when he victimized John Ross Roach of the Toronto St. Pats. Following the season he joined most of his teammates with the New York Americans after their labour dispute was quelled by the league.

Green was a solid offensive contributor for three years in New York but the team failed to make the post-season. He toiled briefly for the Detroit Cougars in 1928-29 and played 22 games for the Boston Bruins after being claimed on waivers. Green then played three seasons in the American Hockey Association with the Duluth Hornets and Tulsa Oilers before retiring in 1932.
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Red Green and Burch staged a smart combine and then Hooley went skimming through on a dangerous solo effort that Simpson nipped in the bud.

Green was again at his pestiferous tricks.
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Boucher and Red Green staged a fiery attack to open the third session and missed half a dozen shots by inches.
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Red Green, at left wing, starred throughout the contest and secured two of his...

Red Green, fleet left wing
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Showing the best form they have displayed here this season, the Madisons played a fast game in the early stages with Burch and the two Greens displaying the short passing attack that made them famous in other years. After the attack had served its purpose it was kept in reserve and the sextet devoted themselves to defense.

Red Green worked through the pack and led a fierce rush which gave xxx something to think about...

Red Green was back and New York looked strengthened...
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A lightning shot from Red Green coming off Benedict's pads with a thud.
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The game was featured by sensational playing on the part of Lionel Conacher and Red Green
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Red Green was knocked out with a broken nose and a cut face, He came back into the game with eight stitches decorating his frontispiece

Red Green did yeoman service for New York and took the puck to the net ...
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Eurch, Mchinnon and Red Green, on the American forward line, repeatedly sifted through the Toronto defense on combination plays

Connors and Red Green carried the brunt of the American attack
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Burch, Red Green, McKinnon and Roach stood out in the New York offensive

Red Green, while lie did not score any goals, had many opportunities
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Their combination play thrilled the crowd, and Burch, Red Green and Langlois stood out as ... Red Green also electrified the crowd by some brilliant runs

Himes, Red Green and roused the crowd with a continued assault. but it was ...
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Red Green and Burch flared through on brilliant plays but failed to get by the goalie Connell
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Green and Denneny tangled during the period, which was rough, and were banished from the game.
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ALEX ZHAMNOV


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weight:204
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Zhamnov captained the Chicago Blackhawks

719 pts in 807 games

Zhamnov scored at between 1,35 and 0,70 ppg rate for 12 consecutive years

2002 all-star game
94-95 2nd all-star team
top10 points: 3rd
top10 assist: 10th
top10 goals: 3rd
top10 even-strenght goals: 2nd
top10 powerplay goals:10
top10 shorthanded goals: 7th
top10 game-winning goals:8th

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Zhamnov joined the Winnipeg Jets, with whom he played for four NHL seasons. He had been the Jets' fifth pick, 77th overall, in the 1990 NHL Entry Draft. The lockout-shortened 1994-95 season was Zhamnov's best in the NHL so far. He finished with 30 goals and 65 points in 48 games, good enough for third in the league scoring race behind Jaromir Jagr and Eric Lindros. During the summer of 1996, the Jets relocated to Phoenix, where they became the Coyotes. In August the club sent Zhamnov to Chicago along with minor-leaguer Craig Mills and a first-round draft pick for high-scoring center Jeremy Roenick.
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When he was on top of his game, he was an absolute joy to watch. He was a magnificent skater, blessed with one-step acceleration but more important incredible agility. He was a masterful stickhandler with an underrated (and often under-used) shot. A classic center from the Russian school of hockey, he was a great playmaker first and foremost, and a dependable defensive forward. Although he may never have thrown a body check in his life, he had solid size and was strong on his skates, making him hard to knock off the puck. His physical game was definitely understated

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JASON SPEZZA

height: 6-3
weight: 216
position: center
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532 pts in 526 games

top10 assists: 2nd , 7th
top10 points: 6th
assist per game: 2nd , 2nd , 6th ( 67 games or more )
point per game: 4th , 5th , 6th ( 67 games or more )
3 consecutive 30 goals season even though Spezza is known for his playmaking.
5 consecutive 20 goals season.
Finished 1st in playoff scoring with 22 pts in 20 games
46 playoff pts in 46 playoff games.

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MUD BRUNETEAU

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Won 3 stanley cups with the Detroit Red Wings
top10 goals: 5th , 10th
goals per game: 1st , 6th

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Right-winger Modere "Mud" Bruneteau was a nifty offensive player who ensured himself a permanent place in NHL folklore by ending the longest game in playoff history in 1936. In addition to his overtime heroics, he registered three 20-goal seasons and played on a trio of Stanley Cup championships in Motown.

Bruneteau played solid two-way hockey to help the Wings repeat as Cup champions in 1937, the first U.S. club to do so. By the early 1940s, the clever winger took on a more offensive role with the club. He formed a productive line with Syd Howe and Carl Liscombe and helped Detroit win the Stanley Cup in 1943. The next season, he set a personal high with 35 goals and served as the team's co-captain with Flash Hollett
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Mud Bruneteau of course will forever go down in hockey legend for ending the longest game in NHL history. Come playoff time, the media, be it in print or broadcast, always do a feature on his heroics.

But often lost in the legend of Mud Bruneteau is the fact that he was a very good hockey player."Mud" helped the Wings win another Cup in 1937 but didn't blossom as a player until the Wings 3rd Cup championship in 1943. Often playing with Carl Liscombe and the great Syd Howe, "Mud" led the Wings in goals with 23 goals. He added 5 more in the playoffs, including a hat trick in game one of the Finals against Boston. In 1943-44, Bruneteau had a career high 35 goals in just 39 games.

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After graduating from junior, the talented netminder opted to join the Canadian National Team. He backstopped Canada to 46 victories over two seasons then shared the goalkeeping responsibilities with Andy Moog at the 1988 Calgary Olympics. Following Canada's fourth place finish, Burke joined the Devils and caught fire at the right time. He posted a 10-1 record down the stretch and helped New Jersey make the playoffs on the last night of the regular season. In the playoffs, he was superb as the young club made it all the way to the seventh game of the semi-finals

He played some of the best hockey of his career in 1998-99 with three shutouts, a 2.66 goals against average and selection to participate in the NHL All-Star Game. During the early stages of the following season he was on the move again when the Phoenix Coyotes obtained his services. Burke played well the rest of the year then sparkled in 2000-01 with a 2.27 goals against mark. He backstopped Phoenix to 25 wins and recorded four shutouts and entered the 2001-02 season as the undisputed first stringer for the club and was instrumental in leading the Coyotes to the 2002 playoffs.

Injuries plagued Burke's 2002-03 season as the Coyotes and Burke were never able to get things going throughout the NHL season. He redeemed the year of frustration by leading Team Canada to gold at the 2003 World Championship

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Chicago Blackhawks: 1999-2004
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Offense and Leadership:

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"...terrific speed and dynamic offensive skills."
Teammate Jason York:

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"He's just got so much speed, so much skill. You can tell he wants to win. He's got a lot of heart."
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"Steve Sullivan is an electrifying player who has an indomitable will to win."
Larry Lage, Sporting News:

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3 times Top 10 in SH Goals, including 1st in 2001.

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84, 78*, 69, 67, 64**, 59, 53

*: Vs3, Sakic was 2 and outscored 3rd by 22 points
**: Vs3, Jagr was 2 and outscored 3rd by 17 points


7 seasons over with a Vs2 over 50, 5 over 60 makes him one of the most consistent wingers offensively in this draft.

Sullivan should slot in on our second line as a solid two-way, speedy presence. He will also be on the second PK unit.

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Bill Brydge

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Stay down you crazy *******. Do you want to get killed?
Awards and Achievements:
2 x Allen Cup Champion (1925, 1926)
“3rd Team” All-Star (1933)

Scoring Accomplishments:
Points among Defensemen – 4th(1933), 7th(1934), 10th(1932), 11th(1927)

From 1927 to 1935
9th in Points among Defensemen
5th through 12th were very comparable

From 1932 to 1934
5th in Points among Defensemen

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Brydge developed a reputation as a feared open ice hitter. The stocky defender was noted for his play at both ends of the ice. He and Dutton were counted on heavily in the defensive zone, but both contributed on the score sheet too. Three times he was in the top ten of defensemen scoring in his career.
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Bill Brydge was a stocky defenceman who played the body but could also move the puck up ice effectively. Most of his nine-year career was spent on the New York Americans' defensive brigade in the 1920s and '30s…



Brydge found a home in the "red, white and blue" and was a fixture on the club's defence for six and a half years. His steady play was one of the few bright lights for a franchise that was a perennial outsider when the playoffs began.
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Feared for his open ice hitting
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Brydge spoke from experience. At one time, he had been Toronto’s supposed antidote to Sprague Cleghorn, back when Cleghorn was still with the Canadiens.
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Detroit’s Bill Brydge, in a Boston Garden game two weeks later, tossed “Mr. Bam! Bam! Bammy Shore” hard into the boards. “Cry Baby Shore”, as he was known by his critics, instantly fell to the ice and writhed around as if in great pain. Normally, Shore would have quit the act after seeing that no penalties were being called and be back wreaking mayhem in no time, but this was the real thing. The bruised Bruin was carried from the field of battle by his teammates, and the usually boisterous Garden crowd grew unnaturally silent as it became clear the situation was dire. Shore was laid out on the trainer’s table….
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Bill Brydge was gonna give us some muscle. He was gonna be our bad man. And when Cleghorn came down, he did give it to him the knee, the elbow, the stick. But Cleghorn paid no attention; he just waited. Then the time came and, my, did he straighten out Mr. Brydge. He just made a mess of him. Fifty stitches.
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Originally Posted by Ottawa Citizen – December 15, 1926
Both husky players, they were tough to get around on the defence, but it was their offensive work that featured their play. While Brydge did not score any goals, he was always dangerous carrying the puck.
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Originally Posted by The Border Cities Star – February 3, 1933
Bill Brydge, portly defence player of the New York Americans, set the pace last night as the star-spangled team gave case of its flashiest exhibitions of the National Hockey League season in defeat of the Montreal Canadiens 5-0.



Brydge passed to ________ for the opening goal and scored the second on a pass from ______.... He had another assist on the third goal of the game, passing to ________, and in addition played a great defence game to aid Roy Worters in chalking up a shut-out.



… The more it opened up, the better the Americans looked with Brydge, Red Dutton, and _______ doing fine defense work.
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The greatly improved NY Americans, aided by the sensational defensive play of their goalie, Roy Worters, and Bill Brydge, tonight topped the Boston Bruins, 2-1.

Brydge's poke-checking aided Worters considerably.
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Bill Brydge, the Americans' star defensemen, were penalized, did the Flying Frenchmen display any concentrated aggressiveness.

Bill Brydge's all-around play was one of the features of the battle.
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One man not to be overlooked is Bill Brydge, the redoubtable defenseman, who came in for his share of glory when he tallied New York's second counter.
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Originally Posted by New York Times – January 18th, 1933
AMERICANS DOWN TORONTO SIX, 3-1 - Brydge Is Pace Setter: Led by the sturdy Bill Brydge, who figured twice in the scoring.
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Originally Posted by New York Times – January 12, 1933
Red Dutton and Bill Brydge were extremely vigilant and covered many of the Leafs' sizzling shots.
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Originally Posted by New York Times – December 14, 1932
The bulk of the Spangled Sextet's defense was borne by Bill Brydge, who interrupted numerous Ottawa charges and who also took part in many of the Americans' charges.
[quote=New York Times – December 7, 1931] ... but their efforts in the vicinity of the New York cage were rendered fruitless by the strong defensive work of xxx and Bill Brydge.[quote]

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Only the great work of xxx and Bill Brydge, American guards, prevented the Rangers from piercing their adversaries' net.
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Bill Brydge and xxx combined well to smother numerous sallies into Toronto territory and they frequently started offensive moves.

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With pick #116, the Pittsburgh Hornets select Art Jackson, C.



3x Top 15 Goals (10, 10, 14)
2x Top 15 Assists (5, 12)
3x Top 20 Points (9, 13, 19)

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A slick playmaking centre, Art Jackson had a fine eleven-year NHL tenure in the 1930s and 40s. Statistically his finest years came with the Boston Bruins in the mid-1940s when they lost some of their top skaters to military service. Art was the youngest member of the famous hockey family that included star Harvey "Busher" Jackson.

During his first three pro seasons, he played a checking role with the NHL's Maple Leafs and the Syracuse Stars of the AHL. After spending a year each with the Boston Bruins and New York Americans, Jackson returned to Beantown in 1939-40 and remained there for the next five and a half years.

In Boston, Jackson became a solid playmaker and checker playing as the third centre behind Bill Cowley and Milt Schmidt. He was on hand when the "black and gold" won their second Stanley Cup in three years in 1941. When the Bruins lost the "Kraut Line" of Schmidt, Dumart, and Bauer to military service, Jackson assumed a key role in keeping the team competitive. He registered consecutive 20-goal seasons in 1942-43 and 1943-44 playing on a line with Cowley and Herb Cain. During the early '40s he also had the opportunity to play with his brother, Harvey.
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Both of the Boston tallies were provided by Art Jackson. His first goal was a rink-length solo effort in the second period and during the third session he batted in Herb Cain's rebound.
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Boston Bruins gained a two-games lead over Montreal Canadiens in their Stanley Cup hockey playoff series by putting together an exciting 5-3 triumph tonight before a 12,000 crowd at the Boston Garden. It was the second straight victory for the Bruins.

... Art Jackson, who tallied twice tonight, chalked up No. 1 late in the second and the other with less than a minute to play in the final....

...Then, with about four minutes to go, Canadiens drove furiously for the "equalizer." While they were applying heavy pressure, Art Jackson foiled them by stealing the puck from O'Connor in center ice and speeding down to ram the puck through Goalie ****** who appeared stunned by that spectacular solo effort.
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If Boston had a hero he was Art Jackson, wing, who bagged the first goal at 18:53 of the first period and spearheaded the Bruin attack most of the night.
He'll center the Hornets' third line.

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A combative right-winger with an above average scoring touch, Scott Mellanby entered his 19th NHL season in 2002-03. Over the years, he reached the 20-goal mark eight times and was valuable team leader who often played his best hockey in the post-season. He came by his love of the game honestly as his father, Ralph, was the executive producer of "Hockey Night In Canada" for 19 years.

Born in Montreal, Quebec, Mellanby starred in Toronto with the Don Mills Flyers and Henry Carr Crusaders. After being chosen 27th overall by the Philadelphia Flyers in the 1984 NHL Entry Draft, he joined the University of Wisconsin for two seasons. Following the 1985-86 college season, the young winger turned pro and played two games with the Flyers at the end of the season.

The hard-working youngster scored eleven goals and played solid defensive hockey under Mike Keenan in 1986-87. He also contributed ten points when the club reached the Stanley Cup finals that spring. Mellanby's scoring touch and diligent effort all over the ice made him one of the Philly's top players. In August 1989, he suffered a major setback when he suffered severe nerve and tendon damage to his forearm while coming to the aid of a friend in a barroom incident. He recovered to play two-thirds of the 1989-90 season but was not the same player.

On May 30, 1991, Mellanby was involved in a multi-player deal with the Edmonton Oilers that saw veteran Jari Kurri end up in Philadelphia. The robust forward scored 82 points over two years with the Oilers and helped Edmonton reach the semi-finals in 1992. After the Florida Panthers claimed him at the 1993 Expansion Draft, Mellanby became a regular with the club for seven and a half years.

Mellanby scored 30 goals for the Panthers in 1993-94 and helped them set a new NHL record for an expansion club with 83 points. Two years later, he was an offensive and emotional leader on the young club when it marched all the way to the Stanley Cup final. During this time, he inspired the fans' tossing of toy rats on to the ice after he killed a stray rodent with his stick in the club's dressing room. As the team struggled in the late 1990s, the classy veteran continued to battle. In February 2001, the powerful St. Louis Blues acquired him as they readied themselves for the playoffs. Mellanby scored three goals while helping the club reach the Western Conference championship.

Injuries plagued Mellanby's 2001-02 season, limiting him to 64 games. In 2002-03 he returned to form scoring 26 goals and 57 points while racking up 176 minutes in penalties before signing as a free-agent with the upstart Atlanta Thrashers in the summer of 2004.

As a member of the Thrashers, Mellanby would be named Captain in only his second season with the club. That season he would help the Thrashers reach the playoffs for the first time in franchise history, only to be swept in four games by the New York Rangers.

Following post-season elimination Mellanby officially retird from the game on after 1,431 regular-season games.
career stats:
1431 games played, 364 goals, 476 assists, 840 points, 2479 penalty minutes
136 playoff games played, 24 goals, 29 assists, 53 points, 220 penalty minutes
broke the 20 goal mark 8 times, 30 goals twice
7 seasons with over 50 points, including a career high 70 with the Panthers en route to the 96 Stanley Cup Final




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Irbe was among the first wave of players from Communist countries who were finally allowed to leave their homeland to play in the NHL. He was drafted 196th overall by the Minnesota North Stars in 1989, testament to the team's belief that he might never see North America. Indeed, it was not until two years later that he left Dynamo Riga to play for the San Jose Sharks, which had selected him in the Dispersal Draft of 1991. He had been with Riga for five years, from Rookie-of-the-Year to number one goalie, but when the 24-year-old reached the NHL he knew he had made the big time.

The Sharks were an expansion team, and Irbe spent most of his first year with Kansas City in the IHL, coached by eventual San Jose coach Kevin Constantine. By 1993-94, Irbe was the number one goalie with the NHL team and his impact on the team was unquestionable. He played a then record 74 games and 4412 minutes and led the team to an improbable run in the playoffs. They eliminated the Cup contending Detroit Red Wings in game seven right at the Joe Louis Arena, and in the next round took Toronto to seven games before losing in overtime at Maple Leaf Gardens.

The summer of 1994 saw near tragedy visit Irbe. Back home in Riga he was doing sit-ups one day next to his sleeping dog. At one point he nudged the animal, which woke up and went berserk, tearing and ravaging Irbe's hands and forcing him to go to the hospital. He suffered extensive damage to the tendons and nerves in his hands, and his career was threatened.

The lockout gave him a greater opportunity to recover, but even six months later he still had trouble gripping his stick. His confidence began to wane and of course his play suffered as a result. The playoff performances against Detroit and Toronto in 1993 were to be the best Irbe would do with San Jose. The team faded in the next two years, and his weaknesses were beginning to overshadow his strengths. He was a small goalie who relied on quickness and agility, and these were qualities all his coaches recognized.

A free agent, he signed with the Dallas Stars for 1996-97, but when the Stars pursued Ed Belfour he was let go. After another middling year with Vancouver playing behind Garth Snow, he signed with Carolina and his career underwent an impressive resurgence. He had an impressive 27-20-12 record in 1998-99 and led the team to a division championship before losing to Boston in the first round of the playoffs.

Internationally, Irbe was one of the main reasons Latvia earned a promotion from "B" pool of the World Championships in 1996 to "A" pool in 1997 . Upon being promoted to the "A" pool in 1997, Irbe has gone on to represent his homeland at the 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2004 and 2005 World Championships and saw his first Olympic action for Latvia in Salt Lake City in 2002.

Irbe has gone on to play six seasons with Carolina and was instrumental in leading the team to their first Stanley Cup appearance in 2002, only fall to the Detroit Red Wings. In 2002-03 Irbe and the Canes' were unable to repeat their exploits from the previous year and he would play only 34 games during the season while also suiting up for the AHL's Lowell Lock Monsters after he cleared waivers midway through the season. Entering his sixth season with the franchise in 2003-04, Irbe split the year with ECHL's Johnstown Chiefs and Carolina, before being acquired by the Columbus Blue Jackets in the summer of 2004.
awards:
1984-85 EJC U18 Best Goaltender
1987-88 RSL Rookie of the Year
1988-89, 1989-90 World Championship Gold
1989-90 World Championships Best Goaltender
1991-92 IHL First Team All Star
1993-94 All Star Game
1998-99 All Star Game
2010 IIHF Hall of Fame Inductee

Stats:
Regular Season: 568 Games Played, 218-236-79, 2.83GAA, .899%
Playoffs: 51 Games Played, 23-27, 2.86GAA, .902%
5 times top 10 in shutouts (3,4,6,5,6)

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Time is running out for the Toronto Maple Leafs to solve Arturs Irbe. The Latvian goaltender of the Carolina Hurricanes is just 5-foot-8, but his unique stand-up style has played a big part in frustrating Toronto in the Eastern Conference finals. The Maple Leafs, the top scoring team in the East during the regular season, are on the brink of elimination heading into Game 5 Saturday night, having scored just four goals in four games against Irbe. "He's been one of the toughest goalies to play against," Alexander Mogilny said. "His style is so different. You are used to seeing NHL goalies play butterfly. This guy kind of goes right at you with those two white pillows."

Irbe stopped 31 shots in a 3-0 victory at Toronto on Thursday night, almost single-handedly giving the Hurricanes a 3-1 lead in the best-of-seven series. So far, Irbe has turned away 99 of 103 shots against the Maple Leafs and has a goals against average of 1.51 and save percentage of .943 in 11 postseason games.

"With the game that he played he had some of them shaking their heads," Carolina general manager Jim Rutherford said Friday at practice.
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Thanks to Arturs Irbe the San Jose Sharks aren't playing like an expansion team.
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Arturs Irbe tilted his head back against a wall in the Sharks' dressing room, smiled at his questioner and said, "Unbelievable."

Irbe's best night of the post-season helped the Sharks to a 3-2 victory over the Detroit Red Wings and moved them into the second round of the NHL playoffs. He stopped all 11 Detroit shots in the final period, including one in front of the goal in the last 30 seconds after the Red Wings pulled their goalie, Chris Osgood.

The Sharks seemed to know they could rely on Irbe.


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With pick #137, the Pittsburgh Hornets select Shirley Davidson, F


Davidson is seated on the floor.

6th in Scoring 1983
5th in Scoring 1894
2nd in Scoring 1896
1895, 1897 Stanley Cup Champion
7th leading scorer of the 1890s

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Shirley Davidson, Bob MacDougall, Graham Drinkwater and ****** ****** formed the astonishing forward line which delighted the Vic.'s admirers. Davidson comes naturally by his hockey prowess, for the Davidsons play as soon as they can walk. Inheriting judicial instincts, he is one of the cleanest players on the ice, a well known fact that has more than once made him the mark for attack by opponents less fair, but even under these circumstances he has seldom tried to "get even," nor has he taken up time in "grousing." He is in the game for the game itself.
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Shirley Davidson stood 5' 6" and weighed 150 lbs. He was the outstanding player of the first challenge loss in Febuary and tallied twice to help the Vics regain the Cup in December... He was a swift player noted for his ability to dodge.
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Originally Posted by Montreal Gazette Feb. 14, 1935
"Turning Back Hockey's Pages" by D.A.L MacDonald

Shirley Davidson's name goes down in hockey history as one of great players of the game. He was the brightest star of the Vics, who boasted such outstanding players as Graham Drinkwater and ... MacDougall and it was said of him he never turned in a poor game. A fast skater and a tricky stickhandler, he could shoot with deadly accuracy. He was also a very good checker and particularly adept at breaking up opponent's attack.
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Originally Posted by The Quebec Saturday Budget Jan. 26, 1895
Then some end and end play followed, until Shirley Davidson got the puck and started like lightning for the Quebec stronghold...

...The Vics forward line was admirable... Shirley Davidson and Rankin were the conspicuous figures...
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Originally Posted by The Quebec Saturday Budget Jan. 15, 1898
Montreal hockey has lost one if its most brilliant players, in the person of Shirley Davidson, who has left to take up residence in Jamaica. Shirley Davidson has long been the star of the Victoria team, and his forward play has been a feature of the championship team.


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Larry Patey, C



-Led the Golden Seals in scoring in 1974-75 with 45 points (lol).

Selke Record
-17th in Selke voting in 1980
-3rd in Selke voting in 1981 (behind Bob Gainey and Craig Ramsey)
-6th in Selke voting in 1982
-29th in Selke voting in 1983 (yeah, it goes that far, heh)

Penalty Kill

-Over his career, he was on the ice for 41% of his team's penalty kills (top 40 since expansion), for PKs 5% better than league average

-In 1979-80, the Blues had the best PK in the league, and in 1980-81, it was second best. Patey was a top unit killer both seasons.

-Led the league in SHGs in 1980-81. Also finished 3rd, 5th, 9th in SHGs.

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Originally Posted by Len Frig
Larry was an annoying and antagonistic player to the other team. He was a ferocious checker, even in practice.
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Originally Posted by Larry Patey
My strength was my skating. I was also fairly aggressive.
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Originally Posted by Jim Moxy, Seals Teammate
He was strong and smart with the puck.
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Originally Posted by Dave Gardner, Seals Teammates
He was a great penalty killer who scored short handed goals and was a great team guy. He was so strong on his skates, he was almost never knocked over. His skating style was a lot like Wayne and Larry Hillman. He had good hands and shot the puck well. We were young and I think he lost something having to play for our team.
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Originally Posted by Shorthanded...
He seemed to play his best (offensively) against the better teams in the league
-Above quotes from Shorthanded: The Untold Story of the Golden Seals: Hockey's Most Colorful Team, by Brad Kurtzberg

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Originally Posted by legendsofhockey
Once in the Blues' fold, he was remolded into a defensive specialist. He joined XXX as collective gadflies to the oppositions' top lines. In the process, Patey became and accomplished short-handed scorer, pumping home eight goals in 1981?a Blues' team record. He also finished as a runner-up to Canadiens' Bob Gainey for the Frank Selke Trophy as the league's best defensive forward.
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Patey emerged as a top defensive forward in St. Louis. He formed a suffocating defensive tandem with winger XXX over the next 7 seasons
...
A devastating back injury all but ended Patey's career in 1983.
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I was also a big fan of the following:
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Larry Patey (the best PK in Blues history and a threat)
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-Favorite Blues Players of All Time (old hfboards thread)


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With pick #144 the Pittsburgh Hornets select Wayne Babych, RW.



- 5'11, 191 lbs
- 438 points in 519 games
- 16 points in 41 playoff games
- career adjusted 0.54 ESPPG
- NHL ESG leader (1981) - was 6th in total goals and 15th in points
- 4 20+ goal seasons

Chosen 3rd overall in the 1978 Amateur Draft, the St. Louis Blues had big plans for the right winger, and he responded with 27 goals in his rookie year of 1978-79. Babych followed that up with a 26-goal outing the next year before exploding for 54 goals and 96 points in 1980-81. 438 points in 519 NHL games.

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scouting reports:

"was leading candidate for calder before injury... strong-skating... personable and amusing"

"hard nosed player, has trouble staying injury-free... "

"gifted natural athlete...fast skater with excellent shot..."

"big, strong, excellent skater, awesome shot, combative nature"

"has settled into niche as a two-way worker... has all the equipment to be a top star... "

"lost a lot of his speed, but was one of the game's best forecheckers... good at working the boards and will hit or be hit to make a play... good upper body strength, can hold his own in the corners... "
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Originally Posted by blueshockeylegends
Wayne Babych was on the verge of becoming the dominant power forward of his generation. Then disaster struck.

At 5'11" and 190lbs, he was quite a bit smaller than his brother, but his upper body strength was second to none. He could dominate the boards and corners and he hit like a truck.

Babych would score 26 goals, 36 assists and 63 points, all then-rookie records for the franchise. He was a finalist in rookie of the year voting that saw the Calder Trophy go to Smith of the Minnesota North Stars. After a 59 game sophomore season where he scored 26 goals and 61 points, Babych benefited more than most with the resulting coaching change. The following season... Babych erupted for a 54 goal-96 point season, though he could only muster 2 playoff tallies in 11 games.

Babych was as big of a star in St. Louis as any athlete let alone hockey player. He would sign a 4 year contract worth over $400,000 with a $125,000 signing bonus, huge dollars for 1981.

That would be the apex of Babych's career. He could have been the best power winger of the 1980s. He could skate, shoot, score, hit and fight. He was a highly underrated fighter who was not afraid of the odd dust-up no matter who his opponent was.

In a pre-season game Babych dropped the gloves with one of the biggest, baddest goons of the day. Just as Babych was about to throw a punch, the linesman intervened, grabbing his arm. Babych's rotator cuff was severely ripped.

Doctors tried a lengthy rehabilitation process followed by surgery to take the rotator cuff apart and rebuild it. They were never able to properly fix it, but Babych tried to play on, despite the pain.

But he was never the same. He even worsened the injury due to more fighting.
Quote:
Originally Posted by The Windsor Star Oct. 31, 1978
This guy back-checks and everything. He's built like granite, says Plager... He's a heckuva hockey player.
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Scouting report:
A tremendous skater, he's equipped with a strong shot and quick release. He's a consistent scorer who can put the puck in the net from any angle. Overpowers goalies with strong shot.

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Garth Butcher, D



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A scrappy defenceman and solid team leader, Garth Butcher played nearly 900 NHL games in the 1980s and '90s. Although his scoring statistics were formidable in junior, he focused on looking after his own end and making opposition forwards pay the price in the NHL
...
he became a constant physical presence in his own end. He also became a team leader and one the craftiest defensive blueliners in the wide-open Western Conference. ...
- RH shot makes it easier for him to clear from the right side of the PK

- Played in the 1993 All Star game, despite only scoring 15 points that season (211 PIMs though)

- Brett Hull selected a "St. Louis Blues Dream Team" in honor of his HHOF induction. His seven defensemen: Scott Stevens, Garth Butcher, Steve Duchesne, Al MacInnis, Phil Housley, Jeff Brown, Chris Pronger. (Source)

- 1986–87: Hume Award (Unsung Hero) and Most Valuable Teammate - Vancouver Canucks
- 1988–89: Tracker Award (Most Aggressive) - Vancouver Canucks

- St. Louis Blues captain from 1991-92.

- Selected to play in the World Championships for Canada in 1992.

Hitting and agitating opponents

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Butcher played an aggressive style and earned a reputation as a classic "needler" who distracted opponents or provoked them into taking penalties.6 In 1989, Gerard Gallant of the Detroit Red Wings was suspended five games for retaliating and deliberately attempting to injure Butcher.7
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Originally Posted by St. Louis Post Dispatch, 1991
For now, the task of defending the team honor probably will fall on the punching skills of four players: veteran pugilist Darin Kimble, young ruffian Kelly Chase, veteran agitator Garth Butcher and newcomer Brendan Shanahan, whose signing as a free agent resulted In the loss of Stevens
...
He (Snepsts) noted that the Blues, especially Butcher, kept banging Probert In the playoffs until the guy began taking unwise penalties. "Butch is something else," Snepsts said. "When we were in Vancouver that one year, he threw the whole Calgary playoffs out of whack. He was yapping at their whole bench, and he drove (coach] XXX nuts. They were running out of their positions, trying to get Garth."
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he is more agitator than fighter.
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"You can do as much physical and mental damage just by hitting them with body checks as by fighting them," Butcher said.
Leadership

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Originally Posted by Brent Parker, GM of Regina Pats in 2005
We are excited to have Garth come back to Regina as Team WHL Honorary Captain. Garth was a true warrior during both his WHL & NHL careers and provided the exceptional leadership and team-first qualities we want in our players today. It will be special to have him back in his hometown for the ADT Canada/Russia Challenge
Garth Butcher Named ADT Canada/Russia Challenge Honourary Captain

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Originally Posted by Brian Sutter, coach
(player traded for Butcher)brought a lot of physical presence to our team, but Garth replaces that and gives you some more in experience and leadership.
-Blues get Butcher, Quinn From Canucks

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Jocelyn Guevremont, D

Position: Defenseman
HT/WT: 6'2", 202 lbs
Shoots: Right
Nickname(s): "Josh"



- Member of Team Canada in the 1972 Summit Series
- Played in the NHL All-Star Game in 1974
- 84 goals, 307 regular season points in 571 games played.
- 4 goals, 21 playoff points in 40 games played.

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As a junior rearguard with the Montreal Junior Canadiens from 1968 to 1971, Jocelyn Guevremont established some very impressive credentials, especially for his offensive work from the point.

The newly-formed Vancouver Canucks made the young rearguard their first-ever amateur selection in the 1971 Amateur Draft. And although he lacked defensive skills during the early going, he applied himself steadfastly to balance his game. As such, he finished his rookie campaign with a league-record 51 points, the most, up to that time, scored by a rookie.

As an offensive specialist, Guevremont continued his industrious efforts to shore up his defensive game. The results came to fruition after his trade to the Buffalo Sabres in 1974. There he succeeded in maintaining his offensive output while landing on the positive side of the plus/minus scale year in and year out.
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He was the top offensive defenseman of the 1971 draft and was dubbed as the next Bobby Orr. So highly regarded was the two time Memorial Cup champion that the Vancouver Canucks selected Guevremont third overall behind none other than hockey legends Guy Lafleur and Marcel Dionne.

He impressed enough that he was asked to represent Canada at the inaugural top level international hockey showdown as Team Canada took on the Soviets in the 1972 Summit Series. He did not play in the tournament though, as his wife, who accompanied him to Moscow, fell ill and came home to a Canadian hospital.
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The Sabres of the 1970s were known for their hulking, physical defenders. Guevremont didn't necessarily fit in with that group more so than complimented it nicely with his different approach. Guevremont was a regular power play power point quarterback in Buffalo.
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As a young prospect of the Canucks, Jocelyn Guevremont represented Vancouver in team Canada at the 1972 Summit. He was a soft blueliner with impressive puck handling skills and good sense of positional hockey. Besides the 1972 series where he didn’t actually get a chance to play Team USSR, he showcase impressive defense performance against the Soviet Wings club during their 1975-76 Super Series game in Buffalo.
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Originally Posted by Harlan Cleveland, The Knowledge Executive
the Canucks' brilliant Jocelyn Guevremont
Quote:
Originally Posted by Richard Beddoes, Hockey!
In his second attempt at the draft, Poile selected Jocelyn Guevremont, a big French-Canadian defenseman
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Originally Posted by Stan Fischler, The All-New Hockey's Top 100
when a blazing shot by defenseman Jocelyn Guevremont


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Jim Riley, LW

Position: Left Wing
HT/WT: 5'11", 185 lbs (non-adjusted size)
Shoots: Right
Nickname(s): "Big Jim"



- 94 goals, 120 regular points in 167 PCHA games played.

Quote:
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...left winger Jim Riley, who played seven seasons with the Metropolitans between 1916 and 1924, a run that included four all-star team selections (one 1st and 3 2nds) for him and two championships for his team. He also finished second in the league goal scoring race twice, lighting the lamp 23 times in 1920-21 and 16 times in 1921-22.

He also scored a key OT goal in the sold-out home opener in the new building in Seattle in the 1916-17 season, spurring a season-long fan base and allowing the team to edge Vancouver by one game and avoid a playoff against a healthy Cyclone Taylor, the Mets going on that year to compete for the Stanley Cup against the Habs.
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Originally Posted by Legends of Hockey
After spending the 1916-17 and 1917-18 seasons with the Metropolitans, Jack Riley put his hockey career on hold while he was a member of the Military. Returning to the Metropolitans line up in 1919-20, Riley took part in the Stanley Cup Challenge Series and was a PCHA Second Team All-Star at left wing and repeated the same feat in 1921 and again in 1922.
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Originally Posted by Sporting News, 1921
Jim Riley, the famous Seattle hockey star, is another slated for promotion. Riley is the Babe Ruth of the circuit and let it be mentioned also that at the
keystone bag he has no peer in this company, although only breaking in this season. Riley started the season batting just above the pitchers. Today he’s
in the clean-up hole on the Vancouver squad and delivering all the time
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At 5’11” tall and 185 pounds Riley was a big man by the standards of the era, Riley remained in Washington that fall, joining the Seattle Metropolitans of the PCHA, and it was there that “Big” Jim really made a name for himself on the ice. Riley played seven seasons with the Metropolitans between 1916 and 1924, a run that included two league championships and four all-star team selections.3 He also finished second in the league goal scoring race twice, lighting the lamp 23 times in 1920-21 and 16 times in 1921-22.

Riley signed with the Black Hawks and made his NHL debut on January 19, 1927 against the Toronto Maple Leafs, a game won by Chicago in overtime 4-3. He only lasted three games with the Black Hawks, but his return impressed one of his former teammates who was also coaching in the NHL, Frank Foyston. Foyston and Muldoon worked out a cash deal that sent Jim to the Detroit Cougars on January 31. In Detroit he was reunited with four of his former Seattle teammates and played in six games with the Cougars, picking up a pair of assists and 14 penalty minutes.
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James Riley, known for his prowess in baseball and hockey.
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Originally Posted by Christian Science Monitor, 1927
James Riley of Seattle, one of the heaviest players in hockey, has signed with the Chicago Black Hawks

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Guy Chouinard, C

Position: Centre
HT/WT: 5'11", 175 lbs
Shoots: Right
Nickname(s): "Gramps"



- 205 goals, 575 regular season points in 578 games played.
- 9 goals, 37 playoff points in 46 games played.
- 1 Top-10 in goals, 1978-79 (4th)
- 2 Top-10's in assists, 1978-79 (9th) and 1982-83 (10th)
- 1 Top-10 in points, 1978-79 (6th)
- 0.99 point-per-game in his career

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Growing up in Quebec City, Guy Chouinard was known for his ability to score goals. All through his days of minor hockey, he scored seemingly at will, as many of the natural goal scorers do. So good was Chouinard that he was a regular with the QMJHL's Quebec Remparts at the age of 15.

Chouinard finally got his chance to play in the NHL on a full-time basis in 1976-77, playing 80 games and scoring 17 goals and 50 points. He improved to 28 goals and 58 points the next year but it was the 1978-79 season when he had the year of his life, scoring 50 goals and 57 assists for 107 points. That excellent year was followed by a pair of 31-goal seasons, the second of which came in Calgary, after the club had re-located there for the 1980-81 season.
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This clever center racked up some respectable numbers during his 10 year NHL career.

Guy Chouinard emerged as the Flames offensive leader. Teaming memorably with Billy MacMillan, Chouinard was a creative offensive force with a deadly accurate shot and soft hands. For a brief time he was considered to be the third best center in the National Hockey League.

Guy's defensive play improved significantly, readying him for the NHL. He quickly became one of the offensive catalysts on the Flames team. In 1978-79 Guy exploded for 107 points, including 50 goals, becoming the first Flame to reach the magic 50 goal plateau, and the 21st player in NHL history. It was a tremendous season where everything seemed to go in for Guy. He had eleven 2 goal games and was held of the score sheet just 16 times in 80 games. He would finish third in All Star voting, ranking behind only Marcel Dionne and Bryan Trottier.
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The following season Guy had 77 points in 76 games and in 1980-81, now relocated in Calgary, he was off to another flying start. But then he suffered a serious shoulder dislocation, causing him to miss 28 games. He still managed to score an impressive 83 points in only 52 games and another 17 points in 16 playoff games. In 1981-82 Guy's injury problems continued. Despite a nagging groin pull, he scored a fine 80 points in 64 games.

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