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07-26-2011, 06:19 AM
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Geoff Sanderson


Awards and Achievements:
2 x NHL All-Star (1993, 1997)

2 x World Championship Gold Medalist (1993, 1997)

Scoring Accomplishments:
Goals – 14th(1997), 15th(1994), 18th(1993), 18th(2003)

Peak Years: 1993 to 1997
37th in Points, 66% of 2nd place Adam Oates
17th in Goals, 82% of 2nd place Brendan Shanahan

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Quote:
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Geoff Sanderson was a bit of a funny case. He was blessed with amazing speed and had a nose for the net. Six times in he scored over 30 goals in a season, topping out at 46 goals in 1992-93. At the top of his game Sanderson could be compared to a poor man's Mike Gartner.

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Baldy Cotton


Awards and Accomplishments:
Stanley Cup Champion (1932)

NHL All-Star (1934)

Scoring Accomplishments:
Points – 14th(1930), 20th(1931)
Goals – 13th(1930)
Assists – 7th(1931), 16th(1930)

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Originally Posted by Maple Leafs Top 100
Smythe liked that Cotton had a feisty nature and was willing to throw his body around. He was also a top checker and penalty killer. The Leafs had to add $9,500 along with the rights to Gerry Lowrey to complete the deal, but Smythe was more than pleased to add a player with the courage displayed by Cotton.
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Smythe willingly paid the high figure because he felt he was getting gutsy player – just what his team needed in 1929.



After four years and 24 goals with the Pirates he joined the Leafs, where he made a strong contribution as a persistent checker and quality penalty killer. He played well on a line with Ace Bailey, although he only stood 5’10” weighted only 155 pounds, he was fearless and very willing to mix it up. He hurled his body around the ice and took plenty of spills as a result. On one occasion he got carried away and challenged referee Cooper Smeaton to a fight, but was talked out of it. Another time, when Cotton learned that a Leafs-Bruins play-off game was going to be stopped because no on e could score, he blurted out: “Nobody is going to call this game!” That was the spirit Smythe was looking for when he acquired the feisty Cotton.

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07-26-2011, 01:33 PM
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Murph Chamberlain


Awards and Achievements:
2 x Stanley Cup Champion (1944, 1946)

7 x Stanley Cup Finalist (1938, 1939, 1940, 1943, 1944, 1946, 1947)

Scoring Accomplishments:
He didn't rack up any top-20s, but he did have some respectable percentages: 61(1944), 59(1939), 57(1941), 51(1940), 50(1946), 46(1943), 45(1942)

Play-off Points - 6th(1939), 8th(1944), 9th(1946)
Play-off Goals - 4th(1944), 5th(1946)
Play-off Assists - 4th(1939), 10th(1944), 10th(1947)

Peak Years: 1939 to 1947
23rd in Points, 54% of 2nd place Bill Cowley
35th in Goals, 52% of 2nd place Bryan Hextall
14th in Assists, 62% of 2nd place Toe Blake

10th in Play-off Points, 66% of 2nd place Maurice Richard
11th in Play-off Assists, 64% of 2nd place Carl Liscombe
11th in Play-off Assists, 55% of 2nd place Elmer Lach

Style of Play:
Quote:
Originally Posted by Montreal Canadiens official website
When Dick Irvin took over the reins of the Canadiens in 1940-41, he felt that his Habs were not tough enough to make it to the top of the NHL pile. Irvin found his man in Erwin Graves Chamberlain, who had previously played under his orders for three seasons in Toronto. It proved to be $7500 well spent as the 5-foot-11 forward, known to everyone but his parents as “Murph”, policed the ice at the Forum for most of the next decade.

An outgoing dressing room favorite, Chamberlain spent the better part of two seasons as a rugged two-way forward in Montreal before being traded for Brooklyn American Red Heron. Each player’s rights, however, remained with their original team through the end of the 1941-42 schedule.

The next season, Chamberlain was rented to the Boston Bruins where he enjoyed his most productive season to date before being repatriated by the Canadiens prior to the 1943-44 campaign. The gritty forward played alongside Ray Getliffe and Phil Watson on a trio that soon picked up a moniker of its own.

“The Gabby Line”, as valuable as it was voluble, provided solid secondary scoring as Chamberlain, who was perennially among the NHL’s 10 most penalized players, reinforced the team’s toughness. He was also good for morale. Quick with a quip and always ready for a good time, life in dressing rooms, hotel lobbies and railroad cars was never boring when Chamberlain was with the team.
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Originally Posted by Dick Irvin
”Murph” is one of the best defensive forwards to break into the NHL in several years… Right now he’s as good as any rookie in the league, and, with the exception of Apps, I think Chamberlain is as good at this stage as any to come up during the last few seasons… Chamberlain’s defensive ability more than makes up for any lack of offensive strength.
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Originally Posted by Tommy Gorman
Chamberlain and _______ are not for sale. We need them for those gruelling games on the road.
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Originally Posted by The Leader-Post – January 13, 1938
His crude checking, which brought numerous penalties in the season’s first games, has been smoothed.

It’s not often Chamberlain’s name is seen in the scoring summaries. So far he’s only assisted on six goals and scored none himself. But primarily he is a checking center, flanked by Nick Metz and _______ on a line usually sent out to duel with the opposition’s first stringers.

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07-26-2011, 01:54 PM
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Ilkka Sinisalo, RW

Position: Right Wing
HT/WT: 6'1", 190 lbs
Shoots: Right
Nickname(s): "Ilkka Score-a-goal-a"



- 1 Top-10 in Power Play goals and Shorthanded goals.
- 2 Top-10's in Game-Winning goals and Shooting Percentage
- 204 goals, 426 regular season points in 582 games played.
- 21 goals, 32 playoff points in 68 games played.

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Originally Posted by Flyers Heroes of the Past
Can you name the Flyers' all-time leading goal scorer among European players? Here's a hint: He also ranks fourth all-time in goal scoring among his countrymen who have played in the NHL. He is also a member of his country's hockey Hall of Fame.

The answer: Ilkka Sinisalo. The smooth-skating Finn was one of the Flyers' unsung heroes of the 1980s; a steady, reliable performer who could be used in all game situations. While most of the accolades went to players like Brian Propp, Tim Kerr, Rick Tocchet, Peter Zezel and playmaking center Pelle Eklund, Sinisalo was quietly one of the club's most consistent performers for nine solid seasons. Opponents overlooked Sinisalo's talents at their own peril. It was for good reason the Spectrum's famous Sign Man dubbed the player "Ilkka Score-a-goal-a". The right winger stands eighth in points among all Finns who've ever suited up in the NHL. Current Flyers forward Sami Kapanen is currently tied with Sinisalo for eighth on the list, but Sinisalo played over a hundred fewer NHL games.
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Originally Posted by Brian Propp
Ilkka was the first European forward with the Flyers that really fit in well. He had fantastic scoring ability, especially on breakaways. He played great two-way hockey and had a great sense of humor which he shared in the locker room. Ilkka's greatest assets were his speed and his shooting percentage. If he had an open shot, he rarely missed.

If we had the shootout back in those days, Ilkka would have been one of our best players at it, he was great on breakaways
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Originally Posted by Legends of Hockey
He would play with the Flyers for nine seasons, along the way having two seasons where he scored seventy plus points and helping the team get to the Stanley Cup finals in both 1985 and 1987. Sinisalo would leave Philadelphia in 1990 signing as a free agent with the Minnesota North Stars only to be traded towards the end of the season to the LA Kings. He would finish his career in the NHL as a King in the 1991-92 season.
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Originally Posted by Ilkka Sinisalo
The physical game in the NHL was an adjustment for me, hitting and getting hit.
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Originally Posted by Flyers Heroes of the Past
In retrospect, Sinisalo's rookie NHL season was as solid as anyone could have hoped for. In just 66 games of action, he scored 15 goals and totaled 37 points. His +18 defensive rating was fourth best on the club.

Sinisalo started to blossom in his third season, although the Flyers finished third in the Patrick Division in what proved to be McCammon's final season in Philadelphia. On the ice, he scored 29 goals as a member of the Flyers' second line, including four game-winners. He also received extensive penalty killing duties and shined in that role, scoring three shorthanded goals.

Now 28 years old, Sinisalo entered the 1986-87 campaign gunning for his first 40-goal season. Instead, he spent much of the season on the shelf, nursing a knee injury sustained in November, following by a cracked metatarsal suffered after blocking a shot in a late-March tilt. The injuries limited the Finn to just 42 regular season games, in which he put up 30 points (10 goals) and a +14 rating.
Quote:
Originally Posted by Peter Zezel
With Ilkka, all I had to do was get him a lead pass or lay it out to him. I knew he would then beat his man and the puck would be in the back of the net
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Originally Posted by Greatest Hockey Legends
Ilkka Sinisalo was a terribly underrated forward on some strong Philadelphia Flyers teams during the 1980s. Often overlooked by the likes of Brian Propp, Mark Howe, Tim Kerr, Pelle Lindbergh and Ron Hextall, Sinisalo quietly was a key cog in the Philadelphia team that twice reached the Stanley Cup finals.

Undrafted by the NHL, the HIFK (Finland) left shooting right winger was signed by the Flyers in 1981 as an undrafted rookie free agent, a practice that is now forbidden for European players under the NHL collective bargaining agreement. The Flyers made other teams look foolish for not taking a chance on this fine player.
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An exceptional skater, Sinisalo was an unheralded two way winger. He had great hockey sense and vision which made him a regular on both the power play and penalty kill. He was a good compliment to the immovable Tim Kerr on Flyers power plays. Sinisalo would use his one step quickness to get into passing lanes, often acting as a diversion while Kerr got into position in front of the net. He also possessed deadly wrist and backhand shots. On the penalty kill Sinisalo's speed and anticipation made him a regular. At regular strength Sinisalo was equally strong at both ends of the ice. He ranks high on the Flyers all time +/- leader list.

When healthy, Sinisalo was a consistent 30 goal/70 point scorer. However health was a luxury for Sinisalo, as he only played in excess of 70 games in 3 of his 10 full NHL seasons

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07-26-2011, 02:28 PM
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Todd Marchant

Awards and Achievements:
Stanley Cup Champion (2007)

Selke voting – 7th(2003), 8th(2000), 10th(2001), 1 vote in 2007 and 2008

Short-Handed Ice Time - 2nd(2002), 2nd(2010), 2nd(2011), 3rd(2002), 4th(2009), 6th(2004), 8th(2001), 11th(2008), 15th(1998), 15th(1999), 17th(2000), 19th(2007)

Scoring Accomplishments:
Short-Handed Goals – 5th(1997), 5th(2001), 5th(2010), 6th(2001), 10th(2007), 11th(1995), 20th(2009)

Style of Play:
Quote:
Originally Posted by Greatest Hockey Legends
Speed was the key to his game. Marchant was as a quick a player as there was in the NHL in his day. Offensively he was known as a strong one on one player on the rush, using his speed to go the outside of a flat-footed defender then driving to the net. He never had the hand skills to be much of a goal scoring threat. Only once did he reach the 20 goal mark in a season, though his speed generated plenty of chances.

Defensively he is used his speed and his fearless tenacity to excel on the penalty kill, where he was a threat to score, and as a strong forechecker, where he often launched his small body into larger defensemen. His grittiness and effectiveness made him frustrating to play against. He quickly settled into the third line center's role, taking big faceoffs, killing key penalties and neutralizing the opponents top players.
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Originally Posted by Edmonton Oilers Heritage website
Marchant would go on to become the team’s top penalty killer and was soon assigned to check all of the top centres who faced the Oilers.

In Edmonton, Marchant established himself as one of the premier defensive forwards in the NHL. In the five NHL seasons between 1998-99 and 2002-03, Marchant won the Oilers team award as Best Defensive Forward four times.
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Originally Posted by The Hockey News
Has a strong reputation for his penalty-killing, checking and leadership ability. Is still a great skater and can line up at all three forward positions.


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07-27-2011, 01:25 AM
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Kelly Hrudey


Awards and Achievements:
Vezina Voting – 3rd(1988), 4th(1991), 5th(1986), 7th(1992), 11th(1987), 11th(1989), 11th(1993)

All-Star Voting – 6th(19910, 7th(1989), 8th(1988), 8th(1994), 10th(1986), 10th(1992)

Statistical Accomplishments:
Save Percentage – 2nd(1986), 5th(1988), 5th(1991), 8th(1985), 9th(1992), 10th(1995)

Play-off Save Percentage – 1st(1985), 3rd(1991), 4th(1987), 6th(1986), 9th(1993)

Goalie Point Shares – 2nd(1986), 2nd(1989), 3rd(1992), 5th(1988), 5th(1995), 7th(1994), 10th(1991)

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07-27-2011, 02:17 AM
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Walt Buswell, D

- 5'11, 170 lbs
- Left-handed shot



Quote:
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He was probably Montreal's steadiest defenseman in the late 1930s. He was steady and reliable in a period of Habs history that was anything but.
- 10th in All-Star voting in 1935-36
- Played in the 1937 Howie Morenz Memorial Game (for the combined Candiens/Maroons team)
- 6th(T) in All-Star voting in 1937-38
- 7th(T) in All-Star voting in 1938-39
(Also received 1 vote for the All Star Team in 1934-35)

- Captain of the Montreal Canadiens in 1939-40.

Quote:
Originally Posted by legends of hockey
Defenceman Walt Buswell played nearly 400 NHL games in 1930s and '40s. He was known for looking after matters in his own zone responsibly while joining in on the occasional offensive foray.
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One of the most reliable players in the league, Buswell missed only 14 games during his eight big league seasons.
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Originally Posted by Historical website of the Montreal Canadiens
Walter Buswell’s five years in Montreal saw the team go through many transitions. Five coaches and three general managers came and went, but Buswell remained unaffected by the off-ice changes, always the model of consistency for the club. He was rewarded for his efforts with the captaincy at the outset of the 1939-40 campaign, his last in the NHL.

A steady and reliable defenseman, Buswell spent his first three NHL campaigns on the Detroit blue line before being traded to the Boston Bruins in the summer of 1935. His stint as a Bruin would be short-lived as two days after being acquired, Art Ross flipped Buswell over to the Canadiens along with Jean Pusie in exchange for Roger Jenkins, where he enjoyed the last five years of his NHL career.

Back in his hometown, Buswell continued his solid, if unspectacular, play. He was at his best in his own end, where he used brains rather than brawn to defend his territory. A strong skater with a long reach, the 5-foot-11, 170-pounder was also one of the more durable rearguards on the team, missing only a dozen games in his years with Montreal.


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07-28-2011, 02:47 AM
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Bryan Berard


Awards and Acheivements:
Calder Trophy Winner (1997)
Bill Masterton Winner (2004)

Norris voting - 11th(1997), received a vote in 2004

Scoring Accomplishments:
Points – 8th(1997), 8th(2004), 13th(1998), 23rd(1999), 23rd(2003)

Peak Years 1997 to 2004
19th in Points, 63% of 2nd place Brian Leetch
15th in Points per game, 71% of 2nd place Brian Leetch

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Shorty Green


Awards and Accomplishments:
Hockey Hall of Fame (1962)

Allen Cup Winner (1919)

Scoring Accomplishments:
Points – 8th(1925), 13th(1924)
Goals – 7th(1925), 17th(1924)
Assists – 3rd(1924), 12th(1925), 19th(1926)

Peak Years: 1924 to 1926
13th in Points, 57% of 2nd place Babe Dye
14th in Goals, 43% of 2nd place Babe Dye
8th in Assists, 76% of 2nd place Aurele Joliat

Style of Play:
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Green was a small, tough, and aggressive player...
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Originally Posted by Doc Stewart
“He is the trickiest and fastest-thinking forward I ever encountered.
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Fought in the Battle of Passchendaele, where he was wounded in a gas attack

Unanimously selected captain in 1925

Skill and reckless style made him a fan favorite

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With pick #193, the Pittsburgh Hornets select Andre Pronovost, LW



- 4x Stanley Cup winner

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Andre Pronovost joined the Canadiens in 1956, just in time to capture the final 4 of the Canadiens 5 consecutive Stanley Cups. He found a home on a checking line with Phil Goyette and Claude Provost. "We were the third line, they called it," he recalls. "We played mostly defensively."
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Like countless junior scoring sensations before him, André Pronovost radically altered his game to earn a spot in the NHL, becoming a defensive specialist for the Canadiens. The former Shawinigan forward saw action during 10 NHL seasons, kicking off the first five with the Habs.

Joining the defending Stanley Cup champions in 1956-57 the 5-foot-9, 185-pound left winger was put on a line with Phil Goyette and Claude Provost. The team’s third line was assigned the task of holding the top trios from the other NHL clubs at bay.

Effectively stifling superstars on opposing teams, Pronovost played a key role in the Habs’ success, seeing his name engraved on the Stanley Cup four springs in a row from 1957 through 1960.

A strong skater, the solid forward knew how to make efficient use of his compact frame, adding strength and a heavy hip check to tools he consistently brought to the rink every night.

While he concentrated on his defensive responsibilities, Pronovost still managed to let his offensive upside shine through. The former scoring star lit the lamp 16 times in 1957-58 and hit a career high with 31 points in 1959-60, his last full season with the Canadiens.


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With pick #200, the Pittsburgh Hornets select Dallas Drake, RW/LW.



Stanley Cup winner 2008

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An aggressive forechecker, Dallas Drake was an abrasive player who was not a lot of fun to play against. A good open-ice hitter, Drake was stronger along the boards and in front of the net than his wiry frame suggested he would be.

He could credit his quick and powerful skating as the key to his game, as well as his never-ending hustle. He was a feisty pest who often made the highlight reels by running over opponents in sometimes spectacular fashion.

A grinder at heart who was sometimes shoe-horned into a top 6 role, Drake was better suited on a third line checking/energy unit. Most of his goals came by darting into traffic and battling for loose pucks near the crease.
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Dallas Drake's last act in the NHL was hoisting the Stanley Cup. Not a bad way to cap 16 seasons as a pro.

Red Wings general manager ******* ***** said Drake was "a big part of us winning the Stanley Cup this year."

"The physical pounding that Dallas laid on the other teams' defences is something we didn't have in the last couple of years," ***** said.

***** said the team signed Drake as a "perfect third-line, fourth-line player" as the Wings looked to improve on their 2007 loss in the Western Conference finals to the Anaheim Ducks in 2007.
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On June 23, 2000, Drake's rights were selected in the Expansion Draft by the Columbus Blue Jackets. On July 1, however, he signed as an unrestricted free agent with the St. Louis Blues and stayed with the organization for six seasons. Drake achieved a career high in goals with 20 in 2002-03 and was named captain of the Blues from 2005-06 to 2006-07.
Drake will serve well on the Hornets' energy line.

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With pick #221, the Pittsburgh Hornets select Mike Sillinger, C.



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Originally Posted by thehockeyguys.net]The name Mike Sillinger is not often used in the same breath as Wayne Gretzky or Mario Lemieux. He was not a great goal scorer like Gordie Howe or Phil Esposito and he was not a dynamic player like Bobby Orr, yet Mike Sillinger does hold two NHL records that none of these greats ever accomplished. Though they may not be legendary records, they are unique in that it will be tough to break either one. What are these NHL records? Most teams played for (12) and most times traded (9).

He made stops in an amazing twelve different cities, was property of thirteen teams and was traded more times than most players put in years played. Yet, the oddity of this is that it was not a matter of Sillinger not being wanted, it was just the opposite; everyone wanted him. He had developed into a very useful journeyman and a valuable component to any organizations playoff run.

The reality is, he was picked up by many of those teams to help round out their rosters, and many felt Sillinger to be the final piece. In most circles that would be considered an honor, and that is exactly how Mike Sillinger took it. He was extremely proud of his accomplishments and though the focus was on his team, somewhere in between, we lost the fact that he earned 548 points and played in 1049 games, something which many players of this generation would be hard pressed to accomplish.[/QUOTE]

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Sillinger's career accomplishments amount to a lot more than the answer to a trivia question. Now in his 17th season, he has tallied 226 goals and 300 assists. Considered one of the better two-way players in the league, he's been a reliable penalty killer throughout his career, also chipping in on the power play. Maybe most surprisingly, Sillinger seems to be peaking in his mid-30s. The NHL's new wide-open style of play has given the 5-foot-11, 195-pound center a chance to capitalize on his skating and puck-handling skills. Sillinger responded with a career-high 32 goals and 63 points in 2005-06, while playing for St. Louis and Nashville, earning him a three-year contract with the Islanders. He's in his second season with the Isles.

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I'd hear people talk about me, they'd say, "He's a great leader, a great teammate, a good player, why has he been traded so much?" I think it just becomes a case where the organization is looking to trade their No. 9 for your No. 9, you know? I was never breaking banks in terms of salary, so that also makes you a tradable asset. Then once I started to establish myself as a solid, two-way player who could play in different situations, on the power play, killing penalties, I just became one of those guys that teams seemed to trade for.
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For one thing, he was an amazing faceoff man, one of the very best since the NHL began tracking when he was 27. He had a 57.5% average since then, not too far behind Joe Nieuwendyk's gold standard of 59.3%.

With 548 points, he definitely had a touch with the puck. And he killed 31% of his team's penalties along the way. His best offensive seasons came with the post-lockout NY Islanders, showing that he was the kind of guy who could be a "bad team scorer" or a "good team checking guy".For one thing, he was an amazing faceoff man, one of the very best since the NHL began tracking when he was 27. He had a 57.5% average since then, not too far behind Joe Nieuwendyk's gold standard of 59.3%.

With 548 points, he definitely had a touch with the puck. And he killed 31% of his team's penalties along the way. His best offensive seasons came with the post-lockout NY Islanders, showing that he was the kind of guy who could be a "bad team scorer" or a "good team checking guy".
The well-travelled Sillinger is a faceoff wiz who is accustomed to a bottom-6 role. Silly will center the Hornets 4th line.


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07-28-2011, 10:36 AM
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LW Magnus Arvedson



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Magnus Arvedson was a strong defensive winger. A Selke Trophy runner-up in just his second season, Arvedson had his best season in 1998-99 playing on the top line with Marian Hossa and *undrafted*.

Arvedson was never able to fulfill his true potential in the NHL. A big, strong winger, he could had the strength, speed and smarts to handle almost any checking assignment. He also had the ability to contribute offensively, possessing a heavy shot and good vision. But a terrible back injury plagued him over the years, and eventually forced him into retirement by 2004.

Arvedson was definitely a late bloomer. He became a regular in the Swedish Elite League at the age of 23 (1993) and only then caught the attention of NHL scouts. At the age of 25 the Ottawa Senators took a flyer on him, drafting in 119th overall in 1997, thanks to a strong showing at that year's World Championships. Magnus helped Sweden capture the silver medal.

He stepped immediately into the Senators' lineup. He was initially used in a third line checking role but was increasingly moved up to more offensive lines. By his second season he was a regular on the top line, cashing in his best performance - 21 goals, 47 points and a +33 rating. He narrowly missed out on the Selke Trophy to Dallas' Jere Lehtinen.

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In 434 career NHL games he scored 100 goals and 225 points. In addition to the aforementioned 1997 World Championship team, Arvedson also represented his native Sweden at the 2002 Olympic Games.
Statistics:
NHL Regular Season: 434 Games Played, 100 Goals, 125 Assists, 225 Points
NHL Playoffs: 52 Games Played, 3 Goals, 8 Assists, 11 Points
SEL Regular Season: 158 Games Played, 29 Goals, 40 Assists, 69 Points
SEL Playoffs: 29 Games Played, 6 Goals, 10 Assists, 16 Points
4th in SHG in 1998-99 season
3 top 20 finishes in Selke voting (2nd in 99, 16th in 01, 10th in 02)
Finished with 19 First Place votes in 1999 Selke voting (Lehtinen won with 23 First Place votes)

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Sami Kapanen, F/8DMan

All Star Game: 2000, 2002

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Sami Kapanen, the speedy little Finnish waterbug of a hockey player. He was constantly in motion. He didn't just keep his feet moving, he kept them motoring. He was one of the fastest players I've seen, and just a fantastic competitor.
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He had an excellent acceleration, and he knew how to change gears on a defenseman. He had good agility and balance on his feet, with a low center of gravity that he learned to maximize to make him hard to knock off the puck. He was good at reading the play develop and knew when to dart in and out of traffic.
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had a play maker first mentality, but he was not afraid to use his fine wrist shot, especially off of the rush. He used possibly the shortest stick in the league, which made puckhandling a breeze for him.
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He was also very intelligent, playing a sound defensive game. In fact, he was so good defensively that in 2004 playoffs the Flyers would drop Kapanen back on defense for two rounds when injuries surprised them. Kapanen played positionally well, and rushed the puck out of the zone nicely.
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While Kapanen plays wing in the NHL, on the Finnish national team he plays center and is very often the driving force on his line. He has five medals from international tournaments.
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Sami Kapanen, one of the fastest and most skilled offensive players on the Carolina Hurricanes, agreed to a three-year contract extension with the club
Sports Illustrated's Jon A. Dolezar:

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Blessed with some of the fastest wheels in the league and an above-average shot,
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"Sami has been a real professional with us," Rutherford said. "He works hard all the time, he comes to play and he gives 100 percent.

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Martin Havlat, RW

Position: Right Wing
HT/WT: 6'2", 217 lbs
Shoots: Left
Nickname(s): "Mach 9"



- 209 goals, 512 regular season points in 621 games played.
- 19 goals, 49 playoff points in 67 games played.
- 2000-01 1st All-Rookie Team
- Played in two All-Star games (2007, 2011)

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Has supreme offensive ability, tremendous speed, shiftiness and tenacity. Plays a sound two-way game and scores highlight-reel goals. Can play either wing position. Highly skilled, yet fragile offensive winger.
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An smooth skating and offensively gifted forward, Havlat had an immediate impact with the Senators in 2000-01, registering 42 points (19-23-42) in 73 games and being named to the NHL's All-Rookie Team. Over the course of the next two seasons, Havlat improved on his offensive numbers with 50 and 59 points before establishing a career highs in all three offensive categories in 2003-04, with 31 goals, 37 assists and 68 points despite missing 12 games.
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Brent Seabrook, D

Position: Defenseman
HT/WT: 6'3", 220 lbs
Shoots: Right
Nickname(s): "Seabs", "Seabiscuit"



- Won Olympic Gold with Team Canada in 2010.
- 1-time Stanley Cup Champion (2010)
- 39 goals, 192 regular season points in 474 games played.
- 5 goals, 24 playoff points in 44 games played.

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Usually plays in control and without a lot of panic in his own end. Also displays a great combination of size and skating ability. Has some offensive acumen and shutdown capability. Excellent big-minute defenseman.
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An offensive defenseman, Seabrook played parts of five seasons in Lethbridge registering 176 points (39-137-176) while helping Canada capture gold at the 2005 WJC. Following a successful junior career, Seabrook went on to make his professional debut with Norfolk of the AHL in the spring of 2004-05 before going on to make his NHL debut with Chicago during the 2005-06 season.

With the Blackhawks, Seabrook emerged as one of the premier two-way defenseman in the National Hockey League, often paired on the blueline with partner Duncan Keith.

Following Canada's Olympic triumph in Vancouver, Seabrook returned to the Blackhawks with a chance to achieve a rare double - Olympic gold and a Stanley Cup Championship in the same calendar year. In the 2010 playoffs, the Blackhawks survived a first round scare from the Nashville Predators, a hard fought battle with the Vancouver Canucks and steamrolled over the San Jose Sharks en route to the Stanley Cup Final where they would take on the upstart Philadelphia Flyers.

The Blackhawks would defeat the Flyers in six games, winning the franchise's first Stanley Cup since 1961, with Seabrook providing essential leadership from the back end.

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1x NHL 2nd Team All Star
1x NHL 1st Rookie All Star
1x Olympic Gold Medalist(youngest member of team)
1x World Championships Silver Medalist
3rd Norris Trophy Voting, 2010
2x Top 24 Points Among Defensemen(3, 24)
ES TOI/G Ranks: 1, 1, 1
TOI/G Ranks: 1, 1, 1
TOI/G Ranks in NHL(50 game minimum): 5, 12, 25
11 points in 12 career playoff games
126 points in 239 career regular season games

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Drew Doughty was born on December 8, 1989 in London Ontario. He had a standout junior career for the Guelph Storm and was a member of the gold medal winning Canadian team at the 2008 World Junior Championships in the Czech Republic.

In what many were calling the best draft in years, Doughty was taken second overall by the Los Angeles King in 2008 and to the surprise of many, the defender cracked the Kings lineup out of his very first training camp.

Doughty's first NHL campaign was a steady build, but his continuous improvement throughout the year showed that the Kings had selected wisely at the draft the previous June and culminated with his addition to the Canadian team at the 2009 World Hockey Championships.

In 2010, Doughty's career continued on the fast track, he was the youngest member of the Canadian team that captured gold on home soil at the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver.
http://www.legendsofhockey.net/Legen...p?player=22672

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"We felt that Drew Doughty in this case is little bit more complete a player and based on how he played at the world championships and saw him play in big games that he was a better fit for us," said Yzerman. "I'll just simply say the seven defencemen we picked were the seven we liked the best."
-Steve Yzerman

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Without going into too much detail, these numbers show that Doughty's a solid option at even-strength, penalty killing, and on the power play. To start with, Doughty's numbers show that he faces tough opposition while playing for the LA Kings. At even strength, Doughty produces 1.1 points per sixty minutes of icetime along with a positive goal differential of +.6 goals scored for the Kings while he is on the ice, again per sixty minutes. In comparison, the Flames defensemen (Bouwmeester, Phaneuf, Regehr) are in the range of .47-.67 which gives the edge to Doughty at even-strength. Mike Green edges out Doughty here at 1.64 points/60 along with a goal differential of +1.72/60.

Shorthanded, Doughty is the Kings best penalty killer in terms of defensemen. He allows a very respectable 4.54 goals against per sixty minutes of ice time while killing penalties. That's about on par with Robyn Regehr, better than Dion Phaneuf or Mike Green, and not quite as good as Jay Bouwmeester.

On the power play, Doughty produces 5.18 points per sixty minutes of ice time. Again, in comparison ,the previous Flames defensemen range from a low of 2.19 (Bouwmeester) to a high of 3.15 (Phaneuf) which again supports Doughty's greater relative effectiveness. Even the much heralded offense of Mike Green has been slightly lower on the power play this season than Doughty (Green is 5.03 pts/60).

In conclusion, Drew Doughty's a young player with great draft pedigree who's already a very well-rounded defensemen at the NHL level. The numbers themselves suggest that he's a better option this season than any of the three Calgary defensemen invited to Team Canada's camp and probably better than Mike Green.
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When done correctly, the game of hockey is a beautiful thing to watch, and when Drew Doughty winds it up for an end-to-end rush, it’s about as good as it gets.

Doughty’s foremost strength is his offensive prowess. He is constantly helping forwards create chances offensively, and if he isn’t providing support on the boards, he’s carrying the puck up ice and creating chances via his skates and his passing ability.

On the power-play, Doughty sports a great shot and his skating/pivoting ability make him a great threat on the man-advantage. He’ll shoot the puck from everywhere and directs the flow of the play with his vision and passing abilities.

But don’t discount what he can do in the defensive zone. Doughty’s strengths defensively come from his cool demeanor, his ability to skate the puck and his smarts. Rarely does Doughty make an ill advised pass or get caught out of position. He showed his defensive prowess this year in the world stage as he continually played solid hockey during international competitions.
http://www.faceoff-factor.com/nhl-en...e-drew-doughty

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Keith and especially Doughty, quickly emerged as Canada’s very best players in the Olympic tournament.

All that changed in Vancouver, as Doughty was, arguably, Canada’s best player throughout the Olympic tournament, despite going into the Olympics being thought of as Canada’s number seven defensemen, one who would see far less ice time than the veterans ahead of him, including 2000 Norris Trophy winner Chris Pronger and future Hall-of-Famer and 2004 Norris Trophy recipient Scott Niedermayer.

But Doughty not only got onto the ice, he quickly became Canadian head coach Mike Babcock’s go-to defenseman. Indeed, it was Doughty who was holding down the fort on Team Canada’s blue line in the most critical situations, at even strength, on the power play and on the penalty-kill.

Doughty’s play during the Olympics generated a definite buzz in the hockey media that did not wane after the Olympics. Rather, it continued through the announcement that he was one of the three finalists for the Norris Trophy on April 23 and into the NHL playoffs.

“He is deserving, absolutely,” said Kings head coach Terry Murray. “There has to be a lot of consideration for him. His statistics, his points and, most importantly, his defensive play—he’s a high-plus player. He plays lots of minutes, critical minutes. That earns him the right to get some consideration.”
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ASSETS: Plays with the poise and composure that bely his youth. Has excellent instincts in all three zones and is an outstanding passer.

CAREER POTENTIAL: Elite offensive defenseman with all-around ability.
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With pick #231, the Pittsburgh Hornets select Al MacNeil, coach.



Won a Stanley Cup and three Calder Cups as a head coach within the Montreal organization and two more as Director of Player Personnel. Then coached the underdog Flames to the Wales Conference Finals as head coach in 1981 before winning a fourth Stanley Cup with Calgary in 1989 as Assistant General Manager.

Career NHL 306 games 138-113-55 .541 Playoffs 43 games 22-21-0 .512

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Following an 11-year playing career in the NHL, Al MacNeil became the Canadiens’ coach in 1971 as a mid-season replacement for Claude Ruel.

When MacNeil took over behind the bench, the team appeared to be on its way to missing the playoffs for a second straight year.

MacNeil managed to turn things around, though, and with the help of players such as Jean Beliveau, Yvan Cournoyer and Jean-Claude Tremblay, he got the Canadiens back on track in the second half and the team finished the regular season with 42 wins and a playoff berth.

Going against convention and counsel, McNeil called on rookie goalie Ken Dryden to defend the team’s net at the outset of the playoffs. His gamble paid off as the Canadiens beat Boston, Minnesota and Chicago to claim the Stanley Cup for the 17th time in team history.

Unfortunately, MacNeil developed a stormy relationship with veteran star Henri Richard during his tenure in Montreal that ultimately cost him his job at the end of the season.
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Crucial to the Stanley Cup victory was MacNeil's decision to use rookie goaltender Ken Dryden in the playoffs despite Dryden having played only six regular-season games in 1970–71. MacNeil was presumably impressed that Dryden won all these games, allowing only nine goals (1.65 GAA). Another crucial choice was having rookie Rejean Houle mark the Black Hawks' goalscorer Bobby Hull. Houle was nicknamed the "shadow of Bobby Hull" as Hull managed to score only one even-strength goal in the series.

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With pick #232, the Pittsburgh Hornets select Dwayne Roloson, goalie.



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Roloson earned a roster spot with the Minnesota Wild in 2001. In the 2002–03 NHL season, Roloson shared netminding duties with *** ******** as the Wild made their first ever appearance in the post-season, defeating the Colorado Avalanche in the first round and the Vancouver Canucks in the second round. Despite splitting goaltending duties with *******, Roloson earned his first All-Star appearance at age 34, appearing in the 2004 NHL All-Star Game with the Western Conference team. He also won the Roger Crozier Saving Grace Award for having the NHL's best save percentage.

On March 8, 2006, Roloson was traded to the Edmonton Oilers... Initially, Oilers General Manager **** ****** was harshly criticized for the acquisition when Roloson struggled during the regular season. Lowe was criticized both for not acquiring a better goaltender, and also for surrendering a first-round draft pick to a divisional rival.

Criticism was muted following sensational play by Roloson, backstopping the Oilers to the final of the 2006 Stanley Cup Playoffs. He had a record of 12–5 through the first three rounds, and along with Chris Pronger, was considered a front-runner for the Conn Smythe Trophy if the Oilers were victorious in the finals.

However, during Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Finals against the Carolina Hurricanes, Roloson suffered a third-degree MCL sprain of his right knee. The Oilers eventually lost to the Hurricanes in seven games.

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ASSETS: Is capable of playing spectacularly well for stretches and has leadership qualities as the last line of defense.
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Dwayne Roloson is ranked number-1 in the NHL Playoffs, for goals against average, and save percentage. He's the hottest goaltender in the playoffs. But he was mainly concerned with the news that had the Lightning opening the Eastern Conference Finals against Boston, on Saturday.

"Obviously, it was a little mind-boggling trying to figure when we're leaving, what we're doing," Roloson told 10 News after the Tuesday practice. "But at the same time, it's playoff hockey and you never know what's going to happen."

And if anyone knows, that you never know in the playoffs, it's 41-year-old Dwayne Roloson. He's played in 44 playoff games, in his 14 years in the NHL. And he's learned to play the game, more by feel than anything else.
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Lightning right wing Marty St. Louis shook goalie Dwayne Roloson's hand in a somber locker room Friday night, then shook his head.

Roloson had given Tampa Bay a chance with a spectacular performance in a 1-0 loss to the Bruins in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference final. His teammates wish they could have given the 41-year-old veteran more to work with.

Roloson was on top of his game, making 37 saves as the Bruins peppered him with several great scoring chances.

In the end, Roloson's streak of seven wins in elimination games was snapped, one shy of a league record. But it wasn't his fault. In a series in which Roloson struggled at times, getting pulled from Games 2 and 4 and giving up four goals on 20 shots in Game 6, he bounced back
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He's money in the post-season, especially when facing elimination. If not for the injury in the '06 postseason, he'd be a Stanley Cup champion with a Conn Smythe trophy in his cabinet. He's the Hornets' starter.

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Levinsky was a two time Stanley Cup champion who split his career with the Toronto Maple Leafs and the Chicago Blackhawks, and played ever so briefly with the New York Rangers. He won a Cup title both as a Leaf and as a Hawk: in Toronto in 1932 and in Chicago in 1938.

Levinsky, who grew up in Toronto, was a solid, stay-at-home defenseman, who rarely scored. He was a strong skater blessed with speed, as he had played a lot of forward as a youth. Smythe had signed him and his junior partner Bob Gracie right out of the Toronto Marlies junior team, though Levinsky would find himself soon partnered with Hap Day.

The Leafs moved Levinsky to the Rangers for the 1934-35 campaign, but after just 20 games with the Blueshirts Levinsky moved on to Chicago. He would play the next five years with the Hawks before being suspended by the team. The Hawks had traded Levinsky, the oldest player on their blue line, down to the minor leagues for Joe Cooper of the Philadelphia Ramblers. Levinsky balked at the move to Philly, and was suspended indefinitely. He eventually reported Philadelphia, but only after assurances from New York Rangers boss Lester Patrick that he would soon return to the NHL as the Rangers wanted him back. That never did happen though. Levinsky would play two years with the Ramblers, serving as team captain.

In 367 NHL games Levinsky scored 19 goals and 49 assists for 68 career points. He added another 2 goals and 1 assist in 37 playoff games.
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The Chicago Blackawks, who haven't won a home game since they beat the Montreal Maroons, 3 to 2, on Dec. 16, yesterday made the hocky skies seem brighter when they announced the purchase of Alex [Mine Boy] Levinsky, a rugged defense player well known to Chicago fans.
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In a two-hour workout the two defence pairs, Art Wiebe and Early Seibert, and Alex Levinsky and Marty Burke shouldered and bodied in a manner that endorsed the wisdom of sending the Hawks to a training camp 10 days ahead of any other team.
Durability of the defense four...
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Alex Levinsky, rugged defenceman of the Toronto Marlboros, local senior Ontario Hockey Association squad which as been eliminated from the Allen Cup race, has signed a professional contract with the Toronto Maple Leafs
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Levinsky was the late Hap Day's defence partner when the Leafs won the 1931-32 Stanley Cup over the Rangers. Levinsky was later traded to Chicago in the late '30s where he led the Blackhawks to the 1938 Stanley Cup - ironically, over the Leafs.
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regular season: 367 Games Played - 19 goals, 49 assists, 68 points, 307 penalty minutes
playoffs: 37 Games Played - 2 goals, 1 assist, 3 points, 36 penalty minutes
5th in NHL penalty minutes in 1935-36
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John Muckler, coach



- 2 Stanley Cups as Assistant Coach of the Oilers (1984, 1985)
- 2 Stanley Cups as Co-Coach of the Oilers (1987, 1988)
- 1 Stanley Cup as Head Coach of the Oilers (1990)

- Member of the Canadian coaching staff in the 1984 and 1987 Canada Cups

- 276-285-84 regular season record as an NHL head coach
- 36-31 playoff record as NHL head coach

- Coached in three NHL All-Star games
- Third in Jack Adams voting for 1993-94.

- Named "Executive of the Year" in 1996-97 by The Sporting News.

In the minors:

-AHL Coach of the year in 1974-75
-CHL Coach of the year in 1978-79
-Named the top coach in the Minor Leagues by The Sporting News in 1979

His role as assistant/co-coach of the Oilers

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Muckler, who is revered by Oilers players for his work as a strategist, has made no secret of his desire to be a head coach.
Pittsburgh Post Gazette, May 28, 1988

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Though Muckler was considered a subordinate to Head Coach and General Manager Glen Sather through the 1980s, Oilers players credited him with devising many of the tactics that led to victories in 1984, 1985, 1987, and 1988. He ran practices, broke down game films and won the respect of such high-profile players as Wayne Gretzky and Paul Coffey.
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, May 21, 1990

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Q: What exactly was the coaching roles of Glen Sather and John Muckler on the Oilers in the late 80s...?
How do co-coaches work exactly?

A: Sather was the game coach...............Muckler ran the practices (as Sather was GM (and after 1980 President as well)).

During the games Sather was the primary coach and Muckler would provide input based on what had happened in the practices.

There is a YouTube clip of a CBC interview during the 1988 playoffs where they talk about this with **** Irvin (although I can't find it right now)
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C/RW Wes Walz



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Minnesota Wild center Wes Walz spent the majority of his 19 minutes, 45 seconds of ice time Saturday shadowing Peter Forsberg. Walz, who logged 36 shifts - most of any Wild forward - was either following the Avalanche star at even strength or playing him one-on-one on the penalty kill.
With apologies to goalie (undrafted), Walz might have been the Wild's MVP in its 3-2 victory Saturday over Colorado in Game 5 at the Pepsi Center.
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WILD DISCOVER STEADYING INFLUENCE//WALZ AND OTHER VETERANS HELP TEAM LEARN HOW TO WIN
Leadership doesn't always have to be demonstrated by yelling in someone's face. Sometimes subtlety is the best way to communicate. Wild center Wes Walz used this approach Friday when he suggested to captain Scott Pellerin that the players close the doors to the dressing room during the second intermission to discuss their play. They led the Chicago Blackhawks 1-0 at the time.
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Wes Walz busts down the ice like he's running two minutes late for his airplane connection. He crashes, weaves and slices past opponents with snow flying from his skates and sweat dripping from his face. His legs are moving so fast that he looks like one of those cartoon characters who run in place before zipping off.
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Their job description mandates a defense-first mentality. It has to be that way because on any given night they could be asked to chase a Sakic, a Modano or a Fedorov around the ice for 20-plus shifts.

But that doesn't mean the Wild's checking line of Wes Walz, (undrafted) and newcomer (undrafted) can't turn the tables and make the opposition see how it feels to sweat out an odd-man rush.

It happened over and over
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Regular Season: 607 Games Played, 109 Goals, 151 Assists, 260 Points
Playoffs: 32 Games Played, 10 Goals, 7 Assists, 17 Points
Selke Voting: 3rd 2002-03, 11th 2005-06, recieved votes in 03-04 and 06-07

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Position: Defenseman
HT/WT: 6'4", 233 lbs
Shoots: Left
Nickname(s): "Hammer"



- Played in NHL All-Star Game in 2004, 2007 and 2009
- 96 goals, 262 regular season points in 650 games played.
- 3 goals, 10 playoff points in 34 games played.

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Packs a big shot from the point--one of the best in the game. Has natural leadership qualities and takes on all comers to protect his teammates. Is adept at clearing the front of the net. Big-shooting defenseman.

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National Team Statistics: 40 Games, 16 Goals, 16 Assists, 32 Points
1991 NHL All-Star
Top-20 in Goals – 1986 (18th)
Inducted into USA Hockey Hall of Fame

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But it was Dave Christian who would go on to the greatest degree of success. He was a blessed skater, armed with good puck skills and a mind for the game. He effortlessly played both defense and forward.
Though he was a scoring forward at North Dakota, coach Herb Brooks utilized Christian on the blue line for the Olympics, and never missed a beat. He was able to control the game by himself, a trait of only the most special players.

The consistent Christian went on to score 340 goals and 433 assists in 1,009 NHL regular season games. He is perhaps best remembered as a member of the Winnipeg Jets and the Washington Capitals, though he also played with Chicago, Boston and St. Louis. Christian also continued to embrace the international game, playing in two world championships and three Canada Cups when the NHL schedule allowed for it.
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Late in 1979, Herb Brooks was assigned the task of putting together a team that was to compete in the 1980 Winter Olympics in Lake Placid, New York. One of the players he wanted was indeed Christian, having been impressed with his performance in North Dakota. Christian ended up making the team, and would play a key role in that team winning the Gold Medal that year, joining his dad Bill and Unlce Roger who had won a Silver twenty years prior. However, for Dave Christian, the “Miracle on Ice” will be a memory to cherish for an eternity.

Dave Christian will always be remembered for his early career, the one where he dazzled with his skills and hockey smarts. But there are many sides to Dave Christian as he was a very skilled player but was also a chameleon who could adapt to whatever role was thrust upon him. 1,009 NHL games was a testament to his longevity and his usefulness to teams.
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Christian was smooth, too, but played with a combination of pickup-game glee filtered through the grittiness of forceful destermination.

So Dave Christian, who always trended to his defensive responsibilities as a forward, made a seamless transition to defense, where he paired up with XXXXX and played the rest of that season. Even with all the other outsanding forwards on the U.S. Team, it is impossible to imagine any of the others switching back to play defense so efficiently. Maybe Pavelich, because of his rink-rat savvy, but Christian was perfect.

“The rest of my career, I never played defense again, in the NHL or anywhere,” Christian recalled. “But every time I'd see Herbie, or run into him at any event, he'd always say that everybody else had me playing out of position, and if he ever coached me in the NHL, he'd put me at defense again.”
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The Soviets broke out but couldn't build a threat either, and soon defenseman Dave Christian was controlling the puck directly behind XXX XXXXX, staring up ice, a sure-handed breakout up the middle. Of all the personnel decisions Brooks made, none was more inspired than switching Dave Christian from forward to defense.

Lou Vairo likened Christian to a “Picasso on ice,” and it was a widely shared opinion. Christian didn't just have speed. He had the ability to accelerate, to create space, to read the flow of a game before almost anyone else. He was a defenseman with a centerman's psyche, a playmaker whose offensive skills put enormous pressure on defenses. In the upset of the Czechs, he saved a goal by clearing a puck that had trickled through XXX XXXXX pads. Then he set the tone for the third period with an early rush, splitting two defenders, going in on goal, getting off a shot even as he got hooked and slammed into the goaltender.
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Dave Christian was one of the NHL's most consistent right wingers in the 1980s.
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His natural instinct for the game coupled with his puck handling skill and natural skating ability would give him his greatest success.
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“I would've thought it would be totally scary,” said Neal Broten, his roommate and best friend on the team and fellow northwestern Minnesotan. “But he never said a word about it. Dave was the ultimate team player.”


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Dreakmur
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Terry Crisp


Coaching Accomplishments:
Stanley Cup Champion (1989)

Jack Adams voting - 2nd(1988), 3rd(1989), 3rd(1996), 8th(1993), 10th(1995)

OHL Career:
The Sault Ste Marie Grey Hounds were last in the OHL before he became coach, and they were last again when he left. During his time, they finished 1st 3 times, and were one of the best defensive teams in the OHL every season.

1977 - 10th place, 4th most goals against
1978 - 8th place, 2nd most goals against
1979 - 11th place, 2nd most goals against
--- Terry Crisp takes over ---
1980 - 11th place, 3rd most goals against
1981 - 1st place, 3rd fewest goals against
1982 - 3rd place, 1st fewest goals against
1983 - 1st place, 2nd fewest goals against
1984 - 6th place, 7th fewest goals against
1985 - 1st place, 1st fewest goals against
--- Terry Crisp moves on ---
1986 - last place, most goals against!!

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