9th All Star 46-47
10th All Star 47-48(one voting point)
AHL 2nd-Team All Star, 1955
4x Top 16 Points Among Defensemen(9, 11, 15, 16)
Vs2 Points Among Defensemen: 77, 63, 60, 48
6th in Points Among Defensemen During 3 year Peak(45-46 to 47-48), 74% of 2nd place Egan(who was an outlier), and 87% of 3rd place Reardon
Henderson then found himself back in a hockey circle desperate for players. His senior aspirations were quickly upgraded to the NHL as the Boston Bruins ushered him straight into their defensive corps. This gave "Moe," as he was known, a year to solidify his position before the rest of the league's absentees returned from military duties. By then, Henderson and the Bruins realized he was a better blueliner than anyone had thought. As such, he was able to squeeze seven NHL seasons out of his opportunity, tending to the Bruins' goal crease in an unspectacular but effective manner.
This shifted the topic to Murray's style of play. "He can best be described as a typical stay-at-home defenceman," said Pete. "A dependable quiet defenceman, not prone to a lot of unnecessary penalties, but could handle himself when he had to."
a good defensive forward, arguably the best PK forward out there, and most likely the most dangerous PK scorer out there.
- 6'1, 217 lbs
- Stanley Cup (1999, 2001)
- Killed 34% of penalties for teams 8% better than average
- 45 career Shorthanded points
Originally Posted by Hockey Almanac 1993-94
a strong skater, Reid has developed into one of the very best penalty killers and checking wingers in the game... he is tireless and dedicated. His success of late has caused him to work harder and harder... he's more of a lunchpail player...
Originally Posted by Hockey Scouting Report 1996-97
Reid is a defensive forward and penalty killing specialist. Opposition powerplays have to be aware of taking away Reid's space if they lose the puck, because he has the ability to blow the puck past the goalie from a lot of spots on the ice. Possessing an underrated, accurate shot with a quick release, he can freeze goalies... Reid is a good skater with surprising straightaway speed, especially for a big player. he has proven he can play regularly in the NHL and contribute. All of his moderate skills are enhanced by hard work and hustle.
Reid can create a little maelstrom on the ice. A big guy who can get his skating revved up, he causes problems once he is in motion. He isn't a big hitter, though, and there is no nasty side to him. he is just an honest checker.
Originally Posted by Sports Forecaster 1997-98
sturdy, working class defensive minded forward. Gritty, strong and extremely disciplined. Decent skater with a deceiving shot. offense doesn't come naturally to Reid, who gets his chances through hard and relentless work. Penalty killing specialist.
Originally Posted by loh.net
With Toronto, Reid was thrown onto a checking line with Dave Hannan and Lou Franceschetti. The trio clicked with their less-than-fancy, dump-and-charge style of play. Reid looked very much at home until his contract expired in 1991. It then looked like history repeating itself when Reid signed again with the Boston Bruins who, during the course of the 1991-92 season, sent him back down for a return visit with the Maine Mariners of the AHL. But this time the stay was short and Reid resumed his NHL gig for good.
He lasted one more season in Boston and then signed as a free agent with the Dallas Stars who welcomed his tenacious defensive play and streak scoring outbursts, especially the odd cluster of shorthanded goals. In 1998-99, all of Reid's patience and hard work paid off as his Stars won their first and only Stanley Cup.
The following year, life only got better as he signed with the Colorado Avalanche, another dominant team of the NHL. And as usual, Reid plugged right into the club's defensive system, making himself his usual useful self. At the close of the 2000-2001 campaign, Reid was awarded his second Stanley Cup ring.
Originally Posted by pensionplanpuppets.com
On June 23, 1988, the Jays beat the Orioles 5-2 at home, bringing themselves to just a game under .500 in what had not been a very good season. Diamond Jim Clancy (4-9) went six for the win and a somewhat portly reliever named David Wells picked up his fourth save. (No, of course I don't remember this. I had to look it up. I was still reeling from the '87 collapse.)
Oh, and the Leafs signed a free agent named Dave Reid from Boston that day. Nobody we'd heard of and the signing was a non-event.
In the first couple of weeks of the season, though, we got all into Dave Reid. He was a point-per-game through his first 10 as a Leaf and it looked like we'd snookered Boston even better than on the Fergus deal.
Then, for whatever reason, he switched from wearing #34 to Mirko Frycer's old #14 - and never scored again.
Well, not exactly ever, but he finished with 30 points and we realized that what we had was not an elite scoring winger, but a kickin' PK guy and checker extraordinaire - and that wasn't really a bad thing. Kind of makes one wonder if he's otherwise employed at the moment.
The other thing he did to endear himself to us that first season was to finish not only as a plus, but a significant plus. I mean, Tom Fergus was -38 that year. Dave Reid was +12, and for a guy who wasn't bringing a ton of offense, that was unreal. Even a rival player was quoted before a game, wondering just how it was possible that anyone could be a +10 (at that particular moment) on the Leafs.
No matter whether the Leafs couldn't score at all ('90-91), scored in buckets ('89-90) or somewhere in between ('88-89), Dave always hit for between 28 and 30 points. His most interesting offensive stat came in 1990-91. He scored 15 goals, his best output as a Leaf, but get this - eight of them were shorthanded. This tied a team record set by Dave Keon years and years earlier and was one of the few bright spots in an otherwise dismal season.
In one stretch that must be a record but has probably never been looked into, Dave scored at least one shorthanded goal in three straight games, four shorties in total. The TV crew dubbed him "Rocket Reid," a nickname that never really stuck, except for me.
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Regina selects LW Dave Reid, a good defensive forward, arguably the best PK forward out there, and most likely the most dangerous PK scorer out there.
Top-3 in my books. Love the guy!
Drafting a Bottom-6 role player early makes perfect sense if he's a guy who should be playing at a higher level of competition, i.e., is MLD worthy, and he is a legit MLD 4th liner imo (AAA third liner).
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Czerkawski was an amazing open ice player, able to fool even veteran defensemen with one on one moves or hide his phenomenal wrist shot by using the defenseman as a screen. Much of his career he could be accused of being too selfish with the puck, often skating all over the zone rather than looking for an open man or firing the puck on net as a winger drove to the net.
x1 Top 10 NHL Goals (6th in '68)
x3 Top 10 WHA Goals (9th, 6th, 4th)
x1 Top 10 WHA Assists (8th)
x1 Top 5 WHA Points (5th in '74)
x2 WHL Second All-Star Team (1965, 1966)
Best WHA seasons came playing with Mike Walton
Wayne Connelly began his major junior hockey career as a member of the OHA's Kitchener Canucks in 1955-56 at the age of 16, appearing in nine games. The following season he played for the Peterborough TPT's, dressing for 52 games, scoring 18 goals and 37 points.
Connelly began his pro career with the Montreal Royals of the EPHL, playing 64 games, scoring 28 goals and 49 points. Late in 1960-61, he dressed for three games for the Montreal Canadiens.
The 1961-62 season was Connelly's rookie year in the NHL, when he played in 61 games for the Boston Bruins, collecting 21 points. Connelly was inserted into the Bruins' lineup for about half the games in each of the next two seasons. For two years, he played exclusively in the WHL with the San Francisco Seals. In 1965-66, he put up strong offensive numbers, scoring 45 goals and 86 points in 72 games. It was that production which earned him another look from the Bruins, who elevated him to full-time status with the club in 1966-67. He had 13 goals and 30 points in 64 games.
With the advent of expansion, Connelly was selected by the Minnesota North Stars for the 1967-68 campaign. He had the distinction of being the first NHL player to have jumped to the new rival league. In 74 games, he scored an NHL career-high 35 goals and 56 points. Midway through the following season, Connelly was traded to the Detroit Red Wings where he played for a just over a year and had a career-high 59 points in 1969-70 before being dealt to the St. Louis Blues. He found himself on the move again early in the 1971-72 season, being sent to the Vancouver Canucks.
The arrival of the WHA gave options to many players such as Connelly, who opted to try his luck with the fledgling league, signing a lucrative contract with the Minnesota Fighting Saints, which was guaranteed through the first three years. Minnesota was also the offseason home for Connelly and his family. In his first season, he scored 40 goals and 70 points in 78 games, finding the wide-open style to his liking. In 193-74, he improved on those statistics, scoring 42 goals and 95 points. He once scored five goals in one game, which tied the league record. On that magical evening, Connelly provided all of Minnesota's scoring in a 5-3 victory over the Cincinnati Stingers. Connelly joined the Cleveland Crusaders in 1975-76. However, his tenure lasted just 12 games, before he was back in a Saints uniform for the final 59 games of the season.
Connelly's final WHA season was split between the Calgary Cowboys and the Edmonton Oilers. His biggest regret during his nine years in the NHL was not getting the opportunity to play for the Stanley Cup. The closest chance came in 1968, when the North Stars lost a tough deciding seventh game in the semi-finals.
Wayne Connelly, the Detroit Red Wings' forward with the machine-gun slapshot, fired 23 goals and added 36 assists...
Why, just two years ago, the five-foot, 10 inch speedster from Rouyn, Quebec, rifled in 35 regular season goals, while wearing the gear of the Minnesota North Stars. That same year, in post-season play, he shared the lead in playoff goals with eight, as the Stars stormed to the Western Divisional final...
Not a big fan of the offensive options out there, so for now I'll just take Bill Clement, C
- 6'1", 193 lbs
- Stanley Cup (1974, 1975)
- Killed 48% of penalties for teams 12% better than average
- in 1979, on ice for 81% of PPGA for 2nd best PK in the league
- in 1981, on ice for 73% of PPGA for 4th best PK in the league
- 28 career shorthanded points
- Played in NHL All-Star Game (1976, 1978)
- Served as Washington captain for half a season
Originally Posted by Joe Pelletier
The next season, he split his time between the Flyers and the AHL Richmond Robins. He became a full-time Flyer in 1973-74 and as a result became forever a member of the immortal "Broad Street Bullies." Although Clement was anything but a bully. He tallied only 383 penalty minutes in 719 contests. Instead, his job was to kill off all those penalties that the Bullies took. He was an excellent penalty killer, combining a superior defensive understanding of the game and good skating skills to carve a niche in the NHL for 11 seasons.
Bill was traded to the Washington Capitals for the 1975-76 season in a trade that saw the Flyers and Caps swap 1st round picks. That trade was seen as brilliant at the time, as the two time defending Stanley Cup champions had secured the 1st overall selection in the draft in exchange for Clement and Don McLean. Unfortunately the player the Flyers took, Mel Bridgman never proved to be a superstar, though he did have a long, serviceable career. On the other hand Clement's stay in Washington was very short. He played in just 46 games before he moved on again. In that short time he proved to be one of the Caps' best players, and was even selected to represent them team in the annual All-Star game.
Clement finished the season with the Atlanta Flames in exchange for a 1st round draft pick (which turned out to be Greg Carroll), Jean Lemieux and Gerry Meehan. It would be the last time Clement changed organizations, although he did find himself moving once again in 1980 when the team transferred from the state of Georgia to Calgary, Alberta. Clement continued to be an effectively nice player for the Flames, and even returned to the NHL All-Star Game again in 1978.
Originally Posted by Greatest Moments and Players of the Philadelphia Flyers
no Flyer was more underrated - or more underplayed in terms of his skills - than Clement... Clement did more with less time on ice than just about any skater to wear the orange and black...
"for one thing, I was not Freddie's type of player in that I wasn't a physical player. I was a team player and I worked hard, but there were other factors to consider."
Originally Posted by The Complete Handbook Of Pro Hockey 1976
Caps believe they landed a future star in this smooth skating center-winger...
Originally Posted by The Complete Handbook Of Pro Hockey 1977
Acquisition of this powerful, smooth-skating center helped Flames on the ice and in the thinking department... was upset at leaving lowly Capitals because he felt the trade meant Caps were disappointed in his work as captain... Scored clinching goal in finale of 2nd Flyers cup triumph...
Originally Posted by The Complete Handbook Of Pro Hockey 1978
Described by Denis Potvin as a "river skater"... a guy who can skate effortlessly without ever seeming to tire... after secondary roles with Flyers and Caps, blossomed into a respected two-way forwad with the Flames... rated one of the best penalty killers in the NHL... Five of his 17 goals came shorthanded... outstanding forechecker and backcheker...
Originally Posted by The Complete Handbook Of Pro Hockey 1979
smooth skater made better by hustle and desire... has emerged as one of NHL's top penalty killers...
Originally Posted by The Complete Handbook Of Pro Hockey 1980
Cement Clement... kills penalties with concrete defense.. also good skating makes him shorthanded goal threat... valuable on faceoffs... effective checker, never seems to tire...
Originally Posted by The Complete Handbook Of Pro Hockey 1981
Carved reputation as one of the league's best penalty killers... also good on faceoffs.
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4x 100 PIM
3x 60-Point Scorer
531 points in 919 career NHL games
60% of 2nd place Messier in assists, 89-90
57% of 2nd place Messier in points, 89-90
Left-winger Mark Osborne was a solid two-way forward who played over 900 NHL games for four different clubs. Although he scored over 200 career goals, the hard-working winger was best at winning battles in the corners and checking the opposition's top line.
The Toronto native was a junior standout with the OHA's Niagara Falls Flyers where he served as the team captain. He was taken 46th overall by the Detroit Red Wings at the 1980 Entry Draft then scored 39 goals his last year in junior. At the end of that season he joined the AHL's Adirondack Red Wings in time for the Calder Cup playoffs. This was his only minor league assignment until 1995.
In 1981-82, Osborne scored 26 goals for Detroit as a rookie. He slipped to 19 goals the next year after which he was traded to the New York Rangers in a multi-player transaction that featured Ron Duguay and Willie Huber. "Ozzie" was a consistent two-way forward for the Rangers and helped the team reach the semi-finals in 1986.
Prior to the March trade deadline in 1987, Osborne was sent to the Toronto Maple Leafs. He helped the team come within one win of the semi-finals that year and scored a career best 73 points in 1989-90 while playing on the "GEM" line with Ed Olczyk and Gary Leeman. The good fortune did not carry over to the next season as the Leafs stumbled out of the gate and Osborne was traded with Olczyk to Winnipeg.
Late in the 1991-92 season, Osborne was reacquired by Toronto and was an effective checker. He formed a fine defensive trio with Peter Zezel and Bill Berg and helped Toronto reach the Conference finals in 1993 and 1994. Prior to the lockout-shortened season, the veteran signed with the New York Rangers. Osborne retired in 1997-98 after playing parts of three seasons with the Cleveland Lumberjacks of the IHL.
In his second stint with Toronto he was on an effective checking line with Bill Berg and Peter Zezel and helped the Leafs reach the Conference Finals in two consecutive seasons (1993 and 1994), falling short each time of making it to the Stanley Cup Finals.
"Mark was a young, strong, strapping guy, and they pegged him for 35 or 40 goals a season," Campbell said. "He kept trying to live up to that." Campbell said Osborne is a "solid, dependable guy" who can be used to protect a lead in the last minutes of a period.
"He's found his peace," Campbell said.
Osborne is listed at 6 feet 2 inches and 205 pounds. He is a left-handed shooter, but also can play right wing.
"That's (the fire) something I've got to work on doing every game," said softspoken Mike Eastwood, who centres the plumbers line. He scored the Leafs' second goal and set up [Kent Manderville]'s game winner. "Each guy on our line gets in the corner and bumps and grinds and it makes it a lot easier for us."
The Stars taste of second place in the Central Division lasted about as long as snow does here. The Leafs' checking line of Mark Osborne, Peter Zezel and Bill Berg, which held sniper Mike Modano's line to a single goal, had a lot to do with it, too.
It would be overstating the case to suggest Gilmour picked up his team and carried it on his back, as he has done on so many occasions. That would be a disservice to the Peter Zezel-Bill Berg- Mark Osborne unit, which pounded San Jose's No. 1 offensive line into submission.
Maybe the decisive goal was a sign of what's ahead. Craig Janney and Nelson Emerson penetrated the Toronto zone against some of the Leafs' best checkers - [Bob Rouse] and [Jamie Macoun], plus Peter Zezel and Mark Osborne up front.
I looked at his adjusted points/game, and I was like wow, that is freakishly high for a defenseman in the AAA, or for any defenseman for that matter. Then I looked closer and realized there's something wrong there.
The Indians will go back to defense and will take a guy who you just never wanted to see on the other end of the ice. Keep your head up..
D - Larry Cahan
* Los Angeles Kings Captain (1969-1971)
* Chicago Cougars Captain (1973)
Cahan was BIG. 6'2", 222 may be par for the course for an NHL defenseman nowadays, but in 1965, in the middle of Cahan's career, just Beliveau, Jarrett, Hay, and McDonald were an inch taller, and Bucyk (215) and Hodge (210) were the only players within 16 pounds of Cahan.
Using offensive stats to justify a defensive defenseman's worth is futile, so I'll use GP as a proxy. As of expansion, Cahan's 383 GP as a defenseman in the NHL ranked him 71st all-time, 2nd among available players. Of course, expansion lengthened his career but you can say that about a lot of guys. He squeezed out another 283 games in the expansion division, serving as Oakland's #1 defenseman in 1968, then LA's #4, 2, 3 before heading to the WHA. He put in one full season there, and then a few more games the next season before retiring, with only older players Howe, Horton, Howell, Fonteyne, Nesterenko, Delvecchio and Mohns outlasting him.
Cahan was a very intimidating physical player and a good fighter. His two seasons spent as an NHL captain make him historically significant enough in addition to his value as a player. But what you may not know is that he was also a captain in the WHA. This is a distinction that only Gordie Howe, Ted Hampson and Terry Ruskowski share. He was also a captain in the WHL.
Speaking of his WHL career, Cahan was a four-time WHL all-star: 2nd team in 1960 and 1966, 1st team in 1961, and in 1967 he was on the 1st team and won the top defenseman award. Constantly getting this kind of minor league award recognition was a symptom of being among the very best defensemen not in the NHL. (see, Al Arbour, Larry Hillman). So where did that put him? About 25th-35th on an annual basis, with a few Europeans considered, perhaps? Extrapolate that out to modern terms and that's 50th-70th, or a middling #2 or good #3 defenseman for a good decade.
Originally Posted by Joe Pelletier
Larry was a rock'em sock'em type of defenseman. He could deliver some very punishing hits with his large frame. It hurt to play against him.
Larry was no big scorer but he was a devastating hitter.
Originally Posted by Legends of Hockey
An able passer, skater, and hitter, he provided daily lessons in life on the blueline for the team.
Originally Posted by XXX XXXXXXX
"If you played in Sweden, they would put you in jail."
Originally Posted by Shorthanded: Untold Story of the Seals
"My favorite. He was a comedian. He had a quick wit and is fun to be around. He was a guy you want on your team"
Larry Cahan was one of the more popular players on the Seals that season, especially among his teammates. He was 34 years old when the Seals selected him from the Rangers organization in expansion draft.… He was a big man, an imposing 6'2" tall, and although he was listed at 220 pounds, many of his teammates thought he was closer to 250. Cahan also possessed great strength. Seals goalie Gary Smith, who played both with and against Cahan, recalled, "he was so strong, like Tim Horton once. If you are 5 feet from the boards, he could flick his wrist and you hit the boards. He was a super guy and really old school."
Despite his imposing appearance, he was a gentle giant and practical joker off the ice… He was mean and nobody wanted to mess with. He was the Seals designated policeman in 1967 – 68, according to Charlie Burns here it "… If he decided to take you out, you were out." Tracy Pratt acknowledged that he was "a total leader in the sense that he taught you how to recognize authority, respect your teammates and your coaches. He was fun to be around and kept the guys loose. He was the biggest grizzly bear you ever saw in your life but he was tame. His heart was as big as the moon."
**credit to seventieslord for much of the bio.
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Moe Mantha was an offensive-minded defenceman who came in handy with five different organizations in a career that lasted over 650 games. He was a fine quarterback on the power play whose confidence moving up ice with the puck was a boost to his team's transition game.
To make up for yesterdays missed pick, HC Davos selects a legendary player on the international scene, Goaltender Seth Martin
Originally Posted by Pelletier
Every young player must have someone to look up to, to idolize, to desire to become as good. Vladislav Tretiak, the first great Russian goaltender, chose to aspire to be as great of an international goaltender as Canada's incomparable Seth Martin over such early Russian goaltenders as Viktor Konovalenko and Nikolay Puchkov.
The Russians new him very well during their international clashes in the 1960s. He routinely impressed them with his consistency and style. They respected him and feared him perhaps more than any other Canadian amateur during this time period. They thought of Martin as being the supreme goaltender, and copied his style to train future Russian netminders, including a young Vladislav Tretiak. Martin would become the role model for Tretiak and Soviet goalies of the future.
But other nations also studied Martin, most notably Czechoslovakia. Czech goaltending legend Jiri Holecek, who later influenced Vladimir Dzurilla and Dominik Hasek, closely watched Martin.
Unable to win on the international stage with true amateurs, Canada turned to Father David Bauer's plan to have a true national team. The players would remain amateurs, unlike their Soviet counterparts, as players were enticed with room and board plus full scholarships at the University of British Columbia. Canada would be able to train a team for international competitions year round, but would rarely attract top talent.
One exception was Martin. A charter member of the International Hockey Hall of Fame, Martin would represent Canada in the IIHF World Championships in 1963, 1964, 1966 and 1967, winning bronze medals in four championships. In addition to his 1961 gold medal and best goaltender nod, Martin's trophy case also proudly notes his status as the best goalie at the 1963, 1964 and 1966 worlds.
3rd Career WHA Points by a Defenseman
x2 WHA 2nd All-Star Team (75,77)
x3 Top 3 WHA Points by a Defenseman (2,3,3)
x2 Top 10 WHA Points by a Defenseman (6,9)
Offensive defenseman with some grit who bounced around the NHL before having a very successful career in the WHA. He's not a WHA HOF'er like Plumb but I think he's the best guy after him and finished a handful of points behind him for third all-time scoring by a defender. He also averaged over 100 PIMs a year in the WHA and very briefly played forward when his teams wanted him to provide some physicality.
Originally Posted by LoH
As a journeyman defenseman though, it was difficult for Popiel to catch on with an original-six lineup. So it was back to the minors after only three Bruin games, this time with the Hershey Bears of the AHL. In 1967, as the NHL expanded, the Los Angeles Kings who tucked him away with their AHL affiliate, the Springfield Kings, claimed Popiel. But the following year he was traded to the Detroit Red Wings where he finally got his first full season in the NHL before splitting 1969-70 between the Wings and their minor-league affiliate in Cleveland.
In 1970-71, the Vancouver Canucks who used the veteran to stabilize their newly formed blueline corps again claimed Popiel in an Expansion Draft, this time. But as was always the case in the NHL, he tended to be used as a defensive stopgap who was useful only so long as there were injuries or short-term holes to be filled on the roster.
Not long after the start of the 1971-72 season, Popiel was dispatched to the Rochester Americans where he stayed only long enough to work out a deal with the Houston Aeros of the newly formed World Hockey Association. In Houston, he finally found a stable home as a blueline regular for six seasons. But by 1978, he felt he'd had his fill of the WHA. So he was quick to jump at an offer to play for Innsbruck in Austria for one season.
Originally Posted by Vancouver Sun
The Aeros have made it a rough series by their determination to give as good as they get, and Poul Popiel, converted to winger from defence to improve checking, has promised that Houston won't be taking any dives tonight.
Popeil, who hit the showers early Sunday because of his second slashing penalty fumed: "They pushed me around the whole game, I don't have to take that. If that's the way they want it, well take it right back to them."