the numbers that always defined Cliff Ronning were his height of 5'8" inches and size at 165 pounds.
His all life Ronning faced detractors and experts who said many years ago he would never make it in the NHL, because he was too small. No matter how impressive his offensive numbers were in junior, international or minor pro hockey, he was always told he was not big enough for the National Hockey League.
The shifty centre believes the constant criticism actually helped him become the great NHL hockey player he became more so than hinder him.
"It did the opposite. If anything, I'd like to thank those people who said that. That's what kept me wanting to keep proving things," he said. "If no one said anything, I probably wouldn't have that feeling I have to keep proving myself."
Ronning had hands soft enough to stickhandle in a phone booth. He also has great first-step speed, which he utilizes in a variety of ways to help his teammate, most notably by turning on a dime while carrying the puck to buy him extra time. Ronning has a knack of finding the hole in the open ice and he is effective at distracting a goalie by using his speed to buzz around a net. He’s also tremendously poised, and despite his size, was never afraid to zip in and out of the high traffic areas. Ronning was particularly dangerous on the power play, where he loved to come off the wall and curl into the slot where he would either pass to the corners or slip in further to unleash his weak but accurate shot.
In Vancouver, Ronning immediately was given the opportunity to succeed. He finished the season with 12 points in 11 games before leading all Vancouver skaters in goals and points in the playoffs.
The following year, 1991-92, he finished second in Canucks scoring with 71 points. In the following post-season, he again led all Vancouver skaters with playoff goals, and finished just one point out of the scoring lead.
1992-93 proved to be Ronning's finest individual season. He scored a career high 29 goals and 85 points, finishing second to Pavel Bure in the team scoring race.
The 1993-94 regular season was a disappointment for both Ronning and the Canucks.
Both the Canucks and in particular Ronning rectified their poor regular season showing in the playoffs. The team went on an unexpected playoff run, finishing just one goal shy in game 7 of the Stanley Cup finals. Ronning's 5 goals and 15 assists during that post season may be overshadowed by the likes of Bure, Trevor Linden, and Geoff Courtnall, but Ronning was a significant contributor to that magical post season run. The hometown hero added boyhood spunk to his already established reputation as a playoff warrior. John Davidson, colour man on the MSG/ESPN television broadcasts, was so impressed that he called Ronning "one of the top three forwards in the finals, perhaps Vancouver's best." In a match up that featured the likes of Bure, Linden, Mark Messier, Adam Graves and Alexei Kovalev, that is an impressive compliment.
The man everyone said was too small to play in the NHL is better remembered as the shifty, creative, and dauntless warrior who always brought everything he could, particularly in the playoffs when he raised his game to another level.
Legends of Hockey
In 1985, Cliff Ronning was showered with accolades as he wrapped up his two-year career with the New Westminster Bruins of the WHL. He won the league's scoring race and was voted the WHL's MVP and selected as a First-Team All-Star.
But when the NHL draft was held, the diminutive centreman didn't stand tall enough to rate very highly in the minds of the NHL's brass. Instead, it would be up to Ronning to prove himself all over again, this time, at the NHL level.
He was eventually picked up in the sixth round by the St. Louis Blues. But Ronning had a strong relationship with Canada's Olympic program. His flashy style, mobility, and scoring touch were well-suited to an international style of hockey. So, he skated for Team Canada for the bulk to the 1985-86 campaign. He then joined the Blues for the playoffs of that year and picked up his first two NHL points.
The following season, he split his campaign between Team Canada and the Blues. Time spent in both camps seemed indicative of an absence of a defined role for Ronning with the Blues. He did have one strong season in 1988-89 when he netted 59 points in 79 games. Nonetheless, a year later, he left the NHL to play in Italy for a year.
Upon his return in 1990-91, he rejoined the Blues for a short time but was then traded to the Vancouver Canucks. Once his NHL season came to an end, Ronning joined Canada's National Team at the 1991 World Championships.
Closer to home in Vancouver, Ronning's big-league career finally began to take shape. In his first three seasons with the club, he was able to wheel in an offensive mode. His numbers became predictably solid each year and he always kept his defensive game reigned in on a fairly tight string.
But Ronning, one of the shortest players to ever a dawn a Vancouver Canucks uniform, proved, that in hockey, skill can overcome size.
“The first thing coaches and scouts look at is the size of the kid,” says the 5’8 Ronning. “But if someone has talent, even if they are small, their skill will show. The cream will always rise to the top.”
Ronning toiled in the Blues’ organization for four years before being traded to the Canucks in 1991 as part of a multi-player deal.
In Vancouver, Ronning’s star did rise to the top. He became an offensive force with the Canucks and was an integral part of the ’94 playoff run. After six seasons, 1,137 games, and 869 points with the Canucks, he left Vancouver in 1996 and played for 5 different teams before retiring in 2006.
As you know, we're old-school NHL video game obsessed here on Puck Daddy, worshiping at the simple altars of "Nintendo Ice Hockey", "Blades of Steel" and, of course, the EA Sports NHL series that captivated a generation (and co-starred in "Swingers").
Sometimes in these games, certain players would inexplicably be better in PixelWorld than in real life. Ronning was one of those players for the Vancouver Canucks in NHL '93: Skating around like a water-bug on speed and with an overall rating in the Pavel Bure neighborhood. In a word, he was awesome.
Erik Cole, solid, winger, 3rd round pick by Carolina, 1998 overcame a career threatening neck injury to continue his NHL career. Needs a playmaking center to optimize his performance. Drives the net, solid board work.
Weight 212 lbs
10th ESG 2005-06
2006 USA Olympian
Last edited by Canadiens1958: 07-12-2014 at 06:33 PM.
Position: RW (also served as player-coach at times late in his career)
Height/Weight: 5'10", 152 lbs.
Played professionally: 1915-1919 (OHA-Sr., also fought in WWI), 1919-1923 (NOHA), 1923-1927 (NHL), 1929-1931 (AHA)
Won Northern Ontario Sr. circuit championship (1915)
Allan Cup champion (1919)
- Organized the first players strike with the Hamilton Tigers in 1925. Ended up capsizing the Hamilton team all together.
- Unaminously selected captain of his team in 1925.
Originally Posted by Legends of Hockey
Green, a small but aggressive forward, played 2 seasons with the Americans before his career was cut short by a serious injury.
Originally Posted by Ottawa Citizen - Feb. 28, 1927
One of the gamest players who almost nightly thrill New York hockey crowds. Shorty Green has been giving everything he had to pull his team out of the rut into which it had slipped. In recent home games he has been doing his part in checking men carving much more weight than his own 155 pounds. Not until Shorty was examined at the hospital, however, did the measure of his courage became known, it then being stated that he had gone into the contest with the Rangers suffering a fracture of the nose sustained in the clash with the Ottawa Senators last Saturday night. ...the Green brothers have won a host friends among the followers of the New York Americans.
Originally Posted by Wikipedia
...his skill and physical style in spite of his small stature made him a fan favorite.
He returned to his native Sudbury to play with the Wolves for the next several years, and continued to amaze the hockey world with his expertise. During the 1922-23 season, he scored 23 goals in six games.
The public water fountains that once were throughout the city’s (Hamilton) core were short and green, and for many decades were referred to as “Shorty Greens.”
Originally Posted by The Montreal Gazette - Mar. 4, 1927
He has been playing hockey for ten years with a kidney wounded by shrapnel when serving with the Canadian army in France.
Originally Posted by Ottawa Citizen - Jan. 24, 1934
Take it from Wilfred "Shorty" Green, one-time big league hockey star. ||| According to Shorty, he finds professional and amateur hockey practically the same, except that the pros are drilled into a system. There are more passes and team plays in the pro game, less stick-handling and less tendency to wander around. But even amateur teams are usually coached on a pro system now.
Originally Posted by The Morning Leader - Oct. 20, 1928
He knows plenty of hockey, and when he was at the height of his fame with the Hamilton Tigers in the senior O.H.A. and N.H.L. was one of the trickiest and most dangerous players in the sport.
Originally Posted by New York Times - Dec. 31, 1925
...when Shorty Green on a brilliant piece of individual play, shot the winning goal...
Originally Posted by New York Times - Mar. 1, 1927
Wilfred Shorty Green, the game little forward of the New York American hockey team, who was badly injured during a mix-up...
Originally Posted by The Toronto Sun - Mar. 28, 1920
...Shorty got hard and useful checking...
Originally Posted by New York Times - Dec. 27, 1925
The redoubtable Shorty Green made the first goal of the game after 10 minutes...
Originally Posted by The Pittsburgh Press - Nov. 30, 1925
"Red" and Shorty Green, well-known here for their performances with the Sudbury Wolves...
Originally Posted by The Calgary Daily Herald - Nov. 22, 1933
...Wilfred (Shorty) Green, who starred in past years with New York Americans, Tulsa Oilers and Hamilton Tigers, said he will take the ice once more.
Originally Posted by The Montreal Gazette - Jan. 28, 1924
Time after time he (Red Green) walked right past Boucher and Hitchman, only to find Benedict his stumbling block. Shorty, on the other wing, was almost as good. His one goal came after a pretty piece of play, for after circling the Ottawa net he pulled Benedict away from his post and lobbed the rubber into an open net. ||| [King] Clancy and Shorty Green mixed it up quite frequently on right wing, both handing out and receiving plenty without a murmur.
Originally Posted by Boys' Life magazine - Mar. 1938
The average hockey player is a pretty big fellow. He has to be to stand the wear and tear. Although there have been some little fellows who were great players. Fellows like Howie Morenz and Frankie Boucher and Shorty Green and Rabbit McVeigh and Roy Worters.
Originally Posted by Who's Who In Hockey
Shorty Green was a tiny, intense player whose zeal for the game was not lessened one bit by the fact that he was an epileptic. Sometimes the violent seizures would overtake the slight forward during a game and it took up to four players to restrain him. ...he was one of the most popular players on a dismal conglomeration of losers.
Originally Posted by The Official National Hockey League Stanley Cup Centennial Book
Wilfred "Shorty" Green was long on talent...
Description of the injury:
Originally Posted by Ottawa Citizen - Feb. 28, 1927
Shorty Green outsped Leo Bourgault, Ranger defense player, and crashed headlong into Taffy Abel and went down with the big Ranger defense man on top of him. American Hockey Club officials are loud in their praise of Dr. Henry Clauss, the club's physician, whose prompt response and zealous attention after he had been called by Redvers (Red) Green, who lived with his brother, undoubtedly saved the injured player's life. No blame, officials say, attached to Abel or to any Ranger players who may have participated in the mixup. The accident was merely one of those things which cannot be avoided in a strenuous game such as hockey.
Position: D ▪ Shoots: Left
Height: 6-0 ▪ Weight: 185 lbs.
Born: April 29, 1962 (Age 50) in Toronto, Ontario
Some stats on Driver:
- 5 40 Point Seasons
- 486 Points in 922 Career Games
- Tied for Devils playoff lead for plus minus with a plus 13 in the 1995 playoffs
Driver quietly established himself as one of the steadiest defensemen of his era. A smooth though not particularly fast skater, Driver was a good puck distributor with a good point shot, quarterbacking the Devils power play for many years.
Driver was a player I picked in my first MLD with MadArcand, glad to have him again in this year's. Just a solid solid player. Much like Stillman he might not get a letter on his sweater but I'll still count on him for leadership on the team.
Position: D ▪ Shoots: Left
Height: 6-0 ▪ Weight: 170 lbs.
Born: January 31, 1934 in Regina, Saskatchewan
Died: February 7, 2005 (Aged 71)
-5 Top 10 Finishes in Defensive Point Shares
-70 Points in 478 Career Games
Montreal Canadiens website:
Serving as the team’s fifth defenseman, then the bottom man on the depth chart, the 6-foot, 170-pound rearguard accepted his lot without complaint. Turner was a reliable, if unspectacular presence, occasionally spelling the team’s top four and getting more ice time when injuries or infractions prevented his teammates from appearing.
In total Turner would play 6 seasons in Montreal, scoring just 8 goals in those years. But his job was not about scoring goals, but rather preventing them. Turner took great pride in his trade
Turner might not have been my best pick but I still like the pick. He should provide some solid hockey for my team.
Robert Lang, 7th round pick, 1990 L.A. Kings.developed into a solid NHL and International center, offensively he was a good goal scorer and very good playmaker, solid defensively. Became an excellent role center late in his career. Could play RW.
Position: LW ▪ Shoots: Left
Height: 6-1 ▪ Weight: 215 lbs.
Born: August 24, 1973 (Age 38) in Sudbury, Ontario
Stats on Brunette:
- 4 40 Assist Seasons
- 268 Goals and 465 Assists for 733 Points in 1110 Games
- 35 Points in 49 Playoff Games
- Played 80 Games in 10 Straight Seasons
- Solid 2 way guy
Legends of Hockey
A slick playmaking left-winger, Andrew Brunette was given an opportunity to shine as a result of the NHL expansion in the late 1990s. After excelling with the Nashville Predators and Atlanta Thrashers, he signed with the Minnesota Wild prior to the 2001-02 season.
Really like this pick, the guy seems to do everything well, makes him a perfect linemate for Granato and Kisio.
Position: C ▪ Shoots: Right
Height: 5-10 ▪ Weight: 185 lbs.
Born: September 18, 1959 (Age 52) in Peace River, Alberta
Some stats on Kisio:
- 6 40 Assist Seasons
- 229 Goals and 429 Assists for 658 Assists in 761 Career Games
- 59 Career Power Play Goals
- 1993 All Star
Legends Of Hockey
Centre Kelly Kisio utilized his speed, exceptional hockey sense, and strong character to last more than a dozen years in the NHL. Over the years he was a team leader, playmaker, checker, penalty killer, and power-play specialist on four different NHL clubs.
A real heart and soul guy, I like this pick for my team. Kisio will be an alternate for the Blaze and I look forward to him giving his all every game.
x4 Top 15 Goals (3, T9, T13, T14)
x3 Top 15 Assists (T11, T14, T15)
x3 Top 15 Points (3, 10, T13)
Originally Posted by Iain Fyffe
Jimmy Herbert, C/RW: Herbert had a brief but bright peak in the NHL. He led the expansion Boston Bruins with 24 points in 1924/25, which was ninth in the NHL. Notably, the team scored only 49 goals that year, meaning Herbert had a hand in 49% of his team's goals; the Bruins' second-highest scorer had 8 points.
The following year he teamed full-time with Carson Cooper to form the deadliest scoring duo in the NHL. They both tied for third in the NHL points race, behind only Nels Stewart and Cy Denneny.
He faded a bit after that, but did not disappear: he tied for 11th in scoring in 1926/27, for 16th in 1927/28 and 23rd in 1928/29. He was a very hard-nosed player with a temper, a fact often overlooked because he played with men such as Eddie Shore, Sprague Cleghornn and Lionel Hitchman, who could make most anyone seem a *****cat.
Position: LW ▪ Shoots: Left
Height: 6-1 ▪ Weight: 220 lbs.
Born: September 16, 1953 (Age 58) in Timmins, Ontario
Stats on Vail:
- 216 Goals and 260 Assists for 476 Points in 591 Games
- 1975 Calder trophy Winner, 1977 All Star
- 2 Top 10 finishes in Even Strength Goals
- 4 60 Point Seasons
Legends Of Hockey
Vail continued to play a major offensive role with the struggling Atlanta Flames through the remainder of its existence. In 1976-77, Eric was chosen to play in the All-Star Game, and represented Canada at the World Championship
I like this pick for my team, Vail will be counted on to provide scoring in my bottom 6.
Ht: 6 foot
Wt: 185 pounds
DOB: March 14 1925, Moscow, Russia
Some stats on Guryshev:
-71 Goals in 92 Games With the National Team
-5 Time Leader in Goals in a Season in the Russian League
-4 Time Russian League All Star
Described as the "Phil Esposito of the early decades Russian hockey," Guryshev is the third highest scorer in Soviet hockey history with 379 career goals, trailing only Boris Mikhailov and Vyacheslav Starshinov
Though Guryshev wasn't a winger as I thought when I drafted him, the draft worked out so that I can provide my 4th line with his scoring ability. I really like this pick for my team. Being compared to Esposito is nothing to sneeze at.
Tied 3rd in team playoff scoring with Bobby Clarke in 1980
Originally Posted by LoH
He turned pro the following year, opting to try his hand in the WHA with the Minnesota Fighting Saints, who had obtained his WHA rights. Playing at home was the key for Holmgren, who suited up for 51 games with the Saints, scoring 14 goals and 30 points. He also played a handful of games in the minors with the Richmond Robins of the AHL and the Johnstown Jets of the NAHL.
The experiment with the WHA was short-lived and Holmgren joined the Philadelphia Flyers when the Saints moved out of Minnesota. He played one game with the Flyers in 1975-76. The following year Holmgren dressed for 59 games, and the most noticeable statistic was his 201 minutes in penalties.
Holmgren certainly was the center of some controversial situations, including a six-game suspension for clubbing Carol Vadnais with his stick during a game against the New York Rangers. Advocates of Holmgren said he was simply an aggressive player, while those less charitable said he was nothing more than a goon. Holmgren landed himself in more trouble with the NHL when he took a swing at referee Andy Van Hellemond after a nasty on-ice incident with Pittsburgh's Paul Baxter. In Holmgren's eyes, he was angry that Van Hellemond had not called a penalty on Baxter, who had high-sticked Holmgren, leaving him unable to move his jaw for the better part of a week.
Holmgren remained with the Flyers for another six-and-a-half years, with his most productive offensive season coming in 1979-80 when he had 30 goals and 65 points to go along with his 267 minutes in penalties. That was also the year the Flyers went on their record 35-game unbeaten streak. They were the heavy favourites to win the Stanley Cup that year but were thwarted by the New York Islanders, who won the Stanley Cup in six games on Bobby Nystrom's overtime winning goal. Holmgren says he played the best hockey of his career that year, specifically in the playoff run, when he scored ten goals and ten assists in 18 games.
Late in the 1984-85 season, Holmgren was traded to the Minnesota North Stars, and although nobody likes being traded, it was a return to his home state, so he was quite happy with the move. Upon obtaining Holmgren, North Stars' general manager Lou Nanne called him "the glue we've sadly missed." Holmgren dressed for eleven games with the Stars that year, scoring seven points. In 1984-85, Holmgren was limited to just 16 games due to a serious shoulder injury. During the off-season he had reconstructive surgery, but the shoulder was not responding to treatment, and so, after eleven years in the NHL, Holmgren was forced to retire. He appeared in 527 NHL games, scoring 144 goals, 179 assists and 323 points while spending 1,684 minutes in the penalty box.
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Position: RW ▪ Shoots: Left
Height: 6-2 ▪ Weight: 210 lbs.
Born: April 19, 1981 (Age 31) in Mlada Boleslav, Czechoslovakia
- 216 Goals and 323 Assists for 539 Points in 660 Games
- 6 30 Assist Seasons
- 2 Time All Star
- 52 Points in 72 Career Games
- 2001 All Rookie Team Selection
Legends Of Hockey
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
Though Havlat's injuries may prevent him from playing a full schedule, when this guy is healthy, he's one of the better playmaking wingers in the league. I expect him, Guryshev and Vail to make my 4th line of the best offensive 4th lines in the league.
Right-winger Wildor Larochelle was a fine goal scorer and checker who played nearly 500 games in the NHL during the 1920s and '30s. He spent the majority of his career with the Montreal Canadiens where he won two Stanley Cups.
Born in Sorel, Quebec, Larochelle played 33 games as a rookie with the Montreal Canadiens in 1926. The stocky forward played a regular shift for two years before spending most of the 1928-29 season with the Providence Reds of the Can Am League. The next year he returned to Montreal and was a fixture in the line up for six and a half years.
Larochelle's timely scoring helped the Canadiens win consecutive Stanley Cups in 1930 and 1931. In 1931-32, he scored a career high 18 goals playing with Pit Lepine and Armand Mondou. In December 1935, he was shipped to the Chicago Black Hawks for cash. The veteran forward was a useful worker for a year and a half in the Windy City before sitting out the 1937-38 season. He returned to play one more year with the AHL"s New Haven Eagles before retiring for good in 1939.
Originally Posted by Montreal Canadiens historical website
TOUGH AND STRONG DESPITE HIS 5-FOOT-8 FRAME, FORWARD WILDOR LAROCHELLE APPEARED IN MORE THAN 400 GAMES WITH THE CANADIENS, WINNING TWO STANLEY CUPS.
Wildor Larochelle, a 19-year-old Sorel, Quebec native, cracked the Montreal Canadiens’ lineup for the first time in 1925-26. He proudly wore the Habs jersey for 11 seasons with the club, one of the longest tenures of his era.
In his first three seasons, Larochelle saw limited ice time and as a result, was assigned to the Providence Reds of the Canadian-American Hockey League for the bulk of the 1928-29 campaign. There he developed a scoring touch and after a season in the minors, he returned to the Canadiens in 1929-30 a changed player.
More aggressive and with a nose for the net, he entered the most productive phase of his career, playing alongside Pit Lépine and Georges Mantha. Upon his return to the club, Larochelle easily eclipsed his output of five goals in his previous three-season stint with the Habs. Finding the twine 14 times during the 1929-30 season and twice more in the playoffs, Larochelle helped lead the team to the franchise’s third Stanley Cup.
Tough and strong despite carrying less than 160 pounds on his 5-foot-8 frame, Larochelle missed very few games in his second stint with the Habs, successfully holding his own against bigger, heavier opponents. The Canadiens repeated as Stanley Cup Champions in the spring of 1931 with the stocky right winger contributing three points to the team’s postseason success.
Larochelle, who scored a career-high 18 goals in 1931-32, finished 1933-34 with 27 points, second only to Howie Morenz. He peaked the next year, notching 28 points. On March 8, 1934, the Habs recorded a 3-0 victory over the New York Americans on a night that saw the veteran forward score all three markers.
Thirteen games into the 1935-36 campaign, Larochelle was dealt to the Chicago Blackhawks, where he wound down his NHL career. He spent a season and a half in the Windy City before retiring rather than reporting to St. Louis of the American Hockey Association for the 1936-37 schedule.
Wildor Larochelle died in 1964. A street in his hometown bears his name.
49 adjusted ES points per season, 15 adjusted PP points per season
VS #2 percentages: 88, 79, 69, 66, 66
Originally Posted by LoH
Murray spent three years with the Wolves before joining the Bruins towards the end of their 1991-92 regular season and playoff run which led them to the Wales Conference finals against the eventual Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins.
In 1992-93, the Halifax, N.S. native split his season with the Bruins and their AHL affiliate in Providence before earning a permanent roster spot with the team the following year. After playing in 37 games with Boston in 1994-95, the Bruins traded Murray to the Pittsburgh Penguins during the off season, where he spent one full season and the better part of a second before he was dealt to the Los Angeles Kings in the latte stages of the 1996-97 season.
In his first full season with the Kings in 1997-98, Murray set a career high in goals (29), assists (31) and points (60). Murray spent two more years in Los Angeles, bettering his season high in points with 62 during the 99-2000 season before he was traded back to Boston early in the 2001-02 season. Upon his return to Boston in 2002-03, Murray broke out offensively and set career highs in all three offensive categories with 44 goals and 48 assists for 92 points before seeing his totals dip in 2003-04 to 60 points.
On the international stage, Murray has represented his homeland at the 1998 World Championships and for the second time in 2004, helping Canada capture their second gold medal in as many years.
Modere "Mud" Bruneteau was a solid two way NHL RW, mid 1930s into the mid 1940s.Mainly a 2nd liner who had a bit of an opportunistic streak - scoring the winning goal in OT in the longest playoff game vs the Montreal Maroons in 1936. Above average size for his era.
Height/Weight: 5'8", 170 lbs. - 5'10", 175 lbs.
Played in NHL: 1927-1937
All-Star Voting (didn't play full career in AS Team era): T-5th in First Team voting/9th on Alternate Team in 1931; T-4th on Alternate Team (Right D, also rec'd one Left D vote as well) in 1933.
H-R Defensive Point Shares (Top 10): 1, 3, 6, 9 [all from 1932-1936]
2x Stanley Cup Finalist
AHA champion (1930)
Memorial Cup champion (1924)
Originally Posted by Legends of Hockey
He was a reliable player in his own end and passed the puck to his forwards efficiently.
Originally Posted by The Calgary Daily Herald - Jan. 24, 1928
The new-comer is the much-discussed athlete who was traded for Amby Moran, about the same time as the Miller-McCallon deal, but refused to come to the prairie. ...the new Saskatoon player is a capable defence player and should make a good showing in the prairie circuit.
Originally Posted by New York Times - Apr. 9, 1938
The name of Ted Graham, former New York Americans hockey star, has been mentioned as York's successor.
Originally Posted by The Saskatoon Phoenix - Feb. 28, 1928
Hal Yorke, on the other hand, had plenty of close calls besides the four shots that were rifled past him. Had it not been for the over-anxiousness Ron Moffatt and Ted Graham would have boosted Saskatoon's margin to a greater extent than four goals in the third canto. ||| Graham, Klein and Moffatt tore down the ice together...
Originally Posted by Chicago Tribune - Jan. 4, 1933
Edward Dixon Graham, better known to followers of the Chicago Blackhawks as Teddy, yesterday was named captain of the local hockey team...
Originally Posted by The Montreal Gazette - Sep. 23, 1938
-Former Star to Coach Owen Sound Grays- ...and signing of Graham, a star puckman with Montreal Canadiens, Chicago Blackhawks and other major league teams, is the latest move in an effort to hoist the juniors back to prominence enjoyed when Owen Sound won the Dominion junior title in 1924.
Originally Posted by Ottawa Citizen - Nov. 15, 1940
Teddy Graham, former National Hockey League defence star.
Originally Posted by The Montreal Gazette - Jan. 15, 1935
Manager Jack Adams of the Detroit Red Wings revealed tonight why he has sent his reliable defenceman, Teddy Graham, down to the Olympics of the International Hockey League squad...is only temporary, he said. Graham contracted a form of fish poisoning recently and was unable to eat fish or anything else for several days.
Originally Posted by The Montreal Gazette - Apr. 4, 1934
...shot the puck into the open Chicago net after Teddy Graham had rushed in behind the Hawk net and passed to Larry Aurie who feinted Gardiner out of position before slipping the disc over to Lewis.
Originally Posted by Chicago Tribune - Nov. 29, 1926
Teddy Graham, the husky defense player of the Cardinal squad, showed hockey fans at the Coliseum some fast offensive play last night.
Originally Posted by New York Times - Mar. 16, 1936
Teddy Graham's speedy solo rush around Earl Siebert, Chicago defenseman, gave the Boston Bruins a 1 to 0 triumph over the Black Hawks...
Originally Posted by The Telegraph-Herald and Times-Journal - Jan. 5, 1928
Teddy Graham, a defense spare, was being hailed today as the much needed "firecracker" for the Black Hawk hockey offense following his brilliant individual performance last night...Graham's goal, the Hawks' only marker in three furious sessions of hockey, came in the closing minutes of the last period when he shot the puck alongside the boards, twenty feet from the net. It was the best play seen on local ice this season.
Originally Posted by The Border Cities Star - Nov. 11, 1925
Ottawa is particularly anxious to obtain Graham's signature to a prof. contract and will make a strong effort to get him to enlist in the salaried ranks.
Originally Posted by The Montreal Gazette - Aug. 25, 1933
Teddy Graham, sturdy defenceman of the Chicago Black Hawks, will come to Maroons for Lionel Conacher in a deal which has been practically completed...The acquisition of Graham will bring together again the veteran defence combination of Marvin Wentworth and Teddy Graham, for a long period, Chicago's stalwart outer guard.
Originally Posted by The Montreal Gazette - Nov. 27, 1933
Teddy Graham, stocky defenceman who came to Maroons from Chicago this year, launched the play that meant victory. He took the puck from his own defence, dashed up the left boards and was forced into the corner by Ching Johnson. Graham managed to send a speedy passout to the front of the goal...
Originally Posted by The Milwaukee Journal - Jan. 5, 1930
The Chicago Black Hawks of the National Hockey League made another move to strengthen their defense Saturday by purchasing Edward (Teddy) Graham, defense star from the Tulsa Oilers of the American association. Twenty four years old and weighing 175 pounds, Graham led all defense players in all professional hockey leagues last year in scoring. Even among the wing men in his own league did he rank high, finishing sixth place and helping the Oilers win the American Association championship.
Originally Posted by Saskatoon Star-Phoenix - Dec. 23, 1929
Teddy Graham, Tulsa defenceman, won the game with a solo goal counted less than two minutes before the end of the third period.
Was traded staight up for Amby Moran (Graham refused to report) and traded for Lionel Conacher straight up as well in seperate instances. Was traded with $50,000 (1935) for Syd Howe and Scotty Bowman. Fought in World War II.
Little is known about Graham, but from what I've researched he was stocky and while reports of his height varied from 5'8" to 5'10" he's never referred to as small (which makes a good amount of sense for the era). He was speedy and a frequent puck-rusher that would go on forays into the attacking zone looking for offense. Also referred to as steady, reliable and sturdy defensively. Was traded for some pretty high end players and received some acknowledgement of his stardom in aforementioned all-star voting. Probably a two-way defenseman that was able to rush the puck well and create offensively that provided solid or better defense, but wasn't overly physical. Also a player that might not have reached the high-end potential that he was thought to have at times. Seems like teams wanted to catch lightning in a bottle with him but only occasionally did.
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4th (1913-1914), 8th (1911-1912), in NHA Goals
6th in PCHA Goals (1912-1913)
90 G, 29 A, 119 Pts in 111 NHA GP
26 G, 14 A, 40 Pts in 69 NHL GP
11 G, 4 A, 15 Pts in 16 PCHA GP
Montreal Canadiens Legends
Jack MacDonald was a star hockey player for years before the National Hockey League even existed. By the time the NHL officially formed, Jack was in the twilight of his career, and served primarily as a substitute with the Wanderers, Canadiens, Bulldogs and St. Pats.
Prior to the birth of the NHL, there was the NHA. The National Hockey Association was essential the forerunner to the NHL. Jack was a star in the NHA, scoring 146 goals in 168 NHA games. Jack was a powerful, high scoring left winger who held his own with such superstars as Joe Malone and Newsy Lalonde.
The Toronto World, Nov. 24, 1915
Quebec is splendidly equipped, having Joe Malone, Tommy Smith, Jack McDonald, Jack Marks and Walter Mummery.
AST Voting Record: T6 (1938), 2 votes in 1939, 1 vote in 1936 and 1937
Originally Posted by LoH
Stewart Evans had a nine-year NHL career that began in 1930-31 with the Detroit Falcons. In 43 games Evans one goal and four assists and five points.
In 1931-32, Evans was sent to play Detroit Olympics of the IHL where he had three goals and 12 points. In 1932-33 Evans was back in the NHL with the Detroit Red Wings, who evolved from the old Falcons team. He had two goals and eight points as well as 74 penalty minutes.
Midway through the 1933-34 season Evans was traded to the Montreal Maroons, where he scored four goals and two assists in 27 games. Evans played five seasons with the Maroons and was a member of their Stanley Cup winning team in 1935. Individually, his best season was 1936-37 when he had six goals and seven assists for 13 points in 48 games.
Evans' final year in the NHL was 1938-39 with the Montreal Canadiens where he scored nine points in 43 games. For his career he played in 367 games, had 28 goals, 49 assists, and 77 points.
Originally Posted by The Montreal Gazette - Dec 6, 1933
And his defence of Doug Young and Stew Evans, with able relief by the burly Freddy Robertson, gave him strong support as did the tight back-checking of the forwards.
Originally Posted by The Border Cities Star - Jan 19, 1934
The fine defensive play of "Stew" Evans with Maroons last night was one of the features of a typical rough and rugged Montreal-Detroit National League fixture. For some unexplained reason Maroons and Red Wings have always been bitter hockey rivals. Seldom has a game been played between these two clubs at Olympia without a flare-up. Last night there were three outstanding jousts. Evans was in one of them engaging in a short but snappy wrestling and slugging duel with Herbie Lewis.
Originally Posted by The Montreal Gazette - Oct 30, 1935
When Stew Evans came to terms after a short holdout period, the squad was assured its four rearguards would be ready again. Evans paired with Marvin
"Cy" Wentworth last year for one of the best units in hockey.
610 GP, 270 PTS
86 Playoff GP, 37 PTS, x2 Stanley Cup wins
x2 All-Star Game appearances
Point finishes among defensemen: 7 (1973), 9 (1977), 16 (1974)
Originally Posted by Joe Pelletier
Tom Bladon was a hard shooting, offensive minded defenseman best known for his days with the Philadelphia Flyers. Nicknamed "Bomber" because of how hard he could shoot the puck, Bladon broke Bobby Orr's record for most points in one game by a defenseman.
However Bladon is never really mentioned when it comes to elite defensemen such as Orr and Coffey. Although he was probably the top offensive defenseman of the Philadelphia Flyers during their two Stanley Cup victories in the mid-1970s, he's an often forgotten about member of that team as well.
Bladon broke into the league as a rookie in 1972-73, one year after his Edmonton Oil Kings fell just short of capturing the Memorial Cup. Bladon stepped into the Philadelphia and was a bit of an oddity on the Broad Street Bullies. He was anything but a real physical player, instead he relied on skill.
Bladon scored 11 goals and 42 points in an impressive rookie campaign. He slipped somewhat during the Cup years - scoring 12 goals and 34 points in 1973-74 and 9 goals and 29 points in 1974-75, although his plus/minus went through the roof with career highs 42 and 45 respectively.
Bladon's numbers improved as the team tried to get a little younger following the two championships. Bladon got more ice time and responded with 14 goals and 37 pints in 1975-76, and then with 10 goals and a career high 43 assists for a career high 53 points in 1976-77 - the year he broke Bobby Orr's record.
Bladon stepped back to reality in 1977-78 when he scored 11 goals and 35 points in what proved to be his final season in Philadelphia. He failed to raise his goal totals to double digits just once in 6 seasons in Philly, a true feat for a defenseman.
Bladon was never able to duplicate his success once he left Philadelphia however. This is due partly to the fact he was moved so often. Over the next three years he would play with the Pittsburgh Penguins, Edmonton Oilers, Winnipeg Jets and Detroit Red Wings, not to mention the Wings farm team in Adirondack (AHL). Tom admitted that this was a very tough time in his life, and he opted to retire.
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Nicholas Mickoski, the 30 year old Winnipeg digger who for three seasons was the most diligent worker on the Chicago Black Hawks, labored long and hard again last night, but this time for the Detroit Red Wings.
-February 10th, 1958 Chicago Tribune
The other was the checking combo of Nick Mickoski, Glen Skov, and Bob Bailey...
4x Top 17 Goals(7, 14, 17, 17)
4x Top 17 Assists(6, 10, 15, 17)
4x Top 20 Points(7, 15, 17, 20)
2x Top 8 Goals Playoffs(1, 8)
2x Top 7 Assists Playoffs(3, 7)
3x Top 9 Points Playoffs(4, 5, 9)
A GRITTY, TWO-WAY CENTER, BILLY REAY’S CAREER WAS CUT SHORT BY INJURY – A TESTAMENT TO HIS RUGGED STYLE OF PLAY.
A crafty playmaker who played a tougher game than his small stature led opponents to believe, Reay was comfortable in traffic, with a precise passing ability that saw him rack up assists during his time with the Canadiens.
The mention of Billy Reay's name usually brings up thoughts of coaching the Chicago Blackhawks. It is often overlooked, however, that he was also an accomplished NHL centreman in the sparkplug style of the NHL's 1940s.