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05-20-2005, 03:01 AM
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The Kelly Buchbuger Appreciation Thread!!!

Alright, everyone's praise for one of the most inspiring captains of all-time here.

I love Kelly's game...game-in, game-out here's a guy who comes to play...He's a guy who's not flashy but would without hesitation stand up to a 6'4 230lb guy to protect a teammate or pump up the team in general...everything you look for from a true leader (other than the scoring ability), you find in buchy...He does whatever is needed (nonscoring-wise) to help the team win

how can you not respect him?

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05-20-2005, 03:13 AM
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Love Bucky! Gives it all night in and night out. Like you said, he'll get pounded to send a message, defend a teammate, or even just to get the guy off the ice for 5 minutes. He's the definition of a warrior.

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#16 in your program, but NUMBER ONE IN YOUR HEARTS.

A shoo in for Hall of Fame induction in 2007.

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My fave Bucky moment:

The Oilers are in Chicago and Probert is taking liberties with some of our better players. Bucky jumps in. . .and gets throughly pounded.

5 minutes in the box and they hit the ice again. Kelly slashes Probert, they drop the gloves, and Kelly gets thrashed even worse than the first time.

The ony guy worthy enough and affordable enough to retire a career Oiler and we give him away in the expansion drive.

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Biggest heart ever is a good description of Bucky. Although worst hands ever isn't far off too . This guy made Todd Marchant look like Pavel Bure.

I met Bucky once in the Thunderdome in Edmonton (old bar), one of the goofiest looking guys you'd ever meet but what a great guy. Super nice, if you didn't know who he was you'd never know he played in the NHL.

One of my all time favourites... a real pity he didn't finish his career in Edmonton. Hall of fame? Not a snowball's chance but perhaps the Oilers will honor him in some special way. I miss seeing him get pounded/block an Al Mac slapper. Kudos to you Bucky!!

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reminds me of a slightly more talented Dennis Bonvie. Loved Buchberger when he was with the Kings

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Everything he lacked in talent he made up for 10 fold in guts and leadership.

Huge Bucky fan. The guy fought how many times last year...and got the **** beaten out of him almost every single time. His role on the team wasn't to be a goon. He wasn't paid to fight. He did so anyways to stick up for his teammates because that ***** McKenna wouldn't.

An all time favorite of mine.

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Everything he lacked in talent he made up for 10 fold in guts and leadership.

Huge Bucky fan. The guy fought how many times last year...and got the **** beaten out of him almost every single time. His role on the team wasn't to be a goon. He wasn't paid to fight. He did so anyways to stick up for his teammates because that ***** McKenna wouldn't.

An all time favorite of mine.
He took one of the all-time worst beatings I've ever seen as Pen last yera. Brashear must have hit him with about 20 conscutive shots to the head before Buchberger finally crumbled.

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Gotta join the Buchberger love-in...

He was a plugger among pluggers but he DID score 20 goals one year. Also, a couple clutch playoff goals over the years too. He was actually always an above-average skater, and used his skating ability to become a pretty decent penalty killer. But he will always be remembered for his honest, blue-collar style and willingness to stick up for his teammates.


Check out this forward line from the 85-86 Moose Jaw Warriors...

Player Name GP G A Pts PIM
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Theoren Fleury................................ 72 43 65 108 124
Mike Keane.................................... 67 34 49 83 162
Kelly Buchberger.............................. 72 14 22 36 206


How would you like to play against those 3? And all became captains in the NHL.

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LOL - everyone remembers bucky for his guts in standing up to the big guys.

I would classify him as a decent middleweight brawler. In his prime, he had talent, excellent speed and guts. He was a superb penalty killer, hounded and pressured the opposition, loved hitting guys, and always went down to block the big windup shots from Al MacInnis (ouch!). And as someone mentioned, he did score 20 in one year, and has some big overtime goals too.

Gutsy, gutsy player.

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LOL - everyone remembers bucky for his guts in standing up to the big guys.

I would classify him as a decent middleweight brawler. In his prime, he had talent, excellent speed and guts. He was a superb penalty killer, hounded and pressured the opposition, loved hitting guys, and always went down to block the big windup shots from Al MacInnis (ouch!). And as someone mentioned, he did score 20 in one year, and has some big overtime goals too.

Gutsy, gutsy player.
You just reminded me about his overtime winner against Dallas in the playoffs. I believe the Oil were down 3-0 in the 3rd with 10 minutes to go? Something like that. That's definitely my favorite Bucky goal.

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Alright, everyone's praise for one of the most inspiring captains of all-time here.

I love Kelly's game...game-in, game-out here's a guy who comes to play...He's a guy who's not flashy but would without hesitation stand up to a 6'4 230lb guy to protect a teammate or pump up the team in general...everything you look for from a true leader (other than the scoring ability), you find in buchy...He does whatever is needed (nonscoring-wise) to help the team win

how can you not respect him?
Great post and I have to agree. He is an "Old School" player that could play for any team because as you say he does a lot of the little things that will help you win.

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Great post and I have to agree. He is an "Old School" player that could play for any team because as you say he does a lot of the little things that will help you win.
Buchberger rules! By the way, nice avatar.

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I don't remember the early years of his career but the last few have been quite nice to see and remember. He's a true leader and the defenition of what a captain should be. I think that he could make a great coach down the road.

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Kelly Buchberger has no business fighting on the Pens during his last year. He wasn't a heavyweight at any time during his career, let alone as a 38/39 year old, but night after night he took on the league's top heavyweights, knowing very well that he would be in for a pounding- and he always stood up to the other guy, never backed off, never turtled, he'd stand tall and hang in there the best he could. He did it because there was no one else around who could, so he figured it may as well be him. He's living proof of the phrase "take one for the team".

Without question, from listening to the players and Eddie Olcyzk throughout the year, he was the most respected player in the locker room, and essentially the team captain. Its really no wonder he got the Penguins players' player award at the end of the season.

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the phrase "he doesnt know when to quit" fits perfectly here...if your team is down 4-0, and everyone is ready to pack it in and take the loss, you can always expect buchy to drop the gloves another 2-3 times before the game ends to pump up a lifeless team...

yeah, everyone talks about his infamous poundings, but what about all the fights that he wins when he doesnt take on heavyweights?

by the way, i think kelly is one of the coolest "glove droppers" in that when he drops them, he slings them across the ice

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Another big fan of Buchy here!
I can't think of any other player who has the heart of Kelly, absolutely no one.

He got ragdolled so many times and still he continue to do anything he could to help/pump up his team.

Definitely a true leader and a great player!

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I remember last year in a Canucks game, after Hedberg went down, Buchburger had a wide open net, and shot it wide.

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Loved him as a King, no need to repeat what's already been said. The dude is old time hockey.

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I remember last year in a Canucks game, after Hedberg went down, Buchburger had a wide open net, and shot it wide.
Yeah, the poor guy couldn't seem to get a break last year, in terms of scoring. I was at the game against Dallas where he finally picked up an assist, and he got a standing ovation, it was a very nice thing to see.

Without Bucky, there's a good chance the Pens would've completely collapsed during that huge losing streak, but instead they stuck together and managed a respectable run at the end of the year.

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I remeber Buchy' as a gritty Oiler who was at one time quite a powerful skater. I saw alot of Mark Messier in Buchberger's style and intensity.

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I remember last year in a Canucks game, after Hedberg went down, Buchburger had a wide open net, and shot it wide.
Didn't he hit the crossbar? Nevertheless, that was a huge miss. That game ended up going into overtime and the Pens lost.

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Loved him as a King, no need to repeat what's already been said. The dude is old time hockey.

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Does anyone else find it ironic that his name is mispelled in the title of his "appreciation" thread?

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