Montréal and its surroundings produced great players. Jean pusie and Jimmy Orlando are not one of them (okay, Jimmy could sort of hold its own), but they certainly deserved to be mentioned in this thread.
The first guy that comes to mind is Big Al Iafrate. I believe he had a far out nickname too.
Was it the planet?
Ya, Boston Globe reporter Paul Dupont coined that nickname. Iafrate held the Slapshot speed record for something like 15 or 16yrs, finally beaten by Chara in 2009. Definitely "out there" was Al Iafrate. All kinds of bizarre stories & amusing anecdotes.... purportedly so self conscious about his hair loss that he'd shower post game with his helmet on.
Yup. This guy. And I never noticed he wore molded Lange skates before! I used those when I was learning to skate! .
Ya, he's wearing Lange's (a ski pioneer boot manufacturer) and I seem to recall Micron was another that introduced molded skate boots as well with the plastic blade chassis system. They both did Goalie Skates (and figure skates particularly for Rentals at public facilities) as well. Phil Esposito was the first to wear & endorse them at the NHL level. Had a removable (and washable) liner, offering better protection than regular leather skate boots. Very weird though, no real kinetic feel with the blades, the ice. Like they were taking you for a skate & not vice-versa.
Ya, my God. What a story, tragedy. Series of them. Well documented in Martin O'Malleys book Gross Misconduct: The Life & Times of Brian Spinner Spencer. Made for TV movie of the same name thats fairly well done. Heres a brief clip of Spencer (#21) in an exhibition from 1976 against the Soviet Wings when he was playing for Buffalo. You get a pretty good feel for his hard work ethic, what he's lacking in skill & finesse replaced with just sheer determination....