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06-13-2013, 01:41 PM
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players with the longest retirement before coming back

i just got curious about this when i was watching the game in wich lemieux returned after 3 years. Who had retired the longest and came back?

I think it was ted lindsey wasnt it

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Ted Lindsay: Retired after 1959-60. Returned 1964-65.

Frank Boucher: Retired after 1937-38. Returned 1943-44.

Any other notables? Are we including guys who left for WWII but returned to the NHL thereafter?

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06-13-2013, 02:32 PM
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Also, not sure this counts but Gordie Howe "retired" from the NHL after 1970-71 and came back for one more year in 1979-80. He of course played a few seasons in the WHA between.

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Lester Patrick retired in 1922, then came back for one season in the WHL in 1926, and then played goalie(he was typically a defenseman) in an emergency for a game in 1928.

Claude Lemieux stopped playing in 02-03, and then made a comeback to play 18 games in 08-09.

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Guy Lafleur anyone?

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It wasn't very long, but Ron Ellis retired for two years & returned to the Leafs for a few more seasons.

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Carl Brewer - had a strange little comeback in 1979 after last playing in the WHA in 1974.

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Helmuts Balderis retired after the 1984-1985 season to coach in Japan and then joined the North Stars in 1989-1990.

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Barry Beck came back with the Kings two or three years after his first retirement.

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Lafleur'-s comeback was nearly 4 yrs.Retired in oct 84 and cameback in 88

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06-13-2013, 05:30 PM
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If you wanna cheat you could say Gordie Howe with that IHL game in Detroit back in the late 90s.

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06-14-2013, 12:51 AM
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theirs more then i thought who had the most successful return im gonna have to say lemieux.

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Larry Zeidel had a 14 year gap between playing for the Blackhawks in 1953-54 and playing for the expansion Flyers in 1967-68.

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Larry Zeidel had a 14 year gap between playing for the Blackhawks in 1953-54 and playing for the expansion Flyers in 1967-68.
He didn't retire, he played in the AHL & WHL.

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Dickie Moore ( http://www.hockey-reference.com/play...mooredi01.html ) with the expansion St. Louis Blues should be noted, too.

Also, Bob Dailey suffered what was thought to be a career-ending injury early in the 1981-82 season. He made a short-lived comeback for Hershey in the AHL during the 1985-86 season (5 games, http://www.hockeydb.com/ihdb/stats/p...y.php?pid=1233 ).


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I was going to say Doug Harvey. I remember him as a fat old man in St. Loius in 68-69. For some reason I thought he'd been retired the four previous years but he was actually in the AHL. This is one guy I would have dearly loved to see in his prime.

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Jacques Plante left the Rangers in 65, returning to play for the Blues in 1968, a gap of 3yrs.

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Before I opened the thread I thought of Carl Brewer. He had a strange career.

Rick Vaive and Theo Fleury both made comeback attempts. Fleury actually went to the Flames' training camp but got cut in...........2009 or 2010 after leaving the NHL in 2003 (although sadly he played in some beer leagues after that for a while). Vaive I remember right around 2000 or so hinted at coming back. He'd been gone since 1992. I don't think he even tried, which is good because I thought he was delusional.

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Kent Nilsson left the NHL after the 86-87 season and came back for a six game stint with the Oilers eight years later.

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Bump.
Darius Kaspiritis just signed in Lithuania

http://www.eliteprospects.com/player.php?player=8685

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Darius Kaspiritis just signed in Lithuania

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i have nice childhood memories of kaspiritis in the mid late 90s

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Vaive I remember right around 2000 or so hinted at coming back. He'd been gone since 1992. I don't think he even tried, which is good because I thought he was delusional.
Did make a comeback Phil.... Dundas Real McCoys. Senior AAA. Played a handful of games from 2001/2002 -
2002/2003 and Coached them as well. Racked up the points rather nicely. But NHL level? Hadnt heard that one.

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I'm surprised no one mentioned Jim Peplinski.

Peplinski retired six games into the 1989-90 season (just shy of his 29th birthday!) and came back in 1995 (age 34), playing another six games. Almost six full calendar years' difference, and he didn't play any pro hockey in between.

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I'm surprised no one mentioned Jim Peplinski.

Peplinski retired six games into the 1989-90 season (just shy of his 29th birthday!) and came back in 1995 (age 34), playing another six games. Almost six full calendar years' difference, and he didn't play any pro hockey in between.
Thats amazing. Was he injured all the time? or another job?

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Thats amazing. Was he injured all the time? or another job?
I remember him doing colour commentary for CBC at that time.

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