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Wayne Gretzky,C Each season his skills increased dramatically and he soon set scoring records that seemed preposterous, notably a 378-goal season in his last year in pee wee in Brantford.

Wayne "the White Tornado" Gretzky later known as "the Great one" . Waynes game was unique and almost impenetrable. The area behind the opposition goal was dubbed "Gretzky's office" because it was from there that he made so many perfect passes for goals. He was equally known for using the trailing man on rushes rather than a man skating ahead of him. Gretzky would come in over the blue line and then curl, waiting for a defenseman, often Coffey, to join the rush and create a great scoring chance. When on the ice to kill penalties, Gretzky wasn't looking to ice the puck in a defensive role; he was looking to take the other team by surprise, to take advantage of their defenselessness to score shorthanded. The result was goals and more goals - the Oilers scoring 400 a season as a matter of routine - and Gretzky won the scoring race virtually every year in the 1980s.-HOF

Gretzky sees a picture out there that no one else sees," Boston Bruins General Manager Harry Sinden would say.
Nik Lidstrom is a superb skater with excellant vison on the ice, loves long passes. He has a howitzer from a the point. He is a gentlemanly player who is onsidered one of the most sportsman like players in todays nhl.Uses his intelligence to dominate the game. Is very efficient in the defensive zone. Thrives when logging a ton of ice time.He is a indepensible player who is excellant in all facets of the game.Lidstrom was a reliable defenseman and a brilliant rusher, and his powerful shots from the blue line often take goalies by surprise

In 1998 the Red Wings again won the Cup, and Lidstrom joined his countryman, former New York Islanders defenseman Tomas Jonsson, as the only Swedish-born defensemen to win two Stanley Cup championships.Lidstrom's greatest achievements occurred while he was with the Wings. But he has had sucess representing his homeland sweden when they won the World Championships in Finland in 1991

When he first came to Detroit in the early 1990's the skillful and sophisticated Lidstrom found it easy to become an important part of the Wings' new European-influenced style.He would anchor the powerplay with Hall of Famer Paul Coffey.His other defensive partners would be Larry Murphy and Chris Chelios.- Legends of Hockey

"Usually, when defensemen get penalties, it’s because of their stick - they cross-check someone at the net, or get beat and give the guy a tug," said Detroit associate coach Dave Lewis, a former NHL defenseman. "Nick’s such a good positional player, he doesn’t have to rely on that."

A four-time NHL First All-Star Team selection, Lidstrom has also performed with remarkable resiliency, missing just 13 games in 10 seasons with the Wings.

"He makes your game a lot easier," longtime defense partner Larry Murphy said of Lidstrom. "He likes to play the control game and likes to make the play with the puck."

"Nick isn’t flashy, just effective. He always makes the right play. He makes himself available so he can receive the pass."

"He’s so steady, so reliable," former Detroit defenseman Todd Gill said. "He reminds me of Ray Bourque in his heyday - not flashy, but a true superstar in every sense of the word."

"Lidstrom’s the best player I’ve ever played with," Yzerman said -detroit legends

In 05-06 Nik became the first defensmen in 10 seasons toscore 80 points

NHL Totals 1094 188 617 805 +295 Playoff Totals 168 34 82 116 +31

NHL All-Rookie Team (1992) NHL First All-Star Team (98,99,00,01,02,03)
James Norris Memorial Trophy (01,02,03) Conn Smythe Trophy (02)
Played in NHL All-Star Game (96,98,99,00,01,02,03,04)

Chris Chelios D

Has been one of the toughest defensemen to beat one-on-one throughout his career. Always plays a smart game in the defensive zone and is terrific in transition. Is still nasty but has learned to pick his spots and for the majority of his career he logged huge amounts of ice time.The more chris played the better he played. He is one of the leagues best defenceman one on one.He is indispensible on the ice.TSN.ca

Chelios and Ray Bourque were the premiere d-man of there time patroling the blueline. They long jockeyed as the dominant all-round defensman of there era. If Borq made beating boston tough then chelios made surviving a date with chicago an ordeal. Top 50

Chelios has great instincts, strong skating, and top drawer offensive gifts meant he could had been a Norris Trophy candidate without repeatedly bloodying his nose in the first half of his now 3 decade spanning career.

Traded to chicago for hall of famer denis savard who was on the back side of his career despite being the same age as chelios.Chris's career continue to advance and he entrenched himself as the most skilled and menacing players of his era.

He has won 3 Norris Trophys

His stint with the Chicago Blackhawks solidified Chris Chelios' standing as the most menacing skilled defenseman in the league. He was known as a player who would do anything to win, regarded by most as a player other NHL players hated playing against. Even as Chris amassed over 2,000 penalty minutes, his offensive numbers were never too far behind his gritty play. Chelios would win two more Norris trophies during while in Chicago and led the team in points during the 1995-96 season. His time in Chicago came to an end at the 1999 NHL trade deadline when he was dealt to the Detroit Red Wings for defenceman Anders Ericksson and two first-round draft picks (1999 and 2001). The move to Detroit did not yield a Red Wing three-peat, but Chelios helped Detroit win the Stanley Cup in 2002 and is back with the Wings for the 2005-06 season. http://www.hockey-fans.com/
He has won 2 cups with montreal and detroit. Silver Medal at the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, Utah.

A tireless worker and one of the most fit players in the NHL, Chelios began his 22nd NHL season in 2005-06 Chelios reached the 900-point plateau during the 02-03 regular seson, was named to his second World Cup team in the summer of 2004

Obviously he has great skills but he will back stab you any time he gets a chance - randy burridge

Alot of people fight for the puck Chris plays like he is fighting for his life - Bill Clement.

Telling chris he cant play is like cutting off his arm- Luc Robitaille

Chelios is the best defenceman in the league. He gives you no gap between himself and the oncoming forward.When you're going forward, most defenseman go back, but it seems like h's going forward and back at the same time. There's always pressure on the puck- Paul Kariya

Reg Season Totals 1471 181 742 923 +328 2801
NHL Playoff Totals 222 30 107 137 +44 378

NHL All-Rookie Team (1985) NHL 1st All-Star Team (1989, 1993,95,96,02)
James Norris Memorial Trophy (89,93,96) NHL 2nd All-Star Team (1991, 1997)
Bud Light Plus/Minus Award (02) Canada Cup All-Star Team (1991)
World Cup All-Star Team (96)
Played in NHL All-Star Game (85,90,91,92,93,94,96,97,98,00,02)

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1st selection, 2nd overall: Bobby Orr

Truly special athletes, the ones that fathers talk about to their sons and daughters, change the game they play.

Orr revolutionized the sport with his scoring ability and playmaking from the blue line. Other defenders, beginning as early as Lester Patrick in the nascent days of the game, had been offensive threats, but Orr dominated. He won two scoring titles, the only defender to accomplish that feat, and had career season highs of 46 goals and 102 assists. More than just statistics, Orr had the ability to control the game, to take over. He had the speed to float away from defenders and also to recover should he lose possession or get caught on a rush. Often, odd-man rushes in the other team's favour were reversed by his effortless strides.

For eight consecutive seasons Orr won the Norris Trophy as the best defenseman and three times he was the league's most valuable player to collect the Hart Trophy. Orr's plus-minus rating when he was at his best was untouchable at plus-124 in 1970-71, when he scored 139 points.

2nd Selection, 33rd overall: Paul Coffey

Smooth-skating Paul Coffey embodied everything an offensive defenseman could be -- lightning fast, a skilled playmaker, a booming shot and savvy, yet still able to defend his team's zone employing blinding speed.

Through twenty-one NHL seasons, Paul Coffey was named to either the First or Second All-Star Team eight times, and as the Norris Trophy winner on three occasions. He also appeared in fourteen NHL All-Star Games and represented Canada at four Canada/World Cup tournaments. Paul retired as the highest scoring defenseman in NHL playoff history.

Scotty Bowman, writing in The Hockey News in November 2004, stated, "Coffey was one of the most unique defensemen to ever play in the league. He was often referred to as a 'rover.' The biggest thing about Coffey was his tremendous speed. If he couldn't skate like he did, he would not have been able to move up and play like he did. He was like a fourth forward on most attacks."

3rd Selection, 43rd overall: Gilbert Perreault

One of the most naturally gifted forwards in NHL history, Gilbert Perreault dazzled fans and the opposition defenses with his famed end-to-end rushes. He was the first building block in place when Punch Imlach began assembling the Buffalo Sabres in 1970. Throughout his nearly 17-year career that was spent entirely with Buffalo, Perreault was consistently one of the game's most entertaining figures. His laid-back and shy personality kept him from gaining the fame of some of the other stars of his era.

The Buffalo Sabres acquired the first pick in the 1970 Amateur Draft when coach and general manager Imlach won a spin of the wheel over expansion cousin Vancouver. Perreault was the obvious choice, and he lived up to his advance billing by establishing rookie scoring records of 38 goals and 72 points in 1970-71. He easily outdistanced runner-up Jude Drouin of the Minnesota North Stars in the Calder Trophy voting. In his sophomore year, he scored 26 goals and 74 points while being chosen to play for Canada in the 1972 Summit Series against the USSR.

Although he was in the latter stages of his career in the 1980s, Perreault turned in four straight 30-goal seasons between 1981 and 1985. He starred as Wayne Gretzky's linemate at the 1981 Canada Cup, and he was playing some of the best hockey of his career with nine points in four games when he was forced out of the tournament with a broken ankle.

Following the trade of Danny Gare to Detroit on December 2, 1981, Perreault was named Buffalo's team captain, a position he held until his retirement in 1986-87. On April 3, 1982, he became the 16th player to register 1,000 points. Perreault scored his 500th goal against Alain Chevrier on March 9, 1986. After playing 20 games the following season, he retired with 512 goals and 1,326 points to his credit. Perreault was elected to the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1990.

4th Selection, 70th Overall: Grant Fuhr

Over a 10-year period, Grant Fuhr led the Oilers to five Stanley Cup championships between 1984 and 1990. Without a doubt, his best year was in 1987. Fuhr was a workhorse, accumulating a league-leading 4,304 minutes played and 40 wins. He earned his sole Vezina Trophy as the league's best goaltender and was runner-up to teammate Wayne Gretzky for the Hart Trophy as the NHL's most valuable player. During the 1983-1984 season, Fuhr collected 14 points, which still stands as the single-season record for most points by a goaltender.

In 1995-96, just as many began to think that this once great goaltender was past his prime, he signed as a free agent with the St. Louis Blues. Given another chance, the classy veteran didn't disappoint. Fuhr played with a renewed love for the game and an energy that matched any youngster in the league. He played an astonishing 79 games for the Blues, 76 consecutively. Both remain single-season records. Grant's great play continued into the playoffs that year. He was once again in fine form and gave Blues' fans high hopes for a Stanley Cup championship. Unfortunately, the playoff run ended prematurely when Maple Leafs' forward Nick Kypreos crashed into Fuhr as he was attempting to cover the puck. His leg twisted awkwardly and he tore his knee ligaments.

Grant joined an elite club of goaltenders. On October 22, he defeated the Florida Panthers to attain his 400th career win -- only the sixth goalie in NHL history to reach that milestone, joining the likes of Terry Sawchuk, Jacques Plante, Tony Esposito, Glenn Hall and Patrick Roy. Prior to the 2000-01 season, Grant Fuhr announced his retirement from professional hockey.

Fittingly, in Fuhr's first year of eligibility, he was selected to the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2003.

5th Selection, 77th Overall: Bob Gainey

Termed the world's best all-around player by Soviet national team coach Viktor Tikhonov, Bob Gainey brought many elements to the Montreal Canadiens during his 16-year NHL career. The burly left winger was a tenacious competitor, relentless checker, respected team leader and capable contributor on the offense. His presence on the Habs' roster helped the team win the Stanley Cup five times in the decade between 1976 and 1986.

Gainey exploded for 16 points when the Habs won the Cup for the fourth straight time in 1979. In the finals, the Rangers won the first match and started strongly in the second. Gainey's winning goal in game two shifted the momentum in Montreal's favour and sent the Habs on their way to the Cup. For his immense contribution, he was awarded the Conn Smythe Trophy.

Gainey's style of play and ability to check and skate with the NHL's top forwards inspired the league to create a new post-season award. Beginning in 1978, the NHL presented the Frank J. Selke Trophy to the top defensive forward in the game. Fittingly, Gainey was the recipient in each of the first four years it was awarded.

The veteran captain hoisted the Stanley Cup for the fifth time in his career in 1986. Playing with the energy of a rookie, Gainey scored five goals and 10 points while patrolling his wing with customary efficiency. His poise and leadership helped the team register consecutive 100-point seasons in 1987-88 and 1988-89. In the latter of those, the Habs reached the finals, then succumbed to the Calgary Flames in six games. Following the series, Gainey announced his retirement.

6th Selection, 94th Overall: Dale Hawerchuk

At age 18, Hawerchuk took Winnipeg and the NHL by storm, smashing team records along the way. By season's end, "Ducky" as he was called by teammates, had led the Jets to the largest single season turn-around by one team in NHL history, a 48-point improvement. He shattered 17 club records in the process and became the youngest NHL player in history to reach the 100-point plateau, finishing with 103 points, the second best total by a rookie in NHL history. For his efforts, he captured the Calder Memorial Trophy as Rookie-of-the-Year -- the youngest to win that award -- and played in his first All-Star Game. Hawerchuk was now the darling of Winnipeg and was showered with media attention.

Admittedly a shy, reserved young man, Hawerchuk moved to a ranch outside the city limits to get away from the constant attention; however, his play would continue to attract notice. Other than a slight slump during his sophomore season in which he recorded 91 points, he reach the 100-point mark for five consecutive years, including a career-high 53 goals and 130 points in 1984-85, becoming the third youngest in NHL history to score 50 goals in a season. Goal Magazine referred to him as, "Mini-Gretzky," as he was named a Second Team All-Star behind #99 himself and was runner-up for the Hart Trophy. By the 1989-90 season, after three more All-Star Game appearances and Rendez-vous '87, Hawerchuk had re-written the Jets record book.

Despite playing in Western Canada during an era dominated by Edmonton and Calgary, Hawerchuk missed the playoffs only once during his 16-year career. During an era dominated by Gretzky and Lemieux, Hawerchuk recorded more than a point-per-game for 13 consecutive seasons. In a poll of NHL general managers during the mid-1980's asking them to select the player they would start a franchise with, Hawerchuk was voted third behind only Gretzky and Paul Coffey. He was the 23rd player to reach the 500-goal plateau in 1995-96 and the 31st player to record 1,000 points in 1990-91. His final career totals included 518 goals, 891 assists and 1,409 points, placing him 10th on the career NHL points list.

7th Selection, 111th Overall: Yvan Cournoyer

Nicknamed "the Roadrunner," Yvan Cournoyer won 10 Stanley Cups with the Montreal Canadiens and was made the team captain. By the time he retired, he was among the all-time leaders in scoring for the storied franchise and he and his team had proven many doubters wrong about his adaptability and perseverance.

Shortly after Scotty Bowman took over as coach in 1971, Cournoyer was placed on a line with Guy Lafleur at center and Steve Shutt on left wing. The Roadrunner had a career high of 47 goals in 1971-72 and was at the top of his game, stickhandling and skating around his much bigger opponents with surprising consistency.

Cournoyer played for Canada in the 1972 Summit Series, scoring three goals, and returned to North America to have his best post-season. He collected 12 points, six of them goals, in the final series against the Chicago Black Hawks and was awarded the Conn Smythe Trophy as the most valuable playoff performer.

At the end of his career, he trailed only Guy Lafleur, Maurice Richard and Jean Beliveau on the Canadiens' all-time goal-scoring list.

8th Selection, 128th Overall: Darryl Sittler

Sittler had an incredible year in 1975-76. On February 7, 1976, he produced the greatest offensive game in the history of the National Hockey League, guaranteeing his place in the record books even after Wayne Gretzky had come and gone.

The big night helped Sittler become the first Leaf to reach the 100 mark in scoring in a season, collecting 41 goals and 59 assists. But he wasn't finished. During the playoffs in April against the Philadelphia Flyers, Sittler scored five goals in one game, tying the playoff record. In September, during the Canada Cup in Montreal, Sittler would make headlines again with his scoring ways. This time it wasn't the quantity but the quality and the timeliness that made the impression. In overtime of the second game of the best-of-three finals versus Czechoslovakia, Sittler held onto the puck on a partial breakaway until Czech goalie Vladimir Dzurilla committed himself and an opening presented itself. The goal secured the championship and made Sittler an overnight hero in Canada.

In 1977-78, Sittler registered 117 points and was selected to the league's Second All-Star Team. The Leafs had their best playoff showing in years, making it to the semi-finals. But things began to fall apart, for the franchise and for its captain, in 1979-80 when cantankerous owner Harold Ballard replaced much of his management, bringing in Punch Imlach to run the team.

After recovering from the nasty divorce with the Leafs, Sittler had a great season in 1982-83, netting 83 points and a spot in the All-Star Game. He was shocked when Philadelphia traded him to the Detroit Red Wings before the 1984-85 season. Unsure if he wanted to continue and move his family to yet another city, Sittler refused to report for five days. He did end up playing one year with Detroit, though at times he struggled to find a place in the lineup. He retired after the season. Darryl Sittler was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1989.

9th Selection, 145th Overall: Michel Goulet

One of the most opportunistic scorers in league history, Michel Goulet was an elite left winger during his 15-year career. He managed to score at least 20 goals in all but his last NHL year and once enjoyed a stretch of seven consecutive seasons with at least 40 goals. Although he wasn't considered a rough player, Goulet wasn't intimidated by aggressive play on the part of the opposition.

Goulet's 57 goals in 1982-83 began a string of four consecutive 50-goal seasons. That spring he played on a line with Dennis Maruk and Mike Gartner while representing Canada at the World Championship, and the following year he was one of Canada's most reliable forwards at the 1984 Canada Cup tournament. This proved to be Goulet's longest pro season, as he didn't stop playing until the Nordiques were vanquished by the Philadelphia Flyers in the semifinals on May 16, 1985. The classy left winger was an almost insuperable force that post-season with 11 goals and 21 points in 17 games. All through this success, he remained in the background as the three Stastny brothers garnered most of the headlines in Quebec.

On February 23, 1991, he notched a hat trick against Minnesota to reach the 1,000-point mark. On February 16, 1992, he scored his 500th goal on a breakaway against the Calgary Flames in front of a thrilled audience at the old Chicago Stadium. And he played well when the Hawks reached the Stanley Cup finals in 1992.

10th Selection, 162nd Overall: Marcel Pronovost

He turned pro in 1949 and his big break came when Gordie Howe’s near-fatal head injury in the 1950 playoffs forced Detroit coach Tommy Ivan to move Red Kelly up to the forward line. Pronovost was called up from Omaha of the USHL to fill the void on defense.

He played so well in Detroit’s Stanley Cup win that veteran Jack Stewart was dealt to Chicago in the summer.

With his skill, Pronovost easily might have attained more points, but chose to play within Detroit’s defense-first team concept.

"He could’ve been a helluva a lot more productive," recalled teammate Johnny Wilson, who marveled at Pronovost’s knack for the open-ice hit.

"Marcel, he’d hit anything in sight. He hit guys coming through that center-ice zone. Man, he would rock them. If he hit a guy head-on, that guy was gone. I saw him put some guys out of commission."

A four-time NHL All-Star selection, Pronovost was runner-up in the Norris Trophy voting in 1960-61. Swiped by Detroit from Montreal’s backyard in Shawinigan Falls, Quebec, Pronovost was presented with a car by his French-Canadian supporters on March 5, 1960, when Marcel Pronovost Night was held as the Wings visited the Montreal Forum. His Detroit teammates gave Pronovost the gift of a diamond ring.

A member of four Detroit Cup winners, Pronovost was traded to Toronto in 1964 and helped the Leafs to a Cup in 1967.

11th Selection, 179th Overall: Terry O'Reilly

Right-winger Terry O'Reilly epitomized the "lunch bucket" crew of the Boston Bruins in the 1970s and '80s. A hard-nosed grinder who fought for every square inch of ice, he scored 204 career goals and was an emotional leader of his team.

The tenacious winger hit the 20-goal mark four times and helped the Bruins reach the Stanley Cup final and semi-finals three times each. He often formed an effective team with centre Peter McNab and various left-wingers such as John Wensink and Al Secord.

Although he was regularly among the league leaders in penalty minutes, O'Reilly's success in other areas of the game was acknowledged when he was chosen to play in the 1975 and 1978 All-Star games and selected at the Boston captain for two years. The old warrior retired in 1985 after going full in nearly 900 regular season games.

12th Selection, 196th Overall: Rick Middleton

Rick Middleton began his professional hockey career as the first-round draft pick for the New York Rangers in 1974. He finished off the season with a flourish as rookie of the year in the American Hockey League, then played left wing with the Rangers for two years before he was traded to the Boston Bruins in 1976 for Ken Hodge. After a few years, sportswriters began calling it one of the most lopsided deals in recent hockey history, in favor of the Bruins. Things were looking pretty bright right from the start of Middleton's arrival in Boston, as he scored a hat-trick in his first-ever game as a Bruin.

Middleton was born in Toronto. He played his junior hockey for the Oshawa Generals and led the Ontario Hockey Association in goals his last season as an amateur. By 1985, Middleton had earned his place as captain of the Bruins. Middleton credits much of his success in hockey to Cherry, who very early in his career encouraged him to work on his defense. Without a doubt, Middleton was one of very few players in the NHL who was strong on both the power-play and as a penalty killer.

In 1981 and 1984 Middleton was a member of the Canadian team in the Canada Cup. But his biggest success in international hockey, he claimed, happened in 1984 while he was a member of coach Scotty Bowman's team. Middleton played on a line with Wayne Gretzky and Gilbert Perreault. Gretzky himself was amazed at Middleton's abilities on ice.

13th Selection, 213th Overall: Kevin Lowe

Defenceman Kevin Lowe was pillar in the building of the Edmonton Oilers into a Stanley Cup champion. He was a solid positional player in his own zone, a team leader, and an astute playmaker on offense. His leadership on and off the ice was a major component of Cup championships in both Edmonton and New York.

His mobility, defensive hockey sense, and puck handling skills made him an asset on a club that won five Stanley Cups in seven years beginning in 1983-84. He also represented Canada at the 1982 World Championships and the 1984 Canada Cup. His savvy and leadership were important to the club, especially in the wake of losing such stars as Paul Coffey, Wayne Gretzky, and eventually Mark Messier. His immense work in the community was acknowledged in 1990 when he won the King Clancy Memorial Trophy and was named the NHL's Man-of-the-Year. Lowe was also selected to play in the NHL All-Star Game seven times beginning in 1984.

The veteran rearguard was traded to the New York Rangers in December 1992. His steady work was a major factor in the team's first Stanley Cup win in 54 years, in 1994. Lowe rejoined Edmonton prior to the 1996-97 then brought his fine career to a close early the next year.

14th Selection, 230th Overall: Wendel Clark

If there was a list of the most popular Toronto Maple Leaf players of all-time, one could be certain that the name Wendel Clark would be right near the top. The former Maple Leafs' captain was idolized by thousands of hockey fans, and held a status, which was nothing short of legendary during more than a decade of service with the blue and white.

During his first season in Toronto in 1985-86, the coaching staff decided to move Clark to the left wing on a full-time basis. The change seemed to agree with him, as he scored 34 goals and 45 points while spending 227 minutes in the penalty box. He finished second in the rookie of the year voting for the Calder Trophy to Calgary defenseman Gary Suter. In his sophomore season Clark increased his totals to 37 goals and 60 points, while sitting in the penalty box for 271 minutes.

Despite being only 5'11" and weighing about 200 pounds, Clark soon became known as one of the best bodycheckers in the league. Perhaps his most famous check was when he hammered St. Louis' Bruce Bell with a thundering clean hit behind the net which left Bell lying prone on the ice and unconscious for several minutes. However, it was his aggressive, pounding style, and penchant for the fisticuffs which resulted in him missing close to 200 games from 1987 through 1992, or the equivalent of nearly three NHL seasons.

It was often rumored that he was playing through injuries. In the playoffs, however, Clark seemed to kick it up into high gear, leading the Maple Leafs along with Doug Gilmour to the Western Conference finals where they lost a seven-game thriller to Wayne Gretzky and the Los Angeles Kings.

On June 28, 1994, Leafs' general manger Cliff Fletcher stunned Leaf fans across Canada by sending Clark to the Quebec Nordiques in a six-player deal that saw the Leafs acquire Mats Sundin.

Clark played 13 of his 15 NHL seasons in Toronto. He played in 793 games, scoring 330 goals and 564 points with 1,690 penalty minutes. Clark also contributed 37 goals and 69 points in 95 playoff games.

15th Selection, 247th Overall: John Madden

The hard working forward scored 16 goals and was a solid +7 seven as an NHL freshman in 1999-00. He then played excellent defense and potted three goals to help the Devils win their second Stanley Cup. In 2000-01 Madden played a more prominent role and scored 23 goals while helping the club reach the finals where they lost to the Colorado Avalanche in seven games.

Although the team fell short in the post season, Madden's strong play at both ends of the ice during the regular season earned him the Frank J. Selke Trophy. Madden's offensive totals dropped in 2001-02, however, he continued his strong defensive play and rebounded offensively with a career high 41 points in 2002-03. Madden took his play to another level during the 2003 playoffs, finishing fourth among NHL scorers with 16 points in leading the Devils to their third Stanley Cup title in nine years.

Since his arrival with the Devils organization in 1997-98, Madden has been one of the premier two-way players in the NHL.

16th Round, 264th Overall: Alexander Ragulin

A 3-time Olympic champion, Alexander Ragulin established himself as one of the best defensemen that represented Soviets on the international level. Despite his size and strength, Ragulin's style was not based on playing physical hockey. He was an established organizer of both defensive and offensive team efforts and had excellent tactical and puck handling skills.

Due to his amazing sense of hockey, he was famous for a quick and accurate one-timer from the defense zone sending his teamates into a counter attack. His powerful slapshot also led to numerous goals and assists on his scoring list.

17th Round, 281st Overall: Vladimir Lutchenko

Vladimir Lutchenko is arguably one of the best defense players in the history of Soviet hockey. Lutchenko was notorious for his steady performance and unprecedented consistency throughout his career in hockey. He was well respected among his teammates and recognized as an extremely reliable player in both SCKA and the national team.

Although he had a powerful slapshot, his strongest part was his performance in defense. Lutchenko set up the record for Soviet defense players when he scored 4 goals in a game against Sweden at the Ivestia Cup in 1975. His record still remains unbroken.

18th Round, 298th Overall: Ilya Kovalchuk

An excellent skater with impressive speed, quickness and acceleration, Kovalchuk has outstanding puckhandling skills, scoring ability and plays a tough aggressive style of game.

In 2001-02 Kovalchuk made his NHL debut with Atlanta and teamed up with Calder Trophy winner Danny Heatley to become two of the most exciting young players in the game. The Tver, Russia native played in 65 games with the Thrashers and was on his way to the Calder Trophy before a shoulder injury prematurely ended his season. With 29 goals and 22 assists for 51 points, Kovalchuk finished second in team scoring and ranked second in overall rookie scoring behind his linemate Dany Heatley. Aside from his NHL debut with the Thrashers, Kovalchuk reprented Russia at the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City.

Kovalchuk continued his success during the 2002-03 season, surpassing the 35 goal mark and continuing to lead the Thrashers offence alongside Heatley.
Kovalchuk had added pressure to produce offensively, and produce he did. Kovalchuk had a career high 87 points, good enough for second in the NHL and added a career-high 41 goals, tying for the league lead with Calgary's Jarome Iginla and Columbus' Rick Nash, thus capturing his first Maurice Richard Trophy.

19th Pick, 315th Overall: Mike Richter

Richter joined New York full-time in 1990-91 and shared the netminding duties with John Vanbiesbrouck. The two goalies made a formidable pair and neither was considered the default number one choice. In his second full year in the league, Richter was a finalist for the Vezina Trophy as the league's top goalie, and he posted his third consecutive winning season in 1991-92.
His standout performance in the first half of the season earned Richter a chance to play in the 1994 All-Star Game, a high-scoring contest held at his home rink of Madison Square Garden. Richter was selected as the most valuable player, the first goalie to garner that honor since Grant Fuhr in 1986.

Richter and the Rangers maintained their torrid pace in the second half of the season. With his career-high fifth shutout in a 3-0 win over the New Jersey Devils, Richter surpassed Eddie Giacomin's Ranger record for most wins in a season with 38. Richter finished the season with 41 wins and the Rangers won the Presidents' Trophy as the top regular-season team. Richter's winning hand continued into the playoffs. He had four more shutouts and won all 16 games as New York won its first Stanley Cup since 1942.

In 1996 Richter was once again a primary reason for his team's championship run, this time representing the United States at the World Cup. In the final game of the tournament, an incredible contest against goalie Curtis Joseph and the Canadians in Montreal, Richter faced a barrage of shots and kept his team alive. When the U.S. rallied in the third period to win the game and the title, Richter was selected as the World Cup's most valuable player.

20th Pick, 332nd Overall: Harry (Punch) Broadbent

A multidimensional star, Harry "Punch" Broadbent was as talented as he was tough. He was an artist with the puck, at times scoring at will, but he also gained a notorious reputation for using his elbows to make a point. He could dance around or skate over an opponent as the situation demanded. Many considered Broadbent to be one of the first true power forwards of the game. And fame would likely have been far greater had he not lost three years in the prime of his career to military service during World War I.

In 1915 Broadbent left hockey to serve Canada in World War I. He was awarded the Military Medal for his heroic conduct overseas. When he returned to the Senators in 1918-19, they were playing in the newly formed National Hockey League. Broadbent scored 19 goals in 21 games during the 1919-20 season but enjoyed his greatest success two years later. In 1921-22, he scored 32 goals in the 24-game schedule. Included in this run of good fortune was an NHL record of 16 consecutive games with at least one goal, eclipsing Joe Malone's previous record of 14. The streak began during a 10-0 rout of the Montreal Canadiens on Christmas Eve and lasted through to a 6-6 tie with the same team seven weeks later on February 15. In addition to goal-scoring skills and toughness, Broadbent possessed superior backchecking. This last quality helped the Senators play smothering defensive hockey when protecting a lead.

His offensive wizardry and robust style of play contributed significantly to the Senators' three Stanley Cup wins in 1920, 1921 and 1923. He was the right winger on one of hockey's top forward lines with Frank Nighbor and Cy Denneny. In the 1923 series versus the Edmonton Eskimos, Ottawa needed to find a way to stop the explosive Duke Keats. Everyone figured this responsibility would rest with defensive stalwart Frank Nighbor. Early in the contest, Keats skated close to Broadbent and took one of the latter's famous elbows in the midsection. The star of the western side failed to make much of an impression the rest of that evening.

Prior to the 1924-25 season, Broadbent and future Hall of Fame goalie Clint Benedict were traded to the expansion Montreal Maroons in a blockbuster deal. Those who felt that Broadbent was past his prime were silenced by his five-goal performance on January 7, 1925, during a 6-2 win over the Hamilton Tigers. In reality, Broadbent and Benedict had been sent to the new club to make the league appear as balanced as possible.

The Montrealers won the Stanley Cup in 1925-26 with Broadbent at his roughest. He scored two goals in eight post-season matches but also accumulated 36 minutes in penalties. "Old Elbows" was a force throughout the series that serves as a microcosm of his impact throughout his career.

21st Selection, 349th Overall: Brian Sutter

Brian played junior hockey in Red Deer and Lethbridge while also playing for team Canada at the 1975 World Junior Championships where he won a silver medal. He made his NHL debut in 1976-77 while splitting the year with the team's CHL affiliate in Kansas City. The next season, he was up with the Blues for good. Sutter became the team's captain in the 1979-80 season and held the captaincy until retiring as a player in 1988 to step behind the Blues' bench. Sutter played in three All-Star Games--1982, 1983, and 1985.

Sutter coached the Blues for four seasons and won the Jack Adams award as the league's best coach in 1991. He left St. Louis in 1992 and moved on to be the bench boss in Boston for three seasons. After taking two years off from coaching, Sutter moved back to Alberta to coach the Flames from 1997 to 2000. After another year away from coaching, Sutter followed in his brother Darryl's footsteps to coach the Blackhawks for the 2001-02 season.

The Sutter family is known in hockey circles as a group that promotes leadership, hard work and an honest work ethic that makes them one of hockey's great families.

22nd Pick, 366th Overall: Barry Beck

A huge defenceman who could shoot and handle the puck, Barry Beck was dominant at times in the NHL but was often slowed by injuries. He was able to join the rush and use his heavy shot from the point but his strength was playing the body in his own zone.

Following his stellar amateur career, Beck was chosen second overall by the Colorado Rockies at the 1977 Amateur Draft. He scored 22 goals and often carried his team in 1977-78 but finished second in the Calder trophy voting to the Islanders' Mike Bossy. The burly youngster's totals set a record for rookie defencemen that was not bettered until Brian Leetch came along more than a decade later. He continued to anchor the club's defense in 1978-79 and was chosen to the NHL All-Star team that squared off against their Soviet counterparts in the Challenge Cup.

Ten games into the 1979-80 season, Beck was traded to the New York Rangers for a package of five players headed by Pat Hickey, Mike McEwen, and Lucien Deblois. The Big Apple agreed with him as he scored 59 points in 61 games but the club was eliminated in the second round of the post-season. The next year he was a key factor in the Blueshirts' march to the semi-finals. Beck also served as the club's captain for parts of six seasons beginning in 1980-81.

Beck was chosen to represent his country in the 1981 Canada Cup and was an important cog on the New York blueline when healthy.

23rd Pick, 383rd Overall: Roberto Luongo

Goaltender Roberto Luongo spent his Junior career listening to comparisons to Patrick Roy and Martin Brodeur while he showed great poise and skill in the QMJHL as well as with the Canada's National Junior team. Luongo led two different QMJHL franchises all the way to the Memorial Cup (Val d'Or in 1998 and Acadie-Bathurst in 1999) and also back stopped Canada to a silver medal

In Florida Luongo teamed with veteran goaltender Trevor Kidd and played solid hockey with five shutouts, a 2.44 goals against average and a solid .920 save percentage, but overall the team disappointed. Eventhough the team disappointed, Luongo's one-ice performance caught the eye Canada's World Championship team brass and he became a member of its team in 2001.

During the 2001-02 season, the Panthers began a full-scale rebuilding effort by trading away superstar Pavel Bure and bringing in new coach Mike Keenan and Luongo became the major building block that the franchise would launch from. Once again he delivered a spectacular performance with a 2.77 goals against average and a .915 save percentage despite a team in transition playing in front of him. In 2002-03, Luongo was the workhorse for the Panthers seeing action in 65 of 82 games, while establishing at the time a career high in wins with 20 and lowering his goals against average to 2.71.

Coming off his best season to date in 2002-03, Luongo took it a step further in 2003-04. The St. Leonard, Quebec native went to play 73 games for the Panthers in 2003-04, establishing new highs in wins (25), goals against average (2.43) and save percentage (9.31).

Aside from his World Junior experience and inaugural World Championship experience in 2001, Luongo backstopped Canada to back-to-back gold medals at the 2003 and 2004 World Championships, while helping win silver in 2005.
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Bobby Hull
Bobby is regarded as one of the greatest ice hockey players and perhaps the greatest left winger to ever play the game.Few of the game's superstars could match the physical talents of Bobby Hull. The Golden Jet combined blazing speed, a feared unerring accurate slapshot and a powerful physique to rise to the elite of the NHL in the 1960s He scored 604 goals (even more PIM !) 1,153 points (at more than a point-per-game avg.), five-time 50+ goal scorer, 24 career hat tricks. I'm still not sure how he ever managed to win the Lady Byng given his reputation for gritty, tough play. When the NHL started calculating +/-, Hull recorded a +/- of plus 100 over his last five years (imagine what he would have had earlier in his career). He was the complete player -HHOF -Vanilander

He could skate 30 mph shot 118 mph. 19 mph more then the winning slap shot at the all star skills competition.His wrist shot at 105 mph, his backhand shot at 96 mph.He was also an exceptionally strong player with a nearly perfect athlete's body at 5-feet-10 and a solid 195 pounds -Hick of Sports

The Gold Jet pushed the envelope on how fast a man could skate shoot and play hard. Bravely he could ask for more money and hischarisma matched the power of his game. He once told his coach bill reay that he may want to coach one day and nervously coach reay said I hope it's not here.
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Hull won the 1960 Ross Trophy as the NHL's leading scorer with 39 goals and 43 assists for a total of 82 points. He also won the trophy in 1962 and 1966. Hull scored 50 goals to tie the league record in 1961-62; he broke the record with 54 goals in 1965-66 and extended it to 58 in 1968-69.He won the Hart Trophy as the league's most valuable player in 1965 and 1966 and he holds the record for left wings with 12 all-star selections, including ten as a first team all-star.
In 23 seasons, Hull played 1474 regular season games, scoring 913 goals with 895 assists. His total of 1808 points is third behind Wayne Gretzky and Gordie Howe. In 119 NHL playoff games, he had 62 goals and 67 assists.
Guy Lafleur, RW-
Known as one of the greatest right wingers ever to play the game and one of the most exciting offensive players of all time, Lafleur was also known as "le Demon Blond" (the Blond Demon) for his long hair, wild rushes down the ice and booming shot.-Legends of Hockey

The 6-foot, 185-pound Lafleur was a fast, tricky skater, a great puck-handler, and an accurate passer. He was also strong, able to ward off defenders with one arm while he shot with the other when necessary.Known as one of the most exciting players to ever grace the NHL, Lafleur averaged 54 goals and 128 pts in his prime. His great speed led to blurring rushes up the ice and allowed him to get off his booming shot. Also a great playmaker, Lafleur was one of those rare athletes that made those around him better and could carry his team on his shoulders. A diligent worker for the puck and responsible in his own end, he played every shift as if it were his last. Clutch play and a flair for the dramatic also add to the legend of one of the greatest right wings to ever play the game. #66

"(Lafleur) is an artist on skates, creating scoring plays the way a painter puts a vivid scene on a canvas with a brush." -Sportswriter Bill Libby

NHL Totals 1126 560 793 1353 399 Playoff Totals128 58 76 134 67

Art Ross Trophy (1976, 1977, 1978) Conn Smythe Trophy (1977)
First All-Star Team Right Wing (1975, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1979, 1980)
Hart Memorial Trophy (1977, 1978) Lester B. Pearson Award (1976, 1977, 1978)

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Eddie Shore:
Eddie Shore represented the best and worst that hockey could be. He was an incredible combination of skill and strength who could wow the fans with end-to-end rushes and hard bodychecks; he was also the man who ended Ace Bailey`s career. There really is no modern-day comparison to Shore, he was one-of-a kind.
Shore was the best at everything in the NHL in his era. He was the best player, winning the Hart Trophy 4 times, more than anybody else except Gretzky and Howe. He was the toughest player, routinely playing through injuries and constantly being targeted by the other fighters in the league. He was the game`s most colourful player, often skating in the pre-game warmup with a black cape which a manservant would remove for him on the ice. Boston fans loved him, fans in other cities hated him, but they all paid to watch him.
The most famous example of his courage was driving through a blizzard from Boston to Montreal in a car that lost its windshield on the way. When he arrived at the arena, his hands were frostbitten and he looked exhausted, yet he played the entire 60 minutes (except for his two penalties) and scored the only goal in a 1-0 Bruins victory. He was also an innovator who studied methods to give him an edge: for example he skated in a crouch position when bearing in on the defence which made it harder to be knocked off his feet, or he would sometimes intentionally shoot the puck a little wide of the net because he knew exactly where it would land after it hit the boards.
His tyrannical reign as coach and owner of Springfield in the AHL is legendary. Players dreaded the thought of being traded there, but that shouldn`t overshadow his brilliance when it came to hockey. Many of his practice exercises (i.e. the "duck-walk") were ridiculed by most at the time, yet in the 70s it was noticed the Russians were using several of those same methods. (Shore swore they spied on him and stole his ideas- fact or paranoia?).
Years later, Bill White said that although he hated every minute playing in Springfield, he never would`ve made it to the NHL if not for what Eddie Shore taught him about playing defence.

Howie Morenz:
There were great players before, but Howie Morenz is generally regarded as hockey`s first bonafide superstar. He was billed as "the Babe Ruth of Hockey" and fans in all cities filled the arenas when he came to town. His trademark was his blinding speed and skillful stickhandling which were without equal at the time. In the late 70s when Guy Lafleur was in his prime, several oldtime fans said that he was the closest style-wise to Morenz that hockey had ever seen.
His accomplishments are impressive: 3 MVPs, 2 scoring titles, 3 Stanley Cups; but his true legacy was his connection with the fans. When he passed away in 1937 from coronary embolism (many called it a broken heart over his career being over) over 20,000 fans filled the Forum and the streets outside the building to pay their final respects. With the exception of Rocket Richard, no player was as beloved by his fans as Howie Morenz.
In 1950, the Canadian Press voted Morenz the best player of the first half of the 20th century.

Billy Smith:
No player in NHL history better defines the term "money player" than Billy Smith. He was very good in the regular season, but phenomenal in the playoffs. His lifetime playoff won-loss record of 88-36 (.710) is second only to Ken Dryden. For several years, Smith shared the Isles goalie duties with Chico Resch; but in 1980 he finally was given a chance to go the distance in the playoffs, and he delivered a Stanley Cup. Then another the next year. Then another the year after that. His greatest triumph was in 1983, the Isles opponent in the Final was Edmonton and many experts were picking the Oilers take them. Smith had other plans, he totally neutered the Oilers high-powered 400+ goal offence. In a 4 game sweep he only allowed a total of 6 goals with a ridiculous save percentage of .953.
Smith was hated by many fans during his prime for his penchant of whacking his stick at player`s ankles. In his mind it was justified; the crease was legally his area and if a forward was trespassing then Smith would evict him. It was nothing personal- he`d whack his own defencemen if they were screening him. Several people were put off by his refusal to shake hands after beating a team in the playoffs, but he thought the routine was hypocritical.
He devised exercises to keep his reflexes sharp; sometimes he would spend hours throwing a rubber ball against a wall and catching it. Hockey was serious for him. On gamedays he wouldn`t talk to anybody, he`d just concentrate on the game. He simply devoted all his physical and mental energy towards one goal- winning.

Bernie Geoffrion:
The irony is that even though Bernie Geoffrion was one of the greatest players in NHL history and possessed all the qualities that fans look for in their superstars, he was always playing in the shadow of more popular players. Had he played his career with one of the other five clubs he would`ve been the star, but in Montreal he was always behind someone else in the hearts of Hab fans: first the beloved Maurice Richard (Geoffrion`s idol), then Jean Beliveau.
A strong argument could be made that Bernie was in fact Montreal`s best forward during their `56-`60 legendary dynasty. He scored more points in the playoffs during the 1950s than any other player; by a wide margin. In 1961 he became only the second player in history to score 50 goals in a season; the fans gave him a standing ovation; a sharp contrast to the boos he received when he passed Richard for the scoring title in 1955.
He was noted for several things in his playing style. First and foremost was his booming (hence the nickname "Boom Boom") slapshot which he popularized. He played the point on Montreal powerplay and terrorized many a goalie with his bullet. He had an offensive flair which came from tremondous on-ice instincts; after his first practice with the Habs, an impressed Butch Bouchard told Frank Selke "This kid can put the puck in the net". His skating style looked somewhat awkward, but any lack of natural ability was compensated for by hustle and determination. He had a fiery temper which sometimes got the better of him; one of the realities you have to accept with someone who plays with passion. Late in his career he made a comeback with the Rangers and guided what had been a chronically underachieving team to the playoffs.
Sadly, his underrated status carried over long after his playing days as Montreal didn`t get around to retiring his jersey until the 2005-06 season. He passed away the day of the ceremony.

Bill Gadsby:
Bill Gadsby had a career that many Hall of Famers couldn`t match, yet hockey`s ultimate prize of the Stanley Cup eluded him. That had more to do with the teams he played on than anything lacking in his play. He was only the 2nd player in NHL history to play over 1000 games; he was the 3rd to last for 20 seasons. By the time he retired in `66, he was the all-time leader in career points by a defenceman, a title he`d hold until Bobby Orr came along. His record for most assists in a season by a defenceman stood for 10 years.
But his impressive offensive talents weren`t what his reputation was made on. His bread and butter was simply playing tough, hard defensive hockey. He once laid out Tim Horton with a check that observers called the hardest ever thrown at Maple Leaf Gardens. Eddie Shore, who rarely complimented anyone, was a huge admirer of Gadsby`s style. He could also take as well as he could give. Once Gatsby was knocked out cold by a Bobby Hull slapshot to the chest; he played the next shift. A reckless shot blocker, he paid the price for his fearless play. Over his career: nose broken 11 times, broken leg, a seperated shoulder so badly injured that it would protrude 2 inches higher than it should for his life, 640 stitches. Combine all those with a nearly paralyzing bout with polio and his abilty to endure in the tough Original 6 era for 20 years is nothing short of spectacular.

Adam Oates:
The old adage about hockey being more mental than physical is proven by the career of Adam Oates. He started as a slow skater who didn`t use his size much, that may explain why he was undrafted, but he had vision, creativity and the gift of natural hockey smarts. His one physical strength was a pair of soft, fast hands; he was excellent on faceoffs, but far better at setting up plays. If you were on his line and got open, he`d get you the puck. If you couldn`t get open, he`d draw the defenders away to get you open. His style was very subtle, which may explain why he was always so underrated. As Jacques Demers said "You don`t notice him, and then - boom - the puck`s in the net."
Oates became an elite player when he was traded to St. Louis, playing on a line with Brett Hull. The two close friends were opposite personalties: Hull was flashy and charismatic while Oates was quiet and modest. As a result, Hull received all the media attention and awards while Oates was usually an afterthought in the fans eyes. He was traded to Boston and promptly made Cam Neely the beneficiary of his playmaking. His hockey sense enabled him to still be an effective player into his late-30s and early-40s. In 2001-02, he became the oldest player (39) to ever lead the league in assists. He was twice the veteran leader on teams which made improbable runs to the Stanley Cup Final (Washington in `98, Anaheim in `03).
He is 6th all-time on the NHL assists list, but many claim he is in reality second only to Wayne Gretzky among the greatest passers of all-time. He is the only player in NHL history to centre two different players to 50 goals in under 50 games.

Jean Ratelle:
There are precious few players in hockey history who are so respected that it`s impossible to find a past foe who would ever say anything bad about them. Apps...Beliveau...Orr...; add Jean Ratelle to that list. Ask any hockey figure from the 70s to describe Ratelle and the words "class" and "gentleman" are sure to come up. Those closest to him say he never used profanity and there is no record of him ever fighting in a game. At the same time though, Ratelle never acted as if he were above his teammates. He was known for working as hard in practice as anybody and going out of his way to help out rookies.
It took several years for Ratelle to soldify a spot on the Rangers, his development was hampered by a spinal injury, But by `66 he was on the top line with boyhood friend Rod Gilbert forming one of the most potent duos in the NHL throughout the late 60s and early 70s. His peak was the `71-`72 season where he was contesting for the scoring title with Phil Esposito before an ankle injury finished Ratelle`s year. Despite missing 15 games, he still finished 3rd in the scoring race and his 109 pts stood as a Ranger record for 34 years until Jaromir Jagr broke it in `06. Sometimes overlooked by the media in favour of flashier stars, the other players recognized his worth as he was given the Lester Pearson trophy that season.
After being traded to Boston in `75, Ratelle fit right in with Don Cherry`s grinding style and had some the most productive seasons ever by a player in their late-30s. His smooth-as-silk playmaking was so consistent that he was often taken for granted. He avoided the spotlight, but accomplishments were magnificent: retiring in 6th place on the NHL`s all-time points list and never having a minus season.
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Harry Howell:
On a Ranger team that was constantly struggling through the Original 6 era, Harry Howell was the one reliable and steady player on the team that kept them afloat. He joined the Rangers straight from junior in 1952, the New York fans were tough on him at first but slowly began to see him as the hardest working player on the team who gave his all no matter the situation; by the time in 1967 when the team held a night in Howell`s honour it was clear that he was the Rangers most popular player.
Howell was considered by many to be the best defensive defenceman in hockey in the 1960s. He posessed great strength, but never was a heavy hitter, just impossible to move or get by. His primary attribute was shot-blocking; after a 1-0 win over Chicago, Dennis Hull claimed Howell should get credit for the shutout because he made more saves than the goalie. Ed Giacomin called him the best shot-blocking defenceman he ever saw, who always knew if the shooter would shoot or fake.
By the mid-60s, Emile Francis estimated that Howell was logging more icetime than any other player in hockey Quiet defensive play usually won`t win you any awards, but in 1967 Howell captured the Norris Trophy; the last player to win it before Orr took it over. By the end of his career he had played more pro hockey games than any other defenceman, and his record for most games played by a New York Ranger still stands to this day.

Patrik Elias:
Patrik Elias has quietly developed into one of the best all-around forwards in hockey. He came to New Jersey in 1995 and paid his dues for two years in the AHL before finally getting a regular spot on the Devils. From there, he started on the 4th line and gradually impressed enough to become the teams top forward.
His success is based on a constant hard work ethic. He plays in all situations: powerplay, shorthanded and evenstrength, and is an elite force in all those areas. On offence, he has a deadly touch around the net along with the ability to make things happen when the offence is stalled. He has twice been a top five scorer in both the regular season and the playoffs, despite playing on a team where defence is the #1 priority. Unlike most top scorers though, he plays just as hard when he doesn`t have the puck. Many of his points have resulted from his dogged determination in chasing down the oppositions defencemen and stripping the puck away.
This past season, he made a remarkable comeback from Hepatitus; joining the Devils midway through the season and leading them from likely missing the playoffs to 1st place in the division. At still a very young age, Elias may well go down as one of the games best left wings ever before he`s through.

Bert Olmstead:
Sometimes great players can be overlooked if they play on a team with other legends; that was the case with Bert Olmstead. When he first came to Montreal, he took over Toe Blakes spot on the famed Punch Line, then later spent his prime on a line with Jean Beliveau and Bernie Geoffrion. While he never received the fame his linemates did, they were always quick to give him credit.
Olmstead was not a finesse player, but did give a gift for making accurate passes; he twice led the NHL in assists (setting a record once) and tied Maurice Richard`s record for 8 points in one game. His greatest strength was his work along the boards and in the corners; it was a given that if two players went in the corner, Olmstead would be the who came out with the puck. He was relentless in constantly harping at his teammates to play harder, but they respected his opinion because they saw him giving 100% every shift. Beliveau said much of his early success was due to Olmstead pushing him to perform as well as possible.
He ended up in Toronto where Punch Imlach made him a player/assistant coach who would run the practices. One year the Leafs made the playoffs on the last day of the season, and many said the win was due to a fiery speech Olmstead gave during the second intermission.

Pat Stapleton:
"Whitey" Stapleton was a tremendous defenceman who was able to succeed despite his limitations. At only 5`8" he wasn`t going to push around any forwards physically, but he used his positioning to force them to the outside; he also had one of the best poke-checks in the league. Offensively, his shot was pretty tame, but he was a top-notch playmaker who twice led defencemen in playoff assists and set a record for most assists by a defenceman in a season in `68-`69 (broken by Bobby Orr the following year).
After an 18 month stint with Boston early in his career, he was sent down to the minors where it looked like he would stay; but he worked hard to improve his play and patiently waited for another chance. The chance came in 1965 when Elmer Vasko suffered an injury and Chicago called up Stapleton- he never went back to the minors again. He was a three-time 2nd Team All-Star in the NHL and won the best defenceman award in the WHA in 1974. Most fans top memory of Stapleton was his fine, steady play for Canada in the 1972 Summit Series. Amid the celebrations when Canada won the game, he had the foresight to grab the puck which Paul Henderson scored the historic winning goal with. Stapleton still has the puck to this day.

Bryan Hextall:
With the careers of Frank Boucher and Bryan Hextall coming to an end, Rangers fans were anxious to see who the next star to lead the team would be. That role would be filled by Bryan Hextall, a strong, yet polite young man from the Prairies who would go on to become one of the best New York Rangers ever. Hextall was very much respected, not only for his hockey skills, but also for his classy, clean-living lifestyle off the ice. While he was a gentlemanly player though, he could and would fight back if provoked.
Hextall was one of the games best stickhandlers in the 40s. Where others would be forced to pass when confronted by opposing checkers, Hextall was strong enough to just push past them and talented enough not to lose the puck when doing it. He was also one of the few players of that era to often break into the other teams zone on his "off-wing". He twice led the NHL in goals, and won the scoring title in 1942- the last Ranger to do so until Jaromir Jagr 64 years later. His most important goal was the game-winner when New York won the Stanley Cup in 1940.
Bryan was only the start of pro hockey in the Hextall family. Two of his sons, Bryan Jr. and Dennis, had respectable NHL careers while his grandson Ron became an outstanding, and slighty tempermental goaltender.

George Hainsworth:
The NHL career of George Hainsworth is one of the most decorated and accomplished of all goalies in the league`s history: 2nd on the all-time shutout list, 3 time Vezina winner, 2 Stanley Cups just to name a few; but the amazing thing is that he didn`t enter the NHL until he was in his 30s. It`s mind-boggling to imagine how his resume would look if he spent his entire career in the NHL.
Despite his greatness in goal, Hainsworth was very often overlooked by fans and sportswiters of the day who paid more attention to the likes of Thompson and Gardiner. Hainsworth was an uncharismatic quiet, humble man who physically resembled a pudgy adolescent. His style in goal was very cool, he didn`t make acrobatic saves because he didn`t need to; he was always in perfect position. Once in an interview he apologized for not putting on more of a show for the fans when he played, but his teammates never needed an apology. His calm, effective manner of stopping pucks gave them confidence that he could be relied on.

Rick Martin:
If injuries didn`t put a premature end to his career at age 30, Rick Martin, with a few more healthy seasons would have undoubtedly hit 500 goals and 1000 points and likely received a spot in the Hall of Fame. Fate may have dealt him a bad hand, but Martin still packed a lot into his brief career. After being drafted by Buffalo in 1971, he was put on a line with Gilbert Perreault and set a new NHL record for most goals by a rookie with 44. The duo were later joined by Rene Robert to form the French Connection; one of the best and certainly the most exciting line of the 70s. Martin would hit 50 goals twice, was a 1st All-Star twice, and was selected to play in the All-Star Game 8 straight years.
Martin was a very fast and strong skater, but his greatest strength was his shot. Not only was it among the league`s hardest (it was known to knock a few goalies gloves off), it was also one of the most accurate. Martin didn`t waste his chances; he`d wait for the goalie to expose an opening, then wire the puck through it before anyone could react. The most telling statement of Martin`s offensive talent came from Punch Imlach, who had been around for decades and seen all the greats. Imlach stated that Rick Martin was the greatest natural goal-scorer he had ever seen. High praise.

Rick Vaive:
The 1980s are not an era that Toronto Maple Leaf fans look back at with fondness, as the team struggled on-ice primarily due to the antics of owner Harold Ballard. However there was one bright spot for the team during this period: Rick Vaive. His hard working, gritty approach, and offensive flair made him a crowd favourite. He was the first Leaf to ever hit the 50 goal plateau, and did it 3 years in a row. As captain, he led by example and was the most popular and respected player on the team.
Vaive was best known for his booming slapshot while streaking down the right wing, but he was hardly a finesse player. Most of his success came from aggressive work along the boards and in the corners, bouncing the opposition off the puck and jostling for position in front of the net. He was one of the league`s top power forwards before the term became commonly used. Early in his career he would be among the team leaders in penalty minutes, until his coaches told him to not play so rough as he was too valuable to spend time in the penalty box.

Terry Harper:
When Bobby Orr was a teenager watching the NHL before he joined it, one of his favourite players was Terry Harper. The two may have been different offensively, but were were both stellar defensively. Harper was a steady, solid defenceman for over 20 years and 1000 games in the NHL who was very effective at using his size to stop opposing forwards dead in their tracks. As a Montreal Canadien, he won 5 Stanley Cups, then after being traded to the L.A. Kings he was named the team captain and helped greatly improve the young club`s defence and penalty killing. Harper consistently had one of the better +/- marks in the league.
It was often said that Harper would be flawless in a close 2-1 game, but would make an obvious gaffe in a 6-2 victory. Because of this, Montreal fans often made Harper the team whipping boy who would receive the criticism when the team struggled. One instance of this was the 1971 Final against Chicago, with the Habs trailing 2 games to none. In Game 3, midway through the third period with the score tied Harper started a rush deep in his own end. The Forum fans loudly booed him as he skated up the ice, but in a moment Hab fans still talk about today, Harper managed to skate through the entire Chicago team all the way down the ice before passing to Yvan Cournoyer for the game-winning goal. Over the course of that rush, the boos turned into cheers, then into a standing ovation.

Marty Pavelich:
If the Selke Trophy for best defensive forward had existed in the 1950s, it`s a safe bet that Marty Pavelich would`ve won it at least 4 or 5 times. He wasn`t much of a skater or a shooter, but more than made up for it with his worth as a checker and penalty killer. He was always assigned the task of shutting down the top scorers of the day like Richard, Bentley and Mosienko, and was better at it than anyone at the time. Pavelich attributed his success to studying those players, recognizing their habits and using that knowledge to anticipate their next move and prevent it before they made it.
His point totals were nothing to get excited about, but the other Wings never took his contributions for granted. Gordie Howe called Pavelich the heart and soul of Detroit`s 1950s Cup-winning teams. Jack Adams absolutely loved Pavelich as a player and claimed his line was in fact the real reason for Detroit`s success. Unfortunately, Adams affection for Marty disappeared due to Pavelich`s close friendship with Ted Lindsay, who Adams despised for starting the NHLPA. Rather than being faced with a trade or banishment to the minors, Pavelich retired at the age of 29 and never regretted it. He is currently a member of the Hockey Hall Of Fame selection committee.

Steve Duchesne:
Steve Duchesne was picked up by another team eight different times in his career, the reason being that there was always a demand for offensively talented defencemen who could quarterback a powerplay, log plenty of icetime and contribute defensively. Duchesne filled that role better than most during his career. He was a fluid skater with excellent puckhandling skills. While not a physical player, his quick skating and outstanding lateral movement ensured that he would be an asset even when the opposition held the puck.
Duchesne was one of the players Quebec received in the blockbuster Eric Lindros trade and enjoyed his best season that year (`92-`93) with 82 points in 82 games. A few years later he helped lead the Ottawa Senators from doormats to respectability; in fact it was Duchesne`s goal on the last day of the `96-`97 season that put Ottawa in the playoffs for the first time. Despite a fine career of over 1000 games and 750 points, it seemed he was doomed to never win the Stanley Cup, but in his final season at age 36 he finally won hockey`s ultimate prize with Detroit in 2002. How badly he wanted that Cup was demonstrated in a playoff game that year when an errant shot knocked out six of his teeth, yet he only missed one shift.

Walt Tkaczuk:
Walt Tkaczuk spent all 945 games of his career with the New York Rangers and was one of the most popular players on the team. The tough New York fans loved Tkaczuk`s tenacitous style of play and the honest effort he gave in every game. Early in his career he twice led the Rangers in scoring, but he found his niche as a checker. He was always assigned to shadow the opposition`s top centre, so while he never hit high point totals again he was a force defensively. Phil Esposito said Tkaczuk did a better job shutting him down than anyone else. Ken Dryden said that Tkaczuk was the one Ranger who always raised his game at playoff time. In the 70s whenever a coach or player was asked who the most underrated player in hockey was, Walt Tkaczuk`s name would always be mentioned.
Although average sized, he was possibly the strongest player in hockey at the time. He played a very physical, yet clean style, and when he bounced a player off the puck it was practically impossible to get it back. Emile Francis compared it to trying to knock over a bull running at top speed. Tkaczuk was a master at ragging the puck, and would frustrate the opposition`s power play by just skating around with the puck for lengthy periods of time on the penalty kill. He was invited to play for Team Canada in the 1972 Summit Series, but couldn`t attend due to committments with the hockey school that he ran most summers.

Ed Westfall:
At the time of his retirement in 1979, Ed Westfall was the NHL all-time leader in career shorthanded goals in both the regular season and the playoffs; proof that along with his reputation as an elite defensive forward, he was a talented offensive force as well. The first half of his career was spent with the Boston Bruins, as he and Derek Sanderson formed a dynamic penalty-killing duo. At Harry Sinden`s insistence, Westfall would usually be assigned to shadow the opposition`s top scorer. He was incredibly effective at it, though he never received the press of the flashier Bruins such as Orr or Esposito.
After winning the Stanley Cup in 1972, Westfall was claimed by the NY Islanders in the expansion draft. Although he was at first hurt by the move and contemplated quitting, he decided to make the best of it and became a vital member of the team as they went from last place to top contender. He scored two historic goals for the Islanders: the teams first-ever goal in 1972 and the winning goal in the 1-0 Game 7 victory over Pittsburgh in 1975 which completed the comeback after losing the first three games of the series. However his greatest contribution to the Islanders were his leadership, hard work ethic and his willingness to help teach and encourage the teams young players as they matured into stars. Although Westfall retired the season before the Isles Cup dynasty started, he played an integral role in helping the team reach that level.

Sid Smith:
In Game 2 of the 1949 Stanley Cup Final, Toronto defeated Detroit 3-1 with all three Leaf goals scored by a young player named Sid Smith who had spent most of that season in the minors. After the game a surprised Gordie Howe asked a reporter "Who`s Sid Smith?"
Over the next eight seasons the hockey world would find out who Sid Smith was; namely one of the most talented and consistent goal scorers the game had ever seen. He was Toronto`s leading goal scorer 4 times and hit the 20 goal mark 6 straight seasons (a rare feat in the 50s). He probably had the best hands of his time as no one was better at deflecting shots in the net.This was in addition to his reputation as one of hockey`s cleanest players ( he won the Lady Byng twice) He was considered a defensive liability early in his career, but worked hard to improve that aspect of his game in the coming years. For most of his time with the Leafs, he was the sole Toronto-born player on the team. When his linemate Ted Kennedy retired, Smith was the man the Leafs chose as their new captain.

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Not to steal reckoning's thunder when it comes to picking Eddie Shore, but here's a post from a few months ago on the 67s top pick:


It was written by justsomeguy, who I find to be a really underrated poster. It might just be the best post I've ever seen on these boards. (And many people in this draft have concocted some brilliant posts).

I think I said enough about Doug Harvey when I drafted him.

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Dominik Hasek

The Dominators play throughmost of his career has been downright incredible spectacular and almost invincible.Moves exceptionally well in the crease. Never quits on a play and is almost unbeatable in a penalty shot situation.

In Buffalo, Hasek was given the chance to be number one, and he wasted no time in proving his worth. He established himself not only as a winner but also as the most unorthodox goalie the NHL had ever known. He was the furthest thing from a standup goalie, he went down on every shot, sometimes contorting his body and throwing out his arms or kicking up his legs to keep the puck out of the net.

Hasek's value to his team was undeniable, however, and in 1997 and 1998 he won the Hart Trophy making him the first goalie to receive the honor since Jacques Plante in 1962, and the first goalie ever to win the NHL's highest individual accolade in consecutive years.

The highlight of Hasek's career came during the 1998 Winter Olympics in Nagano, when he led the Czech Republic to a gold medal. After the win the entire team was honored with a parade in Prague, and hundreds of thousands of fans crowded the streets in celebration of their Cinderella team. Signs reading "Hasek is God" were everywhere to be seen, and he was given a huge ovation before he made a speech.

Despite being nagged by a groin injury sicne the 1998 season the Dominator has made a final appearence with Buffalo. Unfortunately, a controversial goal in the final game cost Hasek and the Sabres a chance to win the Stanley Cup.In 2002 he won a cup with Detroit.After a year in retirement, Hasek's thirst for NHL action returned and he rejoined the Red Wings for the 2003-04 season. Upon his return to the Motor City and to the NHL, Hasek battled injuries which limited the six time Vezina Trophy winner to a mere 14 games.

In the summer of 2004 Hasek signed as a free-agent with the Ottawa Senators

First goalie to finish the season with a GAA below 2,00 since Bernard Parent in 1974-75. First goalie since George Hainsworth to record six shutouts in the same month, December 1997.

NHL All-Rookie Team (1992) NHL First All-Star Team (94,95,97,98,99,01 )
William M. Jennings Trophy (94) (shared with Grant Fuhr)
Vezina Trophy (94,95,97,98,99,01) Lester B. Pearson Award (97,98)
Hart Trophy (97,98) William M. Jennings Trophy (2001)
Named Best Goaltender at Olympic Games (98)
Played in NHL All-Star Game (1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2001, 2002)

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Phil Esposito

He was an origional 205 pounds of supersition theatrics ego skill and courage all in a 6'1 frame. Like all great scorers espo had the gift of mastering time and space. He wasnt a great skater but when he got the puck in the slot the plough horse showed the finish of a thoroughbread. Phil just didnt wait for the puck to shot. Lost in the volume of close in and garbage goals was a canny craftsmanship and imagination that produced 5 consecutive 55 or more goal seasons.- top 50 of all time

He was the centerman who held the greatest scoring record of them all before Wayne Gretzky came along and broke it - 76 goals in a single season in 1970-71. Espo won the Art Ross Trophy five times, the Hart Trophy twice, the Lester B. Pearson Award twice and the Lester Patrick Trophy for service to hockey in the United States. What's more, he was a ten-time All-Star and represented Canada in the 1972 Summit Series, the 1976 Canada Cup and the 1977 World Championship. While a member of the Boston Bruins, he scored 40 or more goals in seven straight seasons and 50 or more in five straight seasons. In his 76-goal season, he also recorded an amazing 76 assists for a league record at the time of 152 points.

While Espo was gaining a reputation among NHL coaches and fans as a goal scorer, his fellow players were also beginning to recognize that they were dealing with a real character and a practical joker in the dressing room and on road trips. He liked to smoke cigars, and one reporter, noting his constantly furrowed brow and droopy expression, started calling him "the Happy Worrier."

Besides these traits, teammates noticed that he was a player who stuck steadfastly to ritual. One night when a sore throat caused him to put on a black turtleneck, he played especially well. From then on, the turtleneck became a regular part of his game-time garb. This was just one example of the quirky Esposito's adherence to game-day habits

On the international front, Phil starred for Team Canada in the classic Summit Series as the leading individual scorer - with seven goals and six assists - and inspirational leader of the team that defeated the Soviets in the best eight-game series ever played. He joined brother Tony, who was teaming with Ken Dryden as the Canadian netminder on the legendary team

While a member of the Boston Bruins, he scored 40 or more goals in seven straight seasons and 50 or more in five straight seasons. -Legends of hockey

Esposito was the first player to reach the 100-point mark in a season.

NHL Totals 1282 717 873 1590 910 Playoff Totals 130 61 76 137 138

Art Ross Trophy (69,71,72,73,74) First All-Star Team Centre (69,70,71,72,73,74)
Hart Memorial Trophy(69,74) Lester B. Pearson Award(71,74)
Lester Patrick Trophy(78) Second All-Star Team Centre (68,75)

Ted Lindsay

Nicknames sometimes say a great deal about the person they are attached to. Ted Lindsay's moniker - "Terrible Ted" - tells only half of his story. Lindsay was indeed a rough, often mean competitor who spent more time in the penalty box than any player in his time. He was only 5'8" and 160 pounds but could hold his own in fights and in the corners with much larger opponents. But Lindsay was also a gifted offensive player, a natural goal scorer who set records for a left wing and made up one third of Detroit's famous Production Line in the 1940s and 1950s. Nine times he was an All-Star, eight of those selections to the First Team. Such a combination, in such a small, powerful package, hadn't been seen in the National Hockey League before the arrival of Terrible Ted Lindsay, and it hasn't been seen since.
Ted Lindsay was born in 1925 in Renfrew, Ontario, a small town that once boasted one of the great teams of early professional hockey, the Renfrew Millionaires. Ted's father, Bert, starred with the Millionaires, among other teams, as a goaltender. Ted was a standout in minor hockey in Kirkland Lake before moving to the St. Michael's College junior team in Toronto. St. Michael's was defeated in the Ontario junior championship by the Oshawa Generals in 1943-44, but teams at the time were allowed to take four players from other clubs as wartime replacements. The Generals coach, Toronto Maple Leafs great Charlie Conacher, chose four from St. Michael's including Lindsay and Gus Mortson, and Oshawa, bolstered by the imports, went on to win the Memorial Cup. Lindsay was so impressive that he was invited to the Detroit Red Wings' training camp. He was offered a two-year deal by Detroit that included a no-minor-league clause guaranteeing he'd play in the NHL, and Lindsay decided to turn professional for the 1944-45 season.

Lindsay spent two quite ordinary seasons in Detroit until 1946-47, when he was put on a line with veteran center Sid Abel and rookie right wing Gordie Howe. In 1948 the threesome was dubbed "the Production Line," partly because they plied their trade in Detroit, the automotive manufacturing centre of the U.S., and partly, of course, because they produced goals, assists and wins. At the end of the 1947-48 season, Lindsay was in the top 10 in scoring for the first time. In 1949-50, the line placed 1-2-3 in the league scoring race with Lindsay leading the way and the Red Wings won the Stanley Cup, as they did in 1952, 1954 and 1955, the latter two with Lindsay replacing Abel as team captain.

In 1957 Lindsay had what could arguably be called his best individual season, leading the league in assists and finishing with a career-high 85 points. With the help of other high-profile players including Montreal's Doug Harvey, Chicago's Gus Mortson, New York's Bill Gadsby and Jim Thomson of Toronto, Lindsay organized the NHL Players' Association. They were intent on ensuring that the league dealt fairly with the players on such issues as the pension fund, covering expenses after trades and instituting a minimum salary for first-year players. Lindsay and Jack Adams, Detroit's general manager, hadn't spoken for three years prior to 1957 even though the rugged winger was captain of the Wings. Lindsay's role in the NHLPA certainly didn't help their relationship. Before the 1957-58 season, Adams traded Lindsay, at the time the league's third all-time goal scorer, and goalie Glenn Hall to the lowly Chicago Black Hawks in a move that was more a punishment than a sound hockey move.

Lindsay spent three seasons in Chicago, helping the Black Hawks return to respectability after almost a decade of poor results. He retired following the 1959-60 season, having played 999 games in the NHL. He devoted himself to his business interests in the automotive industry but continued to play hockey and stay in shape, often practising with the Red Wings. In 1964 Sid Abel, the Detroit bench boss and general manager, offered Lindsay a chance to make a comeback. The feisty winger agreed, though reaction to the news was mixed, to say the least.

It was an amazing year for Lindsay and the Red Wings team, which finished first in the league for the first time since Lindsay's initial departure. At the end of the year, Lindsay left the playing grind behind for good. In 1966 he was inducted to the Hockey Hall of Fame. Lindsay politely declined to attend the ceremonial banquet since it was an all-male affair and he felt he owed a debt to his family for its support over his long career. Not coincidentally, the next year the banquet was opened up to include both sexes.

Lindsay returned to the league and to the Red Wings as a general manager in 1977 and later as an interim head coach. As a GM, he was also a tough man to get along with, battling with Alan Eagleson of the players' association and making roster moves involving 41 players in his first year. As in his playing days, his toughness had winning results, as the Wings rebounded as a franchise and Lindsay was awarded several executive of the year honours.-legends of hockey

Tim Horton

Though it would be impossible to prove, the case could be made that Tim Horton was the strongest man ever to lace up skates in the National Hockey League. As a junior player with the St. Michael's College team in the Ontario Hockey League, Horton had NHL scouts and executives claiming he'd be the league's all-time great defenseman. But Horton's career, for all of its early promise, got off to a slow start. Though his attributes were obvious, he took a while to mature as a defensive player and spent several years moving back and forth between Toronto and its minor-league team in Pittsburgh. When he did find a regular job with the Maple Leafs during the 1952-53 season, respect was hard to come by, mostly because the expectations had been so high during his junior days.
In 1954, having just turned 24, Horton was selected to the league's Second All-Star Team and his career took off from there. With a few weeks left in the 1954-55 season, however, Horton broke his leg and jaw in a thunderous collision with the New York Rangers' Bill Gadsby. Gadsby later said it was the hardest hit he ever delivered. Horton, in traction and fed intravenously for days afterwards in the hospital, certainly agreed. When he returned to the ice after missing almost half of the 1955-56 season, he was slow to regain his form.

In 1958-59, Horton was paired on the blue line with Allan Stanley. Stanley's solid play allowed Horton to take a few more chances carrying the puck, knowing he had the speed to recover should he lose possession and that Stanley would be there to back him up. With Bobby Baun and Carl Brewer also starring on defense, the Leafs had a core of skilled, rugged and reliable defensemen. And the defense was the foundation of a Toronto team that won the Stanley Cup in 1962, 1963 and 1964, with Horton earning a spot on the Second All-Star Team in 1963 and First Team honours in 1964. The team went through a minor slump in 1965 and for part of the season coach Punch Imlach moved Horton to the right wing on a line with George Armstrong and Red Kelly, another defenseman turned forward. Horton scored 12 goals, many of them with his huge slapshot from close range.

After the Leafs' last Stanley Cup win in 1967 - after which Horton was once again selected to the league's Second All-Star Team - the Maple Leafs went into decline. Many of the stars of the championship teams moved on or retired. Though he remained and was a First Team All-Star the following two seasons, Horton was tempted to retire in 1969 because of the success of his business off the ice, a chain of donut shops bearing his name, and of Punch Imlach's dismissal as coach of the club.

Horton claimed he wanted double his salary to even consider returning. Lacking any veteran leadership on its blue line, Toronto surprised Horton by giving him over $80,000, roughly double his salary of the year before. The team, so young that Horton was the oldest defender by 16 years, was dead last in the league in the spring of 1970. Horton's large salary was impractical for a team with little promise and he was traded to the New York Rangers. He spent a full season in New York in 1970-71, but was then selected in the next two intra-league expansion drafts, moving first to Pittsburgh for an injury-plagued season in 1971-72 and then to Punch Imlach's Buffalo Sabres.

Early in the morning of February 21, 1974, Tim Horton was killed in a single-car crash while driving home to Buffalo after a game in Toronto against his old team. Police who chased the sports car reported that it was traveling over 100 miles per hour before it crashed just outside of St. Catharines, Ontario. Toronto won the game that night, but Horton, even though he missed the third period with a jaw injury, was selected as the game's third star for his standout play. He left behind a wife and four daughters. He was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1977. Today there are Tim Horton donut shops all across Canada.-legends of hockey


In the minds of hockey fans around the world, the name Vladislav Tretiak is so closely linked with goaltending excellence that it's hard to imagine that before 1972, the Soviet superstar was almost completely unknown to the North American sporting public. But that's pretty much the way it happened. Canadian hockey scouts had dismissed him as a weak link in the Soviet defense prior to the Canada-USSR series in 1972, calling him inconsistent, with a weak glove hand that could be exploited almost at will. And so coaches and fans hardly paid any attention to him in the pre-series buildup. By the time the Summit Series was over, though, Tretiak was no longer a mystery to NHL fans, who saw him turn away Canada's top goal-scoring stars time and again for eight frustrating, nail-biting games.
Tretiak's stellar performance in the 1972 showdown - as a mere 20-year-old - was only the beginning of his amazing international play. Behind his unprecedented 1.78 goals-against average in 98 international games, the Soviets won Olympic gold medals in 1972, 1976 and 1984. They also captured 10 World Championships and nine European titles and remained virtually undefeated for the better part of a decade in IIHF tournament play.

In addition to shining in international championship play, Tretiak also habitually inspired himself to play his very best during exhibition games against NHL teams. In a game against the Montreal Canadiens on New Year's Eve, 1975 - one that many hockey fans still consider the greatest goaltending performance of all time - Tretiak held the Habs to a 3-3 tie despite being widely outshot, 38-13. He was the MVP of the 1981 Canada Cup, leading the vaunted USSR to their first victory, and the following year turned in another standout series of games on the Soviet All-Stars tour of North America, the highlight of which was his 5-0 shutout of those same Canadiens in the Forum.

From 1971 to 1984, he was the Soviet league's First Team All-Star goalie, spending 14 consecutive seasons as the number one man in the Soviet cage. During this amazing string with the Central Red Army squad, Tretiak won 13 league titles, captured the MVP honors in the Soviet league five times, was awarded the Order of Lenin for his service to the USSR in 1978 and won the coveted Golden Hockey Stick as the outstanding player in all of Europe in 1981, 1982 and 1983. In the 1981 Canada Cup, he was the tournament MVP and the First All-Star Team goalie, posting an amazing 1.33 goal-against average over six games against the world's best teams.

Other than the game eight disappointment in 1972, which can hardly be called a disaster for Tretiak, coming as it did at the tail end of the series that really launched him onto the world hockey scene, there was only one dark spot on his entire stellar career in the international arena. It appeared in the 1980 Olympics in Lake Placid, New York, a competition won by the squad from the U.S. In the second to last game, Tretiak was the victim of a fluke goal by Mark Johnson in the first period and was pulled in favour of Vladimir Myshkin.

Tretiak retired from active play on a high note in 1984, after shutting out Czechoslovakia 2-0 to win the Olympic gold in Sarajevo. The actual close of his career, which saw him take part in 287 games overall with the national squad, came at the end of the Izvestia tournament in December 1984. He and fellow Soviet standouts Valeri Vasiliev and Alexander Maltsev took part in a special All-Star game between the USSR and European players who had taken part in the Izvestia games. The contest ended with a huge ovation for the tearful Tretiak as he said his goodbyes, never to compete for his nation again at the highest level.

Just before the start of the 1990-91 season, Chicago Blackhawks coach Mike Keenan announced that he would be signing Tretiak as a member of his coaching staff, in particular to work with the squad's young goaltending corps that included Ed Belfour.

His intellectual knowledge and understanding of the position is equal perhaps only to Jacques Plante, who wrote the first book on being a goalie and detailed everything from strategy to conditioning. Coaching had always been part of Tretiak's post-playing plans. He started a series of hockey schools as part of a life-long love of teaching kids about the sport.

As a superb goalie, sports ambassador and teacher of both pros and children, Vladislav Tretiak defined all three roles in his long career in hockey. The Hockey Hall of Fame is richer for his inclusion in its hallowed rooms.-legends of hockey.

Serge Savard

Rangy defenseman Serge Savard played 17 seasons in the NHL, 15 (his first season consisted of two games) with his hometown team, the Montreal Canadiens, and two with the Winnipeg Jets, who lured him out of retirement after he'd left Montreal following the 1980-81 season.
A member of the Canadiens "Big Three" defensive stars along with Guy Lapointe and Larry Robinson, Savard was known as "the Senator" by his teammates for his involvement in activities - mostly in politics - outside the game. In the mid-1980s, he served as general manager of the Habs.

But hockey had been the first thing on Savard's mind since his boyhood in Montreal. When he was 15, a scout noticed him playing a school league game and put him on the team's list of promising reserves. Savard progressed quickly and within a few seasons was captain of the Junior Canadiens. Unlike many prospects of the day, Savard wanted to complete high school. But the Habs signed him to a contract and sent him to Houston to play for the Apollos of the Central Hockey League in 1966. He won the rookie of the year award that season with Houston and the following year was called up by the Habs. By the 1968-69 season, only his second full one in the NHL, he won the Conn Smythe Trophy as the Habs won the Cup in a four-game sweep over the Blues in the finals.

Although Savard was overshadowed by his better-known teammates, he did win another significant award during his years as a player. In 1979 the NHL presented him with the Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy, awarded annually to "the player who best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to hockey."

Savard almost didn't make it much further in NHL play, however. In a game during the 1970-71 season against the Rangers, he skated after New York's Rod Gilbert, trying to stop a breakaway. Savard dove for the puck and felt his left leg crumble underneath him. The result was five separate fractures and three operations that took him out of the game for three months.

After a complete recovery, Savard continued to have problems with the leg and further injuries. In the 1971-72 season, he suffered a new fracture to the same leg after being hit. In 1973 he injured his ankle severely as he tried to help firefighters break down a door during a fire at the Canadiens' hotel in St. Louis.

But the injuries failed to stop Savard. Upon his return to the game, he started to blend his patient, hard-working style with the hard-charging, rushing play of Lapointe and Robinson, the skillful scoring of Guy Lafleur and the outstanding play in the net of Ken Dryden. The result was another Cup for the Habs in 1976, when they swept the defending champion Philadelphia Flyers in four straight games, a victory that many relieved fans hailed as a triumph of skilled play over the fight-filled game of the Broad Street Bullies.

Internationally, Savard's attitude was rewarded by his being named to the Canadian team for the 1972 Summit Series. He appeared in five of the eight games, and - as Savard liked to remind people - Canada won four of those games and tied the other.

By 1981 Savard had had enough of being knocked around in the NHL. He had, after all, played on eight Stanley Cup-winning teams with Montreal and had seen more doctors and surgeons than he cared to remember. His retirement didn't last long, though. He was lured out of inactivity by the Winnipeg Jets, who wanted him for his experience on a young but improving team.

Savard lasted two seasons in his comeback with Winnipeg before the Canadiens came calling again. They bought him out of the final year of his contract with the Jets so he could return to Montreal as the team's managing director. Savard, who had been active in the business world during his last days as a player and during his retirement, inspired the confidence of the Habs players and management.

Savard was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1986-legends of hockey

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The New York Islanders drafted Denis Potvin first overall in 1973 to serve as the foundation of their developing expansion team. He surpassed all expectations and became the first NHL defenseman to score 1,000 career points, all while functioning as the cornerstone of the franchise's four consecutive Stanley Cup championships from 1980 to 1983. Potvin's wealth of natural talent allowed him to jump into the offensive rush while serving as a tough physical presence in his own end of the rink. He was one of the most complete blueliners to ever step onto the ice. A less discussed facet of Potvin's game was his mean streak. Opposing forwards learned quickly that they were better served avoiding confrontations with one of the NHL's lesser-known tough guys.
The native of Ottawa, Ontario, excelled at football and hockey as a youngster. Having opted to pursue the latter, he made the Ottawa 67s of the Ontario Hockey Association in 1968-69. Potvin enjoyed an outstanding junior career, registering 329 points in five seasons. He was often paired with the offensively gifted Ian Turnbull to form one of the most lethal blue line partnerships ever seen in junior hockey circles. During Potvin's last year in Ottawa, he established an OHA single-season record for defensemen with 123 points.

As the highly touted first pick in the 1973 Amateur Draft, Potvin quickly made his presence felt in the NHL. He amassed 54 points in 1973-74 while displaying the confidence of a ten-year veteran. Potvin was the obvious choice in the Calder Trophy voting at the conclusion of the season. That year he also lived out a dream by playing with his brother Jean, who remained with the club for nearly five years. Potvin emerged as one of the leaders of a rapidly improving Islanders squad that reached the Stanley Cup semifinals in only its third season.

Following the 1975-76 campaign, Potvin was awarded the Norris Trophy, an honour he also received in 1978 and 1979. He experienced his most productive offensive output in the last of those years with 101 points. Between 1980 and 1983, he captained New York when they became only the second team in NHL history to win the Stanley Cup four times in succession (Montreal did it twice). His overtime goal in the 1980 finals against Philadelphia gave his team the momentum and confidence it needed to win its first title. Potvin's top post-season output occurred in 1980-81, when he recorded 25 points in 18 games.

The talented defenseman distinguished himself on the international stage through his play on Canada's 1976 and 1981 Canada Cup teams. He retired at the conclusion of the 1987-88 season with regular-season totals of 310 goals and 1,052 points. Potvin also registered 56 goals and 164 points in the playoffs. In addition to his four major trophies, Potvin was selected to the NHL First All-Star Team five times and the Second All-Star Team twice.

The leadership qualities demonstrated by Potvin, along with his exceptional talent at both ends of the ice, placed him in a category reserved for only a handful of NHL defensemen. The Ottawa 67s hosted a special gala in his honour and raised his number to the rafters of the Ottawa Civic Center. Following a game on March 31, 1988, a cheering Nassau Coliseum audience paid homage to his career when his number 5 sweater was retired. Potvin was elected to the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1991 and the ceremony was held in his hometown of Ottawa for the first time.

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Bobby is possibly the greatest ice hockey player ever and is the greatest left winger to ever play the game. Few of the game's superstars could match the physical talents of Bobby Hull. The Golden Jet combined blazing speed, a feared unerring accurate slapshot and a powerful physique to rise to the elite of the NHL in the 1960s He scored 610 NHL goals (even more PIM !) 1,153 points (at more than a point-per-game avg.), nine-time 50+ goal scorer, 24 career NHL hat tricks. I'm still not sure how he ever managed to win the Lady Byng given his reputation for gritty, tough play. When the NHL started calculating +/-, Hull recorded a +/- of plus 100 over his last five years (imagine what he would have had earlier in his career). He was the complete player

He could skate 30 mph shot 118 mph. 19 mph more then the winning slap shot at the all star skills competition. His wrist shot at 105 mph, his backhand shot at 96 mph. He was also an exceptionally strong player with a nearly perfect athlete's body at 5-feet-10 and a solid 195 pounds. The Gold Jet pushed the envelope on how fast a man could skate shoot and play hard. Bravely he could ask for more money and his charisma matched the power of his game.

Bobby broke into the NHl in 1957-58 as a center and scored 47 points narrowly losing the Calder to the big M. In 59-60 at age 21, he won his first Art Ross (he won 2 more), the second youngest player ever to do so. He scored 50 goals to tie the League record in 1961-62. He broke the record in 65-66 with 54. and again in 68-69 with 58. He set a record for points in 1965-66 with 97 and was the second player to score over 100 pts in 1968-69.He won the Hart trophy as MVP in 1964-65 and 1965-66 and holds the record for left wings with 12 All Star selections including ten as first team all star. Most teams assigned a player do nothing but check Hull. Nobody protected Bobby. He fought his own fights & had some notable dustups with John Ferguson & Bugsy Watson.

He was a major contributor to the Hawks cup win in60-61 with 14 points. In 1971 in a losing cause he scored 25 points in 18 playoff games.

Together with Stan Mikita, they perfected the curved stick.

Bobby’s NHL awards would no doubt have continued but he became Hockey’s first million dollar player when he jumped to the WHA’s Winnipeg jets in 1972 and gave that league instant credibility. He continued to rack up the accolades in the WHA, winning MVP in 73 & 75 and breaking the major league record for goals with 77 in 1975 . With the Jets he won 3 AVCO CUPS He was instrumental in bringing the European style of play to North America and revolutionized hockey on a line with Ulf Nilson & Anders Hedberg. This was one of the top lines anywhere in the world. They perfected the criss cross breakout & attack. One of the best hockey games ever was the Winnipeg Defeat of the Russian allstars in 1977.

The NHL kept Bobby off Team Canada in 1972(political crap). Can you image the difference if he had played in that series. He was Canada’s leading scorer in the 74 series (spectacular natural hat trick against Tretiak) and also in the 1976 Canada cup at age 37.

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Inducted 1966. Born 1 Mar 1920 Delisle, Saskatchewan. Died 19 Jan 1984.
Played 12 NHL seasons from 1940 to 1954.

He never stopped skating and had as many moves in his day, contemporaries would later say, as Wayne Gretzky did during his era.

Known as the "Dipsy-Doodle Dandy from Delisle" because of his fancy skating and superb stickhandling, Max was the youngest of the three NHL Bentleys (the other two were Doug and Reggie). Max grew up on a farm, one of 13 children, six of whom were boys. All of the kids played sports, and at one time five of the boys played on the same hockey team, the Drumheller Miners.
Max originally had a tryout with Boston as a 16-year-old, but he looked so small the Bruins sent him packing. On his way home, he stopped off in Montreal to try out with the Habs, and there the Canadiens' manager said Max looked so sick he should see a doctor. Incredibly, the doctor told Max he had a heart condition. If he didn't go home and forget about hockey, the doctor said, Max wouldn't live a year.

Max always looked gaunt and pale, and throughout his career he was plagued by minor injuries, pains, aches, dry throat, burning eyes, upset stomach, ulcers, diabetes and kidney trouble. He was often called "a walking drug store" because of his pharmacological tendencies, and for 155 pounds he was also quite resilient.

In his first year Max played on a line with brother Doug and Mush March, but the following season the coach put Bill Thoms on the line as a policeman for the two high scorers. That was the turning point of the season, as Max finished third in the NHL's scoring race--Doug was first--and won the Lady Byng Trophy.

In Chicago he centered the pony line with Bill Mosienko on the right and his brother doug on his left. A superb stick handlerhe would navigate the puck from his own end into enemy territory."My idea was to try and set up somebody" Bentley once said. " I'd beat 2 or 3 guys and make a pass."

Max became famous for his drive to the net, his aggressive play to score and the fact that he was constantly in motion. He never stopped skating and had as many moves in his day, contemporaries would later say, as Wayne Gretzky did during his era. The difference was that Gretzky carried the puck from the blueline in and Bently often took it starting from behind his own net.

Bently and Gretzky share a piece of NHL history. Each scored four goals in a single period an NHL record. Red Berenson and Harvey Jackson also have done that.

Max won the 1946-47 scoring championship on the last day of the season--his second consecutive scoring title. Going into the game against New York, he was one point ahead of Rocket Richard, whose Canadiens were playing Boston. The game itself didn't matter for the Hawks, who were so far down in last place they couldn't see up at all. Max was getting reports about the Montreal game, and in the first two periods Richard had two points, and moved ahead. But in the third period, Max had an early assist to tie Richard. Then, midway through the period, he took a Mosienko pass at center and returned the favor at the blue line and cut to the net. Mosienko fed a perfect pass to the slot and Max's quick shot to the corner slid past the sprawling glove hand of Charlie Rayner. The Rocket was held off the score sheet and Max won the scoring title by one point.

While his years with his brother in Chicago were rewarding, the turning point of his career came on November 2, 1947, when he and Cy Thomas were traded to Toronto for an unprecedented five players--Bud Poile, Bob Goldham, Gaye Stewart, Gus Bodnar and Ernie Dickens. While many thought Conn Smythe was crazy to make the trade, the Leafs won the Stanley Cup three times in the next four years with Max. He assisted on the game-tying goal in game five of the 1951 finals that saw Bill Barilko score the Cup winner in overtime

Bentley himself was at first saddened by the trade and the loss of playing with his brother. But he immediately became a star on a star team and helped the Leafs to victory, and his popularity in Chicago was never as great as it was almost instantly in Toronto. One night at the Gardens, the Leafs needed a goal. Charlie Hempstead, a racehorse owner and season ticket subscriber who sat right by the Leafs bench, petitioned Max. "Score a goal and I'll give you a horse," he proposed. Max did and Charlie obliged.

The Bently trade was the worse trade Chicago in Blackhawk history. They finished last 8 out of the next 10 yrs. Only the trade of Phil Esposito to boston 30 yrs later would eclipse the memories of the Bently trade.

During the 1952-53 season, Max was hampered by a genuine back injury and played only 36 games before retiring. The Leafs sold his rights to the Rangers, and he was reunited briefly with brother Doug for part of the 1953-54 season in New York. When he retired, he had scored 245 goals and was second among active players only to Maurice Richard - legends of hockey

The bad heart was imagined. But for Max Bently,the greatness was real and tangible

"Max is Dying" cracked leafs head coach Hap Day "so we cant expect more then 2 goals from him." top 50 players

NHL Totals 646 245 299 544 179 Playoff Totals 51 18 27 45 14

Art Ross Trophy 46,47 1st All-Star Team Centre 46 Hart Memorial Trophy (1946) Lady Byng Memorial Trophy (1943) Second All-Star Team Centre (1947)

Traded to Toronto by Chicago with Cy Thomas for Gus Bodnar, Bud Poile, Gaye Stewart, Ernie Dickens and Bob Goldham, Nov 2,1947. Traded to NY Rangers by Toronto for cash, Aug 11,53.Officially announced retirement from NHL, Nov 16,55

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Jean Beliveau C

Jean was regal on the ice and and humble and diplomatic off the ice. He was the blueprint for the quebec superstar hockey player. Players like Lafleur Rod Gilbert Gilbert Perrault and Mario Lemiuex all learned the game watching jean.

He was a tough player large man at 6'3" He was a great stickhandler he moved effortlessly across the ice using his long graceful strides.He thrived on instinct and outdistanced most opponets using hislong reach. He won the cup 10 times and 5 of them were as captain no other nhlcaptain has ever been presented the cup as often as he.

Jean "Le Gros Bill" Beliveau was one of the all-time classiest players in the NHL, both on the ice and off. He made his career as a strong skater and was hard if not impossible to slow down. He was nicknamed after a popular French song of the day by the same name, "le Gros Bill," and in all he played on an incredible 10 Stanley Cup-winning teams as a member of the Montreal Canadiens.

Beliveau made the All-Star Team 10 times, was the leading scorer of all time for Montreal and the all-time leading scorer in Stanley Cup history as well. After playing a total of five regular season games in 1950-51 and 1952-53, he played another 18 seasons with Montreal, and in 10 of those he led the team as their captain.

When he retired from the game, Beliveau said, "I made up my mind to offer my place to a younger player." He added: "It's hard, but I will play no more. I only hope that I have made a contribution to a great game. Hockey has been my life since the day my father gave me a pair of skates when I was five years old." In reverence to all that Beliveau gave to hockey, the Canadiens held Jean Beliveau Night at the Montreal Forum in March 1971.

Beliveau served as a team executive for the Canadiens and official spokesperson for the club. Some observers noted that he'd been filling that latter position unofficially for years anyway.Beliveau worked for the Canadiens in public relations until 1993 as senior vice-president of corporate affairs but he maintained ambassadorial prestige with the team even to this day.

"Any parent could use Jean Beliveau as a pattern or role model. He provides hockey with a magnificent image. I couldn't speak more highly of anyone who has ever been associated with our game than I do of Jean."
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NHL Totals 1125 507 712 1219 1029 Playoff Totals 162 79 97 176 211

Art Ross Trophy (1956) Conn Smythe Trophy (1965)
First All-Star Team Centre (1955, 1956, 1957, 1959, 1960, 1961)
Hart Memorial Trophy (1956, 1964) 2nd All-Star Team Centre (58, 64, 66, 69)

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Mark Messier's nickname, "the Moose," is a tribute to his size, strength and determination. A player renowned for his leadership abilities and one of the all-time leading NHL scorers, Messier emerged from the great Edmonton Oilers teams of the 1980s to become a hockey superstar. He was a powerful skater who combined playmaking skill and a goal-scoring touch with the toughness necessary to survive and thrive in the corners. Six times his teams sipped from the Stanley Cup and on two occasions Messier took home the Hart Trophy as the league's most valuable player.

Like Gordie Howe, Messier is credited with being the most complete player of his generation. He was a power forward, a two-way left winger and sometime center with talent and overwhelming power and size and an unpredictable mean streak. Messier acquired his multidimensional game during a childhood filled with hockey in his home town of Edmonton as he grew up watching his dad play in the minor leagues.

He was a very intimidating force on the ice who made his opponents freeze on eye contact like deers caught in headlights. He was a goal scorer a playmaker a checker a fighter a leader on and off the ice. What he is best known for is as a winner. He made the oilers win and he was always expected to score the winning goals in tight games in hostile arenas

We have the best player in the world out. said sather once while gretzky was hurt, "and the second best plays like he is the best"

Edmonton provided a stage to to establish messiers reputation as awinner but NY would immortalize it.

" Mark was the most complete player who ever played the game,"."He could play inside the rules and outside the rules, which allowed him to assume those other things. He could beat you with strength, speed and passion." - Adam Graves

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Shot-blocking defencemen fear him. Goalies cringe when they see him hop over the boards. It comes down to two words, "the shot." Al MacInnis is acknowledged as possessing the hardest slapshot in the NHL, and although at one time he used it at every opportunity, MacInnis now employs the fear of his shot to set up plays, take an extra step, or unleash the blast of another drive.

Al perfected his shot in small town Port Hood on the island of Cape Breton. He would spend hrs each day taking shots at his parents barn .Perfecting the best tool of his trade. His shot would let Al advance through the hockey leagues till he got to the nhl. Once there he worked on his game and became a legend.

The legend of the shot began on January 17, 1984 when MacInnis was playing with Calgary in a game against St.Louis. On a line change, MacInnis wound up and fired a shot from outside the blueline that caught Blues goaltender Mike Liut on the mask, splitting it. Liut fell to the ice as the puck dribbled over the goal line. No one has taken Al MacInnis' shot for granted since and he wins the hardest shot contest at the annual All-Star Game with almost perfect regularity.- Legends of Hockey

The veteran St. Louis Blues defenceman at the age of 40, an age when most men are battling their waist line, Al was playing what could be the best hockey of his 20-year career.

He always played with tremendous intelligence. Had good size and great offensive instincts. He sees the ice well and knows when to gamble.He makes a first great pass. His legendary blast is far from being the only part of his offensive arsenal. The vets mere prescence on the ice completley changed the opponents defensive schemes when Al was on the ice handling the puck.MacInnis was always one of the top d-man in terms of ice time per game in most of his NHL seasons with 27 (quality) minutes per game. How many other NHLers have been this good for so long? Bourque Horton Chelios....

Al played hard at both ends of the ice and lead by example. His first NHL game came 10 months after his former defensive partner, Barret Jackman, was born and now two decades later, MacInnis was still casting an imposing shadow over the NHL.

The accolades keept coming and for good reason.

He is 19th player in NHL history with 1416 career regular-season games.He is 12th place on the All-Time assist list (934) and 29th on the All-Time points list (1,263).

Ak finished 2nd in Norris Voting in 2003 to Nik Lidstrom of Detroit and if MacInnis had won, he would had be the oldest Norris winner ever. Doug Harvey was 38 years and seven months when he won the Norris in 1962, for the New York Rangers.

MacInnis is modest – what else would you expect – about his chances of winning what would be his second Norris. He collected the hardware in 1999.

"You can build a case for a number of defencemen in the league," says MacInnis, who played parts of 14 seasons with Calgary and 10 seasons with the Blues. "I'll leave it up to the voters when to comes to voting for the Norris.If I've had a healthy year and a pretty consistent year and that's all I'll say about that."

It’s obvious what keept MacInnis going. It’s a) his love for the game, and b) the desire to win a second Stanley Cup to go along with the league title he was part of in Calgary in 1989.

"At my age, when you lose that edge and stop liking the game, that's when you start going down in a hurry. My goal late in my career is to win the Stanley Cup because my time is running out."

The Blues knew they had a warrior on their hands and the easiest way to reduce his effectiveness is to work him to death. That’s why you didn’t see MacInnis on the ice on off-days these days, although you can find him in the gym working on the weights.

"With the way the schedule is in todays NHL, with the number of games, such a compact schedule, for an older guy recovery is the most important thing. The coaching staff gave me a lot of days off since Christmas. Recovery is the most important thing at this stage of my career.

"The coaches basically have come to me and said, ‘When you feel like practicing, just let us know. If not, we understand.’ It's given me a lot of time to recover and stay a lot fresher for the games. Without it, I'm not sure if I could had continued to play as many minutes as I did during my long career.’’

Every summer MacInnis is heads back to his hometown of Port Hood,Cape Breton Island Nova Scotia,and this summer for the grand opening of the Port Hood Arena. He donated $150,000 towards reconstruction of the arena and the amount was matched by the NHLPA’s Goals a& Dreams Fund.

"It's been three years since I've been down there, but I usually get down there every other year. This year I am going down to Cape Breton to spend about six weeks, July and part of August. I'm certainly going to enjoy the time down there when it comes. I know I've converted a lot of fans down there. There used to be a lot of Leaf fans, Bruins fans. I think I'm starting to get some Blues fans down there. I'm getting a lot of support. You know, I can feel it through my family and stuff. It's been great. I know a lot of always people cheered me on.

In October of 2003, MacInnis underwent surgery for a detached retina in his left eye and was placed on injured reserve. The 2004-05 NHL season was canceled because of the player lockout. Following a lock out year in 2004-05, MacInnis announced his retirement from the game of hockey in the summer of 2005.

MacInnis' international career has seen him represent Canada on numerous occasions including the 1998 and 2002 Winter Olympics, the 1991 Canada Cup and the 1990 World Championships

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NHL Totals1416 340 934 1274 1511Playoff Totals 177 39 121 160 255

2nd All-Star Team 87,89,94 Conn Smythe Trophy 89 1st All-Star Team 90,91,99,03 Canada Cup All-Star Team (1991) James Norris Memorial Trophy (1999)
Played in NHL All-Star Game 85,88,90,91,92,94,96,97,98,99,00,03

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Joe is a Franchise Center he owns one of the league's best wrist shots. Has smooth skating ability and crafty playmaking skills. Sees the ice extremely well and is rarely out of position. Plays with tremendous desire and determination at all times.The determination of Sakic and his dedication to the game, his attitude in the defensive zone (he plays against the best opposite lines) makes him a complete player, a player the team needs every game.One of the leagues quickest players to dart in and out of traffic with impunity to get into position to use his wicked wrist shot with dead on accuracy from the slot. Sakic has great hockey vision and superior puck handling abilities.A creative playmaker his offensive talents have always been outstanding . His incredible talents for the game are now more recognized and he was once the best Canadian player in the nhl during break-away to the net.

Sakic was drafted 15th overall by the Quebec Nordiques in the 1987 NHL Entry Draft, and made his NHL debut in October, 1988. While the Nordiques were in a rebuilding mode during his early years, Sakic was the best player on some dismal team lineups, eventually earning the title of captain.

Under his on-ice leadership, the Nords made the playoffs in 1993 and the lockout-shortened season of 1995. The next year, he moved with the franchise as they became the Colorado Avalanche, later leading them to the Stanley Cup in 1996 and 2001. He is captain of the Colorado Avalanche.

He had 2 goals and 2 assists in Canada's gold medal win over Team USA in the 2002 Winter Olympic Games in Salt Lake City and was named its MVP, and also played a part in Canada's triumph in the 2004 World Cup of Hockey.

On Oct 20, 2005, Joe Sakic learned that the Colorado Avalanche will not pick up his option for the 2006-2007 NHL season making the star forward a free agent after the 2005-06 season. The Avalanche may still re-sign Sakic. He was also recently named captain of Team Canada for the 2006 Olympics. So far in 05-06 he has lead his team in assist and points season and is second in goals to svatos- Wikipedia,

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Lester B. Pearson Award (2001)
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-Holds the Colorado Avalanche franchise record for goals, assists, and points (566G-900A-1,466P as of March 16, 2006).
-11th place among the top all-time NHL point scorers.
-Tied with Maurice Richard for most career playoff overtime goals (6).
-First player in NHL history to record a 100-point season while playing for the last place team (Quebec Nordiques): 102 points in 1989-90. He repeated the feat the following season with 109 points.
-Fourth player to captain his team to a Stanley Cup championship and win the Hart trophy in the same year. The others are Bobby Clarke, Wayne Gretzky, and Mark Messier.
-Became only the 16th player in NHL history to reach 900 assists, against the Calgary Flames on March 12, 2006.

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Possesses a terrific combination of vision and skating ability. Is one of the most mobile defensemen in the NHL. Has awesome recuperative ability in the defensive zone. Can sometimes lose his cool on the ice. Has the physical ability to dominate a hockey game. He has always been the powerplay quaterback setting up players like Elias Sykora or Teemu Selanne He is just a superb skater solid defensively and is capable on the attack.He has a nice low point shot.Skilled puck carrier with immense talent. tsn.ca

Scott was the third overall draft pick in the 1991 NHL Entry Draft at the tender age of 18, a selection the Devils had acquired from Toronto for Tom Kurvers. Named to the NHL All-Rookie Team in 1993, Nierdermayer spent his first two years, working hard to refine his style under head coach Jacques Lemaire. The adjustment was difficult for Niedermayer as he tried to fit in on a team that had a reputation as one that emphasized physical play over finesse, with bruising stalwarts like Claude Lemieux and Scott Stevens leading the way under Lemaire's tutelage.

A three-time Stanley Cup winner in 1995, 2000 and 2003, Niedermayer is a strong puck carrying defenceman who is one of the league's best skaters and is blessed with outstanding speed and offensive instincts. In 2003-04, Niedermayer established a career high in points with 54 (14-40-54)and capped off his career year by winning his first Norris Trophy as the league's top defenseman.

Following a lock out season in 2004-05, Niedermayer became an un-restricted free agent and opted sign with the Anaheim Mighty Ducks and join his younger brother Rob.

Internationally, Niedermayer has represented Canada at the 1991 and 1992 World Junior Championships where he was named to the All-Star Team, at the 1996 World Cup, the 1998 and 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City where he helped Canada capture its first gold medal in over 50 years and was a member of its 04 gold medal World Championship team and its 2004 World Cup team. -Legends of Hockey

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One of the most naturally gifted forwards in NHL history, Gilbert Perreault dazzled fans and the opposition defenses with his end-to-end rushes.

Timing was one and only element of greatness that eluded Gilbert Perrault. Had he been born a year earlier . Perrault would had been teritorial property of Montreal Canadiens, teammate and evential sucessor to Jean Beliveau with all of the attendant grooming expectations. NHL Top 50

The Buffalo Sabres acquired the first pick in the 1970 Amateur Draft when coach and general manager Imlach won a spin of the wheel over expansion cousin Vancouver. Perreault was the obvious choice, and he lived up to his advance billing by establishing rookie scoring records of 38 goals and 72 points in 1970-71.

One of the most naturally gifted forwards in NHL history, Gilbert Perreault dazzled fans and the opposition defenses with his famed end-to-end rushes. He was the first building block in place when Punch Imlach began assembling the Buffalo Sabres in 1970. Throughout his nearly 17-year career that was spent entirely with Buffalo, Perreault was consistently one of the game's most entertaining figures. His laid-back and shy personality kept him from gaining the fame of some of the other stars of his era.

Gilberts game was a starting combination of vision powerful skating andshooting and most of all wonderous stick handling.He learned to stick handle watching Belliveau on tv. But he kept the puck closer to his body than Belliveau did, sacraficing reach for control.He also had awide and powerful skating stride. In his rookie season he easily outdistanced runner-up Jude Drouin of the Minnesota North Stars in the Calder Trophy voting. In his sophomore year, he scored 26 goals and 74 points while being chosen to play for Canada in the 1972 Summit Series against the USSR.

The fortunes of the Buffalo franchise were enhanced by the placement of wingers Richard Martin and Rene Robert with Perreault. The French Connection became the most exciting trio in the league and was a major reason the Sabres qualified for the playoffs in only their third year of existence. A gentleman on the ice, Perreault was the recipient of the Lady Byng Trophy in 1973.

The team didn't fare as well in 1973-74 and missed the playoffs. A major factor in their regression was a broken leg suffered by Perreault that limited him to 55 games. The French Connection and the team rebounded in dramatic fashion the next year. They recorded a franchise record of 113 points and reached the Stanley Cup finals, where they lost to defending champion Philadelphia in a competitive six-game series. Each member of Buffalo's top forward unit finished in the top 10 of the NHL scoring parade during the regular season.

A superb stick handler in the salad days of the sump and chase, an ephemeral in a era dominated, first by the brute force and Opportunism of the Broadway Bullies and by a team that was the ultimate all time nhl powerhouse. Perrault never did challenge the 50 goal plateau but he did get 30 goals 10 times and he reached 100 point barreir twice and he holds all Sabre scoring records.

The Sabres never attained the playoff success of 1975 again, but Perreault did record a personal high of 113 points in 1975-76. Later that year, he helped his country win the inaugural Canada Cup. He continued to excel through the rest of the decade and enjoyed his finest post-season in 1980 with 21 points in 14 games as Buffalo reached the Stanley Cup semifinals.

Although he was in the latter stages of his career in the 1980s, Perreault turned in four straight 30-goal seasons between 1981 and 1985. He starred as Wayne Gretzky's linemate at the 1981 Canada Cup, and he was playing some of the best hockey of his career with nine points in four games when he was forced out of the tournament with a broken ankle. - Legends of Hockey

When the Oilers returned offensive hockey to the nhl in the 1980's Perrault was playing out his final seasons. He had been born to early and too late, that era would had suited him as well as the one that preceded him.

In 1981, Perreault was named Buffalo's team captain, a position he held until his retirement in 1986-87. On April 3, 1982, he became the 16th player to register 1,000 points. Perreault scored his 500th goal against Alain Chevrier on March 9, 1986. After playing 20 games the following season, he retired with 512 goals and 1,326 points to his credit. Perreault was elected to the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1990

NHL Totals 1191 512 814 1326 500 Playoff Totals 90 33 70 103

Calder Memorial Trophy (1971) Lady Byng Memorial Trophy (1973)
Second All-Star Team Centre (1976, 1977)

-If anyone breaks my records of 76 goals and 152 point season it will be Perrault - Phil Esposito

-If Perrault was 18 or 19 now" Flyers Gm Bobby Clarke said in 1986 at the height of the NHL's run and gun era "He 'd blow the league apart

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Peter Forsberg, C
Forsberg is well-known in Sweden by the nickname "Foppa".

Probably the most complete player in the game.There isnt a situation in the game or a zone on the ice where Forsberg isn't suited. He has above average speed tremendous vision and plays the boards and corners like he owns them. When cant dish off a tapt to tape pass,he'll skate through war zones without being knocked off the puck.He is a star who shines so brightly on offense that his brillant work on defense sometimes can go unnoticed.Consistently one of the leagues best hitters he gets physically invlved and wont be intimidated.He is the concumate packageof two way talent,vison and determination.he mesmirizes his opponents with his puck trickery and awsome playmaking talents and uncanny sense of how best to pry open a defense.

Forsberg first played in the NHL in the 1994-1995 season. He was an instant success, scoring 50 points in the strike-shortened season, and winning the Calder Trophy. In 1995, the Nordiques moved to Colorado and became the Avalanche. Forsberg played a large role in the team's success in their first year in Denver. He scored 116 points in the regular season, and 21 points in 22 games during the playoffs, helping the Avalanche defeat the Florida Panthers to win the Stanley Cup.

Forsberg continued to star in the league, although the Avalanche failed to win the cup again in their next few tries. In 1999, he led all players in scoring in the playoffs, but the Avalanche were defeated by the Dallas Stars, who would go on to win their first Stanley Cup. Defeat came again in 2000, despite the acquisition of Ray Bourque. However, in 2001, the Avalanche would win their second Stanley Cup. This victory was somewhat bittersweet for Forsberg, though. After the Avalanche defeated the Los Angeles Kings in the second round of the playoffs, Forsberg had to have his spleen removed and would not play again in the playoffs. He decided to take the entire next season off to recuperate, and only returned for the playoffs, which he again led in scoring with 27 points, but again with his team losing before the Stanley Cup Finals, this time to the Detroit Red Wings.

2002-2003 was a banner year for Forsberg. Much healthier and more rested than he had been in the previous few years, he went on to lead the league with 106 points, and was rewarded with the Hart Trophy. Despite this regular-season glory, the Avalanche lost to the underdog Minnesota Wild in the playoffs.- Wikipedia

In the summer of 2005, Forsberg was acquired by the team which originaly drafted him, the Philadelphia Flyers. He is curently 2nd in team scoring scoring more then a poitn a game 58 games 74 pts

It is like he is playing keep away - ken Holland Red Wings GM

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Frank Mahovlich, LW
With 14 games remaining, he had 48 goals, two less than Maurice Richard's record of 50. He seemed destined to seize the position of the game's top scorer. Those final two goals never came, however.

One day when Frank could no longer cope with the indignities heaped upon him by GM/COACH Punch Imlach he asked his doctor what he should do. The doc suggested that he pretend to pull a imaginary curtain around himself whenever imlach was around. That he did and he soon felt better and started playing at a level one woudl assume from such a great player.- Top 50 NHL

He was a gentle man and very charismatic and certainly one of the most gifted leafs ever. If not for the tension createdfrom the friction between he and Imlach Mahovalich and not bobby hull may had been the dominat player of his generation.

"The Big M,"was a talented and classy winger, a large man with the skills and hands of a pure scorer. He was an aresting skater, a grand stick handler and a sharpe shooter.

Frank was touted as a superstar while still a teenager. He went on to have a marvelous career, patrolling the left wing for 22 professional seasons in both the NHL and WHA. Many of those years were filled with glory as he earned individual awards and the Stanley Cup, but Mahovlich struggled through most of his hockey life with the stress that comes from great expectations.

He was a prodigy with the St. Michael's where he scored 24 goals and scouts and fans alike began to fill the arenas where he played to get a look at the big kid everybody was talking about. The next season he fired 52 goals in 49 games, won the Red Tilson Trophy as the league's most valuable player and made his first three appearances with the Leafs. Those who saw him play in junior talked about his potential to dominate, even at the professional level.

In his first full season in the NHL, 1957-58, he earned the Calder Trophy as top rookie over Bobby Hull. At 19, Mahovlich seemed on the cusp of not just a great but a record-shattering career.

His next two seasons were erratic on the ice but consistent on the score sheet. He hovered around 20 goals, good totals for a young player, but many Toronto fans wanted a superstar performance each night, on every shift, and 20 goals wasn't good enough. In 1960-61, he began to play the way everyone had always expected. Still only 23 years old, he had an exceptional start to the season and led the league for much of the year in goals. With 14 games remaining, he had 48 goals, two less than Maurice Richard's record of 50. He seemed destined to seize the position of the game's top scorer. Those final two goals never came, however. Bernie Geoffrion overtook him late in the year, tying the Rocket's record in the process. People began talking not about how much talent Mahovlich had, how he'd scored 48 goals at such a young age, but what was missing in him that prevented him from achieving more.

Although the Leafs won the Stanley Cup for three consecutive seasons beginning in 1962, and even though Mahovlich averaged over 30 goals a year, he was the focus of much criticism and constant boos when he played in front of the home crowd. When he failed to score a goal in the 1963 playoffs, he was booed during and after the game in which the Leafs clinched the title. Even the next day the heckling continued at a reception in downtown Toronto for the Cup winners.

Mahovlich responded to Imlach's berating by not reacting to it. He admitted later that the two men didn't speak for five years. Though the team and the doctors didn't admit it for several years, Mahovlich was hospitalized in 1964, suffering from acute tension and depression. He returned to the team but struggled on the ice, his goal production dropping to 18 in 1966-67, the year of his final Cup victory with Toronto.

The Leafs played the Montreal Canadiens on November 1, 1967 - an important game between long-time foes. Mahovlich played a wonderful game, scoring a goal and adding two assists in Toronto's 5-0 win. He was named one of the three stars of the game and took his bow in front of the remaining fans as was the custom at the end of the evening. Many in the crowd cheered the big winger, but there were also boos, even on that night. The next day, with the Leafs leaving on a trip to Detroit, Mahovlich got up from his seat on the train, told a teammate he was going home and left. He was soon under the care of the Toronto General Hospital psychiatric staff. He was in a deep depression and, according to many reports, had suffered a nervous breakdown.

Mahovlich stayed away from the rink to deal with his nervous condition. After more than a month, during which he missed 11 games, he made his return at home in a game against the Canadiens. While he was away, young Mike Walton had taken up the slack in scoring for the Leafs, winning several consecutive games with late goals. When Mahovlich stepped on the ice, he was on a line with Walton and the Leafs captain, George Armstrong. Mahovlich gathered the puck at center and sailed down the right wing into the Montreal zone, pulling a defenseman wide with him to open up the middle. With one perfectly placed pass, Mahovlich found Walton, who fired it into the net. In all it took 18 seconds for the Big M to announce his return, and now the fans were united in their applause.

Near the end of the season, the Leafs decided to part ways with their big winger. In the biggest trade of the year, he was sent to the Detroit Red Wings with Pete Stemkowski, Garry Unger and the rights to another Leaf enigma, Carl Brewer, for Paul Henderson, Norm Ullman and Floyd Smith. Freed in Detroit from all the pressure and conflict in Toronto, Mahovlich experienced a rebirth. He also joined his younger brother Pete, known as "the Little M" even though he had five inches on Frank. The elder Mahovlich became more outgoing, joking with teammates and fans. He was put on a line with Gordie Howe and Alex Delvecchio and had his best goal-scoring year in his first full season with the team, 49 goals in 1968-69.

In Detroit, Mahovlich played more minutes than ever on the first line on the powerplay and sometimes even killed penalties. When Howe became the third player to break the 100-point plateau in 1968-69, Mahovlich was cited as a significant factor.

After several successful and happy years in Detroit, Mahovlich was on the move again, the victim of a Detroit team that was struggling and dumping high-priced players to rebuild. The Montreal Canadiens were preparing for a run to the Cup and acquired the big left winger for three players in January 1971. Once again, Mahovlich was teamed with his brother Pete, who had joined the Canadiens the year before. Mahovlich had a spectacular playoffs with a Montreal team that won the Stanley Cup that year due in large part to his league-leading 14 goals and 27 post-season points. Mahovlich was truly happy in Montreal. He had his best overall season in 1971-72, collecting 96 points, and earned a place on the Canadian team that battled the Russians in the 1972 Summit Series.

In 1973 Mahovlich was selected to the NHL's First All-Star Team, one of only three times he achieved that honour. And once again he was outstanding in the playoffs, capturing his sixth and final Stanley Cup. Mahovlich and Montreal were a natural fit and only his aging legs and a move toward younger athletes in the Canadiens organization prevented him from continuing to put up big numbers late into his career.

Instead of finishing his career in Montreal, Mahovlich signed a lucrative contract with the WHA. Toronto Toros were thrilled when Frank, at age 36, signed a four-year deal. He was one of the league's top scorers and headlined the team in its attempt to compete with the Leafs. The Toros team moved after two seasons to Birmingham, deep in the southern U.S., and became the Bulls. Though Mahovlich still had a great desire to play, At the end of his four-year contract, having just turned 40, Mahovlich parted ways with Birmingham,

Frank Mahovlich was elected to the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1981, and in 1998, in recognition of his years of class on the ice and off, he was appointed to the Canadian Senate by Prime Minister Jean Chretien. -Legends of Hockey

"There are other excellent skaters in the NHL... But no one else is so elegant, so electric, so furious, so fluid. Other skaters stride, he swoops. They glide, he soars. They sprint, he explodes. Head down, shoulder up, legs churning, one hand on his stick, Mahovlich looks like the Super Continental coming through Saskatchewan, and is almost as powerful and as hard to knock down." - Viva Mahovlich! - Peter Gzowski

"That year he was as good a left winger as ever played the game. And his aggressive play set the tone for the whole team." - Punch Imlach on Mahovlich's 60-61 season

-When he met roger maris who was recovering from the nightmarish demands asfter breakin Ruths single season home run record. Mahovalich is reported to had said "I am one fellow who is able to appreciate the ordeak you went through last season."

-Bobby hull may score more goals but no buddy scored better goals then the "Big M"-Dave Keon.

-Mahovalich was almost sold to chicago for 1 million dollars.

NHL Totals 1181 533 570 1103 1056 Playoff Totals 137 51 67 118 163

Calder Memorial Trophy (1958)
First All-Star Team Left Wing (1961, 1963, 1973)
Second All-Star Team Left Wing (62,64,65,66,69, 70)
Terry Sawchuk, G

Inducted 1971. Born 28 December 1929 Winnipeg, Manitoba. Died 31 May 1970. Played 21 NHL seasons from 1949 to 1970

Terry became a goalie when he enherited his older brother mikes goalie pads. Michael fell victim to a unknown heart ailment and passed at age 17.

Perhaps the greatest NHL goalie ever. Fame and money would be his.His dad had injured his back so at age 17 Terry became the bread winner and He used his promising hockey career to support his family.

Terry was a reflex goalie he played the angles well andcovered the net instead ofrelying on explosive movements.He was considered the toughest goalie to beat one-on-one in his era. Top 50 Players

Called "the Uke" or "Ukey" because of his Ukrainian heritage, Terry Sawchuk played more games and recorded more shutouts than any goalie in the history of the NHL.
Although he was originally Boston property, he was traded to Detroit before he played in the NHL. His big break came toward the end of the 1949-50 season when Red Wings incumbent Harry Lumley was injured and Sawchuk had to play seven games toward the end of the season. He allowed just 16 goals in those games and along the way earned his first shutout.

Detroit general manager Jack Adams showed enormous confidence in Sawchuk based on those seven games he'd played. The Wings won the Cup that spring of 1950 with Lumley back in goal, but over the summer Adams was so sure of Sawchuk that he traded Lumley to Chicago. The next season, 1950-51, Sawchuk played every game for the Red Wings and led the league in wins and shutouts, winning the Calder Trophy in the process.

Sawchuk's was the first player ever to be named rookie of the year in three different leagues: with Omaha in the USHL, with Indianapolis in the American Hockey League and with Detroit in the NHL.

Indeed Sawchuk wasn't a relaxed goalie. The pressure of playing in the NHL got to him and affected his health and he was battling some sort of injury for most of his career. He had bone chips removed from his elbow after the 1952 Stanley Cup, he suffered chest injuries from a car accident and his back was perpetually in knots because of his style of play. And he won more games than any other goalie in the history of the game.

During his 1956-57 season with Boston, Sawchuk retired from the game at the age of 27, citing extreme emotional strain. But by the next season he was back with Detroit, although circumstances had changed greatly. Montreal was now the dominant team and the Wings were only decent. Bobby Hull and his slapshot were all the rage in Chicago, and Ukey felt the full wrath of the changing times when Hull hit him flush in the face one night in 1963. Sawchuk started to wear a mask, but then Bob Pulford of Toronto skated over his hand and Sawchuk needed surgery to sew up the deep, long wound.

In the summer of 1964, Detroit left the aging goalie exposed in the Intra-League Draft and Punch Imlach of the Leafs claimed him. For three years, Sawchuk paired with Johnny Bower to form the most successful duo in the league. Sawchuk was 37 years old and Bower was 42 when they won a historic Stanley Cup in 1967. After three final seasons with successive teams - Los Angeles, Detroit and New York - tragedy befell Sawchuk at a bar near his beach home in New York.

On April 29, 1970, he was having a few drinks with his close friend and teammate Ron Stewart. All the details will never be known, but they began to horse around and after some playful wrestling Sawchuk wound up landing awkwardly on Stewart's knee. He had to be rushed to hospital, where his gall bladder was removed, and just a month later he died from internal injuries, some of which, like the broken arm, he'd probably had for some time without even knowing or bothering to have checked out.

The usual five-year waiting period was waived for Sawchuk's induction into the Hockey Hall of Fame. Dead at 41 years of age, he finished with an incredible 447 wins and 103 shutouts in 971 games played. -legends of hockey

A 30 yr chain of events that began with a broken heart and a abandoned set of goalie pads had come to end the very same way.-Top 50 Players

NHL Totals 971 447 330 172 103 2.51 Playoff Totals 106 54 48 12 2.54

Calder Memorial Trophy (1951) 1st All-Star Team Goalie (51,52,53)
Lester Patrick Trophy (1971) Vezina Trophy (52,53,55,65)
Second All-Star Team Goalie (1954, 1955, 1959, 1963)
Joe Malone, C

Inducted 1950. Born 28 February 1890 Quebec City, Quebec. Died 15 May 1969.
Played 16 professional seasons from 1908 to 1924.

While known for his unique upright skating style and revered for his excellent conduct on the ice, what set "Phantom" Joe Malone apart from the rest was an ability to find openings and weave his way through the defensive alignments of the opposition

One of the most gifted and prolific goal scorers ever to play the game, Joe Malone became an enduring legend for decades after his retirement. While known for his unique upright skating style and revered for his excellent conduct on the ice, what set "Phantom" Joe Malone apart from the rest was an ability to find openings and weave his way through the defensive alignments of the opposition. Deceptively quick, Malone was the fastest player in the pros and possessed a lethal instinct around the net.

Joe remains a phathom because there is no mental images of his play no archived footage only a few black and white photos and the irrefutable foot prints of his greatness in the nhl record books.

He played in a time where roamers were employed and passing on offense was prohibited.Star players played almost a full 60 minutes.

Quebec reacquired Malone when they joined the NHA in 1911 and immediately installed him as captain. The Phantom enjoyed an outstanding seven-year career with the Bulldogs, during which the club won the Stanley Cup twice and Malone led the league in scoring for three years. The team emerged as Stanley Cup winners after taking the regular-season title in 1912. In March of that year, the Bulldogs crushed the challengers from Moncton, New Brunswick, with Malone and linemate Jack McDonald accumulating 14 of the team's 17 goals.

The 1912-13 season witnessed a powerful offensive display by Malone as he won the scoring race with 43 goals in 20 games. He centered a dominant forward line with Tommy Smith and Jack Marks. His Quebec team romped to a first-place finish in the regular season and went on to humiliate North Sydney, Nova Scotia, in the Stanley Cup finals, with Malone scoring a stunning nine goals in the first match on March 8, 1913. And he continued to score at an unprecedented pace over the next four seasons, earning another scoring title in 1917.

The Bulldogs didn't join the NHL when it was formed in December 1917 and Malone soon found himself playing left wing in a Montreal Canadiens uniform. He scored a personal-best 44 goals in 20 games as part of an outstanding line with Newsy Lalonde and Didier Pitre.

Malone remained with the Canadiens for one more season before returning to Quebec for the 1919-20 schedule. It was during his last game for his hometown club against Toronto that Malone scored seven goals to establish an NHL record never matched, even by the likes of Richard, Hull, Esposito, Gretzky or Lemieux.

Malone spent the 1920-21 and 1921-22 seasons with the Hamilton Tigers, where he assumed the dual responsibilities of player and coach. He demonstrated that his offensive skill was still intact by recording 51 goals in 44 games over the two seasons. After refusing to attend the Tigers' training camp in 1922, Malone was sent back to Montreal and spent his last two years as a substitute with the Montreal Canadiens. The team won the Stanley Cup during his final NHL season in 1923-24.

One of hockey's most naturally gifted scorers, Malone totaled 343 goals in 273 regular-season contests between 1909 and 1924. He scored five or more goals in a single game 10 times in his career. Malone is a member of the Canadian Sports Hall of Fame and was elected to the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1950.

-I took a look at a kid in our training camp and I knew right then and there I was headed to the rocking chair. He was Howie Morenz. He moved past me so fast I thought I was standing still. "Said Malone to the Hockey News

-Malone scored seven goals to establish an NHL record never matched, even by the likes of Richard, Hull, Esposito, Gretzky or Lemieux

NHL Totals 126 143 32 175 57 Playoff Totals 9 6 2 8 6
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Syl Apps Sr.: A remarkably skilled hockey player, he was big and strong and possessed one of the best shots in the league. A powerful skater, and magnificent stickhandler with a deft passing touch, he took great pride in having one of his linemates score from a play set up by him. He moved with a speed and grace that earned him the nickname “Nijinsky of the Ice”. He was an inspirational leader, and the essence of everything a team captain should be, who despite delaying his career to compete in the pole vault at the 36 Olympics, losing two years to service in WWII, and retiring at the age of 33 after finishing 8th in league scoring, captained the Leafs to 3 Stanley Cups. He was the consummate team man who always thought of his teammates first and preferred to avoid any personal glory. He won the Calder, was a five time all-star, twice led the NHL in assists, was a runner-up twice for the Art Ross, and three times for the Hart Trophy.

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For days afterward, newspaper articles showed the smiling goalie sitting on a scale eating steak or drinking juice for dinner in an effort to lose the poundage.

He was discovered by Leafs owner Conn Smythe, who was in Detroit to check out another goalie, Earl Robertson. But when Smythe saw Broda at the other end, he immediately contacted Jack Adams of the Red Wings about acquiring Broda, which he did for just $7,500 cash. Broda joined the Leafs that fall and remained the crease guardian in Toronto for most of the next 15 years.
Turk's outgoing style made him hugely popular with Leafs fans and loved by his teammates. "The Leafs pay me for my work in practices," he joked, "and I throw in the games for free." His first stint with the Leafs lasted until 1943 and included the historic Cup of 1942, when the Leafs rebounded from a 3-0 series deficit to beat Detroit in seven games. But in 1943 Broda joined the army and went off to England for two years, primarily to play hockey

When he was discharged in 1945, he went straight to the Gardens and resumed practicing with the team. He was back in the nets, and there he stayed for four more Stanley Cup finals, three in a row from 1947 to 1949 and one more in 1951 in which all five games went into overtime against Montreal. "I couldn't beat him. Toe Blake couldn't. None of the Canadiens could," Maurice Richard said after that series. Broda played the entire season in goal in eight of his 11 seasons, and part of two others, leading the league in shutouts twice. But for all his fame and glory, he's also remembered for his weight problems, which Conn Smythe used as a kind of playful publicity stunt.

Smythe ended Broda's run of more than 200 starts in a row when he ordered Broda out of the goal until he got his weight down to 189 pounds. For days afterward, newspaper articles showed the smiling goalie sitting on a scale eating steak or drinking juice for dinner in an effort to lose the poundage. Broda joined a fitness club and took up handball to stay lean, and his wife, Betty, became famous for being the one person who could help him lose weight and save the city's team.

Coach Hap Day had to constantly ride him to keep his reflexes sharp and his weight down, making him face shooters without a stick for 15 minutes every practice, and trailing him while skating laps, shouting for him to “join the race.” But there wasn’t a more clutch goaltender in the history of hockey. In 12 full years, WWII cost him 2 full years and the most of a third, he won 5 Stanley Cups, and got Toronto to the Finals 8 times. His solid 2.53 goals against average became a stellar 1.98 in the playoffs. Jack Adams said, “Turk Broda didn’t have a nerve in his whole body. He could tend goal in a tornado and never blink an eye

He retired after playing only one game in the 1951-52 season. Broda was accorded a special night at the Gardens by Conn Smythe, one of the rarest honors bestowed upon a Leaf. That night came on December 22, 1951, and players and executives from Toronto, the opposing Bruins and every other NHL team gathered to pay respects to one of the greatest goalies of all time.

He was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1967.

NHL Totals 629 302 224 101 62 2.53

Playoff Totals 101 60 39 13 1.98

First All-Star Team Goalie (1941, 1948)
Second All-Star Team Goalie (1942)
Vezina Trophy (1941, 1948)

Traded to Toronto by Detroit (Detroit-IHL) for $8,000, May 6, 1936

Has his uniform #1 paid tribute to with a commemorative banner, 1995 ... Did not play in season 1943-44, 1944-45 because he served in World War II ... Broda became a junior coach and led the Toronto Marlboros to back to back Memorial cup championships in 1955-56 ... Holds Maple Leafs goaltending record for career most games played, career most minutes played, career most wins, career most losses, career most ties career most goals allowed, career most shutouts, career playoffs most games played, career playoffs most minutes played, career playoffs most wins, career playoffs most losses, career playoffs most goals allowed, career playoffs most shutouts and season playoffs lowest GAA ... Shares with Curtis Joseph Maple Leafs record for season playoffs most penalty minutes.

1937-1938 Led the NHL in games played (48).

1938-1939 Led the NHL in games played (48), minutes played (2990) and shutouts (2).

1940-1941 Led the NHL in games played (48), wins (28) and GAA (2,00).

1941-1942 Led the NHL in games played (48), minutes played (2960), shutouts (6), playoffs games played (13), playoffs minutes played (780), playoffs wins (8) and playoffs shutouts (1) ... Vezina Memorial Trophy ... First All-Star team.

1941-1942 Stanley Cup Champion ... Second All-Star team.

1946-1947 Led the NHL in games played (60), minutes played (3600), playoffs games played (11), playoffs wins (8) and playoffs shutouts (1) ... Stanley Cup Champion ... Played in the NHL All-Star game.

1947-1948 Led the NHL in minutes played (3600), wins (32), GAA (2,38), playoffs wins (8), playoffs shutouts (1) and playoffs GAA (2,15) ... Stanley Cup Champion ... Played in the NHL All-Star game ... Vezina Memorial Trophy ... First All-Star team.

1948-1949 Led the NHL in playoffs GAA (1,57) ... Stanley Cup Champion ... Played in the NHL All-Star game.

1948-1949 Stanley Cup Champion ... Played in the NHL All-Star game.

1949-1950 Led the NHL in games played (50), shutouts (9) and playoffs shutouts (3) ... Played in the NHL All-Star game.

1950-1951 Led the NHL in games played (60), playoffs wins (5), playoffs shutouts (2) and playoffs GAA (1,33) ... Stanley Cup Champion.

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The only individual to have his name on the Stanley Cup 11 times as a player. Incredibly, he played on a Stanley Cup winner in more than half the seasons he played.

His brother rocket richard was very good about being great where as the pocket rock twas great at being very good. "Henri is a better all round player then I ever was"- Rocket Richard "Henri stickhandles better, controls the puck like it is on a string and skates faster.He is better then me in every way except goal scoring."The Pocket Rocket deliver more seasons played more games and accued more regular season and playoff points then the Rocket

The second best scorer in the Richard family still managed to out score such Hall of Famers as Andy Bathgate and Nels Stewart. If the real measure of the profesional athlete is victories then Henri stand on top of the Lord Stanley Mountain.

He won the cup 11 times in a 20 yr career

Henri Richard joined the Habs as they began their run of five straight Stanley Cup wins in 1956. In his third year, 1957-58, Richard led the NHL with 52 assists and was placed on the NHL First All-Star Team. When the Habs established a new record with their fifth consecutive Cup in 1960, Richard tied teammate Bernie Geoffrion with 12 post-season points. A key realization for the "Pocket Rocket" was that he wasn't able to be as consistent a goal scorer in the NHL as he'd been in junior.

As it turned out, the end of the dynasty coincided with Richard entering the prime of his career. His excellence on the ice helped Montreal enjoy much success in the 1960s. They won the Stanley Cup in 1965, 1966, 1968 and 1969 to fall only one championship shy of the miraculous 1950s. On May 5, 1966, Richard notched the biggest goal of his career when he scored the winner at 2:20 of overtime against Detroit to clinch the Habs' second consecutive Stanley Cup.

By the 1970s, Richard's production had slowed, but he remained a wily veteran whose presence in the dressing room helped Montreal stay among the elite teams of the NHL. During the 1971 finals versus Chicago, he showed he could still be an impact player. In the seventh and deciding game of the series, Richard scored the tying and winning goals to sink the Hawks 3-2 and bring Montreal its fifth Stanley Cup in seven years. A few months later, he succeeded Jean Beliveau as the Montreal captain. In the 1973 post-season, Richard made history by helping the Canadiens win the Stanley Cup. This placed his name in the record books as the only individual to have his name on the Stanley Cup 11 times as a player. Incredibly, he played on a Stanley Cup winner in more than half the seasons he played.

Richard became the ninth player in league history to score 1,000 points during a 2-2 tie in Buffalo on December 20, 1973. He retired after the 1974-75 season with 358 goals and 1,046 points to his credit. Following his last NHL year, he was presented with the Bill Masterton Trophy.

He was elected to the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1979 and the Canadian Sports Hall of Fame in 1991.

-When Henri centered my line he kept me in the league a few yrs longer then I should had lasted. Said the Rocket. The wya he skated the way he worked he made my job easy. much easier the I would had found it otherwise.

-That little bugger could skate for 5 minutes straight on the ice with the puck without getting tired- Ken Reardon Montreal Defenseman.

-There is a 15 yr age difference between the two Richard brothers.

-"They say there is no room in this league for small players"Pette Mahovlich "Ill tell you something if they have the same drive and fire that Henri has there is always room in this league for players like that

His jersey number (#16) was retired on December 10, 1975.

NHL Totals 1256 358 688 1046 928 Playoff Totals 180 49 80 129 181

Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy 74 1st All-Star Team Centre 58
2nd All-Star Team Centre 59,61,63

Guy Carbonneau,C

Carbonneau was drafted 44th overall in the 1980 Draft by the Montreal Canadiens.

He stepped into a Montreal team on the downswing from a four-Cup dynasty in the late 1970s. He established himself as both a 20-goal scorer and the man who played against the other team's best player every night. During his 13 years with Montreal, he won the Cup twice, in 1986 and 1993.

He was also one of the league's most persistent and effective shadows: he always played against the league's skilled players in an era when offense meant everything.
His skating was well above average, although he didn't have straight-line speed.
He had a nice wrister that seemed to catch goalies off guard.He could hang on to the puck like it was glued to his stick. Great vision and understanding of the game made him one of the most dominant defensive forward of his area. Carboneau played his best hockey alongside Mike McPhee. They were an fiesty, dangerous duo who could take care of both ends of the rink.

His strong play as a defensive forward helped the Canadiens to a Stanley Cup championship in 1986, followed by three Frank J. Selke Trophy wins in 1988, 1989, and 1992. In 1989-90 he was named the captain of the Canadiens, and led them to another Stanley Cup win in 1993.

What made Guy a great leader was that he always delivered at crunch time -- with a big hit, big goal, or timely shot block. He was truly a player who elevated his game when it mattered most.

In the '93 Final, the Habs faced Wayne Gretzky and the Los Angeles Kings, and in game one the "Great One" had a goal and two assists and the Kings won 4-1. Carbo approached coach Jacques Demers and requested he be allowed to shadow number 99 the rest of the way. Montreal won the next four games.

In 1994 he was traded to the St. Louis Blues, playing there for one season before moving to the Dallas Stars. He earned his third Stanley Cup ring in 1999 with the Stars, and retired from playing following the 1999-00 season when he was the oldest player in the game.

NHL Totals 1318 260 403 663 820 Playoff Totals 231 38 55 93 161

Frank J. Selke Trophy (1988, 1989, 1992)

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Inducted 1958. Born 25 February 1903Ottawa, Ontario. Died 8 November 1986. Played 16 NHL seasons from 1921 to 1937

A tremendous competitor whose immense contributions on the ice were equaled by his extraordinarily effusive personality off ice.

Francis King Clancy was a tremendous competitor whose immense contributions on the ice were equalled by his extraordinarily effusive personality off ice during his lifelong association with the game. His consistent effort and rapport with the fans lasted throughout his career as a player, referee, coach, and executive.
Between 1921-22 and 1929-30, the affable Irish-Canadian starred on the Sens and was a key component in the club's Stanley Cup triumphs in 1923 and 1927. He hit double figures in goals three times and was known for utilizing every trick in the book while defending his own zone. Although he weighed only 155 pounds, the feisty defender took on all comers and even challenged a few unruly fans along the way, losing most fights but never giving an inch or backing down.

In 1930, Clancy was the centrepiece of what became known as "the best deal in hockey" when he was acquired by the Toronto Maple Leafs. Buds' manager Conn Smythe paid the unprecedented sum of $35,000 and two players to acquire the ingredient he felt would put his club over the top as a Stanley Cup contender, a sum he acquired by winning a bet on a racehorse named Rare Jewel. Clancy repaid Smythe's faith in him by constantly bringing the Toronto crowd to its feet with bodychecks, rushes with the puck, and boundless enthusiasm.

The rambunctious defenceman helped the franchise win its first Stanley Cup as the Maple Leafs in 1932 in the team's first year at Maple Leaf Gardens and was voted on to the NHL first and second all-star teams twice each during his career. He also participated in the Ace Bailey benefit game in 1934 and the Howie Morenz memorial match three years later.

Early in the 1936-37 season, Clancy announced his retirement as a player. He coached the Montreal Maroons for the first half of the of the 1937-38 seasons before embarking on an 11-year tenure as an NHL referee. Clancy was every bit as colourful in the white official's sweater as he was as a defenceman. In 1953, he stepped behind the Maple Leafs bench and remained there for three seasons. Toronto was in decline after the 1951 Stanley Cup win and tragic loss of Bill Barilko in a plane crash that summer.

Following a losing season in 1955-56, Clancy moved upstairs to become the Maple Leafs' assistant general manager. In 1958 he received hockey's greatest individual honour when he was elected to the Hockey Hall of Fame. Clancy remained in the front office when the team won four Stanley Cups in the 1960's and during the succeeding period when the club eventually declined under Harold Ballard's ownership.

During the difficult 1970s and '80s Clancy was one of the bombastic owner's few friends and even took over as an interim coach in 1971-72 when Johnny MacLellan was hospitalized with ulcers. The previous year Clancy was his old fiery self when he screamed at Madison Square Garden fans to return Bernie Parent's mask after it was flipped into the crowd by New York's Vic Hadfield during a heated playoff game. By the mid-'80s, Clancy was a goodwill ambassador for the club and his death in 1986 saddened millions. The King Clancy trophy is awarded annually to a player for his charitable community work.

Played in 4 NHL All-Star games - 1931, 1932, 1933, 1934.
Inducted into Hockey Hall of Fame - 1958

NHL Totals 592 136 147 283 914 Playoff Totals 55 8 8 16 88
Andy Bathgate, RW

Inducted 1978. Born 28 August 1932 Died: _____Winnipeg, Manitoba.
Played 20 professional seasons from 1950 to 1975.

Bathgate could play the physical game and was known as a fierce fighter when the occasion warranted it, perhaps an attribute from his youth in a tough Winnipeg neighborhood known for its boxers.

Andy Bathgate was a hockey stylist--an athletic, graceful skater who handled the puck with skill and flash. Known for his blazing, accurate shot, he was one of the first men to use the slapshot to overpower goaltenders. Bathgate was a creative playmaker on the ice and often did the unexpected, throwing off opposing defenders with imaginative feints and passes. He accomplished all of this wearing heavy knee braces, the result of a serious injury during his first shift as a junior player in Guelph, Ontario. That injury required a steel plate to be inserted in his left knee to repair the damage.

He made the nhl as a regular in 1954-55 and had an immediate impact, scoring 20 goals and collecting 20 assists. For the next eight years, he led the Rangers in points and established himself as one of the most gifted offensive players in the league. He had arguably his best year in 1958-59, leading the NHL in assists and performing well enough to win the Hart Trophy as the league's most valuable player even though the Rangers finished a point behind the fourth-place Toronto Maple Leafs and missed the playoffs. Bathgate was also voted to the league's First All-Star Team that year, beating out the great Gordie Howe for right wing honours

Like Howe, Bathgate could play the physical game and was known as a fierce fighter when the occasion warranted it, perhaps an attribute from his youth in a tough Winnipeg neighborhood known for its boxers. Bathgate made the First All-Star Team again in 1962-63 and was voted to the Second Team the next year. Though truly an individualist on the ice and off, he always placed the team above his own accomplishments and was disappointed with the Rangers' consistently poor performances. In February 1964 he was traded to the Toronto Maple Leafs, a team preparing itself for a run at the Stanley Cup. Bathgate would realize his greatest thrill in hockey when the Leafs, helped by his timely goals in the playoffs, won the championship that year

Andy Bathgate is closely associated with one important hockey innovation. The first originated on November 1, 1959. Bathgate sent one of his harder shots toward goalie Jacques Plante of the Montreal Canadiens. The puck struck the All-Star goalie in the face, and opened a gash that required stitches. When Plante returned to the ice, he was wearing a mask, a piece of equipment now universally used.

A smooth player and class act, Andy Bathgate was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1978 along with Marcel Provonost, the player he was traded for when he went to Detroit from Toronto, and, ironically, Jacques Plante

NHL Totals 1069 349 624 973 624
Playoff Totals 54 21 14 35 76

1st All-Star Team RW 59,62 Hart Memorial Trophy 59 2nd All-Star Team RW 58,63

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A childhood friend of fellow Hall of Famers Wood Dumart and Bobby Bauer in Kitchener Ontaruio. All three signed with Boston forming the famous Kraut line.

Schmidt was by far the most aggressive and physically imposing of the three. During his career he suffered so many ailments it was hard to keep track: a broken jaw courtesy of Mac Colville; torn cartilage in his ribs; and ligament damage to both knees courtesy, most notably, of Bill Barilko. All were the result of his style of play.

Although he played 16 years in the NHL, Schmidt missed much time during the height of his career when he left the team to join the air force, a stint that lasted three and a half seasons. He always maintained that the night of January 10, 1942, was his biggest thrill in hockey. "That was the last game Bobby Bauer, Pork Dumart and I played before going into the service," he explained. "It was against the Canadiens, and we beat them badly. I don't think I'll ever forget what happened after the game. The players on both teams lifted the three of us on their shoulders and carried us off the ice and the crowd gave us an ovation. A man couldn't ever forget a thing like that."

Prior to his departure for the war, Schmidt was key to the Bruins' winning the Stanley Cup twice, once in 1939 in five games over Toronto, and again in 1941 against Detroit. They were Schmidt's only Cup triumphs, even though he played another 10 years after the war. Perhaps his other great prewar highlight came as the 1939-40 season ended and for the first time in league history an entire forward line finished 1-2-3 in the NHL's scoring race, with Schmidt leading the way with 52 points.

Schmidt and the Krauts returned for the 1946 season and he resumed his starring ways, finishing fourth in scoring in 1947 and winning the Hart in 1951.
Midway through the 1954-55 season, Schmidt retired as a player and took over the head coaching job for the Bruins, a position he held until 1966 with the exception of one season. He became general manager in 1967. There he oversaw the Esposito trade and made other key acquisitions that would lead the Bruins to 2 more Stanley cups in the 1970’s.

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Finished his career with 229 goals and 346 assists for 575 points in 776 games.

NhL 1st all star 1940. 47, 51 2nd all star 1952, Hart 1951, Art Ross 1940, Lester Patrick 1996.

At retirement was 3rd in NHL history in points & 2nd in assists.

Played in all star game in 1947, 1948, 1951 & 1952

Was the last active NHL player that played in the 1930’s.


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Elmer Lach

One of the top playmaking centers ever to compete in the NHL, Elmer Lach spent his entire 14-year career with the Montreal Canadiens. He helped "les glorieux" win the Stanley Cup three times and gained much acclaim as the center on the club's dreaded Punch Line with Toe Blake and Maurice Richard. Lach also received accolades for his determination on the ice and his resilience in battling a host of serious injuries.
Lach excelled for the Saskatchewan Senior Hockey League's Weyburn Beavers for two years beginning in 1936. This was followed by an even more successful two-year placement with the Moose Jaw Millers of the SSHL. In 1938-39, he led the league in assists and was firmly established as the loop's top star. Most observers were particularly impressed with his blinding speed and devotion to defensive play.

Lach debuted with a respectable 21 points in 43 games as an NHL rookie in 1940-41. He was brash and confident but quickly earned the respect of the coaching staff and his peers through his dogged work ethic, which was evident on every shift.

A tireless and fearless style of play also became characteristic of the Nokomis Flash. This endeared him to the Montreal fans but also contributed to a career-long battle with injuries. Only five times was he able to play a complete season. Few competitors in NHL history have matched Lach's resolve to return to action after suffering a major injury. Additionally, he earned acclaim by never complaining about his health. In one game against Toronto in February 1947, a Maple Leafs blueliner checked Lach so hard that he fell head-first to the ice and suffered a skull fracture. It was widely felt that his career was over, but Lach persevered and enjoyed a stellar year in 1947-48.

In the last game of the 1948-49 season against Detroit, an opponent's elbow broke Lach's jaw. Lach first tried to downplay the injury because he desperately wanted to be ready for the upcoming semifinal series with the Red Wings in the playoffs. The fact that he could barely open his mouth to speak was an obvious sign of the severity of his injury, but that didn't stop him from trying to get a plastic helmet/mask device approved by NHL president Clarence Campbell. His bid failed, but his reputation as one of the game's toughest competitors was intact.

An experiment in practice by head coach Dick Irvin in 1943-44 yielded a bountiful return when Lach combined beautifully with Maurice Richard and Toe Blake to form a forward line. The trio became known as the Punch Line and served as one of the most potent units in league history. Led by this combination, the Habs became a force in the mid-1940s. Lach's wizardry and spirit were crucial to the team's good fortunes. Many in the league felt his touch with the puck and ability to flip it to teammates were unrivaled.

His first experience of Stanley Cup glory came in 1943-44 when the Habs beat Toronto in a five-game semifinal and swept Chicago in four straight in the finals. Lach was placed on the NHL Second All-Star Team. The following year he reached the pinnacle of individual accomplishments. He won the NHL scoring title with 80 points and led all playmakers with 54 assists. He was one of the key reasons behind linemate Richard's becoming the NHL's first 50-goal shooter. Lach was also presented with the Hart Trophy and voted to the NHL First All-Star Team. In addition, the Punch Line accumulated a startling 220 points as a trio, an NHL record that lasted until the late 1960s.

The 1945-46 season brought Lach his second Stanley Cup ring. Once again he led all NHL skaters with 34 assists and earned a place on the NHL Second All-Star squad. In 1948 he was the inaugural winner of the Art Ross Trophy after leading the NHL in scoring for the second time in his career.

Lach topped the league in assists for the third time with 50 to his credit in 1951-52. This helped garner him a slot on the NHL First All-Star Team. Lach saved the biggest goal of his career for his penultimate season as a pro. He scored the Cup-clinching goal against the Boston Bruins at 1:22 of the first overtime period in the 1953 playoffs, his last taste of hockey's ultimate triumph. Later Lach quipped, "I took the hardest check of my life when the Rocket jumped on top of me when the puck went in." On February 23, 1952, he recorded his 549th point to pass Bill Cowley as the NHL's all-time leader in scoring.

Lach retired after the 1953-54 season to coach the Montreal Junior Canadiens. He also guided the Montreal Royals for two seasons before focusing full-time on personal business interests. He was elected to the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1966.-legends of hockey

Tom Johnson

An accomplished skater and puckhandler, defenseman Tom Johnson played a valuable role on the powerful Montreal Canadiens teams of the 1950s. He contributed to the Habs' rapid transitional game and would have scored more points had the team not already been blessed with Doug Harvey to quarterback the power-play. One of his key traits was an ability to recover almost immediately after making a rare mistake on the ice.
In his first year of junior with the Winnipeg Monarchs in 1946-47, Johnson was deemed to have too many rough edges to be worthy of a spot on the Toronto Maple Leafs' list of 18 sponsored players. Following a match in which he scored the tying and winning goal on end-to-end rushes, a Montreal Canadiens' scout worked out a cash settlement with the Leafs and placed him on their negotiation list.

The first year Johnson came to Montreal, general manager Frank Selke was unable to gain a transfer from the Canadian Amateur Hockey Association. The young blueliner spent a year playing informal hockey, taking a few classes at McGill University and spending valuable time around the Habs' winning environment at the Forum. Beginning the next year, he made two brief appearances with the big club but spent the majority of his first three pro seasons refining his game with the Montreal Royals of the Quebec Senior League and then the Buffalo Bisons of the AHL. In the minors he impressed coaches both with his enthusiasm from the bench and his work ethic on the ice. He also improved his skating, which had always been his one major drawback.

Johnson stepped into a starting role with the Habs in 1950-1951 and impressed them with his eagerness and durability in playing all 70 regular-season games. He was, however, vulnerable to common rookie mistakes such as hasty decision-making and taking unwise penalties. Johnson soon became a stalwart on the penalty-killing unit, where the team utilized his speed and his ability to win the majority of the battles in the corners. One of Johnson's patented moves was to steal the puck from an attacking forward without bodily contact. This allowed him to feed a pass to one of his teammates while the opposition was still heading toward the Montreal net. Although Johnson rarely saw power-play duty, coach Dick Irvin often switched him to center if the Habs needed a goal late in the game. Johnson won his first Stanley Cup ring in 1953 when the Habs defeated Boston. He later played a vital role on the Canadiens squad that won the Stanley Cup an unprecedented five consecutive times from 1956 to 1960.

By the time the team began dominating the NHL, Johnson was beginning to receive his due credit. In 1956 he was selected to the NHL Second All-Star Team. Three years later, he won the Norris Trophy and earned a spot on the First All-Star lineup. That year he was arguably the most valuable player on the team as he stepped into the void created when Doug Harvey was injured. Johnson didn't have Harvey's speed but he was a superb stickhandler and a consistent, accurate passer who rarely erred in his own end of the rink.

Johnson remained a key veteran following the glory years. During the early 1960s, he often formed an effective partnership with young Jacques Laperriere. Johnson's fortunes took a turn for the worse in 1962-63 when he suffered a horrific facial injury that damaged his eye muscles to the point that his career was in jeopardy. In a difficult business decision, the Canadiens left him unprotected in the Waiver Draft since it was unclear whether he could fully recover his vision. Boston took a chance and claimed him, a decision that would quickly help improve their fortunes, which had sagged in recent years.

The burly Johnson played 121 games in Beantown before a skate severed the nerves in his leg and forced him to the sidelines permanently. His 51 goals, 264 points and six Stanley Cup rings spoke loudest for his contribution to the game. Many observers claimed that Johnson rode on the back of Doug Harvey. This analysis proved to be unfair, as he more than held his own on the Habs' back line and often stayed back to cover possible counterattacks when Harvey rushed with the puck. Virtually every defenseman in NHL history would have benefited from a pairing with the legendary number 2.

After retiring, Johnson accepted a position in the Boston front office as assistant to the president and general manager, where he helped Harry Sinden build a team that would eventually win the Stanley Cup in 1970 and 1972. Johnson coached the first of these championship squads and was the assistant general manager of the second. He was elected to the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1970.

Alexander Yakushev

Nicknamed the “Big Yak”, Alexander Yakushev was one of the most famous hockey forwards of the 1970's. Although he had a very impressive size, his style was not based on intimidating opponents or physical dominance. In fact, Yakushev was a very clean player and a gentleman on and off the ice. He was highly respected by hockey professionals for his working ethics in both game and practice. Yakushev had a wickedly strong slapshot and was famous for his powerful strides that let him pass the defense lines of the best teams in the world. His name is on the list of top ranking Russian scorers of all time. Hockey experts frequently notice that his best career games was always against the Canadian professionals. Yakushev played in Spartak Moscow and was instrumental in its championships and rivalry against the mighty CSKA in the 1960's and 1970's. As a team player, Yakushev had a very special chemistry with his line partner Vladimir Shadrin and, in various times, with either Alex Martynyuk or Valery Shalimov. After retiring from hockey, Yakushev coached Spartak Moscow and, briefly, Team USSR.

Lanny Mcdonald

Lanny McDonald's hero while growing up was his father who had taught him the value of hard work and honesty on the family farm in Craigmyle, Alberta, about 22 miles from Hanna. His mother was a teacher in the three-room school that McDonald attended through grade eight. In school he had to refer to his mother as Mrs. McDonald, but outside of the classroom he was raised with a deep sense of family and community. McDonald would carry those qualities with him throughout his life.
He was the youngest of four children and learned to develop his shot by shooting pucks against the basement wall with his older brother. The only "live" hockey he witnessed in his childhood was when he would tag along with his sisters to watch their boyfriends play hockey in nearby towns. McDonald had learned to skate at the age of five and after years of minor hockey he left home at age 16 to try out for the Lethbridge Sugar Kings, a Tier II team in the Alberta Junior Hockey League. He made the team but was unspectacular in his first season, registering only two goals in 34 games.

The following season his production increased to 37 goals and 82 points in 45 games and he was high on the list of many an NHL scout from that point until draft day. McDonald was an AJHL Second team All-Star in 1971 and was named to the Western Canadian Junior Hockey League First All-Star team in 1973 as a member of the Medicine Hat Tigers.

He was rated as the Western League's most complete player in 1972-73 and led the Tigers with 18 playoff goals in 17 games, playing alongside Boyd Anderson and Tom Lysiak. Scouts always mentioned three qualities when they described McDonald; a great shot, a good skater, and tough as nails.

McDonald was Toronto's first choice, 4th overall, in the 1973 NHL Amateur Draft and got off to slow starts in both his rookie and sophomore seasons. Everything seemed to come together by his third season and he more than doubled his point production from the previous year. His fine showing earned him an invitation to the Team Canada training camp in preparation for the 1976 Canada Cup tournament. He appeared in five games for the host country and assisted on Darryl Sittler's series-winning overtime goal against Czechoslovakia. The highlight of his Leafs career came in the 1978 playoffs when he scored in overtime of game seven to eliminate the New York Islanders and send his Leafs into the Stanley Cup semi-finals.

McDonald was known for his blistering shot off the right wing and when he took the body hard in the corners players felt the contact and remembered it. He was a tough, clean player and was named to the NHL's Second All-Star team in 1977. McDonald also played in the 1978 All-Star Game and was a member of the NHL squad that played the Soviet National Team in the Challenge Cup series in 1979 to replace that year's All-Star Game.

When he was traded to Colorado by Toronto on December 29, 1979, the Leafs' faithful showed their displeasure by picketing outside Maple Leaf Gardens. McDonald continued his superlative play in Denver and although team success eluded the Rockies he was chosen to play for Canada in the 1981 World Hockey Championships.

McDonald happily returned home to Alberta when he was traded to the Calgary Flames by Colorado on November 25, 1981. He provided the Flames with the best hockey of his career and recorded a career-high 66 regular season goals and 98 points in the 1982-83 season. He was selected for the second time in his career to the NHL Second All-Star Team in 1983 and was awarded the Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy for his "perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to hockey."

The 1988-89 season was a banner year for McDonald; he won the King Clancy Memorial Trophy, the "Bud" Man of the Year Award, scored his 1,000th point on March 7, 1989, against Winnipeg Jets, scored his 500th goal on March 21, 1989, against the New York Islanders, and won the Stanley Cup with the Flames.

McDonald scored his first NHL goal at the Montreal Forum in 1973 and scored the last goal of his career again at the Forum, in game six of the 1989 Stanley Cup finals. It was with his usual class and dignity that McDonald chose to retire from the game after the 1989 playoffs.

Former Calgary teammate Jim Peplinski once said, "If you want to be good inside and outside the rink, Mac's a good guy to pattern yourself after. He's first-class all the way."

McDonald was always available to assist charities such as Big Brothers and Ronald McDonald House, but the Special Olympic remain his special interest. "Seeing those faces is as nice as scoring 66 goals; its a saw off," he once said about his work with the Special Olympics.

He was a Vice-President with the Flames organization for many years following his retirement and was named general manager of Canada's entry in the 2001 World Championships.

Red Horner

In his letter to the Hockey Hall of Fame Selection Committee in support of the nomination of Red Horner, Conn Smythe wrote: "Red Horner was captain of ourc lub for six or seven years in the days when we had great players and his team was never out of the playoffs. Red Horner played in the time when defencemen were of the calibre of Shore, Sibert...(undrafted players are listed) and a host of other great players. At no time in any game did he suffer in comparison with any of these other players with respect to his ability." Indeed, Horner won one cup with the team and went to the finals on six other occasions. He led the NHL in penalty minutes for eight successive seasons, but as Smythe went on to report: "I would venture to state that his penalties never hurt us at any time...Of all the great body checkers there have been in the National Hockey League, no one hit a man fairer or harder than Red Horner."

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