A solid stay-at-home defenseman with a winning pedigree. A punishing hitter. A huge presence at 6'5", 230 who has no trouble clearing the largest forwards from the crease, and an accomplished chucker with 133 NHL fights, mostly against league heavyweights: http://www.dropyourgloves.com/Fights...e=1&Player=328 While not a huge offensive presence, Beukeboom could be counted on to move the puck out of his zone.
The hulking rearguard spent his first pro season with the AHL's Nova Scotia Oilers in 1985-86 the dressed for one playoff game in Edmonton. The next year he established himself as a solid physical presence on the Oilers' blueline where he remained for over five years. During this time Beukeboom was a part of Stanley triumphs in 1987, 1988, and 1990.
Beukeboom was traded to the New York Rangers early in the 1991-92 season in exchange for fellow defenceman David Shaw. The rugged blueliner helped his new club finish at the top of the NHL standings that year. Two years later he was a part of history as the Rangers finished at the top of the NHL standings again then won the Stanley Cup for the first time since 1940. Beukeboon remained in New York until 1998-99 when he was forced to retire after suffering a severe concussion.
This is the birth of the "Beuk and Boon" defense pairing. Dickie Boon, the small, puck rusher, and Jeff Beukeboom, the defensive conscience and protector. I like it!
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Longtime Chicago Blackhawk. Excellent offensive presence. Six 10-goal seasons and six 40-point seasons. Good in his own end. Two-time NHL ASG participant. 514 Points in 1008 games. No cup, but very good playoff record, with 56 points in 112 games - this is actually the same points per game as he put up in the regular season.
Chicago, with Bob Murray, finally experienced playoff success in 1982 when they lasted to the semi-finals. In a four year stretch, the 'Hawks made the final four in three of those years. Murray played in two All-Star Games, 1981 and 1983, collecting one assist.
He continued to play in the NHL through to 1988, when he finally went back to the minors for a short stay at the beginning of 1988-89. It wasn't long before he was back in Chicago and on the way to the semis again. The Blackhawks repeated the feat in 1990.
In 1990, Bob Murray retired, having been on five Blackhawks teams that finished one round short of the Stanley Cup. He finished his playing career holding the team record among defensemen for games played and was ranked second in scoring among the team's blueliners.
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The 6'6", 235-pound defenceman was a member of two German league championship teams with the Cologne Sharks (1984 and 1986) and also played for his country at the World Championships of 1986 in Moscow and 1990 in Bern.
Born in Cologne, Krupp was selected by the Buffalo Sabres in the 13th round, 214th overall in the 1983 NHL Entry Draft, and improved rapidly to the point where he represented the Sabres in the 1991 All-Star game. He was traded to the New York Islanders in the fall of 1991, then to the Quebec Nordiques in the summer of 1994. The Nordiques became the Colorado Avalanche in 1995 and in the spring of 1996 Krupp's overtime goal, which earned the Colorado Avalanche a 1-0 win over the Florida Panthers and the 1996 Stanley Cup title, created more excitement in German hockey circles than any event since the West German national team won a bronze medal at the 1976 Olympics in Innsbruck.
Despite his Stanley Cup success in the 1995-96 season, Krupp declined an invitation to play for Germany in the World Cup in the late summer of 1996, preferring to avoid further injury that would jeopardize him and the Avalanche in the 1996-97 season. In June of 1998 the Nashville Predators claimed Krupp in the 1998 Expansion Draft and only a few weeks later saw his rights traded to Detroit. Krupp represented his country at the 1998 Winter Olympics in Nagano, Japan, but arrived too late to help Germany make the medal round. Germany was forced to play in the preliminary round, and because the NHL schedule overlapped with that round he could not make it to Japan before the Germans had been upset 8-2 by Belarus.
Upon arriving in Detroit, Krupp went on to play a mere 22 games with the Wings before injuries sidelined him for the remainder of the 1998-99 season. Continuous back problems kept Krupp out of hockey for the next two seasons and he played only eight games with the Red Wings in 2001-02 capturing his second Stanley Cup before signing with the Atlanta Thrashers during the off season as an unrestricted free agent.
Krupp went on to play four games with the Thrashers before injuries forced him to retire from the game.
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RW - Mush March
Making the leap from junior hockey to the NHL is not unusual today. But in the 1920s, a leap of that proportion was considered extraordinary.
Mush March was one of the few to successfully play junior hockey one season, then jump to the NHL the next. In March's case, he played with the Regina Monarchs in 1927-28, then joined the Chicago Black Hawks for the start of the 1928-29 season. He played his entire 17-year career with the Black Hawks. The small right winger holds several marks of distinction.
Playing at the opening of Maple Leaf Gardens on November 12, 1931, Mush March scored the first goal ever in that building. March covets the souvenir puck to this day, and brought it back to Toronto for the final game played at the Gardens before the Leafs moved to the Air Canada Centre.
On April 10, 1934, at 30:05 of overtime, March scored against Detroit to give Chicago its first ever Stanley Cup. March retired at the conclusion of the 1944-45 season. For the longest time, Mush March was the oldest living NHL player, until he passed away on January 9, 2002.
Regina's next pick comes from deep in the vault: We are proud to select a gritty, playmaking, clutch hall of famer: LW/C Rusty Crawford. I love this guy. We should have made him our third pick - no way should he fall this far.
A speedy forward who was at home at either centre or wing, Samuel "Rusty" Crawford played briefly in the NHL with the Ottawa Senators and Toronto Arenas. Prior to the formation of the NHL, he was a star in the NHA. He was also a proficient competitor in the WCHL during the 1920s and skated in the AHA before retiring.
The native of Cardinal, Ontario began playing hockey as an amateur in Verdun, Quebec. In 1910 he ventured West to play two seasons with the senior Saskatoon Wholesalers. This was followed by an excellent five-year stretch with the NHA's Quebec Bulldogs where he contributed to a Stanley Cup title in 1912-13. Crawford was one of the more dangerous scorers in the league and in one three-year period he tallied 51 times in 61 matches.
Prior to the inaugural NHL season in 1917-18, Crawford was claimed by the Ottawa Senators in the Dispersal Draft. After playing 12 games in Bytown, the talented forward joined the Toronto Arenas and was one of the club's top players when they won the Stanley Cup later that year. In 1918-19, Crawford scored seven goals. This was followed by two years with the senior Saskatoon Crescents before a return to top flight competition in the WCHL.
Crawford starred for the Saskatoon Sheiks and Calgary Tigers during his five years in the league. He played four years for the Minneapolis Millers of the AHA before hanging up his skates at the age of 45 in 1930. He spent the 1930-31 season behind the bench of the Prince Albert Mintos of the Saskatchewan Senior league and was elected to the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1962.
He was 5'11, 165 pounds, which may be small by today's standards, but I checked the NHA rosters of those seasons and he was one of the few tallest players in the league and above the league average in weight. That would make him about 6'4", 210 by today's standards.
Everywhere Rusty went, he was an excellent playmaker and a gritty performer.
-In 1911, in the SPHL, he finished 2nd in goals and made the first AST.
-In 1913, Rusty finished 3rd in playoff goals and won the Stanley Cup.
-In 1914, he was 6th in assists and 11th in points in the NHA.
-In 1915, he was 10th in goals, 4th in assists, and 8th in points in the NHA.
-In 1916, still in the NHA, Crawford was 8th in goals, 10th in assists, and 8th in points.
-In 1917, he showed his gritty side, finishing 6th in points and 6th in PIM in the NHA.
-In 1918, the NHL's inagural season, Rusty finished 4th in PIMs.
-In 1919, at age 34, he showed he wasn't done, finishing 9th in assists.
-In 1920, He regained his amateur status and joined the SSHL, finishing 4th in assists - this league featured Dick Irvin and George Hay.
-In 1921, still in the SSHL, he led the league in assists, also placing 6th in goals and 3rd in points - at age 36! He also came 5th in playoff goals and points.
-In 1922, Crawford again joined top-flight hockey in the WCHL and actually finished 4th in assists, 10th in points, and 4th in PIM.
-In 1923, he placed 9th in assists in the WCHL.
-In 1927, rounding out his career in the AHA, Crawford came 5th in PIMs and 2nd in playoff goals - exceeded only by Cooney Weiland. This was no bush league. The league featured Weiland, Herb Lewis, Barney Stanley, Cy Wentworth, Moose Goheen, Moose Johnson, Eddie Oatman, Duke Keats, and Corb Denneny.
-In 1928, Rusty Crawford capped an outstanding career, finishing first in playoff goals and 2nd in playoff points in the AHA, again with only Cooney Weiland exceeding or meeting his totals.
His career totals:
Top leagues (NHL, NHA, WCHL): 259-111-63-174-424
Top league playoffs, incl. St-Cup: 12-6-2-8-19
Other leagues (good but not NHA level): 196-72-23-95-171
Other league playoffs: 32-13-3-16-73
Totals in all organized hockey: 499-202-91-293-687
-9 times top-10 in assists, 7 times in top leagues.
-4 times top-10 in goals, 2 times in top leagues
-4 times top-10 in PIM
-Stanley Cup - 1913, 1918
-3 retro Selkes awarded by Ultimate Hockey - 1915 NHA, 1917 NHA, 1922 WCHL.
-A career that spanned over 20 years and until age 45.
-Maintained or exceeded his levels of production in the playoffs at all levels.
From The Trail Of the Stanley Cup's Bio:
A tireless backchecker and a great team player, Rusty was one of the best.
We also select Art Ross to be our coach. Great longevity, winning percentage, a Stanley Cup, and one of the most respected members of the hockey world ever. An innovator who thinks outside the box and will try anything.
Coached Bruins for 16 of 21 seasons from 1924-1945.
Stanley Cup - 1939
The team also won two more cups under his watch, where he was not the coach but was still the GM. Ross' fingerprints were all over those 1929 & 1941 teams.
Responsible for many innovations and developments in the sport dating back to 1910.
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An international hockey veteran, Young represented the United States on several front including; the World Junior championships (1985-1987), the World Championships (1987 and 1994), the Winter Olympics (1988, 1992 and 2002), and the World Cup (1996).
A quick skater who developed into an excellent forechecker with a hard, accurate shot. Starring as a defenceman at Boston University, Young earned Hockey East First Team All-Star honours in 1986 and had previously earned First Team All-Star honours at the 1987 World Junior Hockey Championships.
Young was traded by the Whalers to the Pittsburgh Penguins in 1990 and was a member of the Penguins 1991 Stanley Cup team. He won his second Cup as a member of the Colorado Avalanche in 1996 after he was acquired by the Quebec/Colorado franchise in March of 1992.
After five seasons in the Quebec/Colorado organization, Young joined the Anaheim Mighty Ducks in 1997-98 before signing as a free agent with the St. Louis Blues in the summer of 1998. The Clinton, MA native spent four seasons in St. Louis before signing as a free agent with the Dallas Stars in 2002 and played in his 1,000th NHL game during the 2002-03 season.
A very useful player. Good size, excellent speed and shot. Placed 10th in the NHL in goals in 2001 at age 33. Gritty and a decent defensive player. Dangerous on the penalty kill - three times in the top-10 in SHG. 757 points in 1181 games, including an impressive 49 at age 38 after the lockout. Maintained his level of regular season production production through 141 playoff games, and won 2 stanley cups with Pittsburgh and Colorado.
D Paul Shmyr
Shmyr was one of the top defensive stars in the short history of the WHA, noted for his hard-nosed play, having jumped from the losing NHL California Golden Seals to the upstart Cleveland Crusaders. He played four seasons for Cleveland, garnering the league's top defenceman trophy in 1976. He subsequently played for the WHA's San Diego Mariners -- enjoying his best offensive campaign -- and played two years for the Edmonton Oilers, captaining the club to a regular season league championship in the WHA's final season.
After the WHA folded, the Minnesota North Stars, which owned his rights, reclaimed him, and as a noted leader, was named to captain the North Stars in 1979. While the Stars' captain, he led them to a semifinals appearance in 1980 and to the 1981 Stanley Cup Final, where they lost to the New York Islanders. He then signed with the Hartford Whalers as a free agent in 1981, and retired after one season.
Shmyr was named to the WHA's First All-Star Team in 1973, 1974 and 1976, and to its Second All-Star Team in 1979. He finished third in the WHA's career leaders for games played, twentieth in assists, and fourth in penalty minutes. He represented Canada at the 1974 Summit Series and was one of only two WHAers (the other being Bobby Hull) to be invited to try out for Team Canada at the 1976 Canada Cup, though he failed to make the team.
Shmyr died of throat cancer in 2004; he was only 58.
Very glad to add Shmyr. He's got assets in the offensive and defensive departments, he can play physical and he's a leader.
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The late Steve Chiasson was "the kind of guy you wanted to go to war with," Detroit Red Wings general manager Ken Holland said soon after learning about the tragic death of the Carolina Hurricanes defenseman in 1999. Those sentiments seem to echo predominantly throughout the hockey world when his friends and former teammates speak of him. The words "good guy" and "friend" also come up with regularity.
Chiasson began his trek to the NHL playing Junior B hockey in Peterborough, followed by three years in the OHL with the Guelph Platers where they captured the Ontario championship in 1986. The Platers, led by Chiasson, Gary Roberts, and Kerry Huffman, went on to capture the Memorial Cup later that spring, beating the Hull Olympiques in the championship game in Portland, Oregon 6-2. Chiasson, nicknamed "Tank" by his junior teammates, was recognized as the Memorial Cup tournament MVP.
Chiasson was selected by the Detroit Red Wings in the 3rd round of the 1985 NHL Entry Draft, 50th overall. He got his first taste of NHL action in 1986-87 when he played 45 games with the Red Wings, scoring a goal and five points. After splitting his time between Detroit and Adirondack the following year, Chiasson played in 65 games with Detroit in 1988-89, scoring 12 goals and 47 points. He remained with the Red Wings through the 1993-94 season. His best year in Detroit came in 1992-93, when he had 12 goals and 50 assists for a career-high 62 points.
In the shortened 1994-95 season, Chiasson was a member of the Calgary Flames, where he played for two-and-a-half years, before being sent to the Hartford Whalers part-way through the 1996-97 season. The team moved to Raleigh, North Carolina the following year and was re-named the Hurricanes. He played two seasons with the Hurricanes.
Just hours after his club had been eliminated from the 1999 Stanley Cup playoffs by the Boston Bruins, Chiasson was killed in an automobile accident while driving home from a friend's home.
In November 1999, the family of Steve Chiasson dropped the puck during a ceremonial faceoff prior to a game against the Calgary Flames, one of Chiasson's former teams, in remembrance of his 13-year NHL career. Susan Chiasson and her three children went to center ice for the faceoff with Carolina captain Ron Francis and fellow players Glen Wesley and Gary Roberts, who was Chiasson's teammate on that championship junior team in Guelph many years earlier. A 90-second retrospective of Chiasson's career was also played on the large scoreboard early in the first period as the fans and both teams watched closely during a stoppage in play.
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D - Gord Fraser
Defenceman Gord Fraser was a physical player who could also contribute on offence. He played 144 NHL games in five different cities and was an accomplished performer in the minors and the PCHA.
Fraser played in the Big 4 League with the Calgary Wanderers/Tigers. In November 1921 he was signed by the PCHA's Seattle Metropolitans and was a solid player for three seasons. After he was traded to the WCHL's Victoria Cougars, Fraser played two more years out West. In a 1926 the Detroit Cougars obtained his rights when they bought the Victoria franchise and joined the NHL. Before the next season began, the rugged defender was traded to the Chicago Black Hawks who were also entering the league.
Fraser scored 14 goals for the Hawks in 1926-27 and was an intimidating presence on defence. He began the next season in Chicago before he was traded back to the Cougars for Duke Keats. His offensive totals decreased, but Fraser continued to play tough in his own end. In 1928-29, he spent more time in the Can Pro League than the NHL. He was traded to the Montreal Canadiens for cash and played the first ten games of the 1929-30 season there. He was then traded to the Pittsburgh Pirates for Bert McCaffery and was a solid force for the remainder of the season.
The Great Depression took its toll on the Pittsburgh franchise and it was relocated across the state to Philadelphia. He played five games for the woeful Quakers but spent more time with the Pittsburgh Yellowjackets of the IAHL. He remained in the minors for five more years before retiring as a player and coaching the EHL's Baltimore Orioles for one season.
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