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Which player will be most historically linked with the slapshot?

View Poll Results: Who will be most historically linked with the slapshot?
Bobby Hull 24 26.09%
Bernie "Boom Boom" Geoffrion 42 45.65%
Al MacInnis 25 27.17%
Other (Specify) 1 1.09%
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10-03-2008, 12:12 PM
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Which player will be most historically linked with the slapshot?

I figured these three players were the most obvious.

I can re-start the topic if there are any really significant ones I missed.

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I'd have to go with MacInnis. Maybe it's a reflection of the era I was brought up in but when I think slapshot, I think MacInnis. Kinda surprised you left off Iafraete though, even if he wasn't at the all-around talent level of the other three.

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I'd have to go with MacInnis. Maybe it's a reflection of the era I was brought up in but when I think slapshot, I think MacInnis. Kinda surprised you left off Iafraete though, even if he wasn't at the all-around talent level of the other three.
I considered him, but I really think he'll be more remembered for his opinions on empty net goals.

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I considered him, but I really think he'll be more remembered for his opinions on empty net goals.
Indeed. I believe he was quoting the Bible on that one?

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Could have sworn it was Shakespeare. Ah well.

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First name that popped into my head was Boom-Boom. Second one was MacInnis. Third one was Iafrate.

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I don't think another player's slap shot dominated the league like Bobby Hull's did in the mid 60's.

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Boom Boom started the whole thing, but Bobby Hull put the fear of god into goaltenders with his slapper.

Macinnis would make goaltenders nervous, but in an era where goaltenders did not wear masks, If Hull had no angle for a shot, Hull used to intentionally take hard slappers and try to make them wizz past the goaltenders heads. Just to make them "Think about it" for the next time he came on the ice.

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10-03-2008, 07:15 PM
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Al MacInnis just for the fact i've never ever seen someone shoot the puck so hard it broke and made a goalie's hand bleed (Thibault)

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Part of me wanted to say MacInnis and maybe I should have but I chose Hull instead. MacInnis, while still being a great all around defensive player, was more known for his slapshot because it was his best attribute. Hull had so many attributes and the shot was only one of them. But his shot in his day was probably more feared than MacInnis'

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Just an interesting piece of history, from what I've read, it was actually Bun Cook that is credited for first developing the slap shot and Alex Shibicky, winger on the reincarnation of the Bread Line with the Colville brothers, is believed to be the first player to use it in a game. Shibicky said he picked up the technique from Cook.

Anyway, Boom Boom is the guy I always associate it with.

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When I saw this thread, 1st name to come to mind was Geoffrion, second Hull, then the page loaded.

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Boom Boom. He may not have invented it, but he certainly was the one who popularized it. Hull perfected it. So I'd have to go with Boom Boom first and Hull second. Lafleur may have had the most accurate slapper I've seen though.

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"slapshot", not "slice"

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Boom Boom. I looked at the thread title, and his name just popped into my head immediately.

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Bobby Hull imho.

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When I saw this thread I automatically thought of Macinnis.

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I dunno why I expected the names to be Bun Cook, Pat Egan and Boom Boom Geoffrion.

Needless to say, I voted Boomer.

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Boom Boom, whether he invented it or not, he made it popular.

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To my generation it's Al MacInnis, but the bigger legend is Bobby Hull, so he and his slapper will be hailed longer.

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Sad not to see a single mention of Andy Bathgate's name in this thread. It was Bathgate and Geoffrion who first began using the slapshot as a major part of their arsenal, and at about the same time. That Boom-boom seems to get all the credit has a lot more to do with the men's respective teams than anything else.

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Sad not to see a single mention of Andy Bathgate's name in this thread. It was Bathgate and Geoffrion who first began using the slapshot as a major part of their arsenal, and at about the same time. That Boom-boom seems to get all the credit has a lot more to do with the men's respective teams than anything else.
Very true. He's the 3rd name that I associate with the shot.

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