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February 21st, 1976 NHL Coaches Poll - Toronto Star

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February 21st, 1976 NHL Coaches Poll - Toronto Star

In an article written by Frank Orr of the Toronto Star, dated February 21st, 1976, all of the NHL coaches were asked anonymously to submit their choices in various categories given by the Toronto Star. Each NHL head coach at the time participated.

Below I have listed the winners in each category. In brackets I have put the runner-ups in order of finish. Sometimes the article lists the runner-up only. Other times it goes a few players deep.

Most underrated - Curt Bennett (Jean Pronovost)

Best Shot - Rick Martin (Reggie Leach, Guy Lafleur, Mickey Redmond)

Hardest Shot - Dennis Hull (Rick Martin)

Best Stickhandler - Stan Mikita (Gilbert Perreault, Pierre Larouche, Guy Lafleur, Pete Mahovlich, Marcel Dionne)

Best Penalty Killer - Bobby Clarke (Don Luce, Craig Ramsey, Ed Westfall)

Best Skater - Bobby Orr (Gilbert Perreault, Rick Macleish, Errol Thompson)

Fastest Skater - Yvan Cournoyer (Marcel Dionne, Bobby Orr, Gilbert Perreault, Inge Hammarstrom)

Best Checker - Bobby Clarke (Wayne Cashman, Bob Gainey, Craig Ramsey, Don Luce)

Best Referee - Lloyd Gilmour (John McCauley, Bruce Hood)

Best on Faceoffs - Bobby Clarke (Stan Mikita, Doug Jarvis)

Best Fighter - Dan Maloney (Larry Robinson, J. Bob Kelly, Dave Schultz)

Most Dangerous in Goal Area - Rick Martin (Phil Esposito, Guy Lafleur, Marcel Dionne)

Best Coach - Al Arbour (Fred Shero, Billy Reay, Scotty Bowman, Bob Pulford, Fred Creighton)

Smartest Player - Stan Mikita (Bobby Clarke, Bobby Orr, Guy Lafleur)

Best Bodychecker - Hilliard Graves (Larry Robinson, Denis Potvin)

Hardest Worker - Bobby Clarke (Ray Comeau, Jim Roberts, Darryl Sittler)

Best Defensive Defenceman - Larry Robinson (Bill White, Denis Potvin, Dave Burrows, Terry Harper)

Best Goalie - Ken Dryden (Tony Esposito, Bernie Parent, Rogie Vachon, Dan Bouchard)

Best Young Player - Pierre Larouche (Denis Potvin, Tom Lysiak, Bryan Trottier)

Best Playmaker - Bobby Clarke (Marcel Dionne, Stan Mikita, Bobby Orr, Pete Mahovlich)

Most Improved - Walt McKechnie (Curt Bennett, Jean Ratelle)

Most Colorful - Gil Perreault (Bob Kelly, Pete Mahovlich)

Best Rookie 1975-76 - Bryan Trottier (Mel Bridgeman, Dennis Maruk)

Most Valuable Player 1975-76 - Bobby Clarke (Brad Park, Pete Mahovlich, Guy Lafleur, Darryl Sittler)

If Starting a team from scratch, First Player Chosen - Bobby Clarke (Denis Potvin, Bobby Orr, Ken Dryden)

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Most improved: Jean Ratelle? What the heck?

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Most improved: Jean Ratelle? What the heck?
In the original article there is a mention made of this.

According to the article the coaches commented on how the trade to Boston had seemingly rejuvenated Ratelle's career and how he was now playing as well as he had back at the start of the decade.

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In the original article there is a mention made of this.

According to the article the coaches commented on how the trade to Boston had seemingly rejuvenated Ratelle's career and how he was now playing as well as he had back at the start of the decade.
And had the opposite effect on big Phil.

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