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)