There are good players and there are great players. And once in a generation comes along a player that is elite. The best of the best. They are the players that change the game forever. Ones that not only leave their impression on a team or city but on an entire era. Bobby Orr is at the highest level among the heroes of hockey. Read More
Like many red-blooded Canadians, Phil Esposito grew up around the ice. That’s just what he did, every moment he had he played, he loved it and always played for fun. My consistency in posting lately has been on ice too. We recently sold our house, moved into a rental and have started plans to build ourselves a new home. Busy, busy, busy and it has been taking away some of my blogging time. Enough of that though, back to Phil. Read More
It’s been said, “For the rare breed who dare stand between the pipes. Alone and vulnerable. The job description is simple. No matter how, no matter what – just stop the puck.” – Author unknown. Newly inducted Hall of Famer Martin Brodeur did just that, for 22 seasons he stopped pucks better than anyone else. Read More
My previous post was on All-Time Great, Marcel Dionne. The following day the NHL released the names of the 2018 Hall of Fame inductees. Martin St. Louis was one of those chosen for this years class. “Marti” and Marcel have one thing in common, their size. Marti St. Louis stands at 5′ 8″ tall and because of that some feel he went un-drafted in 1997. Read More
Marcel Dionne, also known as, “The Little Beaver” was drafted 2nd overall by the Detroit Red Wings in the 1971 draft. He was affectionately given that nick-name because he was only 5′ 7″ tall. He was short but stocky. His super power ability was to weave through defenders at high speeds allowing him to be one of the greatest scorers in NHL history. Read More
Wanting to up my Hockey Greats category while watching my beloved Cubbies play Philadelphia, I was surprised to hear that the Phillies were in first place the week prior. I couldn’t help thinking that perhaps they found inspiration in the Eagles winning the Super Bowl. So I decided, why not keep the Philly theme going and show some brotherly love to All-Time Great, Bobby Clarke. Read More
At first glance one would ask, why would a player who only played 7 years in the NHL be inducted into the Hall of Fame? To me it didn’t seem like he did much but then it hit me; it’s called the Hockey Hall of Fame not the NHL Hall of Fame. When you look at the totality of his career one quickly sees his worthiness as an All-Time Great.
Rogie Vachon had Bruce Lee like reflexes and hands. In his 16 year career as a goalie he never allowed a single goal on a penalty shot. This impressive statistical fact alone shows us what made him one of the greatest goaltenders of his day.
Legend has it that as a young teenager Eric Lindros played power forward and had a way of physically dominating players much older than he was. He was able to score quite frequently as well and these two attributes were at the core of his success. He had big man physical presence with the agility and finesse of a smaller man.