Wednesday, December 31, 2014

A farewell to NHL players in 2014

By Tom Hawthorn

From the brightest star in Jean Béliveau to a one-game goalie like Joe Junkin, several former Canadian-born NHL players were among the fallen in 2014. Here are their obituaries, originally published on my Benched blog:

Don Ward
Journeyman defenceman enjoyed a long career in the Western Hockey League after having cups of coffee in the NHL with the Boston Bruins and Chicago Black Hawks:

Joe Junkin
Goalie's NHL career lasted seven minutes, 56 seconds:

Danny McLeod
Decorated wartime hero, driving force behind the creation of what is now Canadian Interuniversity Sports (CIS), McLeod later worked as the NHL's supervisor of officials:

Keith Allen
Never scored a goal as a player, but built the expansion Philadelphia Flyers into Stanley Cup winners:

Doug Mohns
Diesel spent 22 seasons in the NHL on five different clubs, yet never had his name engraved on the Stanley Cup:

Jack Stoddard
Tall player known as The Octopus for his reach, Stoddard was first NHLer to defy superstition by wearing sweater No. 13 for an entire season:

Doug Jarrett
Hard-hitting defenceman was known as the Chairman of the Boards:

Joe Bell
He lost three years of his career fighting Nazis instead of NHL rivals:

Ron Murphy
Stalwart left-winger got his name on the Stanley Cup after he retired:

Chuck Scherza
Rugged bruiser scored six goals in 36 wartime games:

Lionel Heinrich
Defenceman scored one goal in 35 games with Boston Bruins:

Jim Mikol
Lantern-jawed forward played briefly for Toronto Maple Leafs and New York Rangers in the 1960s:

Edgar Laprade
Stylish New York Rangers forward was a hockey Gandhi:

Ross Lonsberry
Checking forward won two Stanley Cups with Philadelphia Flyers:

Ralph Nattrass
Bruising defenceman played good defence on bad Chicago Black Hawks teams:

Brian Marchinko
An original member of the expansion New York Islanders:

Larry Zeidel
Tough player known as The Rock endured anti-Semitic barbs on ice:

Guy Trottier
Tiny forward nicknamed The Mouse:

Carol Vadnais
Defenceman twice got his name on the Stanley Cup, played in six All-Star Games in 17-season career:

Milan Marcetta
Journeyman minor leaguer was playoff call-up on 1967 Toronto Maple Leafs:

Wally Hergesheimer
New York Rangers sniper slowed by broken leg:

Len Ronson
Forward whose wrist shot earned him nickname The Rifleman played in 18 NHL games with New York Rangers and Oakland Seals:

Pat Quinn
Big Irishman played nine seasons on blue-line for Toronto Maple Leafs, Vancouver Canucks and Atlanta Flames, later had success as coach and general manager, winning Olympic gold in 2002:

Murray Oliver
Stylish playmaker scored 274 goals over 16 NHL seasons:

Gilles Tremblay
Two-way player won four Stanley Cups with the Montreal Canadiens:

Jean Béliveau
Le Gros Bill. Ten Stanley Cups as a player, another seven as an executive, all with the Montreal Canadiens. Five hundred and seven career goals. Grace personified:

Connie Dion
Winning goalie in most lopsided NHL game ever played — a 15-0 victory for Detroit over Rangers:

Bob Solinger
Scored 10 goals in 99 NHL games:

Eddie Kachur
A stocky forward with the Chicago Black Hawks:

André Gill
Québec goalie recorded a shutout for Boston Bruins in his NHL debut, but was soon back in the minors:

Germain Gagnon
Québec forward slogged through minors for a decade before playing for Montreal Canadiens, New York islanders, Chicago Black Hawks and Kansas City Scouts:

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