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Name your favourite unsung hero from the past

Posted: Sat Sep 02, 2006 8:23 am
by DavidPratt_
OK Everyone,

I know many of you are chomping at the bit for training camp and the start of the NHL season, but I thought I'd ask a question about the Canucks and the past.

Name your favourite 'unsung' player from the Canucks past. When I say 'unsung' I mean a player you liked who never got a lot of attention but was someone you really liked because of their contribution to the team for whatever reason. No Linden, Bure, Naslund, Maclean, Gary Smith, Andre Boudrias, Stan Smyl. Some guy who had a non-spectacular career - maybe toiled in the minors most of their career but for some reason was your favourite.

One of my favourites was Curt Ridley, a goalie who the Canucks picked up in the mid-70s. Ridley was never the official starter for Vancouver back then - he typically backed up Cesare Maniago but I liked him. I remember watching him in an exhibition game against Spartak and I remember him being chosen as the Canucks top player for that game.

dp

Posted: Sat Sep 02, 2006 8:52 am
by Linden Is God
I like this topic. Mine would have to be Ryan Walter and Dave Babych. Loved what they did on the ice, and when I met the team in the locker room in Buffalo back in 93, they were so nice to me and hung out me the whole time.

Posted: Sat Sep 02, 2006 9:31 am
by vancando
Unsung player of all time, number 9....Don Lever

Posted: Sat Sep 02, 2006 9:43 am
by Linden Is God
vancando wrote:Unsung player of all time, number 9....Don Lever
I'm not old enough to have seen him play, but I'll agree just cause he's a hometown boy and went on a few dates with my mom when he was younger. But he did wear #10 at one point.

Posted: Sat Sep 02, 2006 10:04 am
by DavidPratt_
Linden Is God wrote:I like this topic. Mine would have to be Ryan Walter and Dave Babych. Loved what they did on the ice, and when I met the team in the locker room in Buffalo back in 93, they were so nice to me and hung out me the whole time.
Dave Babych is a great guy. Very underrated defenseman.

dp

Posted: Sat Sep 02, 2006 10:28 am
by MarkMM
Gary Valk, reliable, hard working, did whatever was asked of him which was never very glorious.

Posted: Sat Sep 02, 2006 10:35 am
by DavidPratt_
MarkMM wrote:Gary Valk, reliable, hard working, did whatever was asked of him which was never very glorious.
Now that's an unsung hero! As much as I liked Don Lever in the '70s, he was a leading scorer for the Canucks. We're talking about guys who played on the fourth line, etc.

dp

Posted: Sat Sep 02, 2006 10:43 am
by DavidPratt_
Anyone here remember Gary Lupul? That's another unsung guy I really liked. Murray Baron is a more recent Canuck who I also liked.

dp

Posted: Sat Sep 02, 2006 10:54 am
by Cornuck
Gary Lupul was one of the first names that popped into my head, but number one was Garth Butcher. It took him a while to get established, but he ended up with almost 900 NHL games and was a solid player.

Posted: Sat Sep 02, 2006 11:17 am
by dal
My vote goes to Shawn Antoski for the 94 run. This guy set the phyiscal tone on every shift he played in that run and had the Rangers D in a panic.

Posted: Sat Sep 02, 2006 12:11 pm
by jchockey
An oldie (for me) would be as dal said Shawn Antoski. Gino Odjick is another one.

The most current one is Mattias Ohlund. No matter what the guy does, he's never mentioned in talks among commentators/analysts/broadcasters as one of the most reliable defensemen.

Posted: Sat Sep 02, 2006 2:11 pm
by DavidPratt_
jchockey wrote:An oldie (for me) would be as dal said Shawn Antoski. Gino Odjick is another one.
Oldie?? Where were you when Gary Smith was in goal for Vancouver in '75?

dp

Posted: Sat Sep 02, 2006 3:38 pm
by Cornuck
DavidPratt_ wrote: Oldie?? Where were you when Gary Smith was in goal for Vancouver in '75?
Smith was one of the new guys - Charlie Hodge was the man!

Unsung HERO

Posted: Sat Sep 02, 2006 6:34 pm
by Nucksfan10
I would have to say Gelinas, he was money. Although I do have Chris Levesque as my #2. He warmed the bench like no other, and with finals on the go as well. Plus think of the ladies he got for suiting up with the nucks during classes. The Carrot Pimp he should be called. Marty Gelinas though, its been proven on every team he plays for.

Posted: Sat Sep 02, 2006 7:00 pm
by sgtx3
Bobby Lalonde and Mike Walton