Bill Gadsby

In the Original Six era, many goaltenders were famous for their heavily stitched up and scarred faces, but we would be remiss not to acknowledge some defensemen who faced similar levels of punishment. Bill Gadsby was known as one of the hardest-nosed defensemen in the NHL who would do anything for his team. Born in … Continue reading Bill Gadsby


Allan Stanley

Allan Stanley was fairly hard to get a hold of as a young kid, but Rangers GM Frank Boucher paid a pretty penny to get the rights to him from his junior team. Stanley broke into the NHL in 1948--an era when defensemen were expected to defend and little else. Points were simply an added … Continue reading Allan Stanley

Canucks Throughout History – Kevin McCarthy

Kevin McCarthy was a star player in junior and was drafted late in the first round by the Philadelphia Flyers in 1977. After a decent rookie season, the defenseman struggled with the Flyers in 1978-79 and was traded to the Canucks in return for forward Dennis Ververgaert midway through the season. Despite being just 22 years … Continue reading Canucks Throughout History – Kevin McCarthy