Blaine Stoughton led the NHL with 56 goals in 1979-80, but he embarrassingly missed out on No. 57.
Status: NHL and WHA right winger from 1973-1984 for Pittsburgh Penguins, Toronto Maple Leafs, Cincinnati Stingers, Indianapolis Racers, New England Whalers, Hartford Whalers and New York Rangers
DOB: March 13, 1953 In: Gilbert Plains, Man.
Ht: 5-11 Wt: 185
First Hockey Memory: “First hockey memory…wow. That’s a tough one. Watching or listening to it on the radio when I was five or six.”
Greatest Sports Moment: “I guess leading the league (NHL) in goals (56) in 1979-80. With Hartford.”
Most Painful Moment: “I guess physically, I broke my leg in the first game of the playoffs against the Montreal Canadiens. There was about five seconds left in the period. We dumped the puck in and the puck was there at the dot. I tried to make the effort to get a shot off before the buzzer and I got hit. By Serge Savard, who was not a malicious guy at all. It broke my ankle.”
Favorite Uniforms: “That I wore? I guess Toronto. Their uniforms are very historic. The uniform that I liked best, Chicago Blackhawks.”
Favorite Rinks To Play: “Chicago, for sure. For some reason I had good success there. I always had good games there. I don’t know why. I can’t put a finger on it. Seems like every time I played there I had good success.”
Least Favorite Rinks To Play: “Probably Philadelphia. Broad Street Bullies.”
First Famous Hockey Player That You Met Or Encountered: “It’s funny. I ended up playing with him. I played baseball in western Canada as a teenager. I met Gordie Howe after one of the games because he worked for a store as an ambassador and he was at the baseball game representing the company. Then years later I played with him in Hartford. How crazy is that?”
Most Memorable Goal: “’75 maybe. We were playing in Los Angeles. I scored the overtime winner to eliminate them. With Toronto.”
Funniest Players Encountered: “Tons of ’em. Nick Fotiu, a tough guy. You’d always have one or two funny guys in the locker room.”
Closest Hockey Friend(s): “Peter Marsh. Played for the Blackhawks.”
Fiercest Competitors Encountered: “Oh wow, a team or a player? (Whatever comes to mind.) Bobby Clarke. Every night he worked hard.”
Strangest Game: “I was with Toronto playing against LA. Right after the national anthems finished a streaker ran across the ice in LA. (Male or female?) Female. The old, streaking days.”
Embarrassing Hockey Memory: “One was the year I scored 56 goals. I already had a hat trick and the other team pulled the goalie. Their defenseman tried to clear the puck around the boards and the puck was at the blueline. I stopped the puck and made a move and shot the puck and missed the empty net. From just inside the blueline. I would have had 57 goals.”
Funny Hockey Memory: “Everyday we laughed. Obviously you play to get paid. But the other part was to be around the guys. I can’t name one incident, there were thousands. Ask any player what they miss most and they’ll say just the locker room and playing jokes.”
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