Nowadays, or at least prior to the lockout season of 2004-05, most fans complain that the players have too much power when it comes to the business of hockey. The reverse certainly could be said about the owners in old time hockey. Case in point: Herb Cain.
Cain was a two time Stanley Cup champion, a left wing all star and NHL scoring champion. In fact, he set an NHL record with 82 points in one season back in 1943-44.
A couple of years later, he was out of the NHL for good. Why? He decided to stand up for himself and ask for a raise. In those days this simply was not done. A player risked becoming a leper. Cain was no exception and he paid a high price.
Boston Bruins boss Art Ross humiliated his star by burying him in the minor leagues despite interest from NHL teams. As a result Cain was never able to qualify for the new NHL pension. In addition, the Cain family believes Ross and his owner buddies kept Cain out of the Hockey Hall of Fame. He remains the only eligible former NHL scoring champion yet to be inducted into the the Hall.
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