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December 08, 2008

Alf Pike - The Embalmer

Each day this week I'm going to feature a hockey legends with a unique nickname. Let's start with "The Embalmer!"

Alf Pike has one of the game's all time great nicknames: The Embalmer.

Pike did not earn his nickname by being one of the game's great villains like you might expect. No, he came about his handle much more innocently and literally - he was a licensed mortician.

But first and foremost Pike was a hockey player, and a very versatile one at that. He started in the NHL as a center, moved back to defense and completed his career on the wing. But he was probably best known as the Rangers third line center. He was a utility player if there ever was one.

Full Alf Pike Biography

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