Skip to main content

Dickie Boon

Little Dickie Boon (he stood just 5'4") was one of Montreal's earliest hockey stars.

Boon first became prominent in 1894. The 16 year old joined another future Hall of Famer named Mike Grant with the Montreal Young Crystals. He later joined the Monarch Hockey Club and by 1900 he the Montreal Hockey Club of the Montreal Amateur Athletic Association.

The speedy defensman, described as a "118lb dynamo" captained Montreal HC to consecutive Stanley Cup championships in 1902 and 1903. Other notable players on that team included Jimmy Gardner, Tommy Phillips and Jack Marshall, all of whom would join Boon in the Hockey Hall of Fame.

Boon was noted as a fantastic speedster (in 1892 he won Canada's junior amateur championship in speed skating) and an offensive spark plug. But he was also an innovative defender as one of the earliest proponents of the stick check. In fact his poke checking ability was noted before the likes of Frank Nighbor and Jack Walker, the usual credited "inventors" of the tactic.

This was all during the days where professional sports was frowned upon and amateurism in sport was highly regarded. Boon soon left the ice because he and his family decided not to turn pro. He soon became manager of the Montreal Wanderers pro team winning four Stanley Cup titles in 1906, 1907, 1908, and 1910 as manager.

Later in life Boon became busier and busier in his coal business, and also became very adept at two more sports - golf and curling.

Inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1952, Dickie Boon passed away in 1961.

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

100 Greatest Hockey Players Of All Time

What follows is a listing of the 100 greatest hockey players of all time, in my opinion. As discussed earlier, the definition of greatness is a very personalized endeavor and there is absolutely nothing wrong with it.
While there is no way of ever truly ranking the top 100 definitively, it is important for the creators of such lists to be open and transparent of how the came to their conclusions. That accountability allows the reader to better understand the process. 

Although admittedly I'm using a completely unscientific formula, I weigh career achievements (era statistics, awards, championships) and legacy (impact on and off ice, peak dominance) equally high. I rank player ability as the third most important ingredient, as first and foremost as a tie breaker. Hence, I'm not necessarily looking for the better player, as in text book definitions of what a hockey player should be, but for players with the greatest careers and greatest legacies. Therefore the best player is not n…

Top Ten Junior Players Of All Time

Let's take a look at the Top Ten junior players of all time. For the purposes of this list we will at players in the WHL, OHL and QMJHL only.

10. Pat Lafontaine, Verdun, QMJHL Rookie-record 104 goals, 234 points in 1982-83; major junior player of the year.

9. Denis Potvin, Ottawa, OHL 254 games, 95 goals, 234 assists, 329 points. Broke Bobby Orr's junior records.

8. John Tavares, Oshawa, OHL 215 goals, 433 points in 247 games; most goals in OHL history; eligibility rules changed to admit him at 15; 2006 major junior rookie of the year, 2007 major junior player of the year; two world juniors, named 2009 all-star, top forward and MVP.

7. Sidney Crosby, Rimouski, QMJHL 120 goals, 303 points in 121 games; two-time major junior player of the year; silver and gold with Canada at two world juniors.

6. Eric Lindros, Oshawa, OHL 97 goals, 216 points in 95 games; one Memorial Cup victory; three world junior tournaments; major junior player of the year in 1991.

5. Mike Bossy, Laval, Q…

Greatest Hockey Legends: M