Skip to main content

Prost Jochen Hecht!

One of the NHL's classiest utility players has played his last game.

Jochen Hecht was a lanky forward out of Germany. Drafted by St. Louis in 1995, he played for the Blues and Edmonton Oilers before finding a long time home with the Buffalo Sabres. He became one of coach Lindy Ruff's most reliable foot soldiers.

Hecht ends his NHL career with 833 games played, 186 goals and 277 assists totaling 463 points. He regularly challenged the 20 goal level, topping it twice, but was never a true offensive force for the Sabres. He left some fans wanting more from him in that regard. He was never accused of being a flashy player.

Instead he was a coach's dream. He was well-rounded forward who could excel in a variety of roles. He was a solid complimentary player who could move throughout the line-up. He could play either wing or even center. He became a strong face-off man and a top penalty killer.

Offensively he protected the puck well and was strong on his skates, making it tough to remove the puck from his stick. He lacked the first step quickness and the physical mentality to surprise defenders and drive to the net. Instead he created space and made nice passes to teammates.

Hecht suffered a scary concussion in January of 2012 that ended his season. The lockout of 2012-13 actually afforded Hecht the time necessary to heal and return to the ice for one last season. Good for one of the NHL's good guys - he deserved to go out on his own terms.


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