Skip to main content

The Best News Andy Bathgate Ever Heard

When Andy Bathgate was just nine years old, he lost a tooth, cracked another and bloodied his home made jersey so bad that he was certain his mother would forbid from playing hockey ever again.

Andy probably didn't care about the teeth or sweater too much, but the thought of never playing hockey again terrified the young lad.

Much to his surprise, when he made it home his mother calmly cleaned up the blood. No scolding, no threats about never playing again.

Then she took him to the dentist.

"I'll never forget the words as he greeted me," recalled Bathgate. " 'Andy,' the dentist said, just remember you'll never be a hockey player if you've got all your teeth. And, son, it looks to me like you're going to be a hockey player!"

A NHL team should have signed up that dentist as a scout, because he was right. Andy Bathgate would become a hockey player. And a Stanley Cup champion. A Hockey Hall of Famer. A Hart Trophy winner.

Read all about the career of Andy Bathgate.

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