December 28, 2013

Frank Bathe



Frank Bathe was a no-nonsense defenseman with the Philadelphia Flyers. He came along after the Broad Street Bullies era but employed the same tough style of play. He wasn't the most stylistic player but he was an effective depth defenseman in the late 1970s and early 1980s.

Bathe was noted as a great teammate known for his sense of humour. Perhaps one of his teammates had a great laugh at his expense when he was somehow named the Man of the Year by the Lumberjacks Association!

Bathe paid quite the price to play 224 games in the National Hockey League. He suffered a debilitating back injury and had to have surgery for herniated discs that ended his career.

They say hockey is a family sport. Bathe's children also pursued NHL careers, but not in the usual way. His son Landon was a minor league player turned linesman. His daughter Carrlyn worked as a broadcaster with the Los Angeles Kings.

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