Re: Recchi's number
posted at 6/24/2011 12:09 AM EDT
In Response to Re: Recchi's number
[QUOTE]In Response to Re: Recchi's number : Along with Shore, he was the best defenceman of his era, was the first captain in team history and held that post for 4 years of his 10 here, and lead the Bruins to their first ever Stanley Cup. If Hitchman doesn't deserve to be up there then almost none of the others do. He may be, alongside Shore, Schmidt and Orr, the most deserving retired number we have up in the rafters. Just because you don't know about the early history of the team BadHab, doesn't mean that Hitchman wasn't deserving of having his number retired. Hell, the only reason we have the tradition of retiring numbers is because of Hitchman.
Posted by red75[/QUOTE]
I am reasonably familiar with the early history of the team, don't forget I'm somewhat ancient ya young whipper snapper you.
Orr, Bucyk, Clapper, Esposito, Shore, schmidt, cam, ray in HOF.NOT
in HOF, Hitchman, Taz.
And c'mon, being the defense partner of Eddie Shore? His grandmother would probably look good next to Shore, she might have even skated for him for a few games.
414 games, 27 g 33 a 523 pim?
OK 1929 numbers were different, but...
How about comparing those numbers to another Bruins defenseman of the era, Sprague Cleghorn?
251 games 84 g 39 489 pim
325 games 246 g 69 a 315 pim
True those latter 2 played most of their careers out of Boston, but they are both HOF and contemporaries of Hitchman.
Look at NHL defenseman stats for the 1920'shttp://www.quanthockey.com/nhl/seasons/1920s-nhl-defensemen-stats.html
he's 12th for numbers there.
And in the 1930's he's ranked 42http://www.quanthockey.com/nhl/seasons/1930s-nhl-defensemen-stats.html
oh yah, and don't forget there were like an average of 10 teams in the league back then with probably 5 of them didn't count.