Today’s competition features two legendary defensemen, both big fan favourites…
Harold Snepsts - Here at CC, we have a serious case of man crush love for “Harooooooold”. And not because of his dashing good looks. Snepsts was a war horse defensemen, punishing hitter and a feared fighter. Forget about the giveaway to Mike Bossy in OT of game 1 of the ‘82 final, we’re talking about physical toughness here and he was as tough as they came. There’s no shortage of vintage Snepsts clips, but we like this one, which is from late in his career (while playing for the Wings) taking on the supposed tough guy, Wendel Clark (in his presumed prime). Even an old Harold can open a can of whup ass on the hated Leaf. Harold, in the most lopsided round 1 match-up, made Tim Hunter, remarkably, just a little uglier.
Ed Jovanovski - “Special Ed” was almost the complete package with great speed, good puck skills, an often fiery disposition and quick heavy hands when it came to scrapping. “Jovo Cop” used his fleet feet to become a feared open ice hitter. Always a great teammate, he was eager to take one for the team. Here he is making quick work of Adam Deadmarsh, handing the poor guy the first of many concussions. Eddie proved his popularity around here defeating the legendarily dirty Dave “Tiger” Williams in the last round.
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Today’s Honourable Mention:
Barry Wilkins - Who the heck is this guy? Better known as the guy that scored the Canucks first NHL goal, Wilkins was a hard rock defenseman “back in the day”. This hard nosed defender was the Nucks’ most consistent d-man in their early years, providing crucial toughness to an expansion team that certainly needed it.
Tomorrow, we will bring you the final Round Two pairing.