Strap yourselves in, it’s time for Round 2. For those just joining us and wondering what’s going on here’s the preamble:
This got us to thinking about who is the toughest Canuck of all time? Are there any players on the current roster that might qualify for this title? What do you mean by toughness anyway? Well, we’re going to let you, valued reader, decide. Though from our perspective, it’s not just the tendency to drop the gloves and pound someone. We’re thinking about that, of course, but also thinking about the ability to effectively play through injury, delivering devastating, but clean hits and going to the hard places on the ice and paying the commensurate price. And, of course, things like agitating the opposition and sticking up for fallen teammates. Bottom line, we’re looking for the kind of player that is respected by his teammates and physically feared by the opposition.
We started with 16 candidates and are now down to 8. Surprisingly, there were a number of players that didn’t make the sweet 16, but bear some mention so we’ve been unveiling those on the honourable mention list one by one (8 so far with 7 to go). So here we go, Round 2.
Trevor Linden - More a lover than a fighter, Trevor was tough in the fairest sense possible. Like the only other retired sweater in Canucks history (#12 Stan Smyl), Trevor never met a check he wouldn’t finish. While not an agitator nor instigator, he would answer the bell when required. Check out the little tilt with public enemy number one, Sean Avery, proving above all else that Trevor was the ultimate good guy. The enduring measure of his toughness was his legendary ‘94 Cup run performance battling through cheaps shots (Mark Messier), laying out thunderous checks and nearly willing his team to win. Trevor handily won out over Rick Rypien in Round 1.
Ron Delorme - Chief’s ‘82 playoff pummelling of Grant Mulvey is classic Canuckicana. A much feared fighter and good teammate, Delorme has fared not nearly as well as the Canucks’ Chief Scout, but don’t let that taint your vote. The featured clip is a swinging slugfest against hated Flame Jamie Macoun, with Delorme as the victor, of course. Delorme narrowly edged out Garth “The Strangler” Butcher in his first match.
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Today’s Honourable Mention:
Scott “Wild Thing” Walker - In his his days as a Canuck, he was a little spark plug, who much like Rick Rypien today, consistently took on much bigger players. After leaving Vancouver, he morphed into a decent scoring ”lite” power forward.
Round Two, Match Two will follow tomorrow.