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Thoughts On The Great NHL Player, Dick Duff

March 3, 2019

The Hall of Fame and super clutch player, Dick Duff alive and hopefully well, recently turned 83 years old.

Duff played on 6 NHL title teams, all with the original two teams from Canada, first playing on two with the Toronto Maple Leafs and then four with the Montreal Canadiens.

Among other great feats in his storied career, Dick Duff scored a true Stanley Cup winning goal, the last goal in the Leafs’ game 6, (2-1) win at defending champion Chicago (Blackhawks, then I believe listed as Black Hawks) on April 22, 1962.

The Leafs motto that years was “Stanley Cup too,” and with 2 goals being enough on the 22nd day of April, they accomplished their goal.

Speaking of two goals, Duff followed his 1962 Cup Final “gamer” with the first two goals of the 1963 Final vs the superb Gord Howe and the Detroit Red Wings.

Incredibly, Duff tallied twice in the first 47 seconds of game 1 in Toronto, a record for the two fastest goals to start an NHL Final game, that still stands.

His 3 consecutive goals over 2 Cup Final series were a big factor in the Maple Leafs winning two Stanley Cups in a row.

Duff was traded during the ’63-’64 season and without him Toronto won a third straight crown. In the 53 completed NHL seasons since, (no NHL season in ’05), Toronto has won just one crown, that in their only Final appearance in those 53 seasons, 1967.

Dick Duff, a member of 6 Stanley Cup winning teams, pictured below.

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