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128. Vic Hadfield

Vic Hadfield had a bit of a Jeckyll and Hyde career in the National Hockey League.  In his early years Hadfield was an enforcer who in the 1963-64 season finished first Penalties in Minutes.   While he performed that role admirably he would be placed on a line later in the decade with Rod Gilbert and Jean Ratelle to form the “Goal a Game” line and his playmaking skills would come to the forefront. 

The threesome would become extremely popular on Broadway and Hadfield would have an incredible 1971-72 season where he was named a Second Team All Star and would record 50 Goals, which was enough for second place.  Internationally he would do himself no favors when he left Team Canada during the ’72 Summit Series after learning he was unlikely to see any ice time, but he was still revered in New York City.

Overall Hadfied would be named to two All Star teams and scored 712 Points.

The Bullet Points

  • Country of Origin: Oakville, Ontario, Canada
  • Eligible Since: Tuesday, 01 January 1980
  • Position: Left Wing
  • Played For: New York Rangers, Pittsburgh Penguins
  • Non-NHL Teams:

    Team Canada (Summit Series, 1972)

  • Major Accolades and Awards:

    All Star (1965 & 1972)

    Second Team All Star (1972)

    Most Penalties in Minutes (1964)

    Stanley Cup Rings (None)

Should Vic Hadfield be in the Hall of Fame?

Definitely put him in! - 28.6%
Maybe, but others deserve it first. - 14.3%
Probably not, but it wouldn't be the end of the world. - 42.9%
No opinion. - 0%
No way! - 14.3%

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