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More About Bob Gainey
For those born in the last couple of decades Pavel Datsyuk, Detroit’s magician, is likely the man they consider the best defensive forward of all time. Sure, Datsyuk makes a compelling argument. Up until this year when Vancouver’s Ryan Kesler won the Frank J. Selke Trophy as the NHL’s Best Defensive Forward Datsyuk had a strangehold on the award, having won in each of the three previous seasons.
Three consecutive Selke Trophies is pretty impressive, but what about four? That’s how many Bob Gainey won. In fact Gainey won the award the first four years following its introduction, and would have certainly been a strong candidate in the year’s previous had the trophy been around.
As great a defensive forward as Gainey was, his resume certainly wasn’t lacking in other areas. Despite the fact that Gainey played against other teams’ best forwards night in and night out he managed to put up some pretty respectable offensive numbers. In 1,160 NHL games he tallied 239 goals and 501 points. His biggest asset was his brain. You often hear the term “hockey sense” used to describe those players who have a brain for the sport. Gainey had hockey sense oozing out his pores. Like Datsyuk or Nicklas Lidstrom Gainey always seemed to make the right decision with or without the puck.
Gainey’s contributions weren’t just limited to his on-ice skills and intelligence. He also had natural born leadership qualities that saw him captain the legendary Montreal Canadiens for a full seven seasons.
Perhaps the greatest testament to Gainey’s impact as a player was his incredible performance during the 1979 NHL playoffs. That playoff year, on a squad that featured fellow Hall of Famers like Guy Lafleur, Ken Dryden, Serge Savard, and Larry Robinson it was Gainey who took home the Conn Smythe Trophy as Playoff MVP. His performance was so dominant it prompted Soviet coach Viktor Tikhonov to proclaim Gainey the most complete player on the planet. High praise indeed.
In the twilight of his career, Gainey would play mentor to another defensive standout – Guy Carbonneau – helping mold him into a player that would win three Selke Trophies of his own, eventually captain the team, and go on to win three Stanley Cups (2 with the Habs and 1 with the Dallas Stars).
In all, Gainey finished his career with 5 Stanley Cup championships and now sits firmly ensconced in the Hockey Hall of Fame. His accomplishments are so appreciated by long time fans in Montreal that many of them still proudly sport a Bob Gainey jersey both at the rink and in the streets of Montreal.