Number 12 Looks Just Like You – A dozen greats (in honor of 12/12/12)

Yeah, it’s cliche’, but let’s do it anyways. Here are a dozen damn good (if not great) players to have worn #12, and no, Tom Brady won’t be mentioned. The guy’s from San Mateo and probably can’t lace a pair of skates.

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Keith Acton
At times, his defensive skills left something to be desired but Acton played all out offensively in a very admirable way.

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Peter Bondra
Can you believe this guy was the 106th overall pick in 1990? Without question, one of the best goal scorers of the 90’s and the skating embodiment of Carl Lewis. What tremendous speed…

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Brian Rolston
Beginning his career under Jacques Lemaire definitely paid off, as Roly is one of the most dominant PK players of all-time as indicated by his ridiculous number of career short-handed goals (33, including 9 in ’01-’02).

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Wayne Cashman
Cash had better skills as a grinder along the boards and more ability to come up with the puck than almost any player in his era. Without him on the top line, the Big Bad Bruins wouldn’t have found a lot of their success.

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Jarome Iginla
What stands out to me the most is his ability to lead by example. Of course, Iggy is very close to being the complete package in every sense of the phrase (missing only great foot speed), but his leadership style alone makes him an ideal captain. Get this man a Cup ring already!
Saturday night’s alright…

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Adam Oates
I don’t think that there’s anyone that a net crasher would want passing to them more than this guy. Easy choice.

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Stan Smyl
“Steamer” embodied everything Canucks hockey SHOULD be about but is no longer – Hard working, ballsy, and relentless. Definitely an unsung hero.

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Gary Dornhoefer
Dorny really fit the mold of the Broad Street Bully style of play, a reliable scorer and fantastic hitter. A shame for the Bruins that they didn’t protect him from the Expansion draft of ’67.

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Ron Stewart
An underappreciated centre who was an integral part of three straight Stanley Cup victories with Toronto, Stewart’s career accomplishments possibly have been undermined by his involvement in the incident that resulted in the death of Terry Sawchuk.

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Dickie Moore
A great offensive threat with a hard but accurate shot, Moore led the league in scoring in back-to-back seasons (’57-’58, ’58-’59; having a then-record 96 points in the latter season). He was the backbone of six Cup winning Habs teams.

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Eric Staal
Some might consider the eldest of the 4 brothers overrated, but he’s had some great international success and not by any fluke either. He gets a lot of respect from me.

Lastly, but most importantly…

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Yvan Cournoyer
This list was unranked, but I think that the Road Runner is on a higher level than any of the other notable number twelves mentioned for two primary reasons: 1) The man has enough Stanley Cup rings for each finger and both thumbs, including one for each of the four years he was le capitaine de le bleu, blanc, et rouge (and that was no fluke, as must be admitted even by non-Habs fans) and 2) I can’t think of one player in that era (aside from Robert Gordon Orr before his decline) who was a better skater than Cournoyer was in his prime. Can you?

Thanks for reading, enjoy the holiday season and impending apocalypse.

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