Tradebait. Journeymen. Throw-ins. Afterthoughts.
There have been a number of NHL players through the decades who have come and gone with little more than a whimper or dent in the history of the sport. Not everybody can be a superstar.
That said, I believe there is an intriguing story that sits within every single player to have laced up the skates and played pro hockey.
But when you are bounced from team to team, what creates that interest? What creates that story?
For Vic Lynn, it was the bouncing itself that made him unique.
He came into the league in the early 40's and although he had exceptional speed, he didn't click right away with any of the teams he played for. But his determination and fortunate bounces wrote a very memorable 20+ year career.
So what made Vic so special? What was it about him that was unlike any other player in the league (before...or since)? What's his story?
Think about that for a second. He put each of those great sweaters on at one point in his career. But only by the slimmest of margins did he accomplish the feat.
His quest started with the New York Rangers. And it lasted just one game. One....single.......game.
But his hard work and determination were about to pay off.
The match would lead to some of his best years in the league. He was teamed with Howie Meeker and Teeder Kennedy to form the 'K-L-M Line' and the trio clicked. So much so that the Leafs won the Stanley Cup three years in a row (1947, 48, 49).
After a little more than a full season with the Bruins, he was sent to the minors.
In 1953, he was sent down from the NHL for the final time. The remainder of his career was spent in the minors as a player/coach.
And while there may be a player who plays for all six franchises down the road (after all, they do play a lot of 'revolving doors' in today's NHL), the fact that is was done when all that existed was the Original Six makes this accomplishment quite impressive.
Vic Lynn passed away just a couple short years ago at the age of 85. I tried to find an interview with him talking about his unique NHL journey, but to no avail.
Now you know.
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