This is Rick Kehoe. For anyone who watched HNIC in the early 1970s, he was one of the “rising stars” on the Leafs team that we viewed every Saturday night. In his first full season he scored 33 goals on a team that boasted young talent like Darryl Sittler, Erroll Thompson and Denis Dupere.
He was traded for another good RW, Blaine Stoughton and when he went to Pittsburgh Canadian fans barely saw him. Oh, you’d get an update during playoff games where they would run a grainy film of someone scoring against St. Louis but that was pretty much it.
The best description of the Pittsburgh Penguins is that Kehoe scored 312 regular season goals for them between 1974-84, and 4 in the post season (all in the 80s).
Kehoe was a clean player, had good speed and a shot that could beat the goalie from the blueline.
The current Penguins are in the “79-82 Oilers” phase in the Crosby-career. He’s a truly great player having a slow start. In Gare Joyce’s new book on scouting (which my wife got me for my birthday, along with a 2-4) he says scouts would flock to Crosby’s junior games and sit in awe.
Joyce says scouts called him “Baby Jesus.” I’m only one chapter into the book and would suggest it’s a must buy.
Go Oilers, let’s hope Crosby kills the NHL after tonight.