Author Archive: Joe Pelletier

Joe Pelletier is a published author and the world's foremost Hockey History blogger. Joe is the creator of popular hockey websites such as: and

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Thomas Steen

| December 24, 2012 | 0 Comments

Thomas is one of the most underrated Swedish players in NHL history. He grew up in the small town of Grums in the Värmland region where he learned to play hockey as a little kid. His childhood idol was his cousin and ex-NHL’er Dan Labraaten as well as his older brother Malte Steen who played […]

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Paul MacLean

| July 31, 2011 | 0 Comments

Paul MacLean and his big bushy moustache was the regular right winger for Dale Hawerchuk throughout most of his time with the Winnipeg Jets. Big Mac was a very underrated player in his day, with much of his success immediately credited to his superstar center. The dirty work on that line (often with Brian Mullen […]

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Laurie Boschman

| June 29, 2011 | 0 Comments

Following an amazing final season of junior hockey with the Brandon Wheat Kings (he scored 66 goals and 149 points as well as 215 penalty minutes playing along side Brian Propp and Ray Allison), center Laurie Boschman was drafted 9th overall in the 1979 NHL Entry Draft by the Toronto Maple Leafs. Now Boschman never […]

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Alexei Zhamnov

| June 10, 2011 | 0 Comments

My list of the most talented hockey players I have ever seen in the National Hockey League has to include Alexei Zhamnov. Zhamnov graduated from Moscow Dynamo to join the Winnipeg Jets for four years. He was best known as Teemu Selanne’s centerman during the Finnish Flash’s highest scoring days. Zhamnov, nicknamed “Archie” due to […]

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Doug Smail

| June 8, 2011 | 0 Comments

The key to being a good hockey player is being able to skate. If you can skate really well you can last a long time. Few could skate better than Doug Smail. Smail was phenomenally quick, probably the quickest skater during the 1980s. He was a very intelligent skater as well, as he often would […]

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