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Ulf Nilsson Ulf Nilsson combined with Bobby Hull and fellow Swede Anders Hedberg to form the most productive forward line in WHA history. A playmaking centreman, Nilsson helped Hull score 77 goals in 1974-75 to set the professional hockey league standard. Ulf was named playoff MVP when his Winnipeg Jets won the Avco Cup in 1976. He ended his career with in 1983 with the New York Rangers. Nilsson ranks fourth all-time in WHA scoring. Bobby Orr
Bobby Orr dateline - March 15, 1970 - scored two goals to become the first defensemen in NHL history to record a 100-point season.
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Bernie Parent Bernie Parent quote - whenever asked why he wore jersey number 00 for the WHA Philadelphia Blazers, he would reply, "Every time a puck gets past me and I look back in the net, I say 'Oh, Oh,'"
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Brad Park Brad Park quote - revealed to the Hockey News in 1972, "I thought I just couldn't line up and shake hands with them [the Bruins] after the game [the 1972 Stanley Cup finale]. I was all set to leave for our dressing room when I noticed Orr was the first in line. Because of my tremendous respect for him I changed my mind."
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Gilbert Perreault Gilbert Perreault tidbit - His career was determined by a spin. A carnival wheel was used to decide whether Buffalo or Vancouver, the league's two new expansion teams, would have the first pick in the 1970 amateur draft. The Sabres won and selected Perreault, leaving Vancouver to choose Dale Tallon second overall.
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Barclay Plager Barclay Plager was a stalwart, physical defensemen who starred for the St. Louis Blues from 1967 to '77. He participated at four all-star games and served as team captain from 1970-72. Plager ranked first on the Blues all-time charts in games played, assists and penalties when he announced his retirement. His jersey number 8 was ultimately retired by St. Louis.


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