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Thursday, December 1, 2011

Dec 1--Bob Wall

Dec 1
Bob Wall

Played on the Detroit Red Wing sponsored Hamilton Red Wings. Won a Memorial Cup in 61/62. This was the team I idolized growing up in Hamilton. The future NHL players on this team included Pit Martin, Lowell McDonald, Howie Menard, Paul Henderson, Ron Harris, Earl Heiskala, Wayne Riners, Roger Lafreniere, Jimmy Peters and Bryan Campbell. This was considered one of the greatest juniorteams ever.
Despite playing as a hockey professional for 14 years, Wall really was known as an NHL journeyman, playing three full seasons and sporadically in several others. The vast majority of time was spent riding buses in the American Hockey League and the now defunct CPHL.
  The big opportunity for Wall came about in 1972-73 at the age of 30 when the newly formed World Hockey Association came into existence. Desperate to fill their rosters, the teams knew they needed some veteran players to help mold their squads. The Alberta Oilers took a chance on Wall, and he repaid them by having a career year offensively, potting 16 goals and 29 assists for 46 points in the 78-game regular season. Even Wall himself was shocked at the high calibre of his play. He was quoted that season as saying "there's no doubt, this is the best season I've ever had."
Wall played one more year in Edmonton before finishing out his pro career with the San Diego Mariners in 1975-76.

Received these blue ink signed cards in person at one of the NHL Oldtimer events. His rookie card has him with a large head for some reason. And he played left wing for St. Louis. Huh.

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