FIRST. Yesterday, March 6, was the day in 1892 that Scotty Davidson was born in Kingston, Ontario. Killed in France in 1915, he played just two seasons in the pre-NHL National Hockey Association for the Toronto Blueshirts. He was inducted in Hockey’s Hall of Fame in 1950. In 1945, Mike Rodden put him at the top of his list of all-time all-stars — the best player in the history of hockey, he called Davidson.
SECOND. “The game shouldn’t be fun,” Toronto gm Brian Burke told a press conference last Saturday as he introduced his new coach. “I tell our players this all the time. The fun part of the game is winning.”
THIRD. The rest of Rodden’s (expansive) 1945 list of the best players he’d seen:
Goal: Georges Vézina, Charlie Gardiner, Roy Worters, Frank Brimsek, Hughie Lehman.
Defence: Frank Patrick, Eddie Shore, Lionel Conacher, Eddie Gerard, Sprague Cleghorn, Ching Johnson, King Clancy.
Rover: Russell Bowie, Mickey MacKay, Lester Patrick.
Centre: Frank Nighbor, Howie Morenz, Cyclone Taylor, Frank Magee, Joe Malone, Duke Keats, Frank Frederickson, Cooney Weiland, Nels Stewart, Syl Apps.
Wings: Tommy Phillips, Scotty Davidson, George Richardson, Bill Cook, Aurel Joliat, Charlie Conacher, George Hay, Dick Irvin.