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Počalji od C of Red taj Pet Feb 03, 2012 8:43 pm

Lanny McDonald's bushy moustache is his trademark, but so were such
characteristics as speed, work ethic, and commitment. Those traits, not
really counting his facial hair, helped make him a member of the Hockey
Hall of Fame.

The Toronto Maple leafs made McDonald their first round selection
(fourth overall) in 1973, following a brilliant junior career with the
Medicine Hat Tigers. His high skill level and intensity enabled him to
make the jump directly to the NHL and contribute in 1973-74 straight
from junior hockey, an amazing accomplishment for anyone. For Lanny it
was simply unreal - he had spent his entire youth dreaming of wearing
the blue and white of the Toronto Maple Leafs and now he would get to
fulfill that dream.

However Lanny would struggle initially, and the fans weren't overly
pleased. Coming into training camp as such a high draft pick and an
expensive and publicly known contract thanks to the bidding war between
NHL teams and World Hockey Association teams, McDonald had a terrible
rookie season in his own estimation, and compared to the other profile
rookies who were tearing up the NHL, he was right. Lanny's second season
wasn't a lot better statistically, though he did make more of an impact
in games thanks to his relentless hustle.

McDonald arrived as the star NHL player that he was predicted to be in
1975-76. He scored 37 goals and 93 points in his break out year. He
would always thank coach Red Kelly for sticking with him through the
lean years and helping him achieve his destiny.

Roger Nielson took over as coach in 1976-77. Though McDonald admired Red
Kelly, he would term Nielson's tenure in Toronto as the most exciting
time in his NHL career. Under Nielson's innovative coaching, the young
Leafs team ascended to the cusp of NHL greatness. Fans could feel that
something was special with that team, however they would never get to
witness the culmination of Nielson's hard work.

Nielson teamed McDonald and Darryl Sittler together permanently, often
with Errol Thompson or Tiger Williams on left wing. McDonald prospered
on the top line.

McDonald stared the 1976-77 season at the first ever Team Canada
training camp for the Canada Cup. He admitted he was a surprise
selection to the team, but he played a key role as a grinder with the
likes of Bob Gainey. He picked up 2 assists and a lot of respect on the
team many agree is the greatest team ever iced. He followed that up with
a spectacular season with the Leafs. He scored 46 goals and 90 points
to lead the team, plus scored 10 goals and 17 points in an exciting
playoff season which lasted 9 games.

McDonald's greatest moment as a Leaf came in 1978. Coming off of a 47
goal, 87 point season, McDonald was ready to again lead the Leafs in the
post season. His scoring totals were way down (he scored 3 goals and 7
points in 13 contests), but he was a star most nights. He was the
brightest star in game 7 of the Leafs second round showdown with the
NHL's other hot young team on the rise - the New York Islanders. In
sudden death over time McDonald - sporting a broken nose and a broken
bone in his wrist - fought through a crowd in front of the net to poke a
loose puck past Isles' goalie Chico Resch. McDonald's goal ranks as one
of the Leafs greatest playoff moments in the illustrious history of the
franchise.

The Leafs would run out of gas in their next playoff match - with their
eternal rivals the Montreal Canadiens. But the Leaf fans greatly
appreciated the efforts of the 1977-78 Leafs, which only led to greater
expectations in 1978-79. The team would struggle. Coach Nielson would be
fired during the season only to show up behind the bench for the very
next game, but would be fired again at the end of the season along with
general manager Jim Gregory.

Replacing the Gregory/Nielson regime was a Leaf legend from the past -
Punch Imlach. However Imlach would tarnish his reputation as he tore
apart the young Leafs team in order to put his stamp on team. He was
most famous for publicly feuding with star center and team captain
Darryl Sittler. McDonald, a close friend of Sittler and the Leafs' NHLPA
union representative, was one of the first to be exiled from the Leafs.

Imlach traded McDonald and defenseman Joel Quenneville to arguably the
worst team in the league - the Colorado Rockies - in exchanged for Pat
Hickey and Wilf Paiement. McDonald was devastated. He was dumped by the
team he grew up idolizing, and just prior to the birth of his second
child. The move to Colorado was not easy, although coach Don Cherry did
everything he could to ease the situation by arranging for him to be
with his family at all times other than when the Rockies played games.
McDonald rarely practiced with the team and spent most of his time in
airports and on airplanes.

Despite the emotionally and physically draining affair, McDonald played
well under Cherry. He finished the season with 25 goals with the Rockies
to finish the year with 40 goals - making it the 4th consecutive year
with at least that many goals in a NHL campaign.

There were few Rocky Mountain Highs for anyone involved with the
Colorado Rockies. Although he enjoyed some of his greatest friendships
with members of the lowly Rockies, he was more than thrilled to leave
the hockey abyss early in the 1981-82 season when he was traded to the
Calgary Flames.

If McDonald isn't remembered as a Leaf, he certainly is remembered as a
Calgary Flame. Born in southern Alberta, returning home turned out to be
a great thing for Lanny. The Flames would rise to the top of NHL elite
for much of the 1980s, thanks in large part to the contributions of
Lanny McDonald.

McDonald enjoyed his greatest season in 1982-83. Playing with underrated
super star Guy Chouinard, McDonald unthinkably challenged Wayne Gretzky
for the NHL goal scoring total. Gretzky would end up with the crown
thanks to his 71 goals, but McDonald wasn't far behind with an
overachieving 66. It was simply an amazing season for McDonald.
Everything he touched turned to gold that year. He was honored with the
1983 Bill Masterton Trophy as well as a second all star team nomination.

The Flames made major changes in 1983-84, including the trading
Chouinard to St. Louis. McDonald would miss the creative playmaking of
his center from the year before, and it showed in his scoring totals. In
65 games he scored 33 goals and 66 points. Had he been healthy all year
he likely would have topped the 40 goal plateau again - a more
realistic level for McDonald.

McDonald's goal scoring would slow over the following years, but he
remerged in the 1985-86 playoffs. As co-captain of the Flames, McDonald
led the Flames to the Stanley Cup finals against the Montreal Canadiens
thanks to 11 goals and 18 points. After finally knocking off their
rivals from the north - Gretzky's Edmonton Oilers - in a dramatic 7 game
playoff series that many would argue was the greatest playoff series
ever played, the Flames seemed to run out of gas against a Montreal team
that they should have been able to beat.

The Flames would get another chance in 1989 when the Flames returned to
the finals and again faced the Montreal Canadiens. By this time McDonald
was definitely near the end of his career. For three seasons he became
more of a third or fourth liner who was present for his leadership. It
was a good year for McDonald nonetheless. He recorded his 500th goal,
500th assist and 1000th point all in the same season. Then in the
playoffs the Flames would not be denied and finally captured the Stanley
Cup championship. McDonald scored just one goal in that playoff year -
in the decisive 6th game of the Finals!

McDonald, one of the classiest gentlemen to ever play in any sport,
retired as a champion shortly following the Cup victory. He would be
honored as the NHL's Man of the Year and King Clancy Memorial trophy in
the summer of 1989, and would be inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame
in 1992 - his first year of eligibility. His number 9 has been retired
by the Flames organization as well.

He would remain with the Calgary Flames in several capacities in
retirement, and devoted more time than ever to charities. He also became
involved in Team Canada. He was instrumental in the 2001 World
Championship entry and the 2002 gold medal winning Olympic squad.

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Re: Lanny McDonald #9

Počalji od Marvin taj Pet Feb 03, 2012 9:10 pm



Dođe ti takvo jedno opterećenje, da ne možeš sam sebe gledat, a kamoli jedan film.
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Re: Lanny McDonald #9

Počalji od C of Red taj Pet Feb 03, 2012 9:25 pm

ako bude trebao prevod za tekst moze i to al kad vec razumeju ljudi engleski sto bi se ja cimao
jos slika
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i klip
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=swz4JdKvQBM
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Re: Lanny McDonald #9

Počalji od Che taj Sub Feb 04, 2012 2:31 pm

Nisam toliko upoznat sa istorijom Flejmsa i to, ali ovo je mozda i najbolji History will be made clip...



"You've done it, Lanny... You've done it..."

Kad vidite kako krecu suze na oci takvom coveku.. Klanjam se
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Re: Lanny McDonald #9

Počalji od C of Red taj Sub Feb 04, 2012 4:11 pm

Naravno former maple leaf
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Re: Lanny McDonald #9

Počalji od Marvin taj Sub Feb 04, 2012 4:19 pm

Lanny nije istorija Flamesa, on je deo istorije celog NHLa.

Vec triput sam pokusavao da postujem nesto sa YT klipovima, ali mi ovaj komp kuci jako baguje kad idem na YT, pa onda necu da kacim...


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Re: Lanny McDonald #9

Počalji od C of Red taj Sub Feb 04, 2012 5:49 pm

500ti gol http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rWKIXWjgri0&feature=related
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