Somebody's Hero

A tribute to the lesser known Professional Hockey Players of the National Hockey League (NHL) & World Hockey Association (WHA) who skated away from the limelight, had short insignificant careers or just plain left us too soon.
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Terry Richardson was a Detroit first rounder in 1973 and went on to play only 20 NHL games.

Terry Richardson was a Detroit first rounder in 1973 and went on to play only 20 NHL games.

Wayne King played 73 NHL games and scored 5 goals for the California Golden Seals

Wayne King played 73 NHL games and scored 5 goals for the California Golden Seals

Wayne Maki was rated by commentators for committing the most vicious attack in NHL history. In 1969 he was involved in a stick swinging incident that fractured Ted Green's skull. Maki was picked up by Vancouver in the 1970 expansion draft and was becoming one of the franchises first stars when in 1972 he was diagnosed with brain Cancer and died in May of 1974 at the age of 29. His number 11 is unofficially retired by Vancouver.

Wayne Maki was rated by commentators for committing the most vicious attack in NHL history. In 1969 he was involved in a stick swinging incident that fractured Ted Green's skull. Maki was picked up by Vancouver in the 1970 expansion draft and was becoming one of the franchises first stars when in 1972 he was diagnosed with brain Cancer and died in May of 1974 at the age of 29. His number 11 is unofficially retired by Vancouver.

Jim Moxey played pro Hockey in the 1970's for the California Seals & Cleveland Barons of the NHL.

Jim Moxey played pro Hockey in the for the California Seals & Cleveland Barons of the NHL.

Gilles Bilodeau had nicknames such as "Bad News" "Tarzan" and "Zombie" Known for his fierce aggressive style of play and fighting ability but he had limited hockey skills. Off the ice he was known to be a gentleman. Unfortunately he passed away in 2008 of undiagnosed pancreatic cancer, he was 53.

Gilles Bilodeau had nicknames such as "Bad News" "Tarzan" and "Zombie" Known for his fierce aggressive style of play and fighting ability but he had limited hockey skills. Off the ice he was known to be a gentleman. Unfortunately he passed away in 2008 of undiagnosed pancreatic cancer, he was 53.

Steve Durbano was nicknamed "Mental Case" and was noted for his villainous behavior on the ice and his larger than life persona of it. Was implicated in a criminal scheme to import cocaine into Canada and was sentenced to seven years in prison. Died of liver cancer in 2002 at the age of 50.

Steve Durbano was nicknamed "Mental Case" and was noted for his villainous behavior on the ice and his larger than life persona of it. Was implicated in a criminal scheme to import cocaine into Canada and was sentenced to seven years in prison. Died of liver cancer in 2002 at the age of 50.

Ted Taylor won the WHA's Avco Cup twice as a member of the Houston Aeros

Ted Taylor won the WHA's Avco Cup twice as a member of the Houston Aeros

Richard Nantais once scored 64 goals for the Quebec Ramparts in 67 QMJHL games. He scored 5 goals in 63 NHL games for the Minnesota North Stars.

Richard Nantais once scored 64 goals for the Quebec Ramparts in 67 QMJHL games. He scored 5 goals in 63 NHL games for the Minnesota North Stars.

Jean Payette played in 112 WHA games for the Quebec Nordiques.

Jean Payette played in 112 WHA games for the Quebec Nordiques.

Wayne Rutledge played in the NHL & WHA. He passed away in 2004 at the age of 62

Wayne Rutledge played in the NHL & WHA. He passed away in 2004 at the age of 62

Wayne Rivers played 108 NHL & 357 WHA games. 45 NHL career points  334 WHA points.

Wayne Rivers played 108 NHL & 357 WHA games. 45 NHL career points 334 WHA points.

Warren Williams was a member of the United States team in the 1976 Canada Cup tournament.

Warren Williams was a member of the United States team in the 1976 Canada Cup tournament.

Terry Caffery was credited for inventing the backward grip for faceoffs.

Terry Caffery was credited for inventing the backward grip for faceoffs.

Joe Zanussi was nicknamed "Crazy Legs" & "The Tazmanian Devil" for his skating ability & agility. Considered small he was a big hitter and possessed a hard shot.

Joe Zanussi was nicknamed "Crazy Legs" & "The Tazmanian Devil" for his skating ability & agility. Considered small he was a big hitter and possessed a hard shot.

Claire Alexander was an offensive defenseman who played for the Toronto Maple Leafs and briefly with the Vancouver Canucks.

Claire Alexander was an offensive defenseman who played for the Toronto Maple Leafs and briefly with the Vancouver Canucks.

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