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The Atlanta Flames in Review: Article 2

2020-01-14
Lars "Lasse" Bjorn - D
Born in Stockholm, Sweden - Large stay-at-home defenseman with strong defensive and checking skills, as well as blocking shots.
 
OTHL History:
Lasse Bjorn joined the OTHL in 1951-52 as a member of the Vancouver Canucks organization, but would play with their farm team the Thunderbirds from 1951 to 1955, before the Canucks for the 1955-56 season where he would score 3 goals and 9 assists and rack up an impressive 162 penalty minutes. He would also appear in 4 playoff games.
 
1956 would see Bjorn moved to the Toronto Mapleleafs - where he would play the 1956-57 and 1957-58 seasons with the Mapleleafs, tying his career best of 3 goals and 9 assits in 1957-58. He would then be moved to the Toronto farm team the Marlboros where he would toil for two more seasons.
 
In 1960, Bjorn would join the Buffalo Sabres chalk up 5 assists for them before being moved at the trade deadline to the Atlanta Flames - Bjorn would go on to score 2 goals and 6 assists in just 12 games. He would get 3 assists in just 7 playoff games.
 
In 1960-61, Bjorn would appear in his 1st full season with the Atlanta Flames - he would set a new Career high of 4 goals and 23 assists for 27 points - despite being primarily on the 2nd and 3rd lines. The Flames would make it to the OTHL Stanley Cup final that year - Bjorn would manage 1 goal and 2 assists in the effort.
 
1961-62 saw Bjorn still with the Flames, but now relegated to the 3rd line - but still managed 3 goals and 14 assits - but an impressive +22 +/- rating. He would go on to put up his best playoff numbers with 3 goal and 6 assists and help the Atlanta Flames win thier 1st OTHL Stanley Cup.
 
Real-World History:
He won nine Swedish ice hockey championships between 1950 and 1963, making him the only player ever to have won that many championships to this day. He participated at nine IIHF World Championship tournaments, winning gold in 1953 and 1957 and three bronze medals. He was named Best Defenseman at the 1954 world championship. He participated in three Winter Olympics, winning one bronze medal in 1952. He is a member of both the IIHF and Sweden Hockey Hall of Fames.
 
Dmitri Ukolov - D
Born in Tula, Russia (Soviet Union) - Small in Stature but with a huge ice presence. Exceptional Scoring, Passing, Stick Handling and Defensive skills. 
 
OTHL History:
Dmitri Ukolov joined the OTHL in 1951-52 as a member of the New York Rangers, where he would play for 10 years - 5 years as a member of the Golden Gophers before joining the New York Rangers early in the 1956-57 season - where he would play 50 games and chalk his first OTHL points with 2 goals and 16 assists for 18 points. He would go on to play 6 post season games, scoring 2 goals and 1 assist - his first OTHL playoff points.
 
1957-58 saw Ukolov play his first full season with the Rangers and the Soviet Defensemen started to show his offensive skills - scoring 9 goals and 20 assists a new personal record. He would play in 7 playoff games before the Ranger were eliminated, scoring 2 goals and 7 assists.
 
1958-59 would see Ukolov become a dominate force on the ice, when he scored 16 goals and 45 assits for 61 points. However, the Rangers would be eliminated in 4 games.
 
1959-60 had Ukolov shatter his pervious records with an impressive 22 goals and 43 assists for total of 65 points. The Rangers would make the playoffs again, but would be eliminated after 10 games - though Ukolov made 4 goal and 2 assits in the effort.
 
1960-61 - Saw the Rangers struggle in the standings, though Ukolov would still manage 19 goal and 32 assists for 51 points with the Rangers. The Rangers would miss the playoffs for the first time - having made the playoff every season since 1948-49. Ranger management started looking at change.
 
The 1961 off season would see the Newyork Rangers trade Ukolov to the Atlanta Flames organization - Ukolov would suffer an injury that took him out of play for 19 games - but he would still manage 10 goals and 44 assits for 54 points. He would also take the Atlanta Flames to the OTHL Stanley Cup Finals - appearing in 18 games and scoring 7 goals and 14 assists for 21 points. 
 
1962-63 saw the Soviet Defender still with the Atlanta Flames and would again suffer an injury that would take him out of action for 19 games - but this time he set a new points records for himself with 15 goals and 56 assists for 71 points. He would go on to win the OTHL Stanley Cup with the Flames, scoring 2 goals and 10 assists in the playoffs - but sadly missed the Cup winning game with an injury that saw him watching the game from the press box.
 
Real-World History:
Dmitri Ukolov started his hockey career in 1948 with Spartak Moskva, but in 1949 he switched to CSKA Moskva and played with them until at the end of his career. Besides his Olympic gold medal, Ukolov won World Championship golds in 1954 and 1956, and silvers in 1955, 1958, and 1959, also winning European Championships in 1955-56 and 1958-59 and he played on seven Soviet Champion teams (1950, 1955-56, 1958-61). He also won Soviet Cups in 1954-56. He is also in the Soviet (Russian) Hockey Hall of Fame.
 
King Clancy - D
Francis Michael "King" Clancy Born in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. Fast and tough little defensemen that would not back down. It is rumored that King Clancy started thousands of fighters and never won one. King Clancy has great speed, puck handling, passing and scoring skills and is solid defensively as well.
 
OTHL History:
After receivng the mysterious OTHL anti-aging Serum that made him 20 years younger - King Clancy join the OTHL as a member of the Detroit Redwings during the 1942-43 season - scoring 4 goals and 10 assists in his first season.
 
Clancy would go on to play 12 more season with th Detroit Redwings - however, he would only appear in th playoffs once during the 1953-54 eason where he would play 7 games and manage just 2 assists. The most Goals Clancy would score as a Redwing in a season was 8 and the most assists would be 39.
 
1954-55 - The Redwings would trade King Clancy to the Chicago Blackhawks at the Trade Deadline. He would score 1 goal and 9 assists in just 15 games and would then go on to appear in 11 play game getting his first ever OTHL playoff goal and 6 more assists and win the OTHL Stanley Cup.
 
1955-56 would be Clancy's first full season with the Blackhawks and he would go on to score 5 goals and 43 assists - he would also take the Blackhawks to the OTHL Stanley Cup again.
 
1956-57 saw Clancy and the Blackhawks win the OTHL Stanley Cup yet again. 
 
1957 to 1959 saw Clancy and the Blackhawks make the playoff but fail to reach the final.
 
1959-60 at the age of 36 - set new career bests with 19 goals and 57 assists - for 76 points - but was unable to yet again claim the cup. 
 
1960 off season saw Clancy move to the Vancouver Canucks - Where Clancy would set a new career points record with 11 goals and 71 assists for 82 points. Clancy's 71 assists would set a new league assist record which has yet to be broken. Clancy and the Canucks would make the playoff, but be eliminated in 12 games.
 
1961-62 had Clancy put up solid numbers, 17 goal and 42 assists for the Canucks - but the Canucks found themselves out of the playoffs after just 5 games.
 
1962-63 had Clancy drop in production on a struggling Canucks team - scoring just 13 goals and 41 assits for 54 points - though they made the playoffs - the Canucks were eliminated in 7 games.
 
1963 Off-Season saw King Clancy join the Atlanta Flames from Free Agency - his quick style is expected to mesh well with the fast offensive minded Flames.
 
Real-World History:
King Clancy was born in 1903 and played in the NHL from 1921 to 1937 with the Ottawa Senators and Toronto Mapleleafs - he was named to th NHL first All-Star team in 1931 and 1934, the Second All-Star Team in 1932 and 1933. He won Two Stalney Cups with the Ottawa Senators and One with the Toronto Maplleafs. He is a member of the Canada Sports Hall of Fame, Ontario Sports Hall of Fame and Hockey Hall of Fame. Rated as one of the 100 Greatest NHL players in History. The King Clancy Memorial Trophy was named in his honour and is awarded annually to the NHL player who demonstrates leadership qualities on and off the ice and who has made exceptional humanitarian contributions in the community.



Dan

Love the read. Been meaning to do some stories of my players

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