Thursday, November 9, 2006
2006 Hockey Hall of Fame: Terrance "Dick" Duff
A native of Kirkland Lake, Ontario, Terrance "Dick" Duff made his NHL debut with the Toronto Maple Leafs on March 10, 1955.
At age 19, Duff landed a full-time role with the Maple Leafs the following season (1955-56) and immediately made an impact. He had 18 goals, 37 points and 74 penalty minutes in 69 games.
As Toronto went through a rebuilding phase over the next three seasons, Duff scored at least 25 goals in each of those campaigns.
He missed almost half of the 1961-62 regular season with a broken ankle, but returned in time to help the Maple Leafs win another Cup. Duff scored the Cup-clinching goal in Toronto's 2-1 win over Chicago on April 22, 1962. It was Toronto's first Cup since 1951.
Duff, now 70, played with Toronto, Montreal, Los Angeles, Buffalo and the New York Rangers during an 18-year career that ended in 1972. He won a total of six Stanley Cups with the Maple Leafs and the Canadiens, was a seven-time All-Star and finished his career with 283 goals and 572 points in 1,030 games.
"I was almost in tears [when I heard about the induction]," said Duff. "This means a lot to me, just like playing hockey meant a lot to me."