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Gartner Ottawa's best NHL export

DON BRENNAN, Ottawa Sun

, Last Updated: 10:42 AM ET

There's no question Steve Yzerman is the best hockey player Ottawa ever produced, but, really, he was born in Cranbrook, B.C., and didn't move here until the age of 10. Who is the best Ottawa-born hockey player ever?

The easy pick is Mike Gartner, who spent most of his 19-year career with the Washington Capitals and today sits 23rd on the NHL's all-time scoring list with 1,335 points, although historians could argue that Bill Boucher's scoring exploits with the Montreal Canadiens 80 years ago makes him worthy of at least some consideration. In 1922-23, Boucher had 23 goals in a 24-game season, and in five years, from 1921-26, scored 74 goals in 101 games.

Not too shabby, eh?

Boucher, like Gartner, was a right winger. So were fellow Ottawa natives Rick Vaive (who posted three consecutive 50 goal seasons with the Toronto Maple Leafs from 1981-84), Harry "Punch" Broadbent (who averaged more than one goal every three games with the Ottawa Senators and New York Americans from 1918-29) and Matthew Barnaby (more a personal favourite for agitating, scrapping and quotes).

Definitely, the starboard side is one of strength on an all-Ottawa all-star squad.

After considering the numbers and discounting the likes of Larry Robinson (because he's from Winchester) and Denis Potvin (Hull), our choices to fill out the starting lineup would be:

Goalie: Clint Benedict (1917-24, Senators; 1924-30, Montreal Maroons)

Defence: Francis "King" Clancy (1921-30, Senators; 1930-37, Maple Leafs) and Jeff Brown (1985-90, Quebec Nordiques; 1990-94, St. Louis Blues, 1993-96, Vancouver Canucks; 1995-98, Hartford Whalers/Carolina Hurricanes; 1997-98, Maple Leafs/ Capitals).

Right Wing: Mike Gartner (1979-89, Capitals; 1989-90, Minnesota North Stars, 1990-94, New York Rangers, 1994-96, Maple Leafs; 1997-98, Phoenix Coyotees)

Centre: Rod Brind'Amour (1988-91, Blues; 1992-2000, Philadelphia Flyers, 2000-04, Hurricanes)

Left Wing: John Ogrodnick (1979-87, Detroit Red Wings; 1987, Nordiques; 1988-92, Rangers, 1992-93, Red Wings).

Discuss amongst yourselves.

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don.brennan@ott.sunpub.com


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