Ace Burpee–Humanitarian, humorist, community advocate, media personality, skateboard enthusiast, friend to many, HOCKEY LOVER! The Believe in the Goal Foundation is honored to consider amongst its special friends, Mr. “Ace” Burpee of HOT103 FM. Always at the ready when called upon to emcee or host a B.I.G. event or fundraising activity, Ace is now going public with his “Favourite 34 Hockey Players of All-time!” Come back each week throughout the year for a sneak peek into the mind of a true Canadian hockey afficianado, prognosticator and historian... and soon to be, new GM of the returning Winnipeg Jets!
I don't know if there's ever been anyone so great yet so un-famous. In fact there probably isn't even a close second. Very few have put up numbers like Marcel Dionne, yet nobody really ever seemed to notice. When people talk about the greatest players of all time, you'd think someone who notched almost 1,800 points in the NHL would get a mention, but he doesn't. Marcel Dionne was incredible. He just racked up points in obscurity and then was gone. It was weird. He seems largely forgotten. He ranks 5th all-time in points. More than Mario. More than Stevie Y. Ahead of Jagr and Sakic. Dionne could play. Plus, he was only 5'8", the same size as me. We all thought we had a chance if Marcel could do it. The greatest thing about Marcel Dionne though, even greater than scoring over 700 NHL goals? His nickname was "Little Beaver". Greatest nickname ever.