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Doctor Hockey

 
Yesterday GreatestHockeyLegends.com's Tuesday Top Ten offered a fun look at the Top Ten Hockey Teeth.

Today I thought it would be fitting if the Eyes On The Prize Habs Hero was also from the medical field: Dr. Jerry Wilson.

Dr. Jerry Wilson is the father of long time NHL player and Canadian Olympian Carey Wilson. He is also the grandfather of current NHL star Colin Wilson of the Nashville Predators.

His impact on the hockey world is far greater than his offspring. He also happens to be a former Montreal Canadien himself; the Winnipeg Jets team doctor (he also worked for the CFL's Winnipeg Blue Bombers and the Royal Winnipeg Ballet); and influential in convincing early European stars like Anders Hedberg and Ulf Nilsson to come to North America. You can read more about Dr. Jerry Wilson here.

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Now, Dr. Wilson specialized in knees. But there have been a few hockey players who actually became dentists. Bill  Baker (1980 USA Olympic team), Al Simmons (Boston Bruins), Bobby Copp and Phil Samis (Toronto Maple Leafs), Bill Carse (Chicago Black Hawks),  Rod Smylie (Toronto St. Pats), Duke McCurry (Pittsburgh Pirates), Stan Brown (Detroit Cougars/New York Rangers) Lou Hudson and Joe Sullivan (1928 Olympic gold medal winning team from Canada), Bill Carson (Toronto Maple Leafs/Boston Bruins), Doc Stewart (Boston Bruins), and pre-NHL star Gordon Roberts all became dentists.

Other hockey players became doctors, most famously Randy Gregg, who was a licensed doctor while playing with Wayne Gretzky's Edmonton Oilers. Fred Arthur of the Hartford Whalers quit the NHL after one season to pursue a career in medicine, while Pat Graham, who played 103 games with the Pittsburgh Penguins and Toronto Maple Leafs, became a chiropractor. He was a chiropractor for the Toronto Blue Jays baseball team.

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