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Ken Linesman

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A scrappy, grinding, shifty centreman, Ken Linseman could irritate opponents like no one else. After starting with Birmingham in the WHA, Linseman joined the Flyers in 1978. He became a leading scorer and was pegged to succeed Bobby Clarke as team leader. In fact, it was Clarke who named him, “The Rat”. He achieved a reputation for needless penalties and was traded to Edmonton in 1982, via Hartford. After he won a cup with the Oilers, he moved to Boston for five seasons where he became a thorn in the side of opponents. He took particular pleasure in agitating Montreal because of the rivalry between the Habs and the Bruins during the 80s. Linseman retired in 1992.