Much like #14 on the list of the greatest Edmonton Oilers of all-time, #13 on the list didn’t make the offensive impact of his more famous teammates but was a key component in the Oilers dynasty machine of the 1980s.
Charlie Huddy, maybe known for his trademark mustache as much as anything else, wasn’t the offensive stud teammate Paul Coffey was but had his own impact on the teams’ successes.
There isn’t a lot on Huddy which in a weird way kind of exemplifies his impact and legacy within the Oilers mythos. Huddy wasn’t the guy who garnered a lot of attention but definitely made the Oilers a better team.
Joining the Oilers for the 1981/82 season, the 6’0” 200lb Huddy showed that every good team needs solid role players to contrast the star power. Never a physical guy and definitely not an offensive dynamo, Huddy was a smart player who made the right decisions and put himself in the right spots.
Huddy manned the point on the power play with Coffey, helping the potent Oiler power play with a hard, accurate shot from the point but protecting the defensive end, allowing Coffey to jump into the play and take risks.
Playing alongside the dynamic Coffey allowed Huddy to have a very good year in 1982/83 with a caeer-high in goals (20) and points (57). The only time he would come close to matching the latter was his 51 point effort in 1984/85.
More importantly than anything else, Huddy was a member and important piece of all five Oilers Stanley Cup victories. He allowed the high-flying Oilers to do their thing and gave Grant Fuhr a little bit of assistance in various shootouts during the decade.
Huddy would spend 11 years in Alberta before joining Gretzky in Los Angeles in 1991.
Charlie Huddy holds a special place in the hearts of many Oilers faithful – he was someone to root for who wasn’t challenging for scoring titles, wasn’t considered a superstar, and was valued for being a glue member of some very successful Oiler teams.
For his solid contributions, and a hand in those five Stanley Cup Championships, Charlie Huddy is one of the greatest Edmonton Oilers of all-time.
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