It is hard to determine which is the greater anomaly: An NHL legend who sticks with one organization throughout a lengthy career or a Gordie Howe/Ray Bourque type who applies the savory cherry in another uniform.
In any given collection of all-time greats, both cases are likely outnumbered by those players whose legend was split among one, two or three teams, but who also had momentary stints elsewhere. Specifically, ones that are so brief they are all but impossible to remember.
For his entire NHL career, Toe Blake’s place of employment was always the Montreal Forum, but not exclusively with the Canadiens. Despite his polarizing move to pilot the WHA, Bobby Hull was not exactly banned for life from the NHL, though he did not stay with Winnipeg or return to Chicago for the final weeks of his career.
Can anyone recall Blake’s first team and Hull’s final club without clicking ahead?
In the cases of those players and anything comparable, the only surefire way to remember those fleeting stints is to be a fan of the team in question and be old enough to remember the player. For everyone else, it is akin to the material in a textbook that one highlights and underlines with three different colored pens in advance of the final exam.
Whether it is a revelation or a refresher, here are 30 members of the Hockey Hall of Fame who penned their legendary logs with at least one NHL franchise and added less than 30 regular season games played with another.