Perk Galbraith

One of the best defensive forwards of his era, Walter Percival "Perk" Galbraith was known for his ability to play keep-away with the puck thanks to his skillful stickhandling. Of course, those were the days prior to 1929 when forward passing was prohibited and such displays were more commonplace.

Galbraith was never really was able to transform those skills into an offensive role. He only scored 29 goals and 31 assists for 60 points in 347 career games. Instead he was often used on the penalty kill and to defend leads, often teaming with Art Chapman.

A big man who could skate like the wind, he was extremely effective at shutting down top wingers like the Rangers' Bill Cook or the Leafs' Charlie Conacher. He was so adept at the defensive game that the Bruins even gave Galbraith a few shifts on the blue line when Eddie Shore held out for a better contract.

After his NHL days he moved to Eveleth, Minnesota and in 1939 he became part owner of the St. Paul franchise in the American Hockey Association. In 1941 served as head coach of Minneapolis of the same league. He also operated a roller rink in Minneapolis and was treasure of another rink in the city.

Perk Galbraith, 1929 Stanley Cup champion, died in 1961.


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