The Leafs have hired Dave Farrish as a new assistant coach. Like new head coach Randy Carlyle, he was a Leaf blueliner from days of yore. Where Randy was traded away while still a youngster, Dave was around for a number of years.
It’s very unusual for me not to be able to call to mind a single thing about a player I obviously watched. I know I have all of his cards and I can bring most of them to mind (the ’81-82 card where part of his face is obscured by a stanchion is a classic), but I can’t tell you a single thing about Dave Farrish the player. I don’t have a single image of him skating, hitting, passing, scoring, whatever. I can remember Val James, Marty Dallman, Tim Armstrong and a host of others who played far less than Dave did – I even remember the one game Jack Capuano played in Toronto – but scouring the memory banks for Dave Farrish brings me absolutely nothing.
They say the hallmark of a good defensive defenseman is that you don’t notice him when he’s out there. If you notice him, he must have made a mistake.
By that standard, Dave Farrish could be the best defenseman in Leaf history. I can’t say for sure. I don’t remember.