BASH Legends

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About BASH Legends

BASH Legends is a chronicle of, and tribute to, some of the great players and personalities who have graced the Bay Area Street Hockey League with their presence. It is intended that through this web page, players of the past will be remembered by those who knew them, and new players will learn about these players and how they enriched this league.

New "Legends" will be added to this page periodically. If anyone has a comment to add, a better picture to post, or a new nominee for the "Legends" page, please send us an email.

Player writeups by J. Wilson, unless otherwise indicated.

The Legends

Tom Nead, Bruins/Rink Rats/Flames

Tom Nead

Tom was the type of big, strong defenseman with a booming slap shot that any team would love to have on their roster. Tom was also very strong in the corners behind his own net and could put the puck in the net from his own blueline. Tom was a huge part of the the 92-93 BASH Champion Flames defensive core along with Dave Wahl and Bill Taylor.

Kirk Lorie, Landsharks

Kirk Lorie

When ‘Captain’ Kirk dropped into the offensive zone, you never knew what would happen. He has an amazing quickness and good stickhandling which made him difficult to guard. When he was teamed with John Toal, they were an lethal pair between their relentless forechecking and offensive balance. Kirk won Playoff MVP, with a dazzling performance, when the Landsharks won the 95-96 BASH Championship.
by S. Kelly

John Wilson, Killer Whales/Seals

John Wilson

One only has to look at his career points totals or his career Championships to see the true caliber of player John was. There can be little argument that John Wilson was one of the most competitive players to ever wear a BASH sweater. No one was more dangerous in the last minutes of a close or tied game. No one EVER in BASH ever went harder into corners in the 60th minute to snatch victory away from an opponent. Yet, John was always ready to hoist a few brews with both friend or foe. The Original Seal teams were as integral as any group in creating the "party" atmosphere that goes along with BASH to this day.
by S. Kelly

John Guthro, Seals/Caenadians

John Guthro

John was probably one of the most versitile players in BASH. As a Caenadian, his playmaking skills were well known. When playing with Mike Hayes and Ben Phillips, John completed one of the more deadly trios in BASH history. However, it was not in the opponents favor when he was called into net. John’s goaltending ability quite often kept his teams in games even when his offensive unit was being outplayed. In addition, John saved some of his best goaltending for the B.A.S.H. travelling squad. In Leominster, MA against the hometown team, John made incredible saves as the depleted 6-man squad started to crumble in front of him. Although the score finished at 11-0, even some of the locals respected his performance. The highlight of John's BASH career was in leading the 96-97 Seals to victory in the BASH Championship and in the process, winning the Playoff MVP honors.
by S. Kelly

Raj Maharaj, Mad Dogs/Whales

Raj Maharaj

Raj was a damned good player both offensively and defensively. He played on the BASH travelling squad on a trip to Vancouver, B.C. where he was immortalized in BASH-lore for saying to a Vancouver referee, "hey ref, stick the ball up your ass !".

Greg Fogg, Mad Dogs/Flames

Greg Fogg

Gregg was like a bull in a China shop. Big, strong and quick Gregg reaked havoc on his opponents. He had a wicked slap shot, but fortunately for opposing goalies it often missed the mark. Gregg played on the talent laden 94-95 Flames with the likes of Jay Nailor, Paul Caicco, Don Bateman, Ed Murray.

Chris French, Whales

Chris French

Chris was a an original BASH player from the time of pick up in the summer of 1990. He even kept the league's equipment in his bedroom on Valencia. Ed Murray would take his Nissan p/u and transport the equipment to and fro. One week after pickup they lost the nets within 3 blocks of James Lick. They went back immediately and somebody had scooped up the nets. So Chris and Ed remade the nets in time for the next weeks games,adding the top shelf for the first time in BASH. As a player Chris aggressively charged the net and scored many tough,clutch goals. He was famous for his cross-ice clearing pass. He organized our first travelling squad for the IM summer tourneys at CAL,where during one game the People's Park riots broke out. He played for the Whales until moving to Ireland . He has moved back to SF but works Saturdays. Come back Chris.
by E. Murray

Dave Little, Landsharks

Dave Little

Never flashy, Dave rarely gave less than 100% in net. Also, a rare BASH feat, he missed very few games (anyone in BASH can tell you about the "goalie scramble" when your #1 goalie is missing). Dave set the record for most wins in a season in 1994-95 with an amazing 16-4 record . In addition, and was the first goalie to go undefeated in the playoffs. Also, he owns the single season and lifetime shutout record. Although he had his critics, Dave’s achievements have earned him a space in the BASH legends page.
by S. Kelly

Mike Mack, Seals/Killer Whales

Mike Mack

Mike can be remembered for streaking down the court with his golden curly locks flying behind him. His specialty was forechecking and he gave defensemen fits. His rivalry with Mark Adelson of the Landsharks is remembered by many. The two tangled every time they played each other.

Uncle Ed Gundrum, Seals/Killer Whales Fan

Uncle Ed

Uncle Ed is affectionately remembered by BASH old-timers as the Seal Mascot. Ed would show up to Seal games with a Ghetto blaster blaring Grateful Dead music. He'd have a beer in one hand and a Marlboro in the other all day (and all night). Ed frequented BASH parties (there were lots in the first 2 years of BASH) with his Seals buddies (Coz, Occh and Wilson). Ed even accompanied the BASH travelling team on a trip to Vancouver, B.C.. There was, and still is, never a dull moment when you party with Uncle Ed.

Vince Lima, Seals/Flames

Vince Lima

Another colorful player in the annals of BASH history. What Vince lacked in natural hockey talent he made up for in sheer determination. He would play any position and was a very effective back-up goalie for Ed Murray and the 92-93 BASH Champion Flames. Vince is perhaps best remembered for having a Marlboro (Red) between periods (a la Guy Lafluer).

"Pirouette" Al Eidinger, Killer Whales/Caenadians

Pirouette Al

Al made his mark in BASH with a very distinctive move. When Al got the ball in open court he would spin around carrying the ball. Hence the nickname, "Pirouette" Al. Al started with the first year Caenadians and ended his career with the 93-94 BASH Champion Killer Whales.

Jim Goldhawk, Mad Dogs/Caenadians/Flames

Jim Goldhawk

To be very frank, Jim was not liked by many BASHers outside of his team (and quite possibly on his team). He was very obnoxious during game play. However, those who got to know Jim realized that he was a gentlemen away from the game. He was also a very solid hockey player. Jim was involved in one of the most infamous BASH episodes ever caught on film. During a 91-92 playoff game between the Caenadians and Flames, Jim got in a wrestling match with Mitchell Freidman while they both persued the ball. As the ball moved away and the play continued, Mitchell fell to the ground due to contact with Jim. Jim then turned around and gave Mitchell a round-house kick to the side of his body. Play still continued as Mitchell writhed in agony and the crowd booed and hissed.

Cameron Douglas, Caenadians/Seals

Cameron Douglas

Cameron was the second youngest player ever to play BASH hockey at the age of 16. His friend and Seal teamate, Jason Cooley, was a bit younger. Cameron was very good for his age and added to a potent 91-92 BASH Champion Seals team. He played effective back-up goalie to Brian Smith leading him to join an elite club as first overall BASH draft pick when the 93-94 Caenadians scooped him up.

Duane King, Seals/Landsharks/Flames/Caenadians

Duane King

Duane was a well liked figure from the inception of BASH. His connections with Pete's Wicked Ale distributors benefitted many of BASH's malt beverage lovers including yours truly. Duane had the distinction of having the largest commute for BASH games when he lived in Fresno and played BASH on weekends. Duane loved partying and playing hockey.

Bruce Cole, Seals

Bruce Cole

Bruce entered the inaugural BASH season as an after-draft walk-on and was uncerimoniously placed on the Seals roster. Little did anyone know that Bruce would score 10 regular season goals and 5 playoff goals including the championship winning goal in game 3 against the Flames. Bruce followed this performance, in his second season, with 17 goals and 30 pts clearly placing him in the elite of the league. Bruce was known for his quickness and wicked slap-shot.

Julian Moll, Killer Whales/Landsharks

Julian Moll

Julian Moll was known primarly for his very hard elbows and bad temper. However he was a marquee defensemen and a key part of the Killer Whales back-to-back championship run. His height (6'-5") and long reach made it difficult for opposing players to either get around him or strip the ball away from him. Julian also had a good shot from the point.

Paul Caicco, Flames

Paul Caicco

What can you say about this guy?! Paul was an offensive force the likes of which the league may never see again. Proof of this is in the numbers. In the 94-95 BASH season Paul shattered the BASH scoring record with 34 goals, 18 assists for a total of 52 points. I don't know if anyone was counting but I think that he missed at least 3 or 4 games that season. The 94-95 Flames were a powerful offensive team with the likes of Jay Nailor, Don Bateman and Greg Fogg complementing Paul's scoring prowess. Now that Paul is retired from BASH all the BASH goalies can breath a sigh of relief.

Dave Rogahn, Killer Whales/Flames/Seals/Mad Dogs

Dave Rogahn

Dave is loved and admired by all of the BASH crew for his tireless and selfless efforts in compiling incredibly detailed statistics for the league. Dave has turned his statistics into an art and most of what you see on this web page is due to his efforts. Dave also publishes an annual BASH media guide with statistics dating back to BASH's illustrious beginnings. To boot, Dave racked up two (back-to-back) championships with the Killer Whales and was the pivitol player in a championship game in which he scored two goals and added an assist, on one shift, leading the team back from a two goal deficit to victory.

Rob Cox, Caenadiens/Mad Dogs

Rob Cox

Rob was one of the founding fathers of BASH and helped shape the league into what it is today. Rob was the first captain for the Caenadiens and picked a team laden with gifted scorers. Unfortunately the defense and goaltending wasn't there dooming the team to mediocrity. Rob himself was a strong defensive forward and good playmaker attested by his 0 goals, 19 assists in the 1993-94 season.

Dennis 'Al Pacino' Frezzo, Seals

Dennis 'Al Pacino' Frezzo

Al was quite simply a pain in the ass to play against. He would never give up pursuit of an opposing player with the ball. Just when it seemed he was beaten he would reappear out of nowhere with his stick a blazin'. Al played on the Seals main production line, with Todd Occhipinti and John Wilson, for 2 seasons before being forced to retire due to chronic back pain from a car accident. One of his greatest BASH moments came in the third and deciding 1991-92 championship game when he tied the game at 3-3 beating perennial all-star goalie Ed Murray with a knuckle ball from 20 feet out.

Jim O'Farrell, Mad Dogs/Killer Whales

Jim O'Farrell

Jim may be one of the most underrated players ever to play in BASH. Jim was picked first overall in the 1992 Draft by the Mad Dogs and played mostly at forward for them that season. He didn't put up the numbers expected (8 goals, 3 assists) and was consequently left unprotected for the 1993 Draft where the Killer Whales picked him up at a bargain 13th spot overall. Jim was moved to defense were he flourished and was instrumental in the Whales back-to-back championships. Perhaps Jim's greatest asset was consistency. He rarely turned the ball over and nearly always cleared the ball out of the defensive zone. Jim had incredible speed and stamina and was a strong motivational force on the bench. Jim took a sabbatical from BASH this year to travel the world.

John Toal, Landsharks/Mad Dogs

John Toal

This fiesty BASH alumni was hard to contain, excellent on face-offs and had a great scoring touch. He had back-to-back 30+ point seasons. In both of these seasons he helped lead his team into the BASH Championship finals. With the Landsharks, John played on one of BASH's best lines ever the Toal/Kirk Lorie/Sean Kelly line. Their great speed and tenacious forchecking made them very difficult to contain.

Mike Hayes, Caenadiens

Mike Hayes

Mike enjoyed 2 very productive BASH seasons with the Caenadiens during BASH's first 2 years of existence. Mike played on the most potent scoring line in BASH history to date. The Hayes/Guthro/Phillipps line combined for 72 of the team's 108 goals in the '91-'92 campaign. Yes, that's 67% of the teams total goals. Unfortunately, their defense sucked so they didn't get too far in the playoffs but Mike's presence will not forgotten by those who played with or against him. He was big, strong, fast and was equally skilled in passing and shooting. Mike came back in '97-'98 to help the Killer Whales win their third championship in five years.

Tom Totman, Flames

Tom Totman

Anybody who ever played against Tom certainly will remember him. Tom was as fierce a competitor as BASH has ever seen and had a scoring touch par none. In the first BASH season Tom scored 26 goals to win the Charlie Blanchette award as the league's top scorer despite missing 7 full games due to knee problems. Another remarkable statistic is that of Tom's 49 regular season goals, 8 were game winners. Tom had an uncanny ability to get off a shot (on goal) in a split second even with opposition players draped all over him and struck fear in his opponents whenever he touched the puck anywhere near the net.

Brian 'Smitty' Smith, Seals/Killer Whales

Brian Smith

Smitty was a true champion and had 3 BASH Championships in his 4 year career to prove it. He won the Best Goaltender Award in '92-'93 with a league record (at the time) 2.15 GAA and could have easily won the Playoff MVP in the '94-'95 season had Alan Palter not pulled off some amazing heroics of his own. In those playoffs Smitty posted a 1.89 GAA to help lead the Killer Whales to their second consequetive Championship. Smitty always lead his team by example and played a huge motivational role for all players.

Mike Regenauer, Seals

Mike Regenauer

Mike played in BASH through the first two seasons of BASH's existence. He is probably remembered most for his incredible stickhandling skills and deadly accurate high velocity long shot which struck fear in his opponents. Mike helped lead the Seals to victory in the 1991-92 BASH Championship and lead all defensemen in total goals scored in each of the 2 years he played. His career high was 18 goals in his first season. Mike's legacy lives on with his patented "Regenauer flip"; a defensive technique in which the puck is flipped up high (20' or so) out of the defensive zone to avoid pressure from the opponent and avoid icing. The move so annoyed some coaches that a rule was passed that made it equivalent to an icing. Fortunately, this rule faded out of the BASH rule book over time and players are still heard today using the phrase "Regenauer flip".

Dave Wahl, Flames

Dave Wahl

Dave played in BASH through the '91-'92 and '92-'93 campaigns and was the undisputed leader of the Flames during this period. Some BASH players today still consider Dave the best all-around player ever to play in this league. Dave was an amazing passer, played great defense and also put up big numbers on the scoreboard, including a league leading 19 assists in the '92-'93 season. Dave won the Best Defenseman and the League MVP award in his first BASH season but his greatest prize was when he lead the Flames to victory in the '92-'93 BASH Championship.

Last Update: 8/15/98