Coaches who tell their players to go to the net if they want to score can site Graves as an example. The Tecumseh, Ontario, native spent his 16 NHL seasons going to the dirty areas and making life miserable for opposing goalies. His rewards included two Stanley Cup championships and the second 50-goal season in the history of the New York Rangers.
The Detroit Red Wings selected Graves, a forward from Windsor of the Ontario Hockey League, in the second round (No. 22) of the 1986 NHL Draft. Graves would go on to get 100 points (45 goals, 55 assists) in 66 games with Windsor the following season, and in 1987-88, he got his first taste in the NHL, playing nine games with Detroit and getting one assist.