Frank 'Seldom' Beaton
Frank Beaton of the Indianapolis Checkers with the San Diego Chicken on his back. (THN Archives)
Frank 'Seldom' Beaton
Status: Former NHL and WHA forward from 1975-1980 with Cincinnati Stingers, New York Rangers, Edmonton Oilers and Birmingham Bulls. Also played with the New Haven Nighthawks of the American League and in the Central League with the Birmingham South Stars and Indianapolis Checkers.
Ht: 5-foot-10 Wt: 200 pounds
DOB: Apr. 28, 1953 In: Antigonish, N.S.
Residence: Birmingham, Ala.
First Hockey Memory: "Watching my brother Donnie playing in the rural league."
Nickname: "They called me ‘Seldom.’"
Last Book Read: "None, I always wait for the movie."
Favorite Movies: "Crazy Horse, Blazing Saddles."
First Job: "Working the cafeteria line at St. FX University."
First Car: "1966 Rambler. Paid $50 for it."
Current Car: "Audi A8."
Favorite Meal: "Spaghetti and meat sauce."
Favorite Ice Cream Flavor: "Chocolate."
Embarrassing Hockey Memory: "I possess the incredible ability to forget all those moments (smiles)."
Greatest Sports Moment: "First and only NHL goal (with New York Rangers in 1979-80). It wasn't pretty, but it counted."
Most Painful Moment: "Damn, where do I start. This is sort of like the embarrassing memory - I try not to remember. You know, believe it or not, it was probably after getting punched in the mouth and getting my lip stitched. You see, I had no front teeth - courtesy of someone's stick. So when I got punched, my eye teeth (canine teeth) would come right through my upper lip. After a few years and many punches to the kisser, scar tissue formed. It got to where the doctor could hardly get the suture needle through the scar tissue, that's how much was there. And I would have gladly taken 10 more punches to the mouth than have him put those four or five stitches in my lip. I tried to be brave and refused Novocain, but the tears running out of my eyes from the sting was a dead giveaway that I was really a wuss. The broken noses or black eyes never hurt when it was happening. It's always the little things."
Favorite Uniforms: "Ranger whites."
Favorite Arenas To Play: "Antigonish Arena, Madison Square Garden, old Maple Leaf Gardens."
Closest Hockey Friends: "Jim Edgeworth, Dan Clark, Jeff McDill, Steve Vickers, Dave Hanson."
Funniest Players Encountered: "Jim Edgeworth. ‘Edgie’ and I played in Flint of the IHL and for ‘Broph’ (John Brophy) in the SHL. We were probably the most unlikely duo you've ever seen. He was an Ivy Leaguer out of Dartmouth and I was a goon out of junior. But I swear he must have stayed up all night most nights just thinking of funny-stupid stuff to do or say. Great guy and he came to play when it counted, too."
Most Memorable Goal: "I didn't get too many so it's my first and only NHL goal. That goal was against Vancouver in Vancouver."
Funny Hockey Memory: "Too many for a bio. It would take a book. (Just one?) Once I had to be taken out of the arena in an equipment bag to get away from the police."
Strangest Game: "At Hampton, Virginia with the Hampton Gulls in the SHL. Every five minutes, both teams had to skate around in the same direction to raise the fog so we could see to play."
Favorite Players To Watch: "Bobby Orr and Guy Lafleur."
Hobbies/Interests: "Celtic music, play the bagpipes, auto racing, soccer, boxing."
Favorite Sport Outside Hockey: "Auto racing."
People Most Admired: "My brothers Don and Bill. George W. Bush. John Brophy. Fred Shero. Fred Creighton."
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