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During the 1980s to mid-1990s, legendary Flyers broadcaster Gene Hart hosted several different incarnations of a radio call-in show called "Flyers Fone." One especially persistent caller used to phone the show on a weekly basis to ask "When are the Flyers going to call up that Tookey kid?"
Every time, Hart would patiently explain that veteran AHL star Tim Tookey was a fine player and vital to the Hershey Bears -- albeit far from a "kid" by that point in his career -- but he was not the roster fit the Flyers were looking for at the time. Hart would always conclude by saying, "There's nothing wrong with being a star in the second-best league in the world."
One of the most commonly asked questions by hockey fans is a fill-in-the-blanks updating on the "Tookey Kid" query that Hart used to get: Why does a team recalls Player A (quite often a checking forward or defensive defenseman) rather than Player B (almost inevitably a player with gaudier scoring stats or, alternatively an enforcer).