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11-06-2008, 10:37 AM
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Fleury was drafted late because of his size or the lack there of and didn't even found out that he was drafted until he got a neighbour to drive him across the Ontario boarder to buy The Toronto Star where all the draftees were listed.
However, people thought enough of him to include in the World Junior Roster...where subsequently he was at the centre of that bru-ha-ha with the Russians and the Czech soldiers back in 1987 WJC.
St. Louis was also not drafted. However on paper St. Louis (listed as 5'9" although these numbers are always inflated esp. for small guys) is much bigger than Fleury (5'6") but I am sure that size was again a factor here.
St. Louis was a scoring sensation and even was considered for Hobey Baker Award for best US Collegiate player. However, St. Louis was not recognized in the same way that Fleury was during his younger years.
Perhaps that was because Fleury did have that bigger than life bravado that Marty didn't really have.
In either case, both of these guys had to fight tooth and nail to get to NHL and then be stars in it, esp. because of the grinding, physically draining hockey that was played for the last 20 years.
And even more impressive to me has always been our very own Frankie Bouillion making it to NHL as a defenseman and succeeding at all of 5'8"!!! THIS is something. We don't give him nearly enough credit for the size of this guy's heart. Didn't he even take on Colten Orr one year and hold his own?
Small guys now-a-days have a much better shot at making it in NHL.
Let's not forget that our friendly captain, Yvan Serge Cournoyer was only 5'7"!!!
Bouillon is built like a freaking tank though. 5'8 200+ pds is HUGE.
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