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08-26-2004, 06:00 PM
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Originally Posted by True Blue
There is only one Gretzky. There is only one St. Louis. Without sounding phalic, size DOES matter. You can say that Kariya can all you want, however you cannot deny that his productivity has not been the same for a few years now. The beatings are catching up with him. Just look at some of the top scorers from last year. St. Louis is the only midget. Sakic is not big (5'11", 190 lbs), but he IS Sakic. He is one of the all-time greats. Kovulchuk is 6'1", 221 lbs. Hossa is 6'1", 207lbs. Elias is 6'1", 195 lbs. Even Alfredson, while 5'11", is over 200 lbs.
Telling someone to learn about "physicality" and then preaching that size does not matter is an oxymoron.
I've played hockey. And I can tell you firsthand, that the MAJORITY of the time, the better players had size. Not ALL the time, but more than enough to notice.

That is exactly the point I was trying to make. Agree 100%.
For every 5'10" Bure, there are a dozen 6'4" grinder/shutdown types.

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