Maurice Richard's Defensive Play
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06-29-2009, 12:44 PM
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All this talk about Hull's speed while on the PK had me thinking of this video I uploaded awhile back of Hull intercepting a pass and just how fast he could get going. I uploaded this clip of him when someone was asking me if he really was that fast.
I would not go comparing Hull to Bure though. Bure was an immense pain to any coach defensively, while Hull was very much better defensively, willing to backcheck and go deep into his own end to retrieve a puck. Bure was more of a blueline hanger.
In the 1950's and 60's(pre Bobby Orr) it was common for the defenseman to set-up the puck for a forward circling with a full head of speed from behind his own net. Bobby Hull favoured this tactic as did a number of others - Jean Beliveau, Henri Richard, Frank Mahovlich, and others.
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