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11-01-2004, 12:00 AM
Join Date: Feb 2004
More on that penalty shot, perhaps my alltime favourite hockey moment. Everyone knew it was the last game Steve Larmer, long-time Blackhawks legend, was ever going to play in the old Chicago Stadium. When the penalty shot was called, the crowd got louder; it really sounded like they wanted Larmer to score against their own team. Larmer took the puck and skated right in on Belfour, and then, when he was between the circles, he just wound up and let rip a huge slapshot that Belfour could do nothing to stop.
I think that one event really describes Steve Larmer really well: this guy was too tough to deke. At a time when I was just starting to be a hockey fan, he represented toughness and grit in the sport to me. He wasn't just a tough defensive forward, though, he put up points, and as I recall, he was a pretty good passer.
And he always chewed bubble-gum during the games.
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