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08-31-2009, 06:05 PM
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Originally Posted by FissionFire View Post
Out of curiosity, if Henri Richard's game can't be appreciated by "bogus stats" why did the writers who did watch him year after year never give him much Hart consideration? Why did he have such a poor All-Star record relative to his contemporaries? I'd think it was because of Believeau but the writers twice voted Richard 2nd behind Jean so they didn't seem to have some bias against voting players from the same team into the 1/2 spot.

While Richard did lead the league twice in assists, don't try overstating it. Outside of those two 1sts he finished higher than 7th only once.

Why is Richard's pedestrian Hart record and average All-Star record enough to place him far above a player like Earl Seibert, who had more All-Star berths and a similar Hart record as a defenseman? I don't see how Richard can be highly ranked unless Seibert is right there with him.

One more thing.....is hockeyreferece correct that Henri Richard never scored a shorthanded goal in the final 12 seasons of his career (when the stat started being tracked)? For a player who was such a key part of the PK as I've been told and who played many minutes on it that seems like a statistical impossibility. Richard was only 27 in the first year it was tracked so it's not like he was well past his prime. It might be possible that his "prime" (1957-58 to 1962-63) is being remembered as the norm for his career. I can't believe that a player who was a primary PK option would go 12 years without a shorthanded goal. Maybe his role on the PK might be exaggerated?
Here is the breakdown of how many SHG the Canadiens scored over those 12 years.

YearSHG
63-647
64-655
65-662
66-673
67-687
68-692
69-708
70-718
71-7214
72-739
73-7412

Henri wasn't the key PK guy over his entire career, or even over the majority of it, but he certainly was a key guy for much of it.

The story of when Gordie Howe tied the Rockets record for career goals in 63-64 includes the expectation that Henri was expected to kill the entire 2 minute penalty to Ferguson.

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