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10-06-2003, 06:46 AM
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I think Strummerman was making the case for Beliveau as best player ever here awhile ago. I just bought the NHL Official Guide & Record Book and it looks like he was right. Beliveau definitely deserves to be mentioned in the same breath as Orr, Gretz, Mario, Rocket, and Howe.

Gretzky scored 1.921 points per game, Howe had 1.047, Lemieux is at 1.925(!), Orr (1.393-!), Rocket .987, Beliveau 1.084.

Of course, stats aren't everything, but he definitely ranks even though he played through injury for much of the 60s.

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