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05-16-2011, 02:42 PM
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Originally Posted by Reds4Life View Post
The difference is that Holecek and Tretiak met more often, and they competed directly against each other for a number of years. Since Holecek has beaten Tretiak to many "best goalie" awards, I do not understand why Tretiak is ranked so much higher.
Tretiak proved himself against the best of the best. Holecek never did.

Holecek's only real chance to play the best was at the 1976 Canada Cup, but his coach elected to go with Drziulla instead..... twice.....

Dryden has had NHL career, which is why he's ranked so high.
If Holecek outplaying Tretiak means Holecek is better, then why doesn't Tretiak outplaying Dryden make him better?

Tretiak played in watered down soviet league / international hockey - where he was not better than Holecek, at all. So I do not think you have advantage in goal.
Even if you think Holecek was as good as Tretiak, you still have to consider that Tretiak was that good for twice as long as Holecek.

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