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01-20-2012, 06:36 AM
DROP THE PUCK
Join Date: Dec 2007
Leetch's hockey IQ was and still is elite. And by elite I mean among the greats.
Id doesn't matter that Park was more "physical" Leetch did every little thing with pride. His fundamentals were flawless. His positioning and stick work was perfect. He could throw a hip check better than anyone. And he could flat out dominate and control a game. Teams had to create game plans around him, as if he were a forward.
No its not all about points, but at some point they matter. Especially when a DEFENSEMAN puts up well over 1000 points including over 100 in a season.
I've heard many arguments about greatest defensemen of all time on NHL Home Ice. Including Esposito who played against Park. And Espo said Leetch is arguably the best ever. And he's not the only one.
There's a reason Leetch is legendary and Park isn't.
I don't need to hear "you didn't live his career." Arguments. I wasn't alive in the 20s either, and I know who was and wasn't great in that era.
Can't compare eras, that's fine, but consider Leetch racked up his points and dominated as a two way defenseman in a dead puck era. Leetch had to face some of the best goaltenders in history on a regular basis, as well as an era that included some of the greatest players in history, and he still dominated.
He did it longer, he did it with two destroyed ankles. No bad knee excuse for this player. He played through it.
He dominated the playoffs.
He could beat a team with his speed, his hands, his head, and his defensive play. And he did it with respect for his opponent and class at all times.
Park above Leetch? No. Park was great, Leetch was a legend. There's a difference.
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