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01-20-2012, 08:50 AM
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Originally Posted by Harv View Post

Crosby is Crosby because:

1. He's naturally gifted (God given talent + genes)
2. He grew up in a strong hockey area
3. He's the hardest working player in the world

Alot of kids get by on 2 of those things, but usually don't become NHLers because they don't have all 3.

Extremely well put and I could not agree more. The elite are a perfect storm of genetics, coaching, work ethic, and opportunity.

That being said, there are players competing at high levels that perhaps aren't the most gifted skaters/best athletes etc. However, they bring something else to the table. Smart player, positionally sound, etc.

Just giving guys like me that weren't built with tree trunk legs and stamina for days some hope

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