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04-19-2012, 01:59 PM
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Originally Posted by TheDevilMadeMe View Post
Was Pavelich big and strong? Averaged sized checkers are just going to bounce off Howe ( if they don't eat his elbows first)
Using seventies' rough method, Noble comes out to 6'0" 220, and Pavelich to 6'2" 198. Howe comes to 6'3" 235. So, Pavelich was fairly tall, but he isn't very large. Pavelich's shadowing abilities appear to have come from his very strong hockey sense, out-smarting his opponent, and good speed, not overpowering a guy like Joel Otto. I'm not sure how well that would translate to checking a guy like Howe, who relies way more on running you over. I don't think it would be as effective. Unfortunately, we don't have any accounts of these two facing each other because they were teammates in Detroit for all 10 years of Pavelich's career.

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