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06-25-2012, 12:04 PM
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Originally Posted by NatsCaps View Post
Sorry, I have to call you out on this. Look at the beginning of the video. Stevens is trying to fight Joe Kocur and is tied up with him and Beukeboom suckers him. Stevens was just coming back at him for what he did. They fought later in their careers. Nothing against Beuke, but he can't hold a candle to Stevens as a fighter. Go look up their fight cards, and take a good look at their videos.

Stevens was a top fighter in the league with the Caps, and a legit Hall of Famer who fought some of the best fighters this game has ever seen. If he had been a Flyer, Ranger, or Bruin, he'd be one of the most popular players in NHL history. Fight fans should glorify this guy and pray for more like him.

Beukeboom, while a good fighter, was not in the same class as Stevens who was one of the most feared players earlier in his career while with Washington.

I hate the guy, but as a fighter, Stevens could have been up there as a top 5 guy throughout his career if that's what he chose to do.

As his talents developed he made the smart decision to ease out of the fighting part of his game as it made no sense to remove hmiself from the ice for 5 minutes.

As with anything, the less you do something, your skills in that area start to decline so when in NJ, while still capable, Stevens was no longer in Kocur's class, but still better than Beuk.

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