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09-13-2012, 05:26 PM
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Originally Posted by redbull View Post
great story.

Coffey was outstanding in this tournament, offensively especially but his ability to cover ground defensively was something special. I've yet to see a skater like Coffey, incredible speed, quiet, smooth, agile and could beat anyone when he turned it on.

I heard Orr was the same, in his prime, but maybe not as silky smooth and effortless as Coffey, I guess less elegant, but still effective.

Coffey really elevated his game internationally and in the playoffs. He had another gear, as many champions do.

I sometimes forget how good he was, since it became cool to knock him for his lack of commitment to defense, like Rod Langway. Fact is, nobody on defense could score like Coffey, except Orr.
Very nice post. Couldn't agree more. If you were to bring Coffey in a time machine from 1987 to today with his old 1980s skates, he would still be the best skater in the league. Now just imagine if you gave prime Coffey today's modern skates?! That would be ridiculous.

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