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10-11-2012, 03:05 PM
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Originally Posted by BobRouse View Post
I watched pretty much every televised game he played for the Caps.

There are 2 Kevin Hatchers:

1. Young Kevin Hatcher (first 3 or so years) was a physical beast who had offensive potential and could really lay the wood down. He crushed some fools. He was ornery too and in one game frustrated Lemieux so much with his stickwork that Mario, after the play was dead, just shot the puck at him.

2. Then he became Hollywood Hatcher. He started away from physicality and went more on his offensive instincts. All he worried about was scoring and he simply lost his path defensively.

He was really well liked by the fans in those early years but in later years with them he got the Larry Murphy "whoop whoop" treatment for his utter disdain for physical play.
i do remember people saying that hatcher was going to replace stevens, when st. louis made the offer sheet. how did he become "hollywood hatcher"? with langway nearing the end of his career and stevens gone, wouldn't the team have put a lot of pressure on hatcher to fill a physical, defensive role?

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