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10-28-2012, 11:44 AM
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Originally Posted by lazerbullet View Post
Yes, it's all nice, but staying healthy is a skill. And Howe was a top player for 20+ years. And lets not forget that Howe also dominated his peers by the ridiculous margin during his peak. He was also by far the best player in the league during his best years. So it's not 100% clear that Orr and Lemieux had better peak. And even if they had, the difference is certainly not big enough to match extra 10 years of elite hockey that Howe has on them.
Not sure that staying healthy is a skill per say, although guys can do things to take care of themselves but it's usually bad luck.

That being said I agree that longevity and especially at a top level does and should count for something and it does in my book.

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