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10-29-2012, 01:39 PM
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Originally Posted by Dennis Bonvie View Post
However, Mr. Howe actually did have his skull opened when he went head first into the boards early in is career. Doctors saved his life. If they didn't, we wouldn't be talking about him at all in this thread.

As for Mario's back problems, didn't the Great One also have back issues?
Yes, I know that story about Howe. That doesn't really make a difference, because in general Howe was healthy and feared tough SOB. So everyone thought twice before they tried to do something to him.

As for Gretzky. How many games he missed due to health issues? Especially in his prime years. Really not comparable with Mario, who was pretty much forced to quit because of his bad back.

Originally Posted by Dennis Bonvie View Post
I have no argument for Howe over Orr. I rank Howe 2nd to Orr.
How about the fact that Howe was elite twice as long as Orr? Is that a weak argument?

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