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11-16-2012, 02:55 PM
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Join Date: Feb 2003
Location: Guelph, Ont
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I mean this how Harvey is getting overrated. Wrote a book? Taught to this day?
How many elite dmen you had with similar style to Harvey since him? Orr was different, Potvin was different, Bourque was different, Chelios was different. You only have Nicklas Lidstrom from Sweden, who probably never saw Harvey play and knew very little about him while learning to play.
So who was teaching what and to whom? And how?
Nowadays you can see some young kids playing similar style to Lidstrom. If one wishes to teach such style, then he can obtain and analyze videos. It's all possible.
You realise that before Harvey, D-men simply attacked the puck carrier right? Harvey changed all that by playing positionally, using angles and not chasing opposing players behind the net or all over the ice. He realised that eventually they were going to go to the net so why was he chasing them when he could just let them come to him.
Things that seem so simple and taken for granted today were so alien then.
Harvey pioneered all this and changed the game.
Honestly, and I don't mean this sarcastically or to be tripe but I highly suggest you do some research on it before continuing.
So when I say Harvey wrote the book for the modern D-man, it's because he did!
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