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11-19-2012, 02:42 PM
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Originally Posted by Rhiessan71 View Post
However, I think it downplays the innovations Harvey brought and what it took for him to do so....
Harvey took a lot of heat playing the way he did, in the face of the norm and against conventional thinking.
I think that's important to know about him, but how does it make him better than if his innovations had been eagerly accepted? Or if they hadn't been his ideas at all?

In a sense, is it any bigger a deal than inventing the butterfly or the slap shot? Those are important innovations, but they don't vault Glen Hall and Bernie Geoffrion (or whoever is getting credit for inventing slap shots this month) over the competition on an all-time list. Shouldn't Harvey be judged on what his innovations allowed him to achieve, rather than on the fact that they were innovative?

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