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11-20-2012, 12:04 AM
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Kimota
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Originally Posted by Machinehead View Post
It's funny with Beliveau, I never saw him play and you look at his numbers and they're outstanding but they don't seem to quite match his reverence.

That being said I had to include him in my top 10. The way I see it they practically tried to make him emperor of Canada, he had to be doing something right.
Same could be said about the Rocket. It's what they meant to the game at the time they appeared in. Dickie Moore for instance a fellow Habs players who had more scoring titles than both of them was seen as greatly inferior to them. Also Beliveau could have joined the NHL years before but was happy playing in lower leagues. It took a huge financial commitement from the Habs for him to leave the Quebec Aces.

That being said, I think from the 50s to 60s, Beliveau was only surpassed by Gordie Howe as far as points. Players come and go but Howe and Beliveau kept maintaining themselves in the Top 5 in the league during that period, year in, year out.

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