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11-20-2012, 04:17 AM
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Originally Posted by Theokritos View Post

That's a much improved reformulation of my earlier question: "Is originality of merit in hockey?" And the answer is: No, what you actually contribute to scoring/preventing goals is of merit, whether innovative or not.
I think it's pretty clear that Harvey's "new" way of playing made him stand out and must have been extremely effective because within 10 years every D-man in the league was playing that way and every kid under 18 was being trained to play that way and have been ever since.

If he wasn't successful and wasn't dominating, those changes wouldn't have been implemented and copied as quickly as it was.

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