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11-26-2012, 02:32 PM
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Langway peaked very highly on the defensive side of the game. I've been saying this forever. Enough that he even got recognition of it in the form of a First Team All-star Internationally in the '84 Canada Cup on a USA team that didn't even make the finals.
His peak length isn't in Lidstrom's territory or especially Bourque's but the height was indeed there.
That he was able to do this during the height of 80's run and gun scoring when defensive systems were almost non-existent to basic at best for the most part compared to the last 20 years, is just incredible to me.
I wouldn't even consider Langway's peak as being close to Lidstrom or Bourque. Any defensive edge is minimal, if it even exists, and his offensive contributions are several levels below what they did.
For all the hand wringing about Blake's Norris over Lidstrom in 98, I think that Bourque losing to Langway in 1984 was far, far worse.
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