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11-26-2012, 06:55 PM
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Impact of Rule Changes

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Originally Posted by Theokritos View Post
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Modrư is not even in the debate, he played in 1947-1949 when the Czechoslovak national team was on the level of a better Canadian amateur club. Dzurilla was all-star goaltender & best goaltender in the 1965 world championship and all-star goaltender in 1969. Nice, but compare Holeček: all-star goaltender & best goaltender in 1971, all-star goaltender in 1972, all-star goaltender & best goaltender in 1973, best goaltender in 1975, all-star goaltender & best goaltender in 1976, all-star goaltender & best goaltender in 1978. Over Vladislav Tretiak.
Consider the rule changes in international hockey that allowed the agressive(physical) forecheck in the fall of 1969. Blend in the early LWL employed by the Czechoslovakian National team - effectively three defensemen. You will see why the Czech went from the more mobile Dzurilla to the relatively stationary Holecek.

The Czech coaches and officials understood this very well. It was reflected in their low opinion of Jiri Holecek in the 1998 voting.

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