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12-05-2012, 07:44 PM
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Originally Posted by TheDevilMadeMe View Post
What's Bowman's explanation for ranking Maurice Richard over Lemieux and Gretzky? Also, what's his explanation for ranking Gretzky down in 5th?
Well thankfully Bowman actually saw Richard play and doesn't need to simply look at a stat sheet and disregard players from older eras. I don't think it's difficult at all to see Orr, Howe and especially Richard as more fearless and complete players than Gretzky and Lemieux.
Also, the domination of stats (if the that's your criteria) are comparable relative to the other players in their eras. As are the number of seasons playing at a top level (except Orr unfortunately).

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