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12-05-2012, 08:07 PM
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Originally Posted by Jarko2004 View Post
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.
Yes, Scottie Bowman saw Maurice Richard play when Scotty he was between the ages of 11 and 27.

When you say "especially Richard," are you saying he's more complete than Howe or Orr? More fearess, sure, Richard was famous for his intensity and fearlessness. More complete than Howe or Orr? Definitely not.

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).
Agreed with all this. And Gretzky dominated statistically far more than Maurice Richard, who never won an Art Ross (but who finished 2nd many times). It's definitely an unusual ranking, to say the least.

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