Messier Vs Yzerman
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12-15-2012, 06:32 PM
Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: Brighton, MI
Yzerman rarely gets the "what if" treatment around here - but he should.
His career is absolutely chock-full of severe injuries, with one of the biggest differences from many other players being that Yzerman played through them, more often than not.
In a sport where players regularly play through injuries that would have most of us sidelined from our desk job, Yzerman earned the distinction of being singled out by Scotty Bowman as having the highest pain tolerance of any player he has ever seen. Yzerman very easily could have retired from the game by 32... And maybe he would appear even more legendary today if he had.
His PPG and playoff PPG took a severe beating simply because he was out on the ice when no other mortal man could have. Literally.
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