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01-15-2013, 06:10 AM
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I meant to post back here. But the second half of the Rocket book by Fischler is in Rocket's own words. He talks real dirt about other players. Says that Durnan was the best goalie of all time (it was written in the late 60's/very early 70's). Says he thought they should have made Boom Boom captain and not Beliveau. You get the impression he didn't like Beliveau. Basically comes out and says he had too conservative a personality to be captain and that it would have been more fun under Boom Boom (boy was he wrong). Says Howe was the best player he had every seen (tho he didn't compare to himself, and he admits that Orr was too young to tell at that point). Toe Blake was his favorite player as a kid, then he got to play on his line. No mention about how he was almost traded to the Rangers. Says that if he had to play for any other team, it would have been the Leafs because the fans in Toronto and Conn Smythe always treated him well! He had some choice words for how tough Habs fans were on the Canadiens as well. Says that at the end, Harvey was too hard on the players in the dressing room, so they had to trade him. He was pretty tough on Plante. Basically said he was the best goalie ever when he wanted to be, but in those days goalies were looked down upon when they got tired of getting hit with the puck. Durnan never faced one slapshot. Some real dirt in there!

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