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02-06-2013, 11:33 AM
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Originally Posted by Slapshooter View Post
The thing with Howe is that there is not much information about his fighting ability.
He didn't fight all that much. If not for that one lop-sided bout (Fontinato), i don't think he would ever have been named among the best fighters ever. That's why i categorize him as a myth as far as fighting goes. His reputation as a fighter is based almost entirely on that one fight.

He was apparently very feared player, but the reputation came mostly from his will to play violently dirty if necessary. He was intimidating and respected character and AFAIK did not have to fight much. On the other hand, those tools are essential for enforcers, not just the fighting ability itself. Then again, there were no actual "enforcers" during the Howe -era. Even star players were expected to be tough back then. Gordie Howe is a mythical figure in many ways but likely rightfully so.
Correct - he was feared, but not so much for his fists

...and regardless of his fighting ability, he didn't play the role of protecting everyone else on the team. He protected himself, usually with a pre-emptive strike.

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