STARS HISTORY: Was Joe Nieuwendyk the true leader or "C"-wearing Hatcher?
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02-15-2013, 06:40 PM
Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: Gibbons, Alberta
That team was full of leaders, full of guys who stepped up at different times in different ways.
In regards to Hatcher vs Nieuwendyk, tough to slice it really. They were both leaders in different ways. Nieuwendyk had already won a Cup so he brought that element, plus he stepped up with his clutch goals in the playoffs. Hatcher was the physical force that the team (especially the D core) was built around. I know that him breaking Roenick's jaw late in that season was a huge boost for the team. So really they both helped shape the team in their own way. To say Joe wasnt significant though in that regard is a mistake. He was vital in every way.
It doesn't have to be a tug of war over credit, a bunch of guys deserve top marks.
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