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04-23-2013, 01:01 AM
vadim sharifijanov
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Originally Posted by jigglysquishy View Post
Something I'd like to note on that illustrates partly how incredible Howe playing at 52 was and how early Orr retired.

If Orr played as long as Howe did he would have retired in 2000. Just think of all the things Orr was retired for. The Islander dynasty. Gretzky and the Oilers. Lemieux. European Invasion. DPE. All things that Orr would have played through if he had Howe's longevity.

If Gretzky had Howe's longevity this would have been his last year.

When put into perspective playing at 52 is mindblowing.
which is why there is only one answer to the question "put together the perfect hockey player," you know the kind where people say gretzky's vision, with mario's long arms and stickhandling and wrist shot, with coffey's skating, with gainey's defense, with chopper's slapper, with jagr's butt, with kocur's fists, etc. etc.

the only proper answer is bobby orr with gordie howe's knees.

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