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08-31-2013, 08:41 AM
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Originally Posted by Big Phil View Post
...As for the players of yesteryear, I think a lot of it had to do with the fact that they all had summer jobs, or some had jobs during the day before the games just to make ends meet. Phil Esposito worked in a steel mill until he was 30 years old in the summers. It isn't that the players weren't still in better shape than the average man, it is just that it was hard to focus on training when you were working on an assembly line.
Exactly. This was why the players on the original Summit Series team could not work out off season.

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