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09-02-2013, 01:39 AM
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Originally Posted by reckoning View Post
Like Lafleur, Mike Bossy and Denis Potvin were both heavy smokers, though I don't know how much better any of them could be expected to have been.

Ian Turnbull had a reputation of liking to relax and enjoy himself a little too much away from the rink. He had the talent to be as good as Salming (see the way he stepped up after Salming's injury in the '78 playoffs), but the conditioning and desire weren't at that level.
I suspect smoking and drinking had something to do with Lafleur's sudden decline

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