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09-11-2013, 06:49 AM
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Originally Posted by Darth Yoda View Post
Obviously i did not, i just said that Scott Stevens was much better physically than Peter Popovic and that size to a high extent is secondary to the actual physicality of players no matter their position. Hull dominates Beliveau in this area even though he was of more normal height than Beliveau.
Suggest you check their PIMs. Beliveau was a lot more physical in front of the net and in the playoffs.

Also Beliveau was next to Gordie Howe in terms of establishing a security perimeter so that he could play at ease. Hull allowed players like Bryan Watson to get too close to him.

Finally you could play smallish, non-physical players with Jean Beliveau - Bobby Rousseau, Yvan Cournoyer,J.C. Tremblay and he would take care of them if necessary.

Point was that like Howe, the team did not want him doing the physical job like Jean Beliveau did in 1955-56 and 1956-57 since it reduced his ice time.

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