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10-22-2013, 11:11 PM
History Of Hockey
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Originally Posted by Darth Yoda View Post
Okey then, i must have misunderstood you. It sounded like you where one of the new-old guard, becouse beside the gaining knowledge, or perhaps the understanding of the knowledge concerning Beliveau much just like Howe compared to the other Big-4, there seem to be people taking it all like Lemieux has fallen, while it in fact it is Beliveau that has gained.
Originally Posted by BraveCanadian View Post
I'm not sure that the wear and tear playing Isles hockey is the same as Oilers during that period but, regardless of that, Messier's longevity is definitely one of his stronger points.

In my opinion Trottier peaked higher than Messier all around though.. so they get really hard to pick between.

It is true that a lot of players of that time seemed to burn out quickly.

I'm not sure anyone has figured out a good reason for it.
Playing in the East was a lot harder then playing out West during Trottier's & Messier's time. The game was much more physical and more of a physical tool then the games played out West. Each game in the East was a war, while only games here & there were played that way.

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