To what extent would a healthy Bobby Orr have affected the '72 Summit Series?
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02-03-2014, 04:01 PM
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Even with Orr on the team, the 1976 Team Canada lost a game vs. Czechoslovakia and won another in OT. The game they lost was a game that Canada completely dominated. Dzurilla of the Czech team stole that one. The other was a 6-0 slaughter.
Bobby Orr was head and shoulders above any hockey player in the world at that time. He would have made a tremendous difference. Canada started to turn the series around when it's defencemen started to carry the puck up the ice. We all know what a healthy Bobby Orr would have done in that series.
I can never let an opportunity go by without also pointing out that there were 3 other players who should have been on Canada's team in 72. Except for Eagleson, Gerry Cheevers, Bobby Hull and JC Tremblay would have also play.
The Soviets surprised Canada by being a lot better than anybody thought. Had Canada taken it more seriously and been in better physical and game shape with a full team it would have been a different story.
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