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02-04-2014, 01:53 PM
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Originally Posted by TheDevilMadeMe View Post
Not that PIMs are a perfect measure of grit... but in the 70s and 80s they kind of were something of a proxy for it (the reason that hockey pools today still use PIMs as a good thing when they clearly no longer are)

Sittler = 948 PIM in 1096 games
Savard = 1336 PIM in 1196 games

Those high numbers surprise me, especially Savard's.
Savard was chippy, though a lot of the penalties he took were dumb retaliatory slashes and little nonsense things he did with his stick because he was mad and not big enough to do much of anything else. Sittler was genuinely an agitator, and could and would drop the gloves when it suited him. Actually got into a few pretty epic middleweight fights in his day. There is really no comparison between Sittler's grit and Savard's.

I should add that Sittler was also outstanding for team Canada in the 1976 Canada Cup, for what that's worth. He scored the OT goal to win it, and I think was named best forward in the tourney.

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