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02-09-2014, 10:44 AM
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Originally Posted by Canadiens1958 View Post
^^^ Henri Richard was healthy in 1965 and the other years except 1962.

Key to containing Hull was pressuring the puckhandler before the transition pass to Hull. Force a rushed or relay pass slowing down Bobby Hull or creating a center Red Line offside.
Yes, and it was his ability to read the plays along with Henri Richard in tandem that made both of them so effective. Like Ham & Cheese. Taken in totality, his entire 15yr Career, and he started out on a line with Goyette & Pronovost winning 5 consecutive Stanley Cups, well, how is it this guy isnt in the HHOF?.... I read somewhere as well that he noticed that Gordie Howe played with a shorter stick than normal. So he tried it out himself early 60's and as a result of that along with changes within the dressing room his scoring prowess increased markedly... Over his career you sort of have 3 tiers to his play; 1) His first 5 as a Defensive Specialist; 2) His 2nd as a more Offensive Oriented Forward; 3) Over the last 5, return of the Defensive Jedi Warrior. All Star 11X's. Versatile. One of my favorites so Ive considered Im being perhaps overly subjective but still. Doesnt make sense that he's been over-looked for so long, more than deserving & a lot more so than pre-existing let alone subsequent inductees... Their was something of the Junkyard Dog about him, his skating technique "odd", described by someone as a "drunken sailor wandering on the deck of a ship in high seas" sure enough. Looked like a character right out of Central Casting ideally suited to play a gangster or coppers role in the old Warren Beatty film Dick Tracy, bit of Humphrey Bogart goin on there, so how can you not help but love this guy? Huh? Terrific player.


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