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02-23-2014, 09:42 AM
Steve Kournianos
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Originally Posted by chosen View Post
Bourque and Neely were great players. Neely was definitely not a superstar. Bourque is close.

Did Gretzky get preferential treatment? if you touched him and he fell, it was a penalty.

You must have a very strict definition of superstar. Bourque is arguably the second best defensemen in the history of the game and Cam Neely was 2nd All-NHL in three of four seaons before the hit and is a Hall of Famer.

The problem is that both Bourque and Neely were extremely physical and durable players whose games were drivien by hitting and being involved in every play.

Neely and Bourque didnt require preferential treatment, nor did they ever receive it or ask for it.

Lemieux was a wimp. He was a diver, a cherry picker and avoided contact as much as he could. Gretzky the same. Craig Janney was Boston's version of Mario.

Neely and Bourque were the epitome of tough. You would have to saw their legs off to get them to go down and stay down the way Mario used to.

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