Shortest/Smallest players ever to play in NHL?
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07-28-2014, 04:15 PM
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Sometimes weights near the end of a player's career are given, when they have added lbs. past their prime as almost always happens. Or sometimes the weights/heights are just plain wrong. Orr, for instance, is usually given 6'0 199lbs. He may have reached 199 at the end of his career when he wasn't practicing as much, but his normal peak weight was 180-185. He was 175 as a rookie.
I remember hearing Gretzky was 165lbs. as a rookie and probably 170 in his peak years.
I bet he started the season at those weights, but dropped quite a few pounds by the end, especially after a long playoff. I've never heard that 99 had poor nutrition or used alcohol excessively, but nutrition back then isn't what it is today. Even so, I bet the length of today's NHL season, particularly this year with the Oly's, had an effect on some of the players with high TOI on teams who went deep into the playoffs.
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