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07-30-2014, 11:22 AM
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Yes, the infamous 1981 and 1986 Pearson awards... I guess it's a good thing the active players don't choose the major award winners!

Now, onto another topic -- people, a little love for Phil Esposito...???

We probably don't have to go into these extremes of "Orr was the greatest and Espo was made by him". That's just wrong, and insulting to one of the game's all-time greatest scorers.

Two things to consider:

1) 1968-69 -- Espo puts up 126 points in the sixties (= unheard of), while Orr puts up 64. Great season for young Orr, but Espo outscores him by a 2:1 ratio, so obviously he was doing a lot by himself.
2) Seven goals (13 points) in eight games in the '72 Summit Series without Orr. All the Soviets said Phil was Canada's best player.

Now back on topic...

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