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05-05-2007, 10:14 PM
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Originally Posted by XploD View Post
Speed, quickness, agility and acceleration all goes into what I said about what you call fast, the main motive of all these abilities is still to go from point A to point B as quickly as possible. But you're right, balance to me is not in that same category but it's not what I call great skaters by. Balance is just an ability that in the end makes them better players.
All the things above aren't the same and aren't all related to speed.

Bure was as fastest as anyone ever in a straight line from goal lien to blue line, but Fedorov was a better all-around skater. Not quite the accceleration or top end speed, but Fedorov was shiftier, more solid on his skates, could skate backwards like a defenseman etc. etc.

Gretzky wasn't fast, but he was one of the best skaters in the world during the 80's. Nobody could stop, cut, turn like Gretzky could.

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