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09-23-2007, 10:56 AM
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I've never seen Orr or some of the older guys. I've seen Courtnall and Gartner etc. but I've never seen anybody with speed like Bure.

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Here's an article about some of the fastest skaters from the 90's, in this list are guys like Bure and Federov, and Jagr is also on this list.



Jaromir Jagr

Due to his long legs, Jagr has deceiving speed. He gets unbelievable efficiency from each stride by always fully extending the pushing leg. He uses a one-foot push from an inside edge to go wide a couple of times each game.


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09-23-2007, 12:03 PM
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Coffey, Fedorov, Modano

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09-23-2007, 12:15 PM
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Have you seen some of Picasso's paintings, especially later in his life?
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09-23-2007, 12:20 PM
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Howie Morenz was fast!

Gartner-Bure-Courtnall = pure speed

Kovalev-Modano-Fedorov-Coffey = Smooth skater!

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09-23-2007, 12:25 PM
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I see most everyone already suggested the players that I had but one and that is Glenn Anderson.

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09-23-2007, 01:35 PM
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Anyone who knows hockey knows it's Denis Savard

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09-24-2007, 05:03 PM
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Just for the fun of it, here is my Top 5:

1.Bobby Orr, the most complete skater
2.Scott Niedermayer, the second most complete skater
3.Paul Coffey, the best glider
4.Reijo Ruotsalainen, probably one of the 3 best gliders with Coffey and Niedermayer
5.Sergei Fedorov, doesn't have the breakaway speed of Pavel Bure but his overall skating abilities are unbelievable

I didn't notice it at first, but there are 4 defensemen on my list and 1 center who also played defense.

And just a note, there is a defenseman in the Québec Midget AAA Hockey League, Marc-Antoine Carrier from the Lévis Commandeurs who will be a high draft pick in the 2008 Q Draft and who is the best skater in terms of gliding and lateral agility and mobility i've seen since Niedermayer.

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09-24-2007, 05:25 PM
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I'm going to argue Brian Trottier. Trottier was not the fastest, nor did he have Joe Sakic-like acceleration. But, what he did have was incredible agility and balance. He could take a hit full speed, and not even loose a step or get knocked off balance.

In terms of agility, two other awesome skaters were Brian Leetch (who could skate sideways faster than most players go forward) and Marcel Dionne.

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09-24-2007, 05:26 PM
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Jagr was a great skater, no doubt.

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09-24-2007, 07:00 PM
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This guy is before my time, but what about Ralph Backstrom? I've seen a few old games and clips, and this guy looked stunningly fast. Especially for the time, he was just leaving guys in the dust.

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09-24-2007, 09:04 PM
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Another incredible skater was Gaston Gingras. Beautifully smooth and very fast. Anyone else remember him?

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09-24-2007, 09:15 PM
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Gaston Gingerass

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Another incredible skater was Gaston Gingras. Beautifully smooth and very fast. Anyone else remember him?
No, but his name was the punchline of a joke I told Lou Nanne once.

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09-24-2007, 09:27 PM
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If I'm not mistaken... Carr holds the record for fastest goal from the start of a playoff game. It was something like 6 seconds and he did with the Kings. I've seen the clip a long time ago and it was basically him splitting the d and scoring right off the draw.
Actually I think the guy you are thinking of was Don Kozak. But when I originally read this topic I immediately thought of Gene Carr as the fastest skater ever. It even says on the back of his hockey card in the early 70's that he is thought of as the NHL's fastest skater. As for anyone else since, the only one's that have made me get up out of my seat and say " what the hell was that?". Pavel Bure many times and a couple of rushes by Brett Hedican.

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09-24-2007, 10:01 PM
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From players I have seen I would say: Bure, Fedorov, Coffey, Forsberg, Sakic, Niedermeyer, Denis Savard all different styles all effective.

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09-24-2007, 10:35 PM
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I'm surprised no body at least mentioned Gaborik

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09-24-2007, 11:33 PM
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I'm surprised no body at least mentioned Gaborik
Good point.

Michel Goulet is the best skater i have ever seen in terms of straight ahead acceleration from a no movement position; Gaborik is the closest thing i've seen to Goulet in that regard.

By the way, when he was playing as a 17 years old in the WHA with the Baby Bulls, the people in Birmingham were calling him " The Galloping Goulet "

Also you can put the name of Pavel Bure in the " staight ahead acceleration " category as one of the best, although Bure was better in movement than from a no movement position.

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09-25-2007, 12:09 AM
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I always thought Brian Holzinger was a great skater, but I'm not really a good judge of this kind of thing.

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09-25-2007, 01:55 AM
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Extremely homerish but Andrew Cogliano is by far the fastest player I've seen live. I wasn't able to catch Bure live but I can't see him being any faster than this guy. He's got a few steps on Lombardi and Chimera...just insane.

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09-25-2007, 02:08 AM
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Doug Smail was a real zipper. he was great on pk and set an NHL record (fastest goal from a opening game faceoff)

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09-25-2007, 03:02 AM
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Pavel Bure is the best I've watched. Made it look easy.

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09-25-2007, 03:34 AM
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That's easy. Bobby Orr and Paul Coffey. Honorable mention to Cournoyer and Gene Carr.


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09-25-2007, 05:00 AM
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09-25-2007, 06:11 AM
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Reijo Ruotsalainen has to be among the smoothest skaters ever. If you have seen him skate, you know what I'm talking about...

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