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Fran Huck - International vs NHL

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Fran Huck - International vs NHL

Pre 1972(1966-72) the best and most recognizable Canadian forward on the international hockey scene was Fran Huck.Fran Huck is an honoured member of the IIHF HOF. Smallish by NHL standards he did go on to play in the NHL and WHA.

http://www.hockey-reference.com/players/h/huckfr01.html

Slightly smaller than Anatoli Firsov, not as solid, excellent skater. Same comparison holds when measured against Swedish, Finish and Czechoslovakian forwards from the era.

Granted that Anatoli Firsov was measurably better still Fran Huck ahd all the advantages in his favour when it came to playing the NA game. His results speak for themselves.

Regardless Fran Huck is an appropriate comparable for discussions about international hockey competition levels and projecting to the NHL.


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Fran Huck - The Golden Hawk

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Pre 1972(1966-72) the best and most recognizable Canadian forward on the international hockey scene was Fran Huck.Fran Huck is an honoured member of the IIHF HOF. Smallish by NHL standards he did go on to play in the NHL and WHA.

http://www.hockey-reference.com/players/h/huckfr01.html

Slightly smaller than Anatoli Firsov, not as solid, excellent skater. Same comparison holds when measured against Swedish, Finish and Czechoslovakian forwards from the era.

Granted that Anatoli Firsov was measurably better still Fran Huck ahd all the advantages in his favour when it came to playing the NA game. His results speak for themselves.

Regardless Fran Huck is an appropriate comparable for discussions about international hockey competition levels and projecting to the NHL.
I think that you make a pretty good argument here why some players from Europe in the late 60's and early 70's are over rated IMO.

Interesting that no one touched this topic though.

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I think that you make a pretty good argument here why some players from Europe in the late 60's and early 70's are over rated IMO.

Interesting that no one touched this topic though.
Remember Fran Huck well. Certainly NhL calibre post 67. International hockey was his choice & he was a standout in that environment. Shows how a borderline NHL player could match up against the Europeans of that era.

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