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Did Gretzky benefit from a weak division?

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05-06-2005, 05:22 PM
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Not sure I'd go that far, but without doubt those mid-late 80s Flames/Oilers series were the most intense brand of hockey this fan has ever watched. Will never forget Messier nearly putting a Flame's dman through the glass on an icing call...a good second, and several strides after the whistle was blown on the touch.

Nasty - in a good way - stuff! Talk about passion.
Often, when a player takes a penalty and makes the team shorthanded, as a fan, you are pissed. When Messier did it, you grinned, chuckled and said "Damn! If we are going to be shorthanded that was the way to do it"

He sent a message.

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Often, when a player takes a penalty and makes the team shorthanded, as a fan, you are pissed. When Messier did it, you grinned, chuckled and said "Damn! If we are going to be shorthanded that was the way to do it"

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One other lingering vision from those series (not sure which one; they all blur together with age ):

A scrum breaks out down around one of the circles. Messier pairs off with Joel Otto, he of the 7'8" height . Messier just stands there with him, toe-to-toe, just calmly jawing at him for what seemed like at least a good minute. Egging Otto on, while fisticuffs rage on elsewhere. Ultimately, nothing transpires with the two. But the idea that Messier had absolutely zero fear whatsoever as he was jawing at - and staring up at - this mammoth of a hockey player was unforgettable.

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Trottier and Messier, along with Scott Stevens and Forsberg are at the top of my list of favorites for one trait that they all share(d): absolute fearlessness. Beyond their elite skills, they all possessed indisputable on-ice courage. All would go around you - or through you - at all times for the puck, without a second's hesitation.

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