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Favourite hockey player to play before your time? And why?

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11-08-2012, 07:51 PM
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Prime Guy Lafluer. When I first saw him he was already well into his decline.

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11-08-2012, 09:15 PM
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Syl Apps....
... yepp, Apps is on my list as well. Along with Broda, Kennedy,
Conacher, Primeau, Bentley, Horner & Clancy of the Leafs.

If I had to pick just one from any team, Maurice Richard.


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11-08-2012, 09:24 PM
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I was born in 93 so he's not really before my time but Bure is my fav; his style of play is incredible.

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11-08-2012, 09:53 PM
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Eddie Shore. I may not like what I see, but he would be mesmerizing.

Howie Morentz. Gotta see that Streak!

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11-08-2012, 10:05 PM
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Howe. Grew up with him as the measuring stick for the ultimate combination of skill and toughness, and the knowledge that he was the favourite player of my favourite player (Gretzky).

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11-08-2012, 10:13 PM
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Rocket Richard...love his (reputed) style of play.

Bobby Orr (I think I may have seen him play in a Hawks game, but he was not Bobby Orr anymore.

Bobby Hull...never really seen any footage of him, and I believe I'd really appreciate his play.

But, you know what, I think I'd really love to watch prime Gretzky all over again...I hated the o
Oilers so much, and was kind of too young to appreciate what a rare player I was watching.

Rocket Richard was my favorite hockey player for a long time.
I was a doorman at a very small private party with the Habs old timers and the Nucks old timers.
I got to hang out with all of these guys and it was amazing. They were all so friendly, and having so much fun. I tried to talk with Rocket, but he was the only one that wasn't so friendly...
It didn't change how much I admired him though. I had heard it said he was not the friendliest guy, but I truly think it was more of a language barrier. When you're 70 years old, and it's after midnight, and everyone around you is drunk out of their tree, making small talk with a stranger in your second language probably isn't a high priority.

I also think I would have enjoyed watching Eddie Shore. But more than watching him play, I think I would have loved to have been a fly on the wall watching him as an owner of his AHL team. That seems like it could have been fascinating entertainment.

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11-08-2012, 10:31 PM
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bobby orr. also guys like beliveau and rocket richard. reason being when you hear oldtimers talk about them on the tv you can see grown as5 men's eyes start to fill with tears. you can even sense it when reading people's reminiscences about them.

when you hear about howe or harvey or when people my age and a little older talk about gretzky in the 80s, you hear this sense of awe, like "that guy was the best. he did things the rest of us could only dream about." but when, for instance, you hear milt schmidt talk about bobby orr, it's something more than just that he killed it on the ice. and that something else has always fascinated me.

on a smaller scale, and i've said this in another thread recently, i think guys like fleury, neely, toronto gilmour, bure, and definitely roy in montreal, those will be the teary-eyed stories some of us will tell to our grandkids when we're too old to remember the difference between mike gartner and mike baumgartner.


(see cherry @2:38)


(all the stories are great, but @6:55 kills me)


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11-08-2012, 11:10 PM
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Mikita/Hull

Two guys that seriously tore it up, and I would love to see the, in action.

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11-08-2012, 11:11 PM
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Rocket Richard was my favorite hockey player for a long time.
I was a doorman at a very small private party with the Habs old timers and the Nucks old timers.
I got to hang out with all of these guys and it was amazing. They were all so friendly, and having so much fun. I tried to talk with Rocket, but he was the only one that wasn't so friendly...
It didn't change how much I admired him though. I had heard it said he was not the friendliest guy, but I truly think it was more of a language barrier. When you're 70 years old, and it's after midnight, and everyone around you is drunk out of their tree, making small talk with a stranger in your second language probably isn't a high priority.
Yes, he was fiery the Rocket was. He was the times I met him as well. There were people lined up for his autograph one day. He was sitting at a table signing them. I got to the front and Rocket still had that glare in his eyes. He looked at me and said (refering to my pad of paper) "Is this yours?" I said "Yes". He said "okay" and motioned with his finger for me to keep the line moving. He signed it and I left - intimidated. The guy was probably 70 at this time and he still had those piercing eyes. You're right, he wasn't overly friendly. Maybe the years of being screwed over on and off the ice made him a cynical person, I don't know. But he was fiery even as an old man. Imagine him in 1950.

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11-08-2012, 11:35 PM
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Orr and Bobby Hull. Only saw limited viewings of both.
Same players for me, but i never saw either play in live.

I find fascinating the physical dominance these two had. I think nobody had the same amazing set of skill/strength/speed. I mean in every player EVER.

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11-09-2012, 08:17 AM
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Jean Beliveau.

he retired just before i was born, but i was always fascinated about how highly everyone spoke of him, especially my childhood hero Denis Potvin.

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Robinson in his prime

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11-09-2012, 08:42 AM
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Maurice Richard - Would be awesome to see him play

Howie Morenz - Very curious how good he actually was

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11-09-2012, 08:49 AM
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Howe. Grew up with him as the measuring stick for the ultimate combination of skill and toughness, and the knowledge that he was the favourite player of my favourite player (Gretzky).
This for me, but my favorite player to watch in my life time was Mario Lemieux, I'm not saying he was ahead of the other 3, but he excited me the most.

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11-09-2012, 09:28 AM
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Claude Lemieux, i really never got to see him play really becouse the coverage here in Sweden was so poor. He's about as close a hockey god one can get not named Mario. He was the best at what he was doing and could not rely on talent alone. A real winner and a pest. Who cares about the turtleing, he even fought McCarthy face to face later on. Besides, he was halfway knocked out during that first situation.

Howie Morenz and Eddie Shore would have been nice to have some footage of.


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11-09-2012, 09:54 AM
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Believeau, Richard and Harvey

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Red Kelly, and if it was only one game, I would have loved to watch game 6 of the 67 finals. That finals has always really intrigued me because of it being the last Toronto Cup and also the last Cup of the original six era fought between the two most decorated teams in the league.

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Maurice Richard, hands down!

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Glenn Hall and Terry Sawchuck in their primes. My dad and my uncles (now in their late 70's and 80's) still argue over who was the best out of these two "back in the day". I only saw them very late in their careers.

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11-09-2012, 11:12 AM
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Glenn Hall and Terry Sawchuck in their primes. My dad and my uncles (now in their late 70's and 80's) still argue over who was the best out of these two "back in the day". I only saw them very late in their careers.
Well they need not discuss it anymore. HFBOARDS best has just spoken, and the answer is Hall!

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11-09-2012, 12:10 PM
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Jean Beliveau

I've seen clips on videos and youtube, but would have loved to see him play live. He was so highly regarded by his peers and the media, also one of the most gentlemanly players but didn't play the game soft. All I can go by is legends and old clips.

Joe Malone

I heard his skating style was extremely unique at the time, skating like he was standing straight and wouldn't slouch or hunch over. Not to mention his insane scoring abilities. Would be very interesting to see him play imo.

Jacques Plante

The mask, playing the puck outside his crease, chirping at his teammates. Would be cool to see him play.

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Max and Doug Bentley

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my mind is blown by how many people are naming guys from the 80's and even 90's! i feel so old! Pavel Bure! its great .
it shows how in every era hockey has had great players, that not only had skill but also captivate people's imagination for generations

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11-09-2012, 01:39 PM
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Gretzky when he was an Oiler.

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11-09-2012, 04:49 PM
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Jacques Plante

The mask, playing the puck outside his crease, chirping at his teammates. Would be cool to see him play.
For me, Howe is my instinctual answer, but this is what I would have said after thinking about it.

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Mike Bossy!
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Bossy
I think most Isles fans who weren't around for the dynasty will say Bossy. Potvin is a close second for me.

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