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02-02-2013, 12:11 AM
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Box Lacrosse, Tavares/Moulson, and Gretzky

I started writing this in the John Tavares thread, but thought it could be it's own thread in itself.

For me, the most notable and interesting thing about Tavares is that he's never injured (AS AN ISLANDER FAN, KNOCK ON WOOD). He's played 82, 79, and 82 games. Unlike a lot of star players, Tavares never allows himself to get hit solidly. I can count one time he got demolished by Pronger (surprise, surprise) on a marginal hit and had a chipped tooth.

You can say the same thing about Matt Moulson -- who plays an even more dangerous game than Tavares. He's in the slot or in front of the net constantly, where guys get injured all the time. He was talented enough to be drafted into the NLL, or whatever the indoor lacrosse league is called these days. He has played three 82 game seasons (in which he's scored 30 or more goals).

One of the most interesting similarities between Gretzky, Moulson, and Tavares is that all were notable box (or indoor, US) lacrosse players in addition to playing hockey. In his autobiography with (I think) Rick Reilly, Gretzky said playing lacrosse as a youth kept him from being crushed. He said playing box lacrosse taught him how to anticipate danger along the boards and roll off checks instead of sustaining them.

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This being said, both careers will end next week due to extreme concussions.

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Quite few guys played. Shanny, Oates as well i believe.

Taveres uncle was awesome to watch play. Him and the Gaits.

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For what it's worth Tavares' uncle (also named John) is the all time points leader in NLL history and is still playing at the age of 44.

Tavares could be looking at a long career if his uncle is any indication.

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I wish they had Lacrosse at my high school. I never would have played baseball growing up if we did.

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For what it's worth Tavares' uncle (also named John) is the all time points leader in NLL history and is still playing at the age of 44.

Tavares could be looking at a long career if his uncle is any indication.
if he has the same genetics for sure. His uncle aside from having the talent had that pure athletes body. Unlike say the Gaits.

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I wish they had Lacrosse at my high school. I never would have played baseball growing up if we did.
Real lacrosse or the **** you play on soft grass?

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Both Nieuwendyk and Roberts were pretty decent lacrosse players as well.

But yes, lacrosse definitley requires you to be able to absorb a hit and keep going. Guys are going into the slot while enduring two handed slashes that would be penalties in most hockey games, but are considered a regular thing in lacrosse. It's a far more physical game than hockey.

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Both Nieuwendyk and Roberts were pretty decent lacrosse players as well.

But yes, lacrosse definitley requires you to be able to absorb a hit and keep going. Guys are going into the slot while enduring two handed slashes that would be penalties in most hockey games, but are considered a regular thing in lacrosse. It's a far more physical game than hockey.
Its not the slashes its the crosschecks.

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