Mario went to the net and sacrificed his body and never had an office behind the net. The greatest ever and the hardest working ever. Saved a franchise, never sold himself and never asked for a dime for anything. Too busy to hold press conferences about loonys or hire pr people to push his legacy.
There have been some great threads here the last few days, where people have been doing what this forum is all about: reminiscing about the history of hockey. It's been nice not having anyone attempt to hijack threads,even if only for a short time.. of course we know it would have been naive to expect it to last
In the Oiler board, a thread starter can have an "a" which enables she/he to ask a poster to leave a thread ... Boy, it sure would be nice to extend that idea to this forum, where so many great posters could keep the threads entertaining and engaging, with debates based on conisderate, intelligent ideas
Gretzky is up there for sure. He worked very hard in practice for sure. That gets overlooked.
Theo Fleury was 5'6" and a good 6 or 7 inches from average height in the NHL yet he had 2 100 point seasons. Plus he is mentioned as a potential Hall of Famer. Even if he never gets in the fact that he's mentioned is an accomplishment in itself.
The Sutters always worked hard.
Rick Tocchet comes to mind as well. I can recall him scoring a goal in the same game that he broke his jaw at one point. 1992 I believe when he was on Pittsburgh.
It has to be Bob Gainey. Playing playoff hockey with two broken shoulder and still hitting everything in sight
Serge Savard came into the player room (as a GM) and said to Bob, that there's no way he can play the game, none of his insurance policy is willing to cover him and the team doctor just don't think that playing hockey in his condition is a good idea.
Bob Gainey : « Just bring me the discharge paper, no way I miss that game »
Maurice Richard deserves to be mentionned... that guy scored goals on will power alone
I mean, there were a lot of more talented players, even on his own team... but he was better than all of them because of his restlessness and endless resolve. that guy could be lying on the ice and would still be hacking away at the puck like a madman until it went in the net