Favourite hockey player to play before your time? And why?
Anyone have a favourite historic hockey player who played before your time? Someone they never saw play live on TV? First of all let's take Gretzky/Orr out because half of the answers will contain those two (though I'm assuming most people here did see Gretzky play even if it was at the end of his career). Or even a player who played when you were a young kid and don't remember.
Any specific reasons you liked that player whom you never saw play?
Me personally I'm intrigued by Guy Lafleur and Ken Dryden (although I like Dryden more because of his off-ice stuff). And I also find Paul Coffey an interesting player, he played while I was watching hockey but he retired before I was a teen and I just don't remember seeing him live though I do remember others from that era but I think his style of play and the hardware he won is neat. Yeah I realize I'm only going as far back as the 80s and not to the times of Lalonde or Shore or Morenz. And I created this thread on this part of the forum rather than the historic section because I wanna see what the avg fan of today's game says instead of folks already closely following hockey history.
^ Yeah the full games up on youtube or google vids are all from after the 60s and I don't see any full game with the older Richard. Though you can just watch some Vancouver Canucks games with Pavel Bure, more exciting goal scorer in comparison.
Syl Apps. As a Leaf fan it bothers me when Dave Keon gets all this press for being the #1 Maple Leaf of all-time. It's rather silly. Apps is arguably the best Maple Leaf and certainly a step up from Keon. I think I would have loved watching his skating style. I'm a sucker for that. Whether it is Paul Coffey or Gilbert Perreault I always loved watching the smooth skating greats at full flight doing their thing.