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03-30-2011, 12:45 PM
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The Hammer Speaks

http://www.torontosun.com/sports/hoc.../17768281.html

Saw this on the main board posted by Dolemite, thought I'd share it here as well.

I think he makes a lot of good points. With the Instigator Rule, the NHL wanted to get rid of vigilante justice. However, the league really hasn't stepped in to adequately protect players, IMO. The Savard and Pac incidents are exhibits A and B.

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DETROIT — A sport in crisis?

A game infested by violence?

Really?

You could have fooled Dave (The Hammer) Schultz, who really doesn’t see it that way.

Before you scoff at Schultz’s opinion as being that of a one-time pugilist who was featured as part of hockey’s most famous goon platoon called the Broad St. Bullies, keep this one point in mind.

If anyone knows just how violent hockey can be, it would be members of those rough-and-tumble Philadelphia Flyers teams of the 1970s, a squad that took no prisoners.

Almost four decades later, The Hammer has heard many of the concerns being aired about the modern-day sport, including the one suggesting there is a lack of respect among players.

In his mind, there are several issues that are perplexing here.


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I can't believe he was only 6'1" 180 lbs.

There are guys (teenagers) on the Winterhawks that would dwarf him.

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“Where’s the violence?” Schultz said. “I didn’t see any violence.”

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I can't believe he was only 6'1" 180 lbs.

There are guys (teenagers) on the Winterhawks that would dwarf him.
He made up for it with psychotic fury.

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I can't believe he was only 6'1" 180 lbs.

There are guys (teenagers) on the Winterhawks that would dwarf him.
Dave Schultz was NOT 6'1 180 when he played. Maybe when he was 15.

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Dave Schultz was NOT 6'1 180 when he played. Maybe when he was 15.
Well, that's what the article says, and his hockeydb profile lists him as 6'1" 185 lbs.

http://www.hockeydb.com/ihdb/stats/p...y.php?pid=4826

So, who am I to believe? An article with an interview with the man himself, his "official" stats, or you?

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I was surprised as well, considering what a badass he was. Things had changed a lot even just a few years later, just look at what a behemoth Dave Brown was.

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I can't believe he was only 6'1" 180 lbs.

There are guys (teenagers) on the Winterhawks that would dwarf him.
Jesus... that was amazing to hear how big the players are now in comparison to what they were.

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Dave Schultz was NOT 6'1 180 when he played. Maybe when he was 15.
I think The Hammer knows what he weighed...

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The Hammer put the fear of Satan into entire teams. Players would make excuses to miss games against the Flyers.

The fight where he pummels Garry Howatt, under today's rules, may have got him thrown out of the league in today's game. Body slamming a guy into the boards repeatedly with the intent to inflict as much harm as possible would be sort of frowned upon today.

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What i admired most about the Hammer was even though he actually was not that big, he would fight anybody ! He was not even the best fighter in the league but he had courage and a strong will ! He was a real gem of a player, a true Legend if there ever was one.

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What i admired most about the Hammer was even though he actually was not that big, he would fight anybody ! He was not even the best fighter in the league but he had courage and a strong will ! He was a real gem of a player, a true Legend if there ever was one.
I'd really like the Flyers to retire his number.

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