Re: Happy 65th Number 4
posted at 3/20/2013 10:50 AM EDT
In response to Muzwell's comment:
Best line from a documentary on hockey a few years back was a writer from Toronto who referred to Howe, Gretzky and Orr as the Father, Son and Holy Ghost.
Lots of greats before and since Orr, and equal number of opinions, it's all good. I don't feel qualified to talk about Howe since I really only saw the last part of his career, but he was a feared guy and a skilled player, legendarily tough. Gretzky was the polar opposite of that, pure skill, almost frail in comparison to Howe though. Apples and oranges.
Orr was a mix of those guys. Fearless, skilled, tough, better skater than anybody. Thing is, he did what he did from the backline. Led the league in scoring as a defenseman, twice, and those weren't even his best years. Who else in history did that? Don't bother looking it up. Scored 46 goals on one leg.
If I'm picking first and it's one game winner take all, everyone in their prime, I'm taking Orr.
No disrespect to any of the old-timers from me but I was an 80's kid and grew up watching Gretzky and Lemieux dismantle the rest of the NHL.
I've seen enough highlights of Bobby to know that he was an incredible once in a lifetime talent though (especially as a blue-liner). I haven't seen much footage of Howe so I can't really comment on him but his longevity in the league was pretty dam impressive!
The thing I loved about Gretzky and Lemieux is how much better they made some of their average teammates look (Kevin Stevens putting up 100+ points a few years in a row and then disappearing when he left Pittsburgh).
Thats what I love about watching Sidney Crosby. That sixth sense to just know where his teammates are is really fun to watch.