Thursday, February 24, 2005

All Time Team

Since there is very little action in hockey today, and also since I want to stay out of the "he said/ she said" battle that has gone on between Bettman and Goodenow regarding the events of last weekend (which one is the she?) - other than to say its really a shame that the sport we love so much has come down to public bickering for the sake of bickering, I decided I would try to find other hockey things that might be more fun to discuss. I think its best to dive into the history of hockey for topics. But I need to find a few topics that are worth discussing and are timeless - in that discussing them now makes sense.

First such topic is to make an all time hockey team. This team has 12 forwards, 6 defenceman and 2 goalies. Its an all time all star team. I don't want to try to project forward any currently active players (because inevitably the projections will be wrong) - so I will stick to players who have retired or nearly completed their careers. With no further ado, here is my team:

Wayne Gretzky
Mario Lemieux
Gordie Howe
Maurice Richard
Jean Beliveau
Bobby Hull
Guy Lafleur
Phil Esposito
Mike Bossy
Ted Lindsay
Mark Messier
Steve Yzerman

Bobby Orr
Doug Harvey
Eddie Shore
Ray Bourque
Larry Robinson
Paul Coffey

Patrick Roy
Terry Sawchuk

All Time Team
1.Mario Lemiux
2.Wayne Gretzky
3.Gordie Howe
4.Rocket Richard
5.Mike Bossy
6.Jean Beliveau
7.Steve Yzerman
8.Mark Messier
9.Bryan Trottier
10.Phil Esposito
11.Frank Mahovlich
12.Howie Morenz

1.Bobby Orr
2.Doug Harvey
3.Ray Bourque
4.Larry Robinson
5.Rod Langway
6.Eddie Shore

1.Terry Sawchuck
2.Glenn Hall

Obviously picking a team like this has some level of subjectivity in it. I think one of your choices is interesting and is worth further discussion.

Why do you pick Frank Mahovlich over Bobby Hull? They are roughly contemporaries who both played left wing. Hull scored more points. Seven times, Hull and Mahovlich were the first and second team all star left wingers. Six of those times, Hull was first team and Mahovlich second. Once it was Mavolich first and Hull second.

So why did you pick Mahovlich ove Hull?
i chose mahovlich over hull because for one i am a die hard leafs fan and secondly i think mahovlich was a better all around player
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