Discussion in 'The History of Hockey' started by Overrated, Jan 16, 2018.
20 straight seasons top five in scoring
Howe had 1.00 in ppg in a time Where NHL had the quality of Todays ECHL. I am not impressed by his stats. Also Howe was not really a player Who was physical it was not often he finished his checks.
The league in the mid 50s and 60s was higher quality than the expansion-riddled league(s) of the 70s for my money. The ECHL remark suggests that you haven't seen either league...
Is Gordie Howe overrated?
No, he isn't.
... there is that aspect to it, yes. the ASG was much more heated, competitive as it pitted the Cup Winners (in this case Toronto) against a team of All Stars, some serious enmities between various All Stars & members of the Leafs who had won multiple Cups through the 40's, Detroit falling victim on numerous occasions & several All Stars Red Wings. So for the AS Selections a matter of pride (and in 48 they did beat the Leafs 3-1). Wasnt the timid affair, Pond Hockey Game weve become accustomed to over the more recent decades. Underscores the vast differences in that event, the game in general yesterday-today.
I brought that event & the Kennedy episode up to illustrate, give people a clearer picture of what kind of a player Howe was as a Rookie, first few years in the NHL; tad on the Hair Trigger side of the equation before smartening up & picking his spots... legend having it that he did so while lying in his hospital bed recovering from his self inflicted head wound, single vehicle crash that not only very nearly ended his career but so to his life.... and oddly, whenever I think of that story.... www.youtube.com/watch?v=C39kQoprfP0 .... pops into my brain... what connection a drug addled Keef Richards has to Mr.Hockey... I mean, did Gordie even Swear?... and get this... Gordon there apologized to Tommy Ivan while lying on the stoop of Deaths Door... "Sorry Coach, let the team down, lost my head, scrambled my eggs & decommissioned myself" or some such....
yes howe hit hard, but not often.
He didn't run around the rink chasing hits like those in the short shift game today...back in the "ECHL days", players had another whole trait that is largely eradicated today, best termed as "shift management"...so you didn't have a bunch of minions running around for 25 seconds like a chicken with their head cut off because it's easier to destroy than it is to create...that's a fault of today's game, it's too fast for its own good. It cheapens the quality.
Howe made hits for their original intent...dislodging an opponent from the puck.
Howe also had an excellent long term memory. Payback was like a mortgage. Not due today, but paid back eventually.
lol! This was a long post and I'm at work...I'll read this soon for sure and respond...I just like the "playful banter" Killion (you best go pick that mic back up!) That's awesome!
... indeed so, as did Jack Adams, followup to the above & Howes near death experience, horrific injury.... As you can imagine, Detroit GM Jack Adams absolutely incensed, claiming Kennedy was responsible, threatening to sue for $75,000, Howe gone from the Playoffs, Toronto having beaten the Wings in previous season in hard fought series. Clarence Campbell & league officials did do an exhaustive investigation but no, Kennedy had neither head butted Howe earlier nor had he butt ended or used his stick in any way that sent Howe crashing into the boards, interviewing various players including Toronto's Gus Mortson who was closest to the action, birds eye view, exonerating Kennedy however as he was a Leaf, Adams not buying.... Detroit did go on to win the Cup & beat Toronto, the club actually coming together with the mantra "lets win this for Gordie".
So.... Gus Mortson gets traded to Chicago a couple of years later, the same Gus Mortson who in 1948 got into a brawl with Howe at the All Star Game as mentioned earlier... the same Gus Mortson who was a key eye witness to the Kennedy/Howe event... then..... is acquired by Detroit in 1958... by Adams... and still sharpening his scythe & hatred of Kennedy, the Leafs & Smythe et al 8yrs after the incident... acquiring Mortson for one reason & 1 reason only.... upon arrival, Adams invites him to play golf.... Jack & a couple of team Doctors.... well now, isnt that great thinks Gus, very kind indeed, rolling out the Welcome Wagon... think again Gustav me Boyo'..... what we have here is an AMBUSH...... with the conversation quickly turning to that night in 1950 when Howe crashed & burned, missing Teeder Kennedy, Adams & the 2 Doctors trying to get Mortson to recant his statements, admit that he lied, that he didnt see what he said he saw, that he was just covering up for Ted Kennedy, that it wasnt 8yrs ago but just lastnight.... and that as he was now a member of the Detroit Red Wings he owed it to the organization, to the Big Guy, to Jack Adams, the game, all that was human & decent, Holy...
Well, Gus Mortson wouldnt change his story, said he was telling the truth in 1950, telling the truth today (1958) & that had he seen any teammate deliberately & maliciously injure a player & he was called to give testimony he would always tell the truth, no place in the game for players like that & so on.... and that wasnt good enough for Jack Adams nor the Doctors, No Siree Bob.... worked poor Gus over mercilessly between hacking & slicing their way through the rest of the round of golf.... As for Gus Mortsons tenure with the Red Wings thereafter... left to sit, rot on the bench in Detroit, barely used, demoted, refused to report.... eventually having to take matters into his own hands & convincing the Buffalo Bisons of the AHL to buy out his contract with Detroit, signing to play in Buffalo & earning more there than he ever did in the NHL before eventually retiring a few years later.... As for Ted Kennedy.... didnt swear, didnt drink, in no way, about the furthest thing from a dirty player one could imagine. A lot like Apps in that respect & as such, becoming a Conn Smythe, "Toronto the Good's" favorite.
Also Howe never blamed Kennedy or sought retribution.
Indeed..... of course, getting into it with Kennedy akin to picking a fight with a tight lipped Anglican Minister on the steps of the Church after his sermon on "forgiveness, turning the other cheek"... just hauling off & decking him in your Sunday Finest, in front of the entire congregation, women & children, the wife & kids... Gordie a Good Boy in that respect.... Kennedy did get into it with a few guys though... Milt Schmidt of Boston, suffering a serious injury as a result of that altercation.... a few others.... but mainly fights, face-face. He wasnt dirty. Nothin but disdain for players who were & that would have included Gordie Howe during his formative years in the League.
He was nicknamed "Mr. Elbows" for a reason.
Wow, I didn't know that.
Crosby is, handidly, winning a poll on here for 4th best forward of all time.
Yet if you look into it abit he got a measly 2 Ross and a couple of subjective team awards. Also didnt appear once in top 5 assists/goals at the same time.
Compare his offensive domination to Jagr, LaFleur etc it's just ridiculous gaps and someone like Jagr had quite the longveity no chance in hell he should be ranked higher. That said Jagr aint canadian so pretty obvious why. Then again even if you remove Jagr there are others who got just as good(and better) cases than Crosby.
Harvey got no merit being in a different tier than Lidström/Bourque yet he seems to be for many. If anything he should be ranked below both.
Damn straight. Ask Bobby Baun.
so then why do so many fans view howe as a hit anything that move type of player? he was not that.
First, my post was sarcasm.
And B, there are not many (if any) fans who think Howe was a hit anything that moves type of player.
Page 11 and the answer is still 'No'.
I don't think he said that. He was also quoted saying McDavid should score 100 goals in a season due to the fact you can't check/hit players today like you could in the past.
It's a different league today. If the game was played today like it was in the 90's, there'd be a different set of players playing today and a different group of stars.
And by the way, if you watch game video of hockey from the 50's and 60's, you'd see how great those players were back then. If you can't see this then you really don't appreciate hockey. I was so impressed when I watched those games. Outstanding players back then and the hockey was extremely enjoyable to watch. I loved it.