Discussion in 'The History of Hockey' started by arrbez, Dec 1, 2006.
Who was better, and why?
Personally, I'll take Beliveau. They were both fantastic players, but I think Beliveau had the better career. Richard was more important as an icon and culturally, which sees him held in higher regard.
Obviously not having seen either of them, my opinion is founded on what I've read, but I think it could justifiably go either way.
Quoted for truth.
I didn't see either of them, but Beliveau seems to have been a lot clasier on the ice, so he gets my vote.
Better scorer : Richard
Better player : BÃ©liveau
If not for Howe, BÃ©liveau would have been the most dominant player of his era.
And the most complete forward ever.
Beliveau. ALhtough I love Richard it wasn't until Beliveay arrived that the Habs had their big dynasty. Heck Beliveau was part of two Habs dynasties and he was the best player both times
Yeah, I think Beliveau was a better player too, but Richard has always been one of my all-time favorite's, even though I've never seen either play... I'm just ranking them based on old highlights, and from what I've read.
So, I voted for the Rocket.
Two very different styles and played different positions.
I was lucky enough to see them play when I was very young.
Richard was a wind, Beliveau a center. Like trying to compare Lou Gehrig to Babe Ruth.
Beliveau was a cool surgeon, Richard was the hot blooded, high energy force.
It's a toss up.