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from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,
Bobby Orr, Doug Harvey and Nicklas Lidstrom have won the most Norris Trophies as the NHL’s top defenseman, and it just so happens legendary Scotty Bowman has coached two of them, Lidstrom and Harvey.
I thought you hockey fans might be intrigued to hear from Bowman on his coaching experiences with Harvey and Lidstrom. I know I was.
“It’s hard to compare them in a way because they played in vastly different eras. I coached Harvey in St. Louis before Nick Lidstrom was born,” Bowman told ESPN.com last week. “But the two most common denominators between those two was that it was very seldom either one got caught up ice. Their passing skills were so terrific. Their first pass.
“If you charted a hockey game and you wrote down where the puck went every time those two touched it, it usually went on another teammate’s stick unless they were killing a penalty. Their positioning and that sixth sense to be aware of what’s going on ... they made a lot of partners looked pretty good.”
They also shared a common presence in the offensive zone.
added 1:17pm, Most of you probably only have heard of Doug Harvey but never saw him play, but now you can watch some video of Harvey below…
added 1:21pm, Chris Osgood interview Nick Lidstrom for ESPN, watch the video below and a follow up story on TPH from LeBrun at ESPN.
from Red Fisher at NHL.com,
“Anything wrong with your foot?” I asked him (Doug Harvey) shortly before the game.
“Naw, just a little stiff,” he said.
“Have you had an X-ray?”
“Yup, nothing there,” he replied.
“You’ve got only three defensemen,” he was told. “What are you guys going to do?”
“I guess we’ll play,” he said with a shrug.
Harvey was on the ice for 51 minutes that night. He was in the penalty box for four minutes. The Canadiens won 3-1. Ten days later, X-rays revealed Harvey had been playing with a cracked ankle all that time.
from Greatest Hockey Legends,
Now, on to Doug’s question. Is Nicklas Lidstrom better than Doug Harvey?
I think history tends to nicely accept that Doug Harvey is the second best defenseman of all time, behind Bobby Orr, of course. In fact, most of the so called experts tend to place Harvey in top ten players of all time, regardless of position….
Doug Harvey was the epitome of hockey grace, and one of the few players in hockey history that could truly take control of a game all by himself.
Now that is awfully hard to compete against. Lidstrom is catching up, with more seasons ahead. He’s got 4 Stanley Cup championships and 6 Norris Trophies. His career offensive numbers dwarf Harvey’s, mind you that is due much to the very different eras each played in. Both are classic and near flawless defenders and both are dominant at both ends of the ice.
from Dennis Kane at the Powell River Peak,
Doug Harvey Jr. is 57 years old now, is proud of his dad, and was happy to talk about him. What was it like, I asked, being the son of such a star? “It was probably just like you and your dad,” he said, “We were just a family like everyone else. Kids at school didn’t treat me any different, and when I played hockey, there were no names on the sweaters, so no one gave me a hard time at the rink.
“I guess one thing that might be different was that players would come over to the house quite often—Dickie Moore, Jean Beliveau, Jacques Plante, the Rocket a few times. When dad was building our house, most of the team helped him.”