Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 11/28/11 at 06:44 PM ET
from David Staples of the Cult of Hockey at the Edmonton Journal,
There are all kinds of great players who never hit or slash anybody, who never engage in the dark arts of hockey.
Jean Ratelle, Patrick Kane, Steven Stamkos, Evgeni Malkin, the Sedin brothers, Anze Kopitar, the Mahovlich brothers, Guy Lafleur, Mike Bossy, Jari Kurri, Marcel Dionne, Wayne Gretzky, Mario Lemieux, Steve Yzerman, Mark Recchi, Adam Oates, Pavel Datsyuk, Pavel Bure, Dale Hawerchuk, Serge Savard, Luc Robitaille, Brett Hull, Mike Modano, Teemu Selanne . . . .
And yet, even if it’s clear that great players are often not mean or nasty or violent players, there is a desire among some fans of the Edmonton Oilers to see more toughness and meanness in the games of skilled players such as Taylor Hall, Jordan Eberle, Magnus Paajarvi and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins.
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