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Those Mean Players Of Today

from Allan Maki of the Globe and Mail,

In his home, in green-and-blue plaid pyjamas, he sits in an easy chair across from his wall of memories. There’s a framed photograph of him with Wayne Gretzky. There’s one of the Hockey Hall of Fame building autographed by the greats. There’s a photo of the Calder Trophy he won as the NHL’s top rookie in 1946. There’s a photo of an early Madison Square Garden and another of him on the ice during a full-scale brawl with the Montreal Canadiens.

Playing for the New York Rangers, he is on the fringe of the fighting where, true to his nature, he is playing peacemaker, holding back a charging foe. Then as now, Edgar Laprade has always been a gentleman. Because of that, he’s not sure he likes the NHL any more.

Not the game, he clarifies. He still loves the skating, the shooting, the deftness of a good pass. Today’s players are fast and big. They’re also violent; prone to elbowing one another in the head or ramming each other into the boards from behind.

“The basic game hasn’t changed that much,” Laprade says, his eyes sparkling. “What’s changed is the people who play the game … the players have become more mean.”


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