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SoCal sports 08-26-2005 03:53 AM

Does anybody else but me miss 80's hockey?
Does anybody else miss the intensity and physical play of the 80's? With all the rule changes and european players its like the NHL thinks all we want is scoring and finesse. To me while hockey is still great it is missing the checking and fighting. The NHL wants scoring but in the 80's with all the toughness I do believe Gretzky,Lemieux and some of the greatest offensive players were doing just fine. Alot of the scoring records were set then. I use to love watching the Habs and Bruins play with guys like Nilan(awesome) and Kordic going up against Miller and Neely. This was one of just a ton of great rivalries that are now played by players who care more about the world championships then the Stanley cup. I use to love watching my Kings go up against the Flames and Oilers but now its against the Mighty Quacks with not nearly as much intensity. Is this just all my imagination?

Habs Fan 08-26-2005 05:17 AM

Naw, I agree completely. I can still remember the rivalries between Montreal and Boston. Hell, I can still remember how Montreal always seemed to face the Hartford Whalers every year in the playoffs. Ron Francis, Kevin Dineen, Mike Luit, Ulf Sammulson. Wow, I haven't seen those days in a long time.

SoCal sports 08-26-2005 02:11 PM

Man, Mike Liut. When I was 8 my dad took me to my first hockey game at the Forum(fabulous forum that is) in 79, the Kings were playing the Blues and Liut was their goalie. My favorite player of all time is Tiger Williams. I read is book and it was awesome. He talks about playing junior hockey and how the most intimidating place to play was Flin Flon. Back then players really new what it meant to play in the NHL. I guess I shouldnt live in the past but those were the days.

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