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Saturday, July 14, 2007


As remembered by journalist Seth...

Claude Lemieux

Lemieux was both a winner and a whiner. In his 20-year career, he won Stanley Cups for three different teams and always saved his best hockey for the playoffs, when he scored 80 goals and won a Conn Smythe trophy with New Jersey. One of the game's filthiest players (see Ken Linseman, Ulf Samuelsson and Esa Tikkanen), Lemieux was the hockey equivalent of fingernails on a chalkboard, sticking and running, initiating and dodging. He often infuriated referees by complaining about calls and infuriated opponents by refusing to fight anyone who was bigger than half his size, until Darren McCarty left him no choice. He was also one of the toughest players to knock off his skates and move out of the slot. His regular-season numbers (785 points in 1,197 games) don't do him justice. More than a few writers will vote him in while holding their noses, but a majority of voters will keep him out.

Take notes, Iginla. How would you like your NHL career and Hall of Fame chances summed up like this.


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