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December 31, 2012
All-Time DREAM TEAM, since 1980
By Joey Tomaselli,

Hi. My name is Joey Tomaselli, but you can call me "Joey Stats." I'm the new hockey history and stats guy for TFP.

As my introductory project, I give to you my All-Time NHL Dream Team, which includes NHL players playing from 1980-2012 and a little position juggling. I decided to include those players of whom I've actually seen play (but I'd love to have witnesses the likes of Gordie Howe and Bobby Orr).

Obviously, not everybody reading this will agree with my assessments, but last time I checked, I wrote this.



Lucky Number 13, as in the combined number of Stanley Cups won by these three legends (and like a bank, this line makes sense). Having Gretzky and Kurri together on the same line is like Nutella on Wonder Bread... it's the perfect combination. Having Bossy on the right side makes this an even scarier line to defend. Simply put, if Gretzky was a plane, his two wings would be named Kurri and Bossy.

1984-85 (career year)
G A PTS Awards
71 64 135 5 Stanley Cups

No one played better with Gretzky than Kurri. Watching these two play together is like watching Chris Angel or David Blane, it's pure magic. In his NHL career, Kurri is 20th all-time in (1,398 points) and ranks 18th all-time with 601 goals. He's won 5 Stanley Cups and when the games matter most, he came through in Finn form, scoring 106 playoff goals and totaling 233 playoff points, leaving this legend third all-time in both categories. "Kurri" in Finnish must mean "playoff hero" because his two records include 19 goals in one post-season campaign and 12 playoff goals in one series alone.

1985-86 (career year)
G A PTS Awards
52 163 215 4 Stanley Cups
  10 Art Ross Trophies
9 Hart Trophies
5 Ted Lindsay Trophies
2 Conn Smythe Trophies

The Great One (no, ladies, not me) is my first line center because his 2,984 total points say so. He led the league in points in both the '80s and '90s and broke the 200-point mark in a single season four times, something that three of the top players playing in the NHL on the whole first line are not able to do... combined. He was the best passer of all-time, PERIOD! He has a 970 point lead over Mark Messier, the current second place holder of points. If you only took into account his 1,963 career assists and disregarded his 894 career goals (which will NEVER be broken), his point total would still not be beaten.

Put it this way, if you want to beat Gretzky's records of most Goals, Assist and Points all-time, and I am basing this on the fact you played a solid 20 years in the NHL, you would have to average 44.7 goals, 98.1 assist, and 142.8 points per season. Are you fu**in kidding me?! Good luck! He has more records than Elvis. His playoff record of 382 playoff points is so sick, it gives me the flu. I have to stop talking about Gretzky before I get too excited.

1981-82 (career year)
G A PTS Awards
64 83 147 4 Stanley Cups
      1 Conn Smythe Trophy

I know a lot of you are probably wondering why the hell Bossy is on my first line, but this is my article and I'm the Boss-y. In his first nine seasons in the NHL he scored 50 goals or more; he averaged 59 goals per year in his 10-year career, scored in 76 per cent of his regular-season games (an NHL record), and had a 65 per cent chance of scoring in every playoff game that he played. He is first on this team with a 21.18 shooting percentage. In the last 32 years, there was no other goal-scorer better than Bossy. If Bossy worked for the army, his job would be a SNIPER.


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