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The Business of Business Writing by John Tabellione, Principal at

No Way…No Howe, Nor Gretzky, Nor Hull

Date: 15 March 2018
Category: Entertainment, Homophones, Spelling

For whom would you vote as the greatest hockey player of all time? Naturally, most will likely choose “The Great One”, all-time scoring leader, Wayne Gretzky. Or, would it be “Mr. Hockey, “Gordie Howe? Or, how about “The Golden Jet,” Bobby Hull;” or Maurice “The Rocket” Richard?

This being the Ides of March, however, it might be a good idea to consider being on the defensive, even when it comes to hockey. Today marks the day in 1970 when Boston Bruin Bobby Orr became the first defenseman in National Hockey League history to score 100 points in a season. 

What also could have helped to ice Orr’s legacy is the fact that he won the Art Ross Trophy for the league’s top scorer; or, it could be the he won the Norris Trophy for the league’s top defenseman; or, might it have been because he received the Conn Smythe Trophy as the most valuable player in the playoffs; or, was it due to his earning the Hart Trophy for the most valuable player of the league? More than likely, it was because Orr became the first and only player to win hockey’s four most coveted awards in the same year: 1970.

Orr retired in 1978 at the age of 30 and will likely be remembered as the best defenseman in NHL history. Or, if you feel an obligation to put your oar in the water to debate Bobby’s place in NHL lore, let us know.


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