Swift, E.M.
October 1992
Sports Illustrated;10/22/92, Vol. 77 Issue 17, p30
Skill, flair, fire in the belly-these are the traits I've looked for in the players on my alltime hockey Dream Team. No one said anything about passports. So in goal, I'll start Vladislav Tretiak. Big, quick and fundamentally flawless, he dazzled hockey's cognoscenti from 1972, when he starred for the Soviets against Team Canada, until his retirement in 1984. I'll back him up with seven-time Vezina Trohy winner Jacques Plante, whose minuscule 2.17 goals-against average in 112 playoff games helped his teams win six Stanley Cups. To those who would name Montreal's Ken Dryden and Detroit's Terry Sawchuk to the team, I say this: Those four were the best ever, but there are only two seats on the starship. Besides, with Bobby Orr and Doug Harvey starting on defense, this team could win with Homer Simpson in goal. Both could control play all over the ice; together they would be unstoppable. Particularly when joined by my first line-another no-brainer-of Gordie Howe, Wayne Gretzky and Bobby Hull. The coach? When it comes to motivating big egos, no one had better success than Scotty Bowman, the tight-lipped line juggler and the winningest National Hockey League coach ever.


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