I’m sort of surprised at the lack of dissenting opinions during this Legends Challenge. There is an absence of tight photo finishes and contentious results. It seems that everyone is on the same wavelength, with runaway decisions each day.
Today it’s Serge Savard who get voted out, as nearly 60% of the 900 respondents chose him in a landslide victory.
Some comments from the votes against him:
- Another great warrior and leader but not as elite as Harvey or Robinson.
- Had he not broken his leg twice, he could have been Montreal’s greatest defenseman of all time.
- Great career and guy you wanted on your team. Contributed to many Stanley Cup wins.
- The least talented of The Big Three, Savard had a HIGH Hockey IQ.
We are down to four former captains remaining in Doug Harvey, Maurice Richard, Jean Beliveau, and Henri Richard. Positionally there are two goalies, two defencemen, and seven forwards remaining. At the end of the day, the main point of hockey is to score goals, so it’s no surprise that voters emphasize goals and points over other intangibles like leadership, defensive acumen, and longevity.
Here is the summary of the first seven days:
- Day 1: Guy Lapointe (18.7% of the daily vote)
- Day 2: Patrick Roy (31%)
- Day 3: Emile Bouchard (53.5%)
- Day 4: Yvan Cournoyer (41.2%)
- Day 5: Bernard Geoffrion (34.2%)
- Day 6: Bob Gainey (48.7%)
- Day 7: Serge Savard (58.6%)
Voting for day eight is now open. If you are uncertain who is left in the field, refer to the primer in the first article of this series. Voting cutoff is 11:00 PM EST on Thursday.