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Rough Chips Off The Old Block
E.M. Swift
December 10, 1984
The NHL's Hunter brothers, Dave, Dale and Mark, learned to play hockey the old-fashioned way, from their old-fashioned father, Dick
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December 10, 1984

Rough Chips Off The Old Block

The NHL's Hunter brothers, Dave, Dale and Mark, learned to play hockey the old-fashioned way, from their old-fashioned father, Dick

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Oldtime hockey, Hunter style. Says Dick, "We never had no superstars on our team. No, sir. We played plenty of teams with superstars, too, and they never beat us. Our guys were just interested in winning the hockey game, not in getting five or six goals. When the boys used to come back from a game, the wife and I would ask them, 'Did you win?' Never, 'Did you score?' Not till after we found out if they'd won the game. What makes a hockey team is a certain amount of grinders and a certain amount of scorers. You can't have all one kind of player. But you've gotta have a certain number of them fiery kids that want to win no matter what the cost."

The Oilers, Nordiques and Canadiens each have such a player. And if the Hunter style isn't often pretty, pretty doesn't win hockey games in this league. "The Hunter brothers will do anything to stay in the NHL," sums up Gould. "They're not afraid to do anything."

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