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The Undeniable Link

By Roger Lavoie, Ontario Lacrosse Magazine, 06/01/09, 12:00PM CDT

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From Wayne Gretzky to Joe Nieuwendyk and more recently Dave Bolland to John Tavares, it is amazing to hear the huge and positive impact playing lacrosse had on NHL stars from the past, present and future

Here’s a trivia question for all of you die-hard hockey fans: What do Wayne Gretzky, Steven Stamkos, Brendan Shanahan, Gary Roberts, Joe Nieuwendyk, Paul Kariya, Joe Sakic, Paul Coffey and Adam Oates, just to name a few NHL greats, have in common?

For a lacrosse fan, the question is a ridiculously easy one to answer. All of those hockey superstars – and many more actually – have all played and loved lacrosse.

“I always said that there were a lot of us that would have picked lacrosse over hockey if we could have made the same kind of living playing it,” past year after playing 22 seasons in the NHL. “The toughness and physical aspect of lacrosse has definitely had an influence on my playing ability in hockey.”