Originally Posted by Dan Lobb
Good choice, one which I have often thought of.
Both players had about ten years of play, both had serious injuries, and both reached the highest level of brilliance in their respective sport.
Another example might be Gale Sayers, who probably had the best moves in the NFL. Again, an injury-shortened career.
Hoad's injury, unlike the others, was self-inflicted, caused by a poor training exercise.
Incidentally Bobby Orr, in the 1970-71 NHL season had a plus-minus rating of 124, the highest in NHL history.