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FISCHLER: Nieuwendyk rates bigger spotlight

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Have you ever met ? If you haven't, it's too bad because Joe is one terrific guy. In fact, he's such a down-to-earth fellow that there's no question he'd prefer as little publicity as possible over his impending 500th NHL goal. Fortunately for Joe, he's getting his wish. The local print media is virtually ignoring this amazing accomplishment of 499 goals ... soon to be 500 ... as if it were an everyday event. Unfortunately, Joe deserves better. A lot better. Look at it this way; when Joe achieves his milestone he will be one of only 31 players in major league hockey history to have reached such a stratospheric level of goal scoring. More than that, Joe is already ahead of Hall -Of-Famers Jean Ratelle, Norm Ullman, Alex Delvecchio, and Darryl Sittler. When he gets his 500th, Nieuwendyk will be only seven away from the immortal Jean Beliveau. That is an incredibly rarified atmosphere. So, why aren't columnists following Joe around? Do we have to tell them that the Giants and Jets are finished playing football? Surely they know that baseball's spring training doesn't begin next week nor that the U.S. Open isn't about to happen next month. Hey, this new Nieuwendyk fellow is something special. He not only is a five-star, Class A act but he's also a remarkable athlete in the mold. Granted, Lou Lamoriello stresses team above all ... always has and always will ... but even the ' leader will acknowledge that his center is on the threshold of something so special that a week of Nieuwendyk columns and features would not be a very bad thing at all. But, then again, such is the nature of hockey and hockey players. The game seems to underplay its assets. And the players — as good a bunch of guys as you'll find between Brooklyn and Burbank — tend to minimize the spotlight that so often should find them at center stage. When a is far ahead of the likes of Bernie Geoffrion and Ted Lindsay — among the greatest scorers of all time — he rates the penultimate in attention. New York long has acknowledged superstars in it's midst. It seems to me that Joe's move across the 500th goal line should he hailed in a proper fashion. Or to put it another way, let's give this Devil his due! Known as "The Hockey Maven" in both local and national circles, Stan Fischler is one of the most outspoken authorities on the game of hockey. Fischler can be seen offering NHL analysis on "MSG SportsDesk" and on Fox Sports Net's "Regional Sports Report — New York Edition." Fischler also provides studio interviews and pre- and post-game features and reports for both the and on FSN. His columns appear regularly on MSGNetwork.com.
Tagged: Devils, Islanders, Rangers, Joe Nieuwendyk

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