Originally Posted by EDDIESHORETOEBLAKE
BTW, I suppose if you had to break it down to a true linear lineage, I suppose it would be fair to say – Eddie Shore to Black Jack Stewart to Lou Fontinato to Gordie Howe to Kurtenbach to Ferguson to Cashman(?) to Maloney to Schultz to Gillies to Wilson to Playfair to Kyte(?) to Brown to Probert to Crowder to Probert to McCarthy(?) to Twist to Grimson(?) to Laraque to Brashear . . ."
This is what I was trying to go for but found it was impossible to do, though I like how this turned out. THe only thing is when there was simply no way to determine who was better I had to make overlapping or co-champs. Like the "Howe to Kurtenbach to Ferguson" part... the latter two never fought but were dominating for almost the exact same time period. Then with Schultz to Gillies to Wilson, its very interesting because Gillies beat the "old" king and Fotiu beat the "new" king, but the two in the middle never squared off to determine who was undisputed king from 77-80. But thanks for adding your lineage as well...excellent to compare the two and see that its 95% the same just with a slightly different perspective.
Also, thanks everyone for feedback. Its interesting that I thought it would be a LOT more debateable a list than it actually has tunred out to be. I guess there really is a pretty good consensus of who the top dog is at any given time.
GOON, as far as a deciding factor, I was really just trying to go for the consensus opinion. Sometimes it was obviously one fight that did it (Wilson crushing Gillies) and sometimes the old king would fade out and a new one fade in. No one forumla for picking just who I think everyong thought was the best at a given time...