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How to appreciate the underrated

Call them the anti-Players of the Week -- 10 players who receive little notice for playing big roles.

Updated: October 22, 2002, 11:36 AM ET
By E.J. Hradek | ESPN The Magazine

Did you know that magnificent Mario Lemieux has been the NHL's Player of the Week 24 times during his career? He won (again) for the week ending on Oct. 20.

Did you know that if Lemieux wins the league's weekly honors in each of the next 20 weeks, he'll tie Wayne Gretzky for the most career POTW accolades. Yeah, Gretzky was named the league's weekly best 44 times.

I bring this up to point out that the league's best players get the lion's share of the attention from fans, media and ...

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