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02-20-2011, 08:14 AM
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Duke Keats' years in other league where he dominated leaderboard HAS to be recognized. If we are to take Bower's AHL years as serious business, then why can't we also take Keats' dominant years in other pro leagues as serious as well? When you are the highest scoring player in your league, and it's not even close, AND you also proved that you can be a dominant scorer in more competitive scenarios as well, the fact remains that the hockey you played in those less competitive leagues should count as well.

Keats twice led the Alberta Big-4 Hockey League in goals and points, and assists once. In 1919-1920, he led in points 32-22, goals 18-11, and assists 14-12. In 1920-1921, he led in points 29-25, goals 23-18, and was tied for 4th in assists, the leader's 10 to his 6. I'm not saying we should count these as standard scoring finishes, as the competition level is important, but to outright throw them out entirely is totally and blatantly wrong and quite frankly irresponsible. The fact is, this was also a pro league, and some good names did play in them. His dominance must count for something here.

Also, Keats played two years in the NHA before the Big-4 league, which you seem to have missed.. he placed 4th in points, 5th in goals and 4th in assists in 1915-1916, and had 16 goals and 18 points in 1916-1917, despite missing about 7 games (he played 13, most guys played 19-20). This was the year where Keats was stolen by the military from Toronto to play for the army team. He still managed to finish 10th in goals and 12th in points despite this.

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