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02-28-2011, 06:13 PM
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One writer picks his all-star teams for the first half of the 1928-29 season:

"It would be perhaps be advisable in the first place to point out that such a choice is after all merely the opinion of one man."

This is who he picks:

Goal: Roy Worters, backed up by Charlie Gardiner

About Worters: "he makes the hardest chances look easy"
About Gardiner: "with the team he has in front of him, we have every reason to suspect that Gardiner has very little time to collect his wits."

Right Defense: Hap Day and Eddie Shore

About Day: "one of the fastest breaking puck carriers in the league... unusually strong defensive player and a truly good fellow to have around a team.

About Shore: "200 pounds of brawn with remarkable speed and skating ability and a hard shot. Shore's failing lies in his high hat tendencies between games making him unpopular with his teammates."

Left Defense: King Clancy and Lionel Conacher

About Clancy: "the greatest fighter in the National Hockey League" (note: really?) "While much of Ottawa's success lies at Frank Nighbor's door, the team would have passed out of the picture long ago but for the leadership of this self-same Clancy and he is a hockey player in every sense of the word as much as a fighter."

About Conacher: "Possibly the strongest man in the league... used his weight to his advantage...hands out a perfect pass and has a very hard left hand shot."

Center: Morenz and Hooley Smith

note: author specifically mentions "with the peerless Frank Nighbor out of the game"

About Morenz: "perhaps the fastest skater in the league and most dangerous in the goal mouth. Like Conacher, one of the few left hand shots who drives the puck with the velcoity of the great right-handers such as..."

About Smith: "rugged, fast, a great poke check and playmaker... in an oratorical contest would probably finish number one of all the forwards in the league."

Right Wing: Bill Cook and Ace Bailey

About Cook: "knows all that's needed about the game, can adapt himself to a clean or rough game as occasion may call for and is an exponent of combination play at all times."

About Bailey: "With his all-round effectiveness so well known in Toronto and his courage under fire the talk of the circuit..."

"Jimmy Ward... and Harry Oliver... are mighty fine right wings, but not quite as good as Bailey and Cook.

Left Wing: Nels Stewart, followed by Joliat closely over George Hay

About Stewart: "a big man, dangerously rough at times, a very hard man to check, and one of the most finished players around the goal. In one game at Montreal I saw Stewart back-check like a most enthusiastic rookie, but after his team had scored two goals, he assumed his careless manner, merely standing around until someone brought the puck up to him... must drive a manager frantic... but when bearing down, he is the best left wing in the game."

About Joliat and Hay: "Each is a brilliant puck carrier and good skaters. Both can lay over a perfect pass, as well as take one... Hay is much heavier and less temperatmental (sic) than the much abused Joliat, but I'd give the latter my vote as I admire his fighting spirit and perseverance in spite of his lack of stature."

He mentions Percy Galbraith, Bun Cook, Hib Milks, and Hec Kilrea as other great left wings, who aren't as good as the mentioned three.

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This is obviously not as good as the unofficial awards voted on by NHL GMs, but it's interesting nonetheless.

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