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Lloyd Cook

PCHA First Team All-Star: 1920, 1921, 1923
PCHA Second Team All-Star: 1916, 1918, 1919

Quotes on his overall game:
Originally Posted by The Vancouver Sun - Nov 9, 1921
Lloyd Cooke, one of the world's most practical puck-chasers and master technician in the great sport, will lead the Vancouver team on the ice this winter.
Originally Posted by The Vancouver Sun - Nov 7, 1920
Lloyd Cook will again be found at his old stand on the defence, knocking 'em cuckoo as they tear down the ice.
Originally Posted by The Vancouver Sun - Nov 12, 1922
No extravagant claims have been made for the team, but fans can depend upon Lloyd Cook to instill a spirit of "never-say-die" into its ranks which will carry the club a long way.
Originally Posted by The Vancouver Sun - Nov 27, 1922
Lloyd Cook has been doing all the heavy work for Vancouver to date. He has been the big defensive and offensive star of the locals.
Individual game quotes:
Originally Posted by Spokane Daily Chronicle - Jan 6, 1917
Lloyd Cooke and Sibby Nichols were on top of their games and skated like demons through-out the contest, covering, checking and shooting with great accuracy.
Originally Posted by The Spokesman-Review - Jan 9, 1917
The contest was not without its fight, big Lloyd Cook and Riley staging a little sparring match of their own 10 minutes before the close. Cook was sent to the bench for the rest of the game and fined $5.

That there was not more stick battles was the wonder, for the game was featered all the way through by sharp checking, slashing and bumping, Genge and Cook being the principal offenders.
Originally Posted by The Vancouver Sun - Dec 30, 1922
Vancouver got off to a lead in the first period when Cook beat Fowler with his famous backhand flip from the right.
Originally Posted by The Calgary Daily Herald - Mar 21, 1918
They showed they were a two-man team--MacKay and Cook... Cook was steady as a rock on defensive and his rushes were conspicuous during the game.
Originally Posted by The Spokesman-Review - Jan 6, 1917
Lloyd Cook played his customary consistent game, holding up his end in flawless style.
Quotes about Cook and Duncan's overall game:
Originally Posted by The Vancouver Sun - Dec 17, 1920
With the best defence in the league still intact and ready for the openning game at the Arena on Monday night, local fans are picking the home team to win the first struggle. Cook and Duncan are stopping onrushes of their team mates in a manner that forebodes ill for any other opposition.

Art Duncan is going good: so is his co-defence, Lloyd Cook. The pair stack up as a formidable barrier right from the jump.
Originally Posted by The Morning Leader - Mar 16, 1922
They will find the Vancouvers dangerous opponents in every particular, and they will see a defense that is particularly hard to fathom in Art Duncan, Lloyd Cook and Hugh Lehman.
Individual game quotes of Cooks and Duncan:
Originally Posted by The Vancouver Sun - Mar 4, 1922
The five-man defense of the Millionaires was always up there, always intact and always properly set. Once in a while they'd let Mickey Mackay or Cook or Duncan go down with the puck, but always two men would drop back to take his place and the break the Mets sought for was impossible.

Seldom do hockey fans get such an exhibition of defensive brilliancy as the Millionaires showed them tonight and the big house rocked with shrieks as the Mets piled in time after time trying to break down that board wall.
Originally Posted by The Vancouver Sun - Mar 7, 1922
Over 8000 raving fans saw Lloyd Cook and his huskies present a five-man bulwark over which the Mets could not hurdle.

Vancouver's five-man defence arrayed against the three-man rushes of the Mets was effective as the French defence at Verdun.

During the closing minutes of play Cook's men did everything they knew to keep the puck away from their net.

Cook and Duncan had the Mets talking to themselves before the first period was halfway through.
Originally Posted by The Vancouver Sun - Mar 13, 1922
Duncan and Cook teamed up in wonderful style, checked and rushed like fiends and were easily the pick of both teams.
Originally Posted by The Vancouver Sun - Dec 30, 1922
Cook and Duncan played hard all night but none of the others seemed to be up to the scratch.
Separating this last one for additional comment:
Originally Posted by The Montreal Gazette - Mar 27, 1922
Duncan and Cook were only fair and the St. pats penetrated them more on Saturday night than they had in any of the other games.
This was from a game report of 6-0 shellacking. Everyone has bad games, but it's telling that poor defence from Duncan and Cook was noteworthy and a change of pace.

Overall Impressions:
First off, some quotes probably refer to Cook the coach. More was written about him as a coach then as a player, so I did my best.

Reading lots of game reports two things stand out. (I can provide links if needed.)
1. Lots of specific mentions of Cook breaking up defensive plays. Very few mentions of being burned. Only one or two mentions of him rushing per game.
2. Enough to be noteworthy mentions of his shots taking weird bounces and scoring. I can't tell if he was a lucky player or a master of the knuckle puck.

The cannon impression of Cook as a rushing d-man with limited defence is just flat out wrong. If anything, he was a stay at home defenceman who would pinch whenever he saw the chance. But that sets up discussion about the Millionaires' system. I apologize for not getting quotes for this. But the Millionaires seemed to ignore traditional positions. Cook and Duncan were given free reign to rush and play like wingers. While Vancouver's wingers and centers would fall back and play like defencemen. There was always two players playing the role of the defenceman, it just wasn't necessarily their defencemen. I think of this as being sort of like the triangle offence in basketball. It can be super effective if you have a tight group who play together a long time and know how to make it work. But adjustments in personnel create periods of difficult adjustment. The type of thing that would work when players often played 60 minutes a game, not in an era of 20 player teams. But more importantly, I believe the Vancouver Millionaire's system inflated Cook and Duncan's scoring totals. They could score like that if they played like Coffey or Housley, but they didn't, they always made sure that someone had their back. And the system encouraged that happening, thus allowing them to play like an all offence defenceman without actually being one. Given all the quotes about them being key defensive players, I believe they would sacrifice offence for defence without the safety net of players like Mickey MacKay. I also think having both Duncan and Cook together increased both of their production because it made it harder to defend against when opponents didn't know who would rush and how much they'd commit to it. The most logical assessment of Lloyd Cook is that of a gritty defensive defenceman who is not an elite shutdown guy, but is a deceptively effective puck rusher whenever an opening arises.

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