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03-30-2011, 11:29 AM
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Originally Posted by Sturminator View Post
Search for the full name (or common nickname - like Ching Johnson) is generally your best bet. Only use the "hockey" tag if your player has a common name and you want to avoid non-hockey related articles, but be aware that you will miss some hockey-related stuff, as well.
Depends on the era. In the early 1900s, players were rarely referred to with their full name- typically only a surname, and position. It takes a bit more time to dig through them all, but by using just the surname and city/team name, I managed to exponentially increase the results for guys like Hobey Baker and Pud Glass.

Your point about early-career is valid, although I've found some pretty thorough game descriptions from regular season contests. ie the Montreal Gazette; they're some four or five columns and a sports editor would never do that today. The G&M is of course gold for Leafs players and games against the Leafs.

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