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04-26-2011, 01:03 PM
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Originally Posted by Sturminator View Post
There are large holes in the canon. The original ATD followed THN's all-time list quite closely, and how discredited has that document become? I see no argument for Lalonde over Nighbor. Taylor is another bird, but at any rate, Nighbor still goes too low.
Nighbor's historical reputation probably suffered from the fact that the Ottawa club folded not long after he retired. In contrast, Lalonde's Canadiens went on to become the greatest franchise in hockey history, and Lalonde is remembered today as one of the many great players who played for Montreal.

From reading old newspapers, you can tell that former Ottawa players and Ottawa writers talked up Frank Nighbor for decades after he played, but it's likely that at some point there just wasn't the institutional support to keep his memory going.

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