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I went through Toronto Star game reports looking for mentions of Eddie Gerard. I checked every game report between Toronto and Ottawa from 1919-20 to 1922-23.

Some game reports had no information on how opposing players performed. Others were illegible. But there were a fair number of game reports that mentioned the individual performances of each player. Here are the ones that mention Gerard, as well as other Ottawa defenders.

January 5, 1920:
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Their defense, Sprague Cleghorn and Eddie Gerard, gave a superb exhibition both defensively and offensively. Gerard was simply great all night.
January 26, 1920
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They have a great defense in Gerard and Cleghorn...Gerard and Cleghorn played fine hockey all the way. The former is a fast breaker and dangerous on every rush. He carried the forward line along with a great burst of speed, and usually passed the puck after crossing the defense, which was the most effective play in the visitors’ repertoire.
January 29, 1920:
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Ottawa played without Sprague Cleghorn, but Boucher and Merrill, who were used on the defense, played stellar games…Benedict played a steady game, and aided by the splendid defense of Gerard and Boucher, stood off the Toronto attack and turned in an errorless game.
Feb 23, 1920:
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Ottawa, minus Eddie Gerard, their star defense man, displayed as much superiority over the Snake Chasers as Hamilton Tigers did over Toronto Dentals – and that was plenty.

Sprague Cleghorn, Boucher, and Darragh were the best of Ottawa’s superb lineup. Cleghorn’s head work was conspicuous, and he was always dangerous in a rush. This Boucher boy has been playing stellar hockey all season. He is as valuable a man as Ottawa has. He is game, has speed, can shoot, and as a defense man looks as good as either Cleghorn or Gerard.
March 1, 1920:
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Cleghorn and Gerard made an almost impregnable defense. They both carried the puck well in a rush and were always able to beat their opponents back to their positions.
March 25 (Game 2 of the Cup Final):
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On Monday night it was the dazzling all-round efforts of Frank NIghbor in the third period that blocked nearly every budding offensive of Walker, Rowe, Riley, and Foyston, while last night it was young Boucher who battered back the Seattle attack and carried the offensive into their territory. Men like Cleghorn, Darragh, and Capt. Gerard rise to great heights when necessity demands, and Cy. Denneny always packs a dangerous shot and an elusive rush.
Jan 17, 1921:
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They are not weakened by the loss of Sprague Cleghorn, as Jack Boucher is just as effective and a harder worker. Boucher teams up splendidly with Eddie Gerard on the defense, and they are both strong rushers.
Jan 24, 1921:
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Sprague Cleghorn, rated as the best defense player in pro hockey, will make his initial appearance in a St Patrick uniform on Wednesday night.
Mar 15, 1921:
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Both goals were scored in the final period, Gerard and Nighbor doing the needful, and both counters were on low, hard shots to the corner and from outside the defense.

That the better team won there is no doubt. The fact that the Irish were held scoreless in both games of the series is sufficient to tell the tale. It was Ottawa’s excellent defensive qualities which earned for the the N.H.L. title, and in doing so every member of the team played his part. Nighbor played brilliantly throughout, and his poke check broke up the St. Pat’s attack repeatedly at centre ice.
Dec 22, 1921:
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Young “King” Clancy jumped into the fray during the second period and received a rousing reception. The former St Brigid star made good right off the hop. He replaced Broadbent in this period and again in the final. This youngster will do.

Captain Gerard just bubbled over with brilliancy. The Ottawa pilot was chock full of pep and decidedly effective. He scored three of the four goals, not a usual thing for a defense player.

Frank Nighbor’s perfect poke was again baffling. Reg. Noble was also there with the hook, but the Toronto captain has yet much to learn before he equals Nighbor in that style of play.
Jan 5, 1922:
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Gerard, as usual, played fine hockey and was a tireless worker. Boucher did a lot of good work, but he wasted a lot of time trying to referee the game instead of leaving the job to Cooper Smeaton, so that he wasn’t as much use to his team as he thought he was.
Jan 12, 1922
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Gerard was the star of the Ottawa team, and “Cy” Dennenay was a close second. The latter’s shooting and following back were features of the play.

The speed exhibited by Captain Eddie Gerard was a treat to gaze upon.
Feb 13, 1922:
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Ottawa had their three cripples – Gerard, Denneny, and Nighbor – on hand for the St. Pat’s game but the Irish played them to a standstill.
Feb 27, 1922:
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Ottawa were without George Boucher, a regular defense man. He was replaced by young King Clancy, and the boy did mighty well.
March 2, 1922:
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The Ottawa defense was particularly vulnerable, and but for the yeoman work of Frank Nighbor, the Ottawa centre man, the Irishmen would have piled up a commanding lead in the first two periods. The crack centre was at his best, both on attack and in defensive tactics. Benedict, Gerard, and Boucher had an off night and showed little of the brilliancy they had displayed in other contests. Clancy, while subbing for Boucher, put up a rattling line of hockey.

Toronto manager George O’Donoghue: “…Boucher and Gerard laid on the hickory as they never did before…”
Dec 21, 1922:
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Ottawa’s defense pair, Gerard and Boucher, stood out for the winners. They led many rushes, and worked right in on top of Roach.
Jan 4, 1923:
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Ottawa was without George Boucher, who was detained at home owing to the …. of his …, and Frank Clancy paired up with Gerard on the defense, and turned in a nice performance. He rushed repeatedly, and was a source of worry all night to the local defense. Gerard rushed at times but devoted most of his work to the defensive end, although he scored the Senators’ second goal on an individual rush.

Clancy was the star of the Ottawa team, this young player showing speed and willingness to work. Nighbor was as smooth as usual in centre ice and Denneny was always dangerous with a wicked shot. Eddie Gerard played his customary steady game. Previous of the start of play Gerard was presented with a diamond stickpin by the local club for the assistance he gave them in winning the world’s championship last March when he played one game against Vancouver.
Jan 25, 1923:
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Gerard and Boucher were the most effective for Ottawa, though Denneny was always dangerous. Both of the Ottawa defense men were closely checked, but were always prominent. Nighbor did clever work with his poke-check. Clancy was the fastest man on the Ottawa train, but was seldom used. Darragh tried hard, but is slipping fast.
Mar 6, 1923:
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Benedict was never better and the defense when Boucher and Gerard were working was brilliant. The forwards all went well and took no undue chances.

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