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07-11-2011, 12:47 AM
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Originally Posted by Iain Fyffe View Post
I think the era is stronger than most people today think it was. Hockey didn't just spring up overnight in 1883; some players in the first winter carnival tournament were referred to as established players. It's just that the games weren't as organized before that time.
But that is part of the problem too. Population alone meant that the talent pool was the shallowest ever. But then throw in the fact that hockey was for members of "clubs" - groups of affluent gentlemen with the time to spare and the money to play - and you have the weakest level of competition of all-time, easily. Very poor record keeping also means it's really tough determining who was the best at anything in those times (though Paton is a pretty safe bet in that regard)

I think anyone's uncertainty about those times, is well-warranted.

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