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Iain Fyffe
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Originally Posted by seventieslord View Post
I think anyone's uncertainty about those times, is well-warranted.
Oh sure, but I suspect the era is over-discounted due to the uncertainty. There's little difference between hockey in 1890 and (Montreal) hockey in, say, 1905. Except that some players were likely paid under the table in 1905, though they still had to be part of the club.

In 1905 we had Russell Bowie and Frank McGee and Jack Marshall and Herb Jordan and both Patricks and Moose Johnson and Blair Russel and Ernie Russell and Alf Smith and Harvey Pulford and Rat Westwick and Dickie Boon. These players benefit from greater familiarity today, but the gap in talent between them and Paton's contemporaries is easy to overstate due to this greater familiarity.

Allan Cameron, Jack Campbell, Dolly Swift and Weldy Young are not nearly as recognizable today as the above-mentioned players. But I don't take that as evidence that they were not nearly as good.


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