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07-12-2011, 08:06 PM
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With our second selection, Eden Hall is thrilled to select a highly skilled, fast skating center who can both score goals and set them up at a high level:

Billy McGimsie, C

-Skated for the Rat Portage (later Kenora) Thistles from 1899-1907 (senior hockey from 1902-1907).

-Inducted into the HHOF in 1962.

McGimsie has some surprisingly strong goal scoring credentials:

1902-03 regular season: 10 goals in 5 games (1st in the Manitoba loop)

1903 Challenge Match vs. the Ottawa Silver Seven: Scored 3 of his team's 4 goals over two games.

1903-04 regular season: 16 goals in 11 games (1st in his league)

1904-05 regular season: 28 goals in 8 games (2nd in his league, 1 goal behind Tommy Phillips, who had just returned from the East)

1905-06 regular season: 21 goals in 9 games (3rd in his league behind Billy Breen and Tommy Phillips)

(Credit to Iain Fyffe for correcting these stats)

Despite McGimsie's goal scoring exploits, he appears to have been better known for his speed, stickhandling, and playmaking

Originally Posted by Borden D. Mills
Billy was fairly small for a centerman, only 5'8" and 145 pounds, but what he lacked in size he more than made up for in speed and agility. McGimsie was one of the fastest forwards of the day, as well as one of the finest passers. Playing with future hall-of-famers Tommy Phillips, Tom Hooper, and Si Griffis, Billy had unlimited options. Many times he would simply take it to the net himself and pop it in. McGimsie would later claim that it was the Thistles' incredible front line that invented the modern tic-tac-toe passing game in an era where players would simply lift the puck down to the other end of the ice and then chase after it. Based on newspaper articles of the day desciribing the Thistles' play, he was not exaggerating with his bold assessment.
Originally Posted by habseyesontheprize
Billy McGimsie had been badly cut and bruised in the first series against the Silver Seven two years prior. He was known at the time for his skating and "dribbling", an early term for stickhandling.
A description of McGimsie's performance in the 1906 Cup Challenge when Kenora (pop 4000) became the smallest town to win the Cup

Originally Posted by Borden D. Mills
The Thistles were victorious in the two game, total goals series. McGimsie scored early in the second game to pace the Thistles to a 6-2 half time lead. He also made several nifty passes to teammates Phillips and Hooper, who neatly deposited the pucks into the Wanderers' nets. After a furious comeback by Montreal that made it 6 all, McGimsie made one final rush down the ice with teammate Roxy Beaudro that resulted in the game winning goal. Hooper tacked on an insurance tally and the Stanley Cup was finally in the Thistles' hands.

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