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07-22-2011, 10:13 PM
Iain Fyffe
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With picks 168 and 169, the Brandon Shamrocks select two complementary blueliners from the 1920s.

Percy Traub, LD

Traub is on the team for solid and steady defence. I'll just cut to the chase and steal TDMM's bio from last year.

And add this:

Originally Posted by Edmonton Journal, 5/8/1948
Old-time hockey followers all over the west will learn with real regret of the death of Percy (Puss) Traub which occurred at the wheel of his car near Swift Current (Sask) on Wednesday. A sudden heart attack was the cause of death.

Back in the early 1920's when the Western Canada Professional Hockey League was in its fullest flower and fragancy [sic], “Puss” Traub was one of the circuit's outstanding defencemen with Regina Caps...Traub was the steady rock at the Regina blue line. Never a showy player – he couldn't carry the puck like Joe Simpson, Red Dutton or Harry Cameron for example – Traub nevertheless was a standout in most games in which he played because of his checking. He could “lay the body” and it was seldom a forward got past him without being tagged in some degree...It's seldom they come as rugged and durable as the late Percy Traub.

Abbie Newell, RD

A largely forgotten defenceman from the 1920s, Newell at first glance might seem to be an offensive specialist. Starting his senior hockey in Manitoba, he was second in goals among defencemen in 1917/18, and improved to first in assists and second in points among defencemen in 1918/19, playing in a league which included names such as Harry Oliver, Haldor Halderson and Bullet Joe Simpson.

Moving from there to the Saskatchewan league, which two seasons later would provide two teams to the newly-formed WCHL, Newell led all defencemen in points in 1920/21, and led the entire league in assists. Now he was in a league playing against Rusty Crawford, Dick Irvin and George Hay. The following season he again led all defencemen in points.

In the WCHL in 1922/23, Newell was third in blueliner points per game, behind only Joe Simpson and Red Dutton. In 1924/25, he was fifth in points per game, behind Herb Gardiner, Joe Simpson, Bobby Trapp and Harry Cameron. In 1926 he left to play in the California professional league with several other Canadian star players, and led that league in goals.

But he was more than a scorer. When his Regina Capitals had the best defence in the league in 1923/24, Newell was one of the starters on the blueline, playing ahead of [Undrafted] who was used as a substitute. The following quotes demonstrate his defensive reputation. The last quote is interesting, showing that a young Eddie Shore was an adequate substitute for an injured Newell.

Originally Posted by Regina Morning Leader, 2/14/22
For Moose Jaw, Abbie Newell, [undrafted] and [undrafted] proved the particular bright meteors. Newell, in addition to supplying one of Moose Jaw's counters, played a sterling defensive game in combination with [undrafted].
Originally Posted by Regina Morning Leader, 2/11/24
Besides playing sterling defensive hockey, Newell also came through with a goal, instigated the rush and made the pass for the goal which gave the Caps their overtime win on Saturday night.
Originally Posted by Regina Morning Leader, 1/21/25
Caps will take the ice up north tonight without the services of Abbie Newell, star defence man. Newell is suffering from an injured hip and will not be able to participate in the game, but Eddie Shore will step into the vacant place in the line-up, and [coach] declared he's satisfied with his substitute.
Although Newell was a LHS, the evidence points to him playing RD. He was a regular partner with Percy Traub, who was also a LHS, and when Newell was injured he was replaced by Eddie Shore, a RHS.

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