MLD2011 Mickey Ion Rnd 1: Halifax Sleepwatchers (2) vs. Detroit Red Wings (7)
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08-16-2011, 01:43 PM
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The Flett brothers are definitely under-appreciated. But the Irvin quote in your bio doesn't make sense; the crowd wouldn't be bewildered by a point man scoring from a lift - it was not uncommon and some point men were known to be quite adept at it. Also the idea that the cover was supposed to stay in his own end is fallacious - just read game reports from the era, or Art Farrell's book, and you'll know the cover was expected to rush the puck as well.
I'll also point out that Rod and Magnus played point and cover respectively for only three seasons together, from 1901 to 1903. For two seasons before that, they split the point position (playing half the games each) because Charley Johnstone was at cover. And before that it was Rod Flett and Fred Higginbotham.
Now that I look at it there's a whole lot of misinformation in that one quote from someone who should be a reputable source. That's what you get when you rely on 55-year-old memories.
I, myself, rely on very old memories when judging players. Sometimes they are in error but not so much in error like you suggest Dick Irvins are. In any case even if there is a error in his quote I believe there were a commotion and the point of the quote is to show that Rod were skilled offensively.
We will always have to take such quotes with a grain of salt.
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