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12-12-2011, 03:30 PM
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Engineers draft Herbert Russell, an earliest era great with a significant 5-year span.

First, he captained Ottawa to three OHA league championship seasons in 1891, 1892 and 1893, including a national championship AHAC title through most of 1892, beating the best Montreal teams four times and Quebec both times they played that season, losing only one game, the last one in March, a week before Lord Stanley of Preston announced the donation of a cup to be competed for. The Stanley Cup was designed to be held by future league champions, to prevent future great teams like Ottawa in 1892 from losing the title on a single loss at the end of the season, prompting a round robin format and an eventual three-game challenge series format.

Then, he was one of the top scorers in the AHAC in 1894 and 1895. He finished tied for 1st and 3rd in league scoring playing in the best league in the world with and against several all-time greats.

1894 AHAC season scoring leaders:
Leading scorers Name Club GP G

Russell, Herbert Ottawa 8 10
Swift, Arthur E. Quebec 8 10
Routh, Haviland Montreal 8 8
Barlow, Billy Montreal 8 8
Rankin, Norman Victorias 5 6
Davidson, Shirley Victorias 8 6

1895 AHAC Season
Leading scorers Name Club GP G

Routh, Haviland Montreal 8 19
Rankin, Norman Victorias 8 11
Swift, Arthur E. Quebec 6 10
Russell, Herbert Ottawa 8 10
Robert MacDougall Victorias 8 10
Drinkwater, Graham Victorias 8 9

Herbert Russell retired in 1896 and yet stood tied for 8th 'all-time' in total goals as of 1899 with 22 career goals for Ottawa. Russell played for the Ottawa Hockey Club from 1890 until 1896, in at least 26 registered games, captaining it from 1891 through 1893, followed by two significant scoring seasons of 10 goals in eight games in each of 1894 and 1895. He left competitive hockey after the 1896 season but played one season of professional hockey in 1901–02 for the Pittsburgh Bankers of the Western Professional Hockey League.

1. Bob McDougall (VICS) 49
2. A. E. "Dolly" Swift (Que) 37
3. Clary MacKerrow (MAAA) 34
4. Billy Barlow (MAAA) 33
5. Haviland Routh (MAAA) 32
6. Graham Drinkwater (Vics) 28
7. Shirley Davidson (VICS) 27
8. Alf Smith (Ott) 22
8. Herb Russell (OTT) 22

Herbert Russell is listed as a forward most often but he is cited as a point in the lyrics of the song performed at the end of season dinner in 1892, suggesting he might have been point in the earlier years then forward during the following two good scoring seasons, which would explain why he suddenly was twice top-5 in league scoring.

At coverpoint - important place
There's [Weldy] Young, a bulwark strong.
No dodging tricks or flying pace
Will baffle him for long.

At point we have the captain
And if he gets the puck
Will very near the goal he'll shoot
And get it too, with luck.

Last edited by VanIslander: 12-12-2011 at 05:40 PM.
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