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12-16-2011, 07:05 PM
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Both co-GMs of the Engineers have researched and are proud to draft Skinner Poulin, a player in the thick of the top action, with intangibles like hard checking, determination and popularity, a guy in demand who was front and center on a couple of the best teams of his era. He may not be anything more than a decent Bottom-6 forward in the Double-A Draft, but he might be more than that.

He was a center, though sometimes at rover and on defense, with a reputation for physicality and in demand by top clubs. He played for Rat Portage in 1908, one of four players recruited along with Lalonde, Pitier and Bernier to play for the new French club the Montreal Canadiens. The 23-year-old Poulin then scored the first game-winning goal in Habs history. Georges "Skinner" Poulin, Newsy Lalonde and Art Skinner each scored two goals in that game, Poulin's second marker sealing the 7-6 triumph, the clincher coming 5:35 into overtime. While Poulin would head west for several years, he was brought back to the Canadiens for their Stanley Cup winning 1916 season.

The Patricks stole players away from the East for their new PCHA and Poulin was one of them. He was the center of the home team in the first ever PCHA game in 1912. He scored 9 goals for the Victoria Aristocrats that inaugural season, the same as Walter Smail, one less than Bobby Rowe and Lester Patrick, and significantly less than his wingers, the two biggest producers on the team Tom Dunderdale and Don Smith who were top-5 PCHA scorers at 24 and 19 goals respectively. With Bert Lindsay in net, it was one fine club to center!

That Skinner Poulin, the popular Victoria hockey star... the peppery Victoria rover... the "pepper box"... Poulin is now working on the harvest in Saskatchewan along with Bobby Rowe.

Originally Posted by The Toronto World, Dec 25, 1913
Skinner Poulin, the stocky rover of the Victoria team, is admittedly the best referee in the Pacific Coast Hockey League, and when the day arrives that he can no longer hold down his job with the champions he can get a steady position with the Patricks as an official referee. Poulin is right on top of the puck all the time and he makes up his mind with no hesitation whatsoever.

Originally Posted by The Toronto World, Dec 21, 1915
"The ex-coast player started out to bump everybody in sight against the Torontos"

Originally Posted by The Saskatoon Phoenix, Dec 8th 1919
"He can play forward or defense equally well. He is a heavy checker but does not hand out anything he isn't prepared to take... Poulin is not as speedy as some of his teammates on the Canadiens, but he is a heady player and a good scorer. He is bound to give Dick Irvin a great old tussle in centre ice... Poulin will be one of the sharp-shooters.

Originally Posted by The Saskatoon Phoenix, Dec 30, 1919
Skinner Poulin played center and.. He checked back like a fiend

Originally Posted by The Saskatoon Phoenix, Dec 6, 1919
Skinner Poulin, former Canadien star, and one of the smartest hockey players who ever participated in the game.

George Poulin was born in Smith Falls, Ontario. He first became prominent in the hockey world with a team known as Rat Portage in 1908. He then jumped to Galt before joining the Canadiens for two years, including their inaugural campaign. Poulin decided to move west to play in Victoria (British Columbia) for four seasons. He returned to the Canadiens in time for 1916 Stanley Cup championship. Montreal made several pre-season veteran acquisitions that made them a contender for biggest prize in hockey. Finally, Poulin wound wind-down his hockey career playing for Saskatoon of the Western Canadian Hockey League.

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