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03-09-2012, 11:39 AM
Iain Fyffe
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Originally Posted by TheDevilMadeMe View Post
I'm confused. As far as I know, the Vezina wasn't awarded on merit when Hainsworth, Thompson, and Durnan played. But that would just make your point stronger.
You know, I'd never actually looked at it before, but it seems that the "most valuable" goaltender (which is who the award was supposed to go to) always just happened to play for the team that allowed the fewest goals each season before 1946. The change that year looks to simply be a codification of accepted practice. Interesting.

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