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07-15-2012, 06:16 PM
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Originally Posted by Canadiens1958 View Post
Most of the changes were introduced during Ron Andrews tenure. Long, hard process.

BTW Ron Andrews deserves HHOF consideration as a builder.
Absolutely he does. There's a fascinating article in the first edition of Total Hockey by Andrews describing the amount of work he had to put into it. Trying to get everything tabulated in time for the newspapers deadlines, without much help, or the aid of computers and spreadsheets that we take for granted today, sounds like an impossible task.

A big part of his contributions was convincing the league that fans wanted to see these stats, and that it would be beneficial for the league if they were released to the public. At the time, stuff like plus/minus records were considered top secret by the clubs, and they were apprehensive about revealing them.

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