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07-31-2012, 02:00 PM
Iain Fyffe
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Originally Posted by overpass View Post
The worst error I've seen is the failure to credit Sprague Cleghorn for the three games he played for Ottawa at the beginning of the 1920-21 season. The whole Cleghorn saga was one of the biggest stories of the season - how could the stats miss it? Unless the NHL decided that Cleghorn never should have played for Ottawa in those games and erased them from the record (he had been transferred by the league to Hamilton, but refused to report.)
That's apparently not an NHL error. I'm looking at the aforementioned Total Hockey (first edition), and Cleghorn has those games in his record. So you're presumably looking at an input error.

Originally Posted by overpass View Post
Newspaper reports all agree that Doug Young scored the winning goal in Game 3 of the 1934 Cup Finals on a long shot, but Young's official stats for those playoffs show 0 G, 0 A.
Whereas this is presumably a difference between what the reporters saw and what was credited on the official scoresheet. All of Detroit's 18 playoff goals are accounted for, so someone else must have been credited with that goal. That's a separate concern from unreliable transcription of data.

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