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08-09-2012, 10:56 PM
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Originally Posted by TheDevilMadeMe View Post
There were only 15/70 players from before 1942 and 24/70 from 1942-1967!

Prior to World War 2, Hockey was one of two "professional" sports in North America along with baseball, so plenty of athletes who would be interested in other sports were funneled into hockey
Also prior to WW2 the pay in the NHL was not so grand and many good players played in mining towns for the good steady work and family reasons as well. How much of an affect this had on the quality of the NHL is hard to quantify even if we had better data, which we don't.

Hockey was also a Canadian, almost exclusively for it's talent, game with little impact from the US for players and up north we have the CFL (football) as well.

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