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Mike Farkas
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Wilf "Shorty" Green



Position: RW (also served as player-coach at times late in his career)
Shoots: R
Height/Weight: 5'10", 152 lbs.
Played professionally: 1915-1919 (OHA-Sr., also fought in WWI), 1919-1923 (NOHA), 1923-1927 (NHL), 1929-1931 (AHA)

Won Northern Ontario Sr. circuit championship (1915)
Allan Cup champion (1919)

In 4 NHL seasons:

Top-20 goals: 8, 17
Top-20 assists: 3, 12, 19
Top-20 points: 8, 13

2nd on team in points in 1924, 1925; 3rd in 1926

- Organized the first players strike with the Hamilton Tigers in 1925. Ended up capsizing the Hamilton team all together.

- Unaminously selected captain of his team in 1925.

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Originally Posted by Legends of Hockey
Green, a small but aggressive forward, played 2 seasons with the Americans before his career was cut short by a serious injury.
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Originally Posted by Ottawa Citizen - Feb. 28, 1927
One of the gamest players who almost nightly thrill New York hockey crowds. Shorty Green has been giving everything he had to pull his team out of the rut into which it had slipped. In recent home games he has been doing his part in checking men carving much more weight than his own 155 pounds. Not until Shorty was examined at the hospital, however, did the measure of his courage became known, it then being stated that he had gone into the contest with the Rangers suffering a fracture of the nose sustained in the clash with the Ottawa Senators last Saturday night. ...the Green brothers have won a host friends among the followers of the New York Americans.
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Originally Posted by Wikipedia
...his skill and physical style in spite of his small stature made him a fan favorite.
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He returned to his native Sudbury to play with the Wolves for the next several years, and continued to amaze the hockey world with his expertise. During the 1922-23 season, he scored 23 goals in six games.
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The public water fountains that once were throughout the city’s (Hamilton) core were short and green, and for many decades were referred to as “Shorty Greens.”
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Originally Posted by The Montreal Gazette - Mar. 4, 1927
He has been playing hockey for ten years with a kidney wounded by shrapnel when serving with the Canadian army in France.
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Originally Posted by Ottawa Citizen - Jan. 24, 1934
Take it from Wilfred "Shorty" Green, one-time big league hockey star. ||| According to Shorty, he finds professional and amateur hockey practically the same, except that the pros are drilled into a system. There are more passes and team plays in the pro game, less stick-handling and less tendency to wander around. But even amateur teams are usually coached on a pro system now.
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Originally Posted by The Morning Leader - Oct. 20, 1928
He knows plenty of hockey, and when he was at the height of his fame with the Hamilton Tigers in the senior O.H.A. and N.H.L. was one of the trickiest and most dangerous players in the sport.
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Originally Posted by New York Times - Dec. 31, 1925
...when Shorty Green on a brilliant piece of individual play, shot the winning goal...
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Originally Posted by New York Times - Mar. 1, 1927
Wilfred Shorty Green, the game little forward of the New York American hockey team, who was badly injured during a mix-up...
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Originally Posted by The Toronto Sun - Mar. 28, 1920
...Shorty got hard and useful checking...
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Originally Posted by New York Times - Dec. 27, 1925
The redoubtable Shorty Green made the first goal of the game after 10 minutes...
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Originally Posted by The Pittsburgh Press - Nov. 30, 1925
"Red" and Shorty Green, well-known here for their performances with the Sudbury Wolves...
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Originally Posted by The Calgary Daily Herald - Nov. 22, 1933
...Wilfred (Shorty) Green, who starred in past years with New York Americans, Tulsa Oilers and Hamilton Tigers, said he will take the ice once more.
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Originally Posted by The Montreal Gazette - Jan. 28, 1924
Time after time he (Red Green) walked right past Boucher and Hitchman, only to find Benedict his stumbling block. Shorty, on the other wing, was almost as good. His one goal came after a pretty piece of play, for after circling the Ottawa net he pulled Benedict away from his post and lobbed the rubber into an open net. ||| [King] Clancy and Shorty Green mixed it up quite frequently on right wing, both handing out and receiving plenty without a murmur.
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Originally Posted by Boys' Life magazine - Mar. 1938
The average hockey player is a pretty big fellow. He has to be to stand the wear and tear. Although there have been some little fellows who were great players. Fellows like Howie Morenz and Frankie Boucher and Shorty Green and Rabbit McVeigh and Roy Worters.
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Originally Posted by Who's Who In Hockey
Shorty Green was a tiny, intense player whose zeal for the game was not lessened one bit by the fact that he was an epileptic. Sometimes the violent seizures would overtake the slight forward during a game and it took up to four players to restrain him. ...he was one of the most popular players on a dismal conglomeration of losers.
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Originally Posted by The Official National Hockey League Stanley Cup Centennial Book
Wilfred "Shorty" Green was long on talent...
Description of the injury:
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Originally Posted by Ottawa Citizen - Feb. 28, 1927
Shorty Green outsped Leo Bourgault, Ranger defense player, and crashed headlong into Taffy Abel and went down with the big Ranger defense man on top of him. American Hockey Club officials are loud in their praise of Dr. Henry Clauss, the club's physician, whose prompt response and zealous attention after he had been called by Redvers (Red) Green, who lived with his brother, undoubtedly saved the injured player's life. No blame, officials say, attached to Abel or to any Ranger players who may have participated in the mixup. The accident was merely one of those things which cannot be avoided in a strenuous game such as hockey.

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