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10-11-2012, 09:57 AM
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This would make a good thread. Both of those eras were characterized by violent incidents. I'd argue that the 70s were more violent on a night-by-night basis, whereas the early era was prone to isolated incidents that were almost comically violent (ie, Cleghorn beating the tar out of Hooley Smith at a restaurant after the game, players getting in stick fights with fans, etc). Any way you want to look at it, both eras were a bit out of control.
I think this is a good way to put it, and I think you're right. PIM totals seem to back you up, too.

I mean honestly, the way some people talk about guys like Cleghorn and Shore, you'd think they had 5000 PIMs a season.

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