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Originally Posted by Czech Your Math View Post
What other elite forwards played in that league during that era?
Well, you have to first understand that Phil Esposito was a real outlier. Unusual & unique player. Road Less Travelled type. The Central Hockey League was owned by the NHL, successor to the old EHL, 4 of those teams founding members. Records on HockeyDB etc incomplete, but enough that you can certainly get the flavour of what it must have been like in terms of quality, a notch below the AHL/IHL. Good coaches, Fred Shero for example, players like Doug Harvey at 38 played in the CHL, Gary Dornhoefer, Harry Sinden post Whitby Dunlops I guess in one last Hurrah; bunch of well known goalies like Bob Champoux, Ernie Wakely... eclectic collection of "oddballs" quite frankly. Really, not all that surprising that Billy Reay didnt really know what to make of Esposito, that he was a prolific goal scorer no question but really, looked down his nose at him. Didnt exactly have the pedigree of what you might consider prime grade A beef huh? Bit choppy on the blades was Phil. Ganglee as a yoot.

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