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11-30-2012, 06:09 PM
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Originally Posted by Dennis Bonvie View Post
Isn't this true of Dryden, Tretiak, Brodeur, Plante, Durnan and Sawchuk also?
It's also true that at some point, those guys were viewed as the best in the world by at least some people, even if it wasn't always everyone. As far as I can tell Hainsworth was never viewed as the best in the world by a significant number of people. Thompson was probably the best in the world for a few years after Charlie Gardiner died, but that is largely due to lack of competition. For anyone who calls the 1980s the "dark ages of goaltending," look at the names in the league (other than Thompson) in the years between Charlie Gardiner's death and Frank Brimsek's rookie season.

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