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12-06-2012, 03:28 PM
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Originally Posted by thom View Post
This is how serious hockey was taken in canada in early 1900's by famed writer Trente Frayne."Tens of thousands of dollars were bet on each game often thosands changed hands on each goal.Miners in the crowd fought in the rinks during games and up an down the streets after them,and during that wild period the best players were performing in this backward league formed to take advantage of the silver discovery"This was in 1909 Ottawa Senotors vs Montreal Wanderers.Game was played in Northern Ontario.The book is called Mad Men of Hockey.If the same violence happened today people would be in jail.Violence was so much in those days people just don't understand.That's what hockey means to Canada.
To be honest, this doesn't sound like hockey itself being taken seriously so much as being part of a culture that encouraged gambling and violence. The same things happened at baseball games, but I wouldn't say that baseball was taken more seriously then than in the 1950s.

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