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12-06-2012, 09:21 PM
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Originally Posted by TheDevilMadeMe View Post
Thanks for going through this. Perhaps the WCHL with its prairie talent is not directly relatable to the PCHA, but isn't it to Lehman? Wasn't he considered the best goalie "out West," which would include the WCHL? When the former President of the Regina WCHL team was lavishing praise on Charlie Gardiner in the press, "even better than Hugh Lehman" was the phrase he used. Not a WCHL goalie, Hugh Lehman
Oh yeah, from everything I've read they thought the world of Lehman out west. I've no doubt he was the best goaltender that played in those western leagues. Although there doesn't seem to have been a lot of competition out there beyond fellow transplanted Ontarian Hap Holmes. The first top goalies who grew up in Canada's west were Tiny Thompson and Charlie Gardiner, from the generation after Lehman.

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