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12-06-2012, 10:34 PM
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Originally Posted by overpass View Post
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.
Thompson was from B.C - joined confederation in 1871. Gardiner from Manitoba-joined confederation in 1870,Saskatchewan and Alberta provinces that joined confederation in 1905 took longer to produce hockey players and goalies. Insufficient population and infra structure.

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