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12-10-2012, 05:58 AM
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Originally Posted by TheDevilMadeMe View Post
Lehman began his senior playing career in 1903 at the age of 18 in one of several amateur leagues at the time. He played his first pro season in 1906-07 and went pro for good in 1908. He was 26 years old when the PCHA was formed in 1911.

That article isn't the reason to think that Lehman was a star before joining the PCHA. Nalyd Psycho's profile quotes several articles about a bidding war between the Galt and Berlin/Kitchener of the Ontario Professional Hockey League (OPHL) and the Ottawa Senators of the NHA in 1909. At one point, all three teams claimed Lehman's services, and he appeared in losing Cup challenges for both the OPHL teams. Then when the PCHA was formed in 1911, Lehman and Moose Johnson were their star acquisitions.

PCHA scoring in general dropped.

1914-15 average PCHA team scored 5.19 GPG
1915-16 average PCHA team scored 4.00 GPG
1916-17 average PCHA team scored 4.78 GPG
1917-18 average PCHA team scored 3.70 GPG
1918-19 average PCHA team scored 3.03 GPG
1919-20 average PCHA team scored 2.89 GPG

I'm not entirely sure why leaguewide scoring dropped so fast. I know the NHL allowed goalies to leave their feet to make saves starting in 1918 and that this change is given a lot of credit for the drop in scoring in the NHL that eventually led to the deadest of the dead puck eras in the late 1920s. I'm not sure when the PCHA adopted the rule, but the PCHA wikipedia page said that the PCHA adopted it first.
In the NHL scoring remained high after flopping was allowed.

1917-18: 9.50 TG/G
1918-19: 8.26 TG/G
1910-20: 9.58 TG/G
1920-21: 8.46 TG/G
1921-22: 7.92 TG/G
1922-23: 6.52 TG/G

Pete Green and the Ottawa Senators defensive game were rather influential in starting the trend to the 1920s dead puck era..

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