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12-17-2012, 01:44 PM
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Originally Posted by TheDevilMadeMe View Post
Then the fact that Connell was one of the first 5 goalies inducted into the HHOF:

1945: Charlie Gardiner, Georges Vezina
1958: Alec Connell, Hugh Lehman, Paddy Moran
1959: Cecil "Tiny" Thompson
1961: George Hainsworth, Percy LeSeuer

Paddy Moran and Percy LeSeuer were from an earlier generation, but does it mean something that Connell was inducted before contemporaries George Hainsworth, Clint Benedict (1965), and Roy Worters (1969)?

I'm certainly not arguing that we should consider Connell to be arguably better than those guys, but it definitely points to him being pretty good before the official All Star Teams came around.
Think it has anything to do with Connell passing away mere weeks before voting in '58?

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