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12-17-2012, 02:09 PM
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Originally Posted by TheDevilMadeMe View Post
You're probably right. I did a quick search and his obituaries mention a "long illness," so the HHOF committee had to have been aware of it.

I'm satisfied that this solves the mystery of why Connell was inducted before some other guys.

Connell probably is a worthy HHOFer though. The HHOF committee did award him a Retro Smythe for 1927 (but not 1935) and Tommy Gorman said Connell's 1935 playoffs were the best he'd ever seen. So that's at least 2 elite playoffs for Connell.

I found this article from 1949 that calls "Fireman Alec Connell" an "All-Time Hockey Great:"

But I agree, rushing Connell in before he died from his illness is probably why he was inducted ahead of some other guys.
I didn't even mean to suggest anything by it, and would be willing to vote him higher than Lehman, personally, but I bet you already guessed that.

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