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Google Archives has become the flavour of the day when it comes to historic hockey research.

This raises a question of sufficiency and validity of the conclusions reached from a one newspaper source.

Will illustrate by using Montreal as an example from the post WWII era.

The only viable newspaper from Montreal that is available on Google archive is the Montreal Gazette or The Gazette as it is known On the other hand there are at least twenty Montreal centricnewspapers and publications that are not available. Included are important publications like The Montreal Star, Montreal Herald, Weekend Magazine on the English side and La Presse, Montreal-Matin, Journal de Montreal, Dimanche Dernier Heure, and others totaling over 20 publications, this is before looking at the various important provincial publications in cities like Quebec, Trois Rivieres, Sherbrooke. Further complicating the issue is that the available version of The Gazette is one of up to four issues that may have been issued for a specific date - early, morning, afternoon, final.

Quoting an article from The Gazette, represents a distinct minority opinion of an event since there were easily 20 differing opinions about the same event in the other Montreal publications without taking into account the various provincial publications.

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