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01-14-2013, 11:59 PM
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Post Forward Pass Era

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Originally Posted by tarheelhockey View Post

No time to go through the entire 1930-31 season's worth of summaries, but the reporters seem unanimous on two things:

1) Ottawa played a wide-open game that left their goalies hanging out to dry almost constantly.

2) Connell was very, very good.

I think it's worth taking a closer look at this guy, just to be sure our standard set of criteria aren't causing us to take our eye off the ball.
1930-31 was the season after Ottawa traded/sold King Clancy to Toronto:

http://www.hockey-reference.com/teams/OTS/1930.html

http://www.hockey-reference.com/teams/OTS/1931.html

The team did not have the horses offensively or defensively. Connell was their only viable player.

That said there is a bigger issue - the changes to the game in the years right after the forward pass and how this impacted the performance of the goalies. John Ross Roach facing 62 shots in a game, 31 in a period raises questions about the offensive and defensive strategies as teams and players adapted to the new rules and their demands and opportunities.

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