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02-15-2013, 04:08 PM
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Originally Posted by Sturminator View Post
I think it was more specific defensive players who were given more latitude in the attack. The way forwards checked was also somewhat peculiar by modern standards. Ottawa is the only system that regularly involved attacking defensemen as far as I know, but that may have been more a product of Frank Nighbor's genius than any grand strategic formula.

We can have a more meaningful discussion about these themes in a few rounds.
Based on my research in the last two ATDs, I can say with 100% certainty that Vancouver's system was very similar to Ottawa's with Mickey MacKay used in a role similar to Nighbor's.

On that note, I noticed in the dishing the dirt thread when you were analyzing the hook check you noticed that it was usually passed from player to player and that there was a break in the chain with Frank Boucher. MacKay is likely that link. And a big reason Vancouver couldn't beat Ottawa was likely that the student was never a match for the master.

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