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02-16-2013, 11:17 PM
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Originally Posted by VanIslander View Post
Before NHLers joined the war effort. Geez.

His first half decade, the peak years of his career, being the five years prior to "the War Years" (WWII enlistment of NHLers a year after USA declaration), according to Ultimate Hockey.

In hockey terms, "the war years" does NOT include 1939, 1940, 1941.
I simply don't believe that the 39-40, 40-41 and 41-42 seasons were uneffected by the outbreak of war. In 39-40 only two players received votes for the Calder and the winner was Kilby MacDonald. Wikipedia lists only 4 players playing their first game that season. We may not have had NHLers leaving yet, but by gum, the NHL was feeling the effects of war. John Quilty won the next year.

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