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02-17-2013, 01:13 PM
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Originally Posted by stv11 View Post
Anyone knows how good were Canadian amateur back in the 50 and 60?

With around 120 spots in the NHL, and given that being a pro hockey player didn't pay that well back then, I guess some pretty good players must have chosen another career and played hockey as amateur. I understand those teams were not what the best Canada had to offer, but was it really day and night?
There were a few NHL players who regained their amateur status & played in the World Championships. The Warwicks for example. Sid Smith scored 9 goals in 7 games for Whitby in 1958, 3 years after scoring 33 goals in the 1954-55 season for the Leafs.

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