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03-20-2013, 12:43 AM
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Originally Posted by Mike Farkas View Post
Until goaltending evolved into what we know it as today (likely in the Vezina/Lehman etc. area), there's probably a number of mildly obscure answers to be had.
Ya, pretty much. In so far as Im concerned, in the "Modern Era" of post WW2, the credit goes to Plante. Was he the first? No. Did Carl Perkins or Elvis invent Rock n' Roll? No. Youve gotta go back to the Mississippi Delta and beyond, and even then you'll never really discover where it all began. Very little new under the Sun. Doesnt take much imagination knowing what we do know about the game in its infancy to understand that the position was played totally hybrid, the use of the stick & actual engagement in the play in front of them by goaltenders far more extensive than what it is today, has been since the late teens.

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