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03-25-2013, 07:48 AM
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Originally Posted by TheDevilMadeMe View Post
Eh, all the quotes about Alf Smith talk about him being a physical menance, and there are a lot of them. I realize there is no specific evidence that he fought for the puck in corners, but he does appear to have battled relentlessly all over the ice. I think it's enough to put him decisively over Oatman and Harris, both of whom have much more vague quotes about their battling.
I agree with you, but we also have to take into account that "physicality" in the sense that it was meant in Smith's day is not entirely similar to what we would think of in a modern sense, and specifically involved a lot more fighting and stickwork than is present (or legal) in the game today. I think we should probably give players like Smith the benefit of the doubt in this setting, but it is easy to go too far, and make them into something that they quite possibly were not - another example, perhaps, of the "decadence" of some forms of ATD historiography.

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