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12-01-2013, 12:58 AM
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1954-55 Mid Season.

Originally Posted by TheDevilMadeMe View Post
This thread is primarily about Rollins' 1954 Hart Trophy but also touches on Kennedy's 1955 Trophy:

I don't know why you think the writers have to "organize" something - they are sportswriters and are going to write articles about their opinions all year.

Anyway, this is the most relevant post from the thread:

Kennedy has a very good Hart record before 1955, and it would appear he "deserves" it. But actually winning the Hart in his retirement year real does look like something of a career achievement award.
Through modern eyes that is the impression one may get. But let`s look at the 1954-55 season at the time the mid season Hart Trophy voting would have been held;

Standings from the Dec 21, 1954, roughly the 30-34 game point, Gazette show:

show the Leafs are tied for second with the Red Wings. Both teams are 5 points behind the first place Canadiens, with two games in hand. Plus Toronto has the fewest loses and is leading the league in GA by a comfortable margin.

A brief write-up from the same paper about the scoring race :

Mentions that Ted Kennedy, Doug Harvey and George Sullivan are tied for the assist lead.

Quite understandable why at the mid seaon mark Ted Kennedy and Harry Lumley were number 1 and 2 in Hart voting. Nothing to do with the Career Achievement concept put forth or other reasons. Rather clear that at the mid season mark the writers were voting strictly on merit.

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