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12-01-2013, 07:21 AM
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Originally Posted by pappyline View Post
I had the honour of meeting Milt Schmidt a few years ago and one of the things he talked about was his war time service. In 41-42, along with Bauer & Dumart, he played on a RCAF team that competed for the Allan Cup. Milt says that they were booed by the fans because they were playing hockey whereas other young men were in the front lines. He said that he never played any more hockey while he was in the service. He would have been quite rusty when he came back to the Bruins.
Interesting, and it explains his poor results in his first season back from the war. Do you know what he was doing if not playing hockey?

I'm sort of surprised that the actual NHL players (at least the ones that were young) didn't get the same treatment from fans at the time. I mean, lots of young guys skated for the Habs during the war, and I've never heard anything about them being booed by fans. Maybe it's something about Quebec that I just don't understand, but considering that France was occupied, one would think the Quebecois would be even more interested in the war than the average Canadian.

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