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1944 NHL September Meetings

Prior to the June meetings, the league met in September. Mervyn Dutton continues as president, Icing Rule modified to the Red Line, rosters increased by one and other roster issues discussed:

http://news.google.com/newspapers?id...4254%2C1479876

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... and Conn Smythe was considered, as in seriously considered to replace Duttons' interim Presidency of the NHL full-time post convalescing from his wounds suffered while adventuring in Europe during the War. Now, can you imagine Conn Smythe instead of Clarence Campbell running the league? I doubt, seriously doubt Norris wouldve stood still for that, as in no way no how thats going to happen, but if it did? Wouldve been "interesting" to say the least.

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... and Conn Smythe was considered, as in seriously considered to replace Duttons' interim Presidency of the NHL full-time post convalescing from his wounds suffered while adventuring in Europe during the War. Now, can you imagine Conn Smythe instead of Clarence Campbell running the league? I doubt, seriously doubt Norris wouldve stood still for that, as in no way no how thats going to happen, but if it did? Wouldve been "interesting" to say the least.
Alternative view could be an attempt to remove Conn Smythe from MLG from where he had a great deal of influence. Frank Selke would have replaced Smythe in Toronto.

Note that when Clarence Campbell was named president it was over Smythe's candidate.

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Alternative view could be an attempt to remove Conn Smythe from MLG from where he had a great deal of influence. Frank Selke would have replaced Smythe in Toronto.
Indeed, and upon Smythes return, both Selke with the Leafs & J.P. Bickell as Chairman of the Board at Maple Leaf Gardens had done such a fabulous job in his absence, there was some blowback in Smythe reasserting his authority. As the majority shareholder however and history bears out, he dispatched Selke altogether, a man who had been at his side since the beginning, & his old friend J.P. Bickell wasnt about to stand in the Majors' way on that issue nor in matters concerning the running of the Gardens, business interests in general.

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