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Albertine Lapensee

One of the most dominant female players of her time (WWI), Albertine Lapensee, apparently vanished, as her playing days were over. According to rumors, she went to New York, had a sex change (!?), returned to Cornwall, ran a gas station, got married (?!) and continued life under the name Albert Smyth...

Now, all this is going down in 1917, or around then. How advanced surgeries were we able to perform then? A sex change?

I know it's only a rumor. Does anybody know of any other story or speculation about what happened to the Magic Maid of Cornwall?

EDIT: I suppose my first thought on this was that Albertine was a man, dodging the war, and playing hockey in the women's league, which would also explain the "sex change" and the marrige... these things seem a bit out there given the time in history. How common of a name is Albertine anyway?... Albert, I can see for a guy w/o problems, but Albertine seems like a bit of a reach, but then again, I'm a Swede.


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It's as bizarre a story as you'll ever hear, that's for sure. I've never heard the draft-dodger theory you propose before, but it actually seems much more plausible than the rumoured sequence of events given the time period.

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