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Russel, Blair





Russel, Blair


Blair Russel was an excellent two-way player throughout his career as an amateur with the Montreal Victorias, though he was often overshadowed by the great Russell Bowie.
Russel played centre when Bowie was at his usual position of rover, but he shifted to right wing when Bowie moved up to forward. This pair made as potent a scoring threat as there was in hockey at that time, amateur or professional. When the Eastern Canada Amateur Hockey Association became outright professional in 1909, Russel refused all offers to play for the Montreal Wanderers and retired, his amateur status intact.
Blair Russel was born in Montreal in 1880 and played his entire major hockey career with the Victorias. He scored 110 goals in 67 games and once registered seven goals in a game against the Shamrocks, in 1904. He also had a six-goal game and a five-goal game to his credit during his career. Like many of the finest players of his time, Russel was a very clean player who was equally adept at scoring or checking.
In a vote conducted at the time by daily newspapers in Toronto and Montreal, Russel was named to an All-Star team along with such greats as Bowie, Harvey Pulford, Frank McGee, Alf Smith, and Billy Gilmour. Like him, all of these players are members of the Hockey Hall of Fame.
Blair Russel was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1965.



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