They were dark times. After a decade of economic turmoil, the world was plunged into a second Great War that impacted a generation of young men. The NHL sent many of its best and brightest stars to battle fascism overseas, including Tiny Thompson, Syl Apps, Sid Abel, and Boston’s Kraut Line, Milt Schmidt, Bobby Bauer and Woody Dumart. But while the war interrupted careers for some, it created opportunities for others to take root. Many of the greatest names in hockey history, including Maurice Richard, Elmer Lach, Bill Durnan and Gordie Howe debuted during this turbulent decade. But while hockey…

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