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Poulin with the Montreal Canadiens in 1910.
|Born|| (1887-09-17)September 17, 1887
Smith's Falls, Ontario, Canada
|Died|| May 3, 1971(1971-05-03) (aged 83)
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada
|Height||5 ft 6 in (168 cm)|
|Weight||155 lb (70 kg; 11 st 1 lb)|
|Played for|| Portage la Prairie
Winnipeg Maple Leafs
George Vincent "Skinner" Poulin (September 17, 1887 – May 3, 1971) was a professional ice hockey player who played for the Montreal Canadiens in the National Hockey Association and the Victoria Aristocrats in the Pacific Coast Hockey Association. He was part of the original Montreal Canadiens team in the 1909–10 season and played in the team's first game on January 5, 1910.
Poulin, standing at five feet and six inches, was a fairly small forward among his contemporaries, but he deployed a physically engaging style of play to compensate for his lack of height. In the local Victoria newspapers, while playing for the Victoria Aristocrats in the PCHA, he was often referred to as the "pepper box", in reference to his aggressive and peppery playing style.
When the PCHA, prior to the 1914–15 season, lay forward a rule change that would prevent body-checking from within ten feet of the fence, Poulin voiced his displeasure and claimed that ice hockey was the only sport where a light man like himself could use his body to his advantage. Poulin claimed that hard checking and Victoria's "get the man" tactics had played a large part in the club winning two consecutive PCHA championships in 1913 and 1914.
Despite Poulin's fears of a less hard-hitting league in 1914–15 he continued to deploy a physically engaging style of hockey which led to him leading the PCHA in penalty minutes that season, something he had also done the season prior, earning him the "bad man" moniker of Pacific coast hockey for a second consecutive year.
|1904–05||Smiths Falls Mic-Macs||OHA Jr||data not available|
|1905–06||Smiths Falls Mic-Macs||OHA||data not available|
|1906–07||Smiths Falls Mic-Macs||OHA||4||19||0||19||–||3||4||0||4||0|
|1907–08||Portage la Prairie||Man-Pro||15||14||0||14||–||–||–||–||–||–|
|1908–09||Winnipeg Maple Leafs||Man-Pro||4||7||3||10||18||–||–||–||–||–|
|Winnipeg Maple Leafs||Man-Pro||4||5||1||6||0||–||–||–||–||–|
|1914||Victoria Aristocrats||Stanley Cup||–||–||–||–||–||3||1||0||1||0|
|1917–18||did not play|
- Ottawa Journal. May 7, 1971, p. 33
- (in French) La Patrie (newspaper), Friday, January 7, 1910, p.2, link to the digital collection of Bibliothèque et Archives nationales du Québec 
- Stanley Cup Annual Record 1916 NHL (nhl.com). Retrieved 2020-10-27.
- "Poulin named chief official for W.C.H.L." Star-Phoenix (Saskatoon). Oct. 12, 1922 (p. 5). Retrieved 2021-04-27.
- "Poulin may remain at Calgary – Trouble in Taylor case looms up" Victoria Daily Times. Oct. 14, 1915 (p. 9). Retrieved 2021-04-27.
- "Prohibition of body check may hamper hockey" Winnipeg Tribune. Nov. 14, 1914. Retrieved 2021-04-27.
- "Scoring records eclipsed" Victoria Daily Times. Mar. 20, 1915. (p. 9). Retrieved 2021-04-27.
- Bruneau et Normand (2003) p. 668.
- Skinner Poulin's Just Sports Stats
- Bruneau, Pierre; Normand, Léandre (2003). La glorieuse histoire des Canadiens (in French). Montréal: Éditions de l'Homme. p. 823. ISBN 2-7619-1860-6.
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