Alexander Cup History Part I
Quick overview of the Alexander Cup, initiated in 1950 for non Allan Cup eligible Senior Amateur Canadian Hockey leagues:
Toe Blake was the Valleyfield coach.
Quebec featured Jean Beliveau.
More info about the mid fifties to follow.
Duke of Edinburgh Trophy History 1954
In March of 1954 the Duke of Edinburgh Trophy was donated:
It was viewed as emblematic of minor professional hockey supremacy of hockey in Canada. This effectively ended the purpose of the Alexander Cup since amateur teams could compete for the Allan Cup while minor professional teams had their own competition. Between 1954-1957 this became an annual competition between the QHL and WHL champions with each league hostin the championship series in alternate years. WHL in 1954 and 1956. QHL in 1955 and 1957.
Quebec Aces, 4th place finishers, represented the QHL, Calgary Stampeders, 2nd place finishers, represented the WHL.
Games 1, 2, 4 - 6 in Calgary, game 3 in Edmonton:
Game 3 Edmonton
Duke of Edinburgh Trophy History 1955
The 1955 Duke of Edinburgh Trophy featured the WHL champion Edmonton Flyers and the QHL champion Shawinigan-Falls Cataracts, best of 9. Both teams finished first during the regular season by a good margin and won the playoffs. The teams were loaded with future NHLers - Edmonton(Detroit farm club) had Glenn Hall, John Bucyk and Norm Ullman who would go on to HHOF careers, supported by others who would have solid NHL careers or with NHL experience.Shawinigan-Falls(Montreal farm club) had Claude Provost, Bob Turner and Jean- Guy Talbot supported by older players with a solid NHL and pro hockey background. Each team could have played in the NHL.
Games 1,4,7 were played in Shawinigan-Falls, Games 2,3,5,6 were played at the Montreal Forum:
Games 1 and 2:
Interesting... In the last year there you had Shawinigan playing Edmonton with Glenn Hall in net, a few other names popping out as well, notably Connie Broden who appears to have played sensationally in Shawinigans wins. So, what happened to Connie Broden? He appears to have played for the Habs for 3yrs, 55 to 58, the only player (along with Ken Morrow) to have won an International Championship in 1958 with the Whitby Dunlops and then a Stanley Cup playing for the Canadiens. He retired thereafter, though he's listed as playing the 58/59 season for Ottawa-Hull. He wouldve been in his mid to late 20's, entering his peak years for that era. Strange he just up & retired.
Note; I also spotted a blurb about Punch Imlach in Quebec City, threatening to move the Aces if they didnt get a better Lease deal with the city for the Colisee'. The more things change, the more they stay the same it seems...
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