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With the 747th pick in ATD 2011, The Regina Pats are pleased to select:

Albert "Dubbie" Kerr, LW



- 5'10", 175 lbs
- Stanley Cup Champion (1909, 1911)
- Stanley Cup Finalist (1914)
- ECHA First All-Star Team (1909)
- PCHA First All-Star Team (1914)
- PCHA Second All-Star Team (1917)
- Top-10 in his league in goals 7 times (2nd, 4th, 4th, 5th, 5th, 8th, 8th)
- Top-10 in his league in assists twice (2nd, 2nd)
- Top-10 in his league in points 7 times (2nd, 2nd, 3rd, 5th, 5th, 7th, 8th)
- 3rd in PCHA PIMs 3 times

- Kerr missed much of the 1909-10 season with appendicitis to start the year and a had a skate cut in his right eye on January 11th, 1910
- He scored goals in 12 consecutive games during the 1910-11 season
- Twice in his career did Dubbie Kerr scored 5 goals in a single game: on February 27th 1909 against the Shamrocks and January 1911 against the Wanderers
- Kerr announced his retirement on December 2nd, 1920
- Passed away in Iroquois Falls, ontario at the age of 53

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Originally Posted by Joe Pelletier
Albert "Dubbie" Kerr started his pro hockey career as a high scoring left winger with the Toronto Pros of the Ontario Professional Hockey League in 1909. After only three games with Toronto, he jumped to the Ottawa Silver Seven. He promptly led them to a Stanley Cup victory!

Kerr, along with center Marty Walsh and Billy Gilmour became the most prolific scoring line in the ECHA.]
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Originally Posted by The Trail of the Stanley Cup, vol.1
With the Senators he played left wing on a line with Billy Gilmour and centred by Marty Walsh. This line was the class of the league and they romped the Stanley Cup.

He played two more years with the Senators being on another Cup Winner in 1911. That year he was the sensation of the league, scoring in twelve consecutive games and finishing second only to Marty Walsh for the scoring leadership. The line of Kerr, Walsh and Ridpath combined for a total of 91 goals.
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Originally Posted by TheDevilMadeMe
The following author selected 1st and 2nd Team All Stars for the PCHA, NHA, and WCHL for this timeframe, as well as the first 10 years of the NHL. Dubbie Kerr was selected as the all-time 1st Team All-Star LW for the PCHA. (And quite a few of his accomplishments were before he joined the PCHA).

http://www.makojo.com/earlyhockey.html
Kerr is largely forgotten by history, so all we have to go by are his scoring stats, and whatever the newspapers said to describe his play and his reputation.

First, we see that Kerr stole the starting job from Edgar Dey, and Dey apparently was not willing to go without a fight:

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Originally Posted by Montréal Gazette, January 27, 1909
at today's practice Dey was on the second team, while Kerr played left wing for the seniors. The two came together often during the workout, and finally Dey drew off and chopped Kerr across the head. Kerr was not badly hurt, but Dey left the ice and may not play with the Ottawas again… Kerr is playing good hockey, being a more aggressive player then Dey.
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Originally Posted by Montréal Gazette, January 13, 1909
Dey is traveling well, but Kerr is said to be a better man, and it would not be surprising to see Kerr get the left-wing place.
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Originally Posted by Montréal Gazette, March 4, 1909
Kerr improved as the game wore on until at the finish he was the outstanding feature of the Ottawa line. As the youngster of the team, he was dropped whatever Ottawa had to drop a player, but his play was of the class to warrant him being the last chosen for sideline position. In addition to general brilliance of play, he is credited with scoring four goals of the match, a couple of them really brilliant efforts.
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Originally Posted by Daily Phoenix, December 30, 1909
it is rumored that Kerr, the fast right wing of the Ottawa hockey team, will also sign that the Renfrew team…
His aggressive nature earned him a short-lived nickname:

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Originally Posted by Ottawa Citizen, February 25, 1910
Albert Kerr being due for a royal reception, as it will be his first appearance here in five or six weeks. Ottawa people have been thirsting for an opportunity of seeing Cannon Ball Kerr back in uniform, and his many friends are planning to show "Dubbie" what a welcome acquisition he is the team.
Kerr came back from his eye injury, seemingly prematurely, and was still effective:

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Originally Posted by Ottawa Citizen, February 28, 1910
in the first half, Ottawa opened up with their usual cyclone rushes. Kerr, making his first appearance in Ottawa in five weeks, signalized his return by scoring the opening goal after Smaill had nursed it down and shot. Just to let the fans know that he had not lost his scoring eye, even if the other is damaged, Kerr also slammed in the second for Ottawa... Vair made it 4 to 3 while Kerr, who tried to drive Reddy McMillan through the boards, was with the timers… Kerr on a brilliant lone rush, made it 10-5.
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Originally Posted by Montréal Gazette, January 10, 1911
Renfrew's chances, when Walsh was exiled, looked rosy, but they failed to take advantage of the odd man, Kerr winding his way through the home teams defense and scoring amidst a wild burst of applause from 500 Ottawa supporters, who had accompanied the team. Renfrew went to pieces after Kerr's goal, and only brilliant work by goalkeeper Lindsay kept down the score... On the line Ottawa also excelled the home team, Kerr being the best scoring twice and checking back in such a way to demoralize the attacks of the home team.
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Originally Posted by Montréal Gazette, January 30, 1911
… Then the tide of fortune turned against the champions with astonishing suddenness. Kerr, who had been playing brilliantly for his team, went through unassisted and scored Ottawa's first goal of the battle amid a mighty outburst of cheering from the few hundred Ottawa supporters in the rink… Kerr was the star of the Ottawa team… Glass gave Kerr a crack over the head with his stick. The Ottawa man appeared hurt at first, but he quickly came round and traveled as fast as previously.… Kerr is playing the best hockey of his career, and both he and Ridpath are showing up as to the best conditioned forwards in the game. They went around the tired remnants of the wanderer team in the closing minutes at will.
A nice piece demonstrating Kerr's "gameness", something that would follow him through his career: He was a target of both fans and Oatman, who, for at least one night, he made into a Goatman:

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Originally Posted by Ottawa citizen, February 20, 1911
the third and last session's repetition in any proceeding "last periods" of the season games. Have you seen the Ottawa line tearing up the ice four abreast? Have you seen coming back with equal speed and purloin the rubber before their opponents secured opening? Have you seen Kerr hurdling sticks as he worked the boards to perfection, dodging here and there with the speed of a cannonball and the gracefulness of an aeronaut?... Well that's what happened on Saturday.... The Québec crowd taunted the Ottawa boys concerning their kicks about the rink, taunts of "shall we get a few candles, Ottawa?" And "look out for the kids, Kerr." breaking forth when the team first appeared. Kerr seems to be a special target for their bombshells of criticism. Albert, nevertheless, played beautiful hockey, outclassing Oatman with ease and frequently leaving the Québec players staring in amazement as he dodged by or sidestepped. He scored three goals and thus maintained his lead in the league.… Jackie McDonald who, next to Kerr, is probably the best wing man in the NHA, was by far the pick of the (Quebec) line… Albert Kerr showed gameness in the third period when someone drove a stake through his right boot, cutting the leather and dashing his instep. Kerr pointed out the injury to Campbell, but Albert, after Québec had given Oatman the signal to drop off, decided to resume, playing faster and stronger despite his injury. Oatman called for "the biggest stick in the bunch" in the last 5 min. of play, evidently determined to carry out his threat to "get" the fair-haired phenom, but Kerr was so fast that Oatman couldn't ever get near him.
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Originally Posted by Ottawa Citizen, March 9, 1911
Albert Kerr, whose reputation as one of the league stars suffered in the last two or three games played, came back and played to his greatest form…
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Originally Posted by Ottawa citizen, March 17, 1911
Willard McGregor at right wing and Wellington on the starboard side, were both conspicuous, although they lack the speed of Ridpath and Kerr… Kerr and Ridpath played the boards to perfection and although McGregor stuck to the Brockville citizen like a leech, "Dubbie" had the better of the auburn haired cyclone ...
Sounds like Kerr had the ability to "snap" based on this account, which may explain his generally high PIMs.

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Originally Posted by Calgary daily Herald, January 15, 1912
a prominent Calgary man has this to say about hockey stars:" if Albert Kerr had the disposition of Bruce Ridpath, you would see the ideal player and the star of any man who ever stepped on ice. He is finished and his capabilities are untold, but his temperament is too highly strung. I believe he will overcome this, and as he is only 22, will be a phenomenal player in two or three seasons."
Kerr's rough play earned him the most majors on the 1912 Ottawa team:

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Originally Posted by Toronto world, March 8, 1912
Kerr leads the Ottawa bad men with three majors (this season), while LeSueur, Ronan and Shore also have majors to their discredit.
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Originally Posted by Calgary daily Herald, November 20, 1912
Albert "Dubbie" Kerr, the well-known Eastern hockey star
About his and Walsh's combination play:

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Originally Posted by Calgary daily Herald, November 26, 1912
two years ago, when Ottawa boasted of the greatest scoring forward line that had been seen in action for years, Dubbie Kerr and Marty Walsh were part and parcel of the grand hockey machine that won the world honors for Canada's capital… Kerr and Walsh led the NHA in goal getting two years ago and it is doubtful if ever two players worked together as they did. Darting down the ice together, the pair would slap the disk from stick to stick and if Kerr did not have a clear shot from the side, he passed to Walsh in center ice and Marty was usually there to score.
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Originally Posted by Montréal Gazette, November 14, 1913
Kerr is regarded as the finest left-wing player in the game.
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Originally Posted by Ottawa citizen, November 27, 1913
Kerr, who is married and who has been living at Calgary, signed with the Patricks last year, but failed to report. This fall he decided to get back into the game again and on Thursday last he reported. Kerr has been showing up in grand style and is almost certain to be used at left-wing, replacing Walter Smaill, who will be pressed into service for utility work… Kerr is delighted with his surroundings and hopes to shine just as brilliantly as he did the first two seasons he was a member of the Ottawa team. In fact, Patrick thinks he will be the best forward in the league. Kerr has a bullet like shot and wonderful staying power.
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Originally Posted by Spokesman-Review, November 8, 1916
the first player to send in his sign contract is "Dubbie" Kerr, considered by many to be the best wing player in the business. Kerr has been playing on Patrick's Victoria team for the last three years, and at the end of each season his name has figured near the head of the list as a goal getter. He is a brilliant all-around performer and possesses a very wicked shot.
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Originally Posted by Spokane daily Chronicle, November 8, 1916
Nichol, like his teammate Kerr, who has already signed the Spokane contract, is considered to be one of the best scorers in the business.
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Originally Posted by Spokane daily Chronicle, November 9, 1916
Patrick is well pleased to know that he will have the services of Kerr for the Spokane team, as the player is credited with being one of the best in the Pacific coast Association… Kerr is considered by experts to be one of the headiest players in the game today. Last season he finished second to Taylor of Vancouver in the race for the scoring honors in the league and he reports himself to be in excellent condition for the winter schedule as a result of constant training during the summer months .
More about his gameness:

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Originally Posted by Calgary daily Herald, November 28, 1916
the average hockey player is impervious to pain, though hardly immune from injury. Cuts and bruises are a particular daily grind, yet he accepts them uncomplaining and with that stoicism born of a martyr. The football player and ballplayer are inclined to grumble at the most trivial injury. They are forever seeking that adulation which the public is wont to shower on a wounded hero. They make a mountain out of a molehill and, in many instances, use the wound as a subterfuge to shirk work. But in hockey the situation is reversed. A wounded player will remain in the game until he either collapses or is removed by managerial orders. Following is an illustration.

"Dubbie" Kerr, star left-wing of the Spokane team, was the victim of a nasty cut on Wednesday during practice. He was removed to the trainer's room, where, after first aid had been rendered, it was found necessary to secure expert medical attention. A Doctor was hurriedly summoned. After examining the wound the doctor opened his And started to work. "It is a very bad cut. Very bad. I will have to sew it up."

Kerr lighted his pipe and coldly surveyed the physician. After sewing the first stitch the doctor turned to Kerr and asked, "doesn't it pain you?"

"No, you bloody fool", roared Kerr. "Just cut out your bloody talk and get to work. You don't think I'm going to sit here all day, do you? "

When the doctor finished his work and left, Kerr attempted to put on his shoes. Doc Ackerman protested, which drew a roaring fire of comment from Kerr .. "What do you think I am," he belched at Doc, "a blooming fool? Do you think I want to sit in the hospital for a month?"


They tell a story on "Dubbie" which further accentuates his gameness. A few years ago he was a victim of pneumonia... When the crisis passed, curve put on his clothes and telephoned his friends to come get him. The nurse remonstrated. She told him such action would be suicidal. "Well, what of it," replied Kerr. "I'm either going to die or live so what's the use of fretting."
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Originally Posted by Spokesman-Review, January 12, 1917
probably the most spectacular play of the game was a goal by Dubbie Kerr in the third, after Portland had pulled up to within one point of Spokane. Taking the puck from almost in front of the Spokane goal tour like a whirlwind down the right side of the ice, shot past Moose Johnson and whizzed the puck like a bullet just under the crossbar so that Murray never had a chance to stop it. It stopped Portland's rally and was largely responsible for Spokane's victory.
Here's a time where someone got Kerr's goat:

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Originally Posted by Ottawa citizen, March 1, 1917
harking back to Kerr's blunder : the present hockey situation recalls the fact that Quebec came from behind in 1912 and nosed out Ottawa for the championship after the senators appeared to have had it clinched. Few who saw it will forget the memorable game at the arena in which Québec gained the decision on a disputed goal. Ottawa's chances were practically snuffed out however, in the first period, when Albert Kerr committed a foolish attack on Joe Hall and was banished for the balance of the match. In those days a major file carried a match penalty and though Coach Green had warned Kerr that Hall would try to "get his goat", Dubbie lost his head in the opening session when Hall hurled bitter words in his direction. Kerr rushed at Hall and was promptly chased off for the balance of play. Québec's win that night tied up the championship race, and in the replay of their protested game, wanderers trounced Ottawa and threw the senators into the discard. That was Kerr's last appearance with Ottawa. He never forgave himself.
Just prior to Kerr's last season, an article about him and his "comeback" attempt following influenze and a second bout of pneumonia. He ended up scoring just 8 goals in 19 games and retired for good.

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Originally Posted by morning leader, November 29, 1919
Charles Albert Kerr, more familiarly known to hockey fans as "Dubbie", will attempt to come back this season. The veteran, who in 1914, ran cyclone Taylor a close race for individual honors on the coast loop, has his John Hancock down on a Victoria contract, and after several preliminary skirmishes on Victoria ice he pronounces himself a candidate for regular berth on the aristocrat scoring line. Last year, after a double dose of the flu and an attack of pneumonia Kerr made a good attempt, but victims of either complaints will realize that it was only Dubbie's gameness and love of the game that created his ambition. To endeavor to keep pace with the steel blade experts of the Pacific coast league under such a handicap was almost an impossibility, and Dubbie had to admit defeat. At his own request he dropped out of the game for a period, And this year will enter the fray in the best of trim. During the summer he has been keeping in shape by swimming, and although he has to relieve himself of a little surplus weight he is determined to get into condition before the puck is faced for the first game in the triangular battle for the coast pennant. Before coming to the coast Kerr played for Ottawa and was one of the Stanley Cup team winners. Four years in coast hockey showed him an ideal left-wing player and a great goal getter... Possessed of all the speed essential to the wing man, and assure shooting eye, condition is the only thing Dubbie has to consider, and as a young player still well under the 30s the should proved no obstacle in the way of his return to his former pace among the stars of the game. There would be no one more delighted than Lester Patrick if Kerr should be successful in his comeback.

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