The AAA 2011 Draft
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10-06-2011, 11:00 AM
Join Date: Apr 2003
Location: Durham NC
HC Davos selects,
F Oliver Seibert
Seibert was a very speedy and versatile player. He started as a goaltender for Berlin but switched to forward and starred for many years. He was born in Berlin, March 18, 1881, and at one time played on a team comprised entirely from his own family. Seibert was a leader in many respects. He was one of the first Canadians to play on artificial ice when his team played an exhibition game in St. Louis.
He was also the first Berlin player to turn pro. After playing for Berlin Rangers, champions of the Western Ontario hockey Association for six successive seasons from 1900 to 1906, Seibert became a pro with Houghton, Michigan. He also played pro with London and Guelph in the Ontario Pro League and Northwestern Michigan League.
Oliver Seibert was, by reputation, a very fast skater and versatile player. He actually began his hockey career as a goaltender, a position usually reserved for those who were weaker on the blades. But, he switched to centre by the time he stepped on the ice with Berlin in the Western Ontario Hockey Association in 1900. In his initial season he scored ten goals in eight games played and increased his production the following year to 13 goals in six games played. By 1902, his third year in the league, he led the scoring derby with 17 goals in eight games. Seibert was one of the first to use the wrist shot and it would seem that he found the mark more often than not.
His play had earned him the respect and admiration of Buck Irvin, coach and manager of the Guelph O.A.C., and one of Berlin's main rivals in the W.O.H.A. In an era when obtaining player transfers from one team to another was almost impossible, Irvin somehow managed to acquire Berlin's star player, Oliver Seibert, for the 1903 season. The acquisition did not result in the expected championship for Guelph and Seibert was back with his hometown team the following year.
When the International Pro Hockey League began operations in time for the 1904-05 season, Seibert made his way from Berlin to Sault Ste. Marie to play for the Canadian Soo, becoming one of the first Berlin players to turn professional.
Oliver Seibert went on to play professionally with London and Guelph in the Ontario Pro League and Northwestern Michigan League. His son, Earl Seibert, is also an honoured member of the Hockey Hall of Fame.
Oliver Seibert was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1961.
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