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Harvey Pulford !!!

Awards and Achievements:
4 x Stanley Cup Champion (1903, 1904, 1905, 1906)
Ottawa Hockey Club Captain: 1900-1906

1905 All-Star (selected by Montreal Gazette)

3 x Retro Norris winner (selected by Total Hockey)

Ultimate Hockey’s “Best Body-Checker” from 1900 to 1909
Ultimate Hockey’s “Best Shot-Blocker” from 1900 to 1909
Ultimate Hockey’s “Finest Athlete” from 1900 to 1909
Ultimate Hockey’s “Strongest Player” from 1900 to 1909

Ranked 60th in the recently completed HOH Top 60 Defensemen of All-Time

Originally Posted by The Trail of the Stanley Cup, vol. 1 - Player Profile
During the early days of Stanley Cup competition there were occasional all-star team selections made by sports writers and almost invariably Pulford appeared in the choices.

Harvey Pulford was a fine football and lacrosse player as well as an oarsman. The old accounts of his ability on the ice maintain he was an outstanding defence player but it is hard to reconcile the description of his style of play with that of what would be considered a good defence man today.

The reports of his era describe him as a big powerful player who was not a very smart stickhandler or fast skater but a good solid checker.


It was not until 1901 that Pulford attempted any of the rushing tactics featured by Mike Grant of the Victorias. Throughout his career, he favoured playing back of what would now be his blueline ad it would be a rare occasion to justify a sortie up the ice. He would steer opponents into corners or catch them with thumping body checks away from the boards. If he relieved an opponent of the puck, he would most likely hoist it to the other end of the rink with a towering backhand lift. This technique was standard with most defence players at that time but now would be called icing the puck. His style of play is reflected in his scoring. He played almost seven years before he scored a goal and only netted eight in his whole career.

He was a great leader and during the years when the team was known as the Silver Seven, he was the captain. He was very hurt when Art Moore replaced him at this post in 1906.
Originally Posted by Legends of Hockey
In 1901 he altered his style of play from merely flipping the puck out of his own end to carrying the puck up the ice toward the opposing team's net. During the period 1902 to 1905, Pulford captained the Ottawa Hockey Club, which came to be known as the Silver Seven. His partnership with Art Moore proved to be a formidable barrier to onrushing forwards. This team dominated the Canadian Amateur Hockey League and the Federal Amateur Hockey League while winning or defending the Stanley Cup several times between 1903 and 1905.


The 1905 season brought the Ottawa club the championship of the FAHL. In January of that year they suppressed the Cup ambitions of the Dawson City squad by an aggregate score of 32-4. Two months later, in one of Pulford's greatest performances, Ottawa survived a clash with the highly skilled Rat Portage outfit. The challengers from Ontario's northwest dominated the opening match, but Ottawa equalized two days later to set the stage for a memorable deciding game. Pulford, who was instructed to throw his weight around throughout the contest, was superb against the speedy Rat Portage forwards in a 5-4 Ottawa victory. A year later came his last two successful Cup defenses against Queen's University and Smiths Falls.
Originally Posted by Ultimate Hockey profile
The sight of big him on defence struck waves of fear through the hearts of the enemy.
Originally Posted by Total Hockey
He could take out a man with hits that "could have crippled even the Creator himself." All hyperbole aside, he was a bruiser, a battleship on blades.
Originally Posted by Ultimate Hockey
He was a brick wall on blades. In a 1905 Stanley Cup match against the speedy Rat Portage Thistles, he was given the green light to throw the body around. The result was one of the most impressive displays of one-man ganging ever seen, and his teammates were enough for Ottawa to take the next two games 4-2 and 5-4, en route to the Stanley Cup.
Originally Posted by The Trail of the Stanley Cup; Vol. 1 – 1894 season
On January 20th., at Ottawa, Harveu Pulford first made his appearance in senior hockey when he took his place alongside Weldy Young when they defeated the Victorias. The writes of the day described him, as not being a brilliant stick handler or skater but an outstanding checkerAlthough he did not score goals, he certainly helped to keep them out.
Originally Posted by The Trail of the Stanley Cup; Vol. 1 – 1895 season
This game was featured by the superb defence work of Harvey Pulford who was developing the technique of playing the man instead of the puck.
Originally Posted by The Trail of the Stanley Cup: Vol. 1 – 1901 season
Ottawa, sparked by Sixsmith and Westwick, went through to the championship undefeated. Harvey Pulford featured on defence and several times uncorked end-to-end rushes from that position, which were still a novelty at that time.
Originally Posted by The Trail of the Stanley Cup – 1904 Stanley Cup Challenge
The Cup holders played hard but clean hockey and backed by the stalwart defence work of Moore and Pulford who featured with splendid lifting, they beat Winnipeg 2-0.
Originally Posted by The Trail of the Stanley Cup; Vol. 1 – 1905 play-offs
Moore and Pulford were not up to form and Tom Phillips twirled around them for five goals putting up a marvelous display.


Pulford was excellent on defence and set up two goals for McGee.
Originally Posted by Montreal Star
The chairman regretted that he could not bestow any medals on Mr. Pulford, as the exhibitions of scientific ferocity of the other gentlemen were far ahead of his. He came to the conclusion that Mr. Pulford cannot have been very well, but expressed the hope that he would soon recover to exhibit at many more matches some of that bloodthirstiness for which he has been known in the past, and which made him a shining example for other members of the team.
Originally Posted by
The first organized hockey team in Ottawa was the Ottawa Hockey Club, who were formed in 1884 at the 1884 Montreal Winter Carnival. They would later be dubbed the Generals, because of their war emblem style logo in 1890. The Generals would help found the first major organized hockey league in Canada called the AHA (Amateur Hockey Association) in 1886. In 1890 they also helped found the OHA (Ontario Hockey Association) and played in both leagues until about 1895/96 where they dropped out of the OHA to concentrate exclusively on the AHA. In 1893 the Generals barely lost out to the Montreal AAA as champions of the AHA and therefore just lost out on winning the very first Stanley Cup. Desperate to win a Cup for Lord Stanley (who lived in Ottawa at the time) the Generals faced off against the Montreal AAA on March 22, 1894 in what is considered the first Stanley Cup Finals game ever played. Ottawa grabbed an early 1-0 lead thanks to Chauncey Kirby's goal, as the Generals dominated thanks mostly to the inspired play by a young Harvey Pulford. However, Montreal stormed back with three straight goals to win 3-1 and retain the Cup. The Generals would not challenge for the Stanley Cup for tenyears as their 1901 CAHL Championship was too late in the year to put a challenge in for the Cup.
Originally Posted by Hockey’s Most Wanted
One of Canada’s most talented all-around athletes, Harvey Pulford was captain of the legendary Ottawa Silver Seven teams that won three Stanley Cups in the first decade of the twentieth century. The defenseman was elected into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1945. Pulford was also captain of the Ottawa Rough Riders’ championship football teams of 1898, 1899, and 1900. He was also a heavyweight boxing champion in eastern Canada, a member of the champion Ottawa Capitals lacrosse team, and a world-class rower.
Originally Posted by Uncle John’s Bathroom Reader
Harvey Pulford was an exceptional football player, a classic stay-at-home defenseman for the Seven, who seldom scored but smothered the opposition.
Originally Posted by Who’s Who in Hockey
Harvey Pulford, a Hall of Famer who labored for Ottawa’s ice men for his entire 14-year career, was considered a masterful defensive defenseman.
Originally Posted by Twenty Greatest Hockey Goals
Play was “vicious” and the checking “heavy” for the next five minutes until defenseman Harvey Pulford led a rush in the Thistles’ end: “Five yards from the net, Pulford tossed the disc across to McGee in the center and great crown rises with a mighty roar as Frank evens the score again.”… McGee and Griffis exchanged chances before Pulford led another rush into the Thistles’ end

With the Stanley Cup in the balance, Pulford continued to jump into the attack… Pulford lugged the puck back into the offensive end and got it over to McGee, who carried it right to the front of the goal.
Originally Posted by Alf Smith
That’s what Harvey could be like, you know. I’ll allow that Harvey Pulford might be the best athlete of us all, but he’s the perfect example that honing physical skills doesn’t necessarily hone mental ones. And another thing about Harvey: he was one of those fortunate souls who benefitted from a reputation for being big and tough, but let me explain a little about that. The benefit of being big and tough isn’t that you beat the ever-loving dickens out of everybody on a daily basis, but that you establish yourself as big and tough in the beginning, until everyone leaves you alone. Big and tough guys virtually never fight, because nobody challenges them because they’re big and tough. See what I’m saying? Harvey Pulford was the championship boxer in eastern Canada two years running, and everyone left him alone because he was so big and tough.
Originally Posted by Gordie Howe
If it wasn't for Lionel Conacher, he would have been named the top Canadian sportsman of the first half of the 20th Century.
Originally Posted by The Pittsburgh Press – December 31st, 1906
Without Pulford, the team would be sorely handicapped. His all-around knowledge of the game, capability as a stick-handler, great defense work and aggressiveness on the attack have proved him the backbone of the team.
Originally Posted by The Montreal Gazette – March 14th, 1906
Pulford was the hardest worker of the whole team. He threw all his energies into initiating attack and repeatedly swung into the forward lines, using his build ad strength in many endeavors to break the Wanderer line and force the play onto the local net. However Pulford lost the puck quite frequently, and then had to hump back to defend his goal. As a result of this nerve-racking style of work the big fellow was faded in the end, and although he managed a couple of resolute runs in the last minutes, it was no longer the sturdy Harvey Pulford who had helped pull the fat out of the fire on past memorable occasions.


Ottawa played a peculiar offside game and were caught at it frequently. They would send a couple forward to one side, and let one go to the other. Then Pulford would work out and make a long pass to the solitary man.

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