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With their 7th round pick (224), the Guelph Platers select an early rover/cover-point/defense star who was known for his size and speed:

Captain of the 1915 Stanley Cup winning Vancouver Millionaires & Hockey Hall of Famer (1950),

D Silas Griffis






Career Highlights:
2 Time Stanley Cup Champion 1907, 1915.
Stanley Cup finalist 1903, 1905 - Lost both times to the "Silver Seven".
Captain of the Vancouver Millionaires 1915 Stanley Cup team.
Hockey Hall of Fame Member 1950


Vitals:
Born: September 22, 1883
Position: D
Shoots: Left
Height: 6-1
Weight: ~195 lbs.


http://hobokin.net/griffis.html
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Originally Posted by Out of the Mists of the Past
Si was blessed with remarkable athletic stamina and skill as well as a sizeable build-- being well over six foot and close to 200 pounds-- and as a result took an interest in a variety of competitive sports
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Originally Posted by Legends of Hockey
Silas Seth "Si" Griffis was one of the fastest skaters in the early days of the game despite his relatively large frame. His blazing speed enabled him to dominate as a rover in the seven-man game and as a defender in the modern six-man configuration. He contributed to the Kenora Thistles' Stanley Cup triumph in 1907 and later captained the Vancouver Millionaires to hockey's ultimate prize in 1915.

Griffis joined the Rat Portage entry in the newly formed Manitoba and North West Hockey League in 1902. His play as a rover and cover point contributed significantly to the team's 1902-03 league title. The circuit was reorganized into the Manitoba Senior Hockey League in 1905 with Griffis' Rat Portage squad recognized as the most talented club. It easily won the league title to earn the right to challenge the favoured Ottawa club for the Stanley Cup. The underdogs came out second best in a hotly contested three-game series in which Griffis contributed three goals and was one of the dominant players on the ice.

By 1907, the Rat Portage club had been renamed the Kenora Thistles and was even more talented than previously. They captured the Stanley Cup in a thrilling two-game series with the Montreal Wanderers in January 1907. Brilliant forward Tommy Smith scored seven of the 12 Kenora goals, while Griffis and Art Ross rushed the puck with tremendous confidence. This speedy trio was particularly difficult for the Montreal defenders to contain. In the second match, the Wanderers resorted to rough tactics in an unsavory attempt to stall and intimidate their talented adversaries. The strategy worked until late in the game, when the Thistles pulled away for an 8-6 win.

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He was rejuvenated while playing a vital role on the defense and serving as the team's captain. Griffis debuted on the West Coast in outstanding fashion by scoring twice and adding two assists in his new club's opener on January 5, 1912. His leadership was quiet, yet effective, as many of the young Vancouver players looked up to the classy veteran.

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He was a member of the 1915 Stanley Cup-winning Millionaires. During his stay on the West Coast, Griffis formed a strong defensive partnership with Frank Patrick for four seasons before spending two years in tandem with Lloyd Cook.
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Originally Posted by Six-Man Hockey Will Be Played in the Coast League Next Season, A.P. Garvey, The Calgary Daily Herald, Jan 19, 1918
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Si Griffis' re-appearance has also been a big help to the Millionaires, although he will not be available for games on the road. So far, the home teams have been doing all the winning, and the club that breaks into the win column away from home is going to have a big edge on the other contenders. At home with Griffis on the defence, the Vancouvers look like champions. They don't look quite so good when they cavort around the foreign ice.

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Originally Posted by Frank Patrick and Si Griffis Have Retired From Hockey at Coast, A.P. Garvey, The Calgary Daily Herald, Dec 10, 1917

When Pacific coast puck chasers start their annual championship derby along about Janurary 1, one, and possibly two, of the veterans who have thrilled hockey fans of the Dominion with their spectacular performances during the past decade or more will be missing from the line-up.
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Sil Griffis, former Kenora star, and for the past five years captain of the Vancouver club, is the other who is contemplating retirement.
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The retirement of Patrick leaves a big gap in the Vancouver line-up, and if Griffis also drops out the strong men defence of the Millionaires will be shot to pieces. Patrick and Griffis proved the most forminable pair of defence players in the Coast League since the inception of the game in these parts.


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Si Griffis - Captain of the Vancouver Millionaires, who has announced his retirement from hockey. He was a wall of strength on the defence at the coast and his absence from the Vancouver line-up will be greatly felt.
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Originally Posted by Taylor, Patrick Greet Cup, by Merv Peters, The Vancouver Sun, Jan 15, 1958

The Lord Stanley trophy, awarded for winning the professional ice hockey championship of the world, is back in Vancouver for the first time since 1915.

And only two members of that dashing Vancouver club, the fabulous Millionaires, are here to greet it.

One is the incomparable Cyclone Taylor, the other Frank Patrick, oldest of a long illustrous line of hockey Patricks.
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Leading the Millionaires, rich in talent with others such as the late Si Griffis, was our Mr. Taylor, who is also credited with having once stick-handled backwards through an entire team and topped it off by scoring, still with his back to the goal.

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Originally Posted by Si Griffis Signed With Vancouver, Ottawa Citizen, Nov 7, 1912

Si Griffis, the former Kenora hockey star, came to terms with Frank Patrick today and will play this winter for the Vancouver team in the British columbia Hockey League.
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Tommie Phillips says he is out of the game for good, but if the Patricks need him, the Kenora veternal will also don the steel blades again. Both Griffis and Phillips played good hockey last winter. They were about the oldest stickhandlers in the Coast League, yet they gave no signs of it.

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Originally Posted by Si Griffis Came Back and Looked Like Real Find, The Morning Leader, Jan 16, 1918

In Monday night's Coast league hockey game at Vancouver between Vancouver and Portland, "Si" Griffis gladdened the hearts of the fans by appearing on the defence.

Not only did he add 100 per cent. to the defence but he scored his annual goal. He had a very successful evening all around.


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The Vancouvers look a lot better than last time when they defeated the Mets in an overtime battle. Cook and Griffis make a big defence that held tight tonight and Lehman worked with greater confidence as one result. They showed more combination and head work and checked every minute of the time.
Griffis was slowed down and eventually retired due to problems with his leg..
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Originally Posted by Star Vancouver Defence Player Is in Hospital Undergoing an Operation, WAP, Edmonton Journal Feb 16, 1914

Si Griffis, star defence player of the Vancouver hockey team will probably be out of the game for the remainder of the season as the result of an injury to his right ankle suffered in a recent game.
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Originally Posted by Vancouver With Four Successive Defeats Will Strengthen To Keep In the Race, The Morning Leader, Dec 20, 1915
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New faces will likely be seen on the Vancouver team within the near future. The former Coast League champions have played four games to date adn lost them all. The team is evidently lacking a scorer as so far only eight goals have been tallied. Griffis and Taylor, two of the players are well up in years and although they have been reported to be playing good hockey they evidently are not there when it comes to the pinch.
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Originally Posted by Toronto Captured the Third Game of World Series from Vancouver, The Calgary Daily Herald, Mar 27, 1918

The third game for the Stanley Cup was easy for Toronto, and they had little difficulty in putting away Patrick's Vancouver Millionaires by a score of 6 to 3.
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The weak point in their team was Griffis on defence. In the two previous games he proved a tower of strength, both offensively and on the defense. Last night he seemed glued to one spot while he seldom started a rush before he lost the puck. It was largely to his poor playing that team mates can attribute defeat.
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