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08-14-2012, 09:25 PM
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Join Date: Jan 2005
Location: BC, Canada
RW Arthur Farrell
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
1899, 1900 Stanley Cup Champion
3rd (1901), 5th (1900), 5th (1899) CAHL Scoring
Member of the Hockey Hall of Fame
31 G in 23 CAHL GP
Legends of Hockey
He joined the Montreal Shamrocks in 1897 as a forward and played on two Stanley Cup winning teams in 1899 and 1900. He once scored five goals in a game against Quebec on March 2, 1901, and was known as one of the men responsible for moving the focus of hockey from individual play to team, or "combination," play.
Greatest Hockey Legends
None other than the great Lester Patrick considered Tommy Phillips to be one of the top greats in hockey's earliest era.
In a 1925 article Patrick was asked to select his all-time all-star team. Here's what he said:
"My opinion is based on consistency of players over a period of years, and the fact that men selected possessed nearly all the fundamentals of an ideal player - physique, stamina, courage, speed, stick-handling, goal-getting ability, skill in passing, proper temperament and, above all, hockey brains."
Patrick selected Hughie Lehman in goal, Sprague Cleghorn and Hod Stuart on defence, and up front he chose Tom Phillips, Arthur Farrell and Fred "Cyclone" Taylor.
The Dictionary of Canadian Biography
rthur Farrell was the fourth in a family of eight. Since his father was a merchant and alderman in Montreal, he grew up in comfortable circumstances. From 1895 to 1897 he studied at the Collčge Sainte-Marie, where he began his hockey career in 1896 and met students who would later be his teammates on the Montreal Shamrocks. There were frequent intramural hockey games at the college and games against other establishments, notably the Pensionnat du Mont-Saint-Louis. Sainte-Marie’s four forwards – Farrell, Harry Trihey, Fred Scanlan, and Jack Brennan – would become the core of the Shamrocks’ offence.
The Shamrocks played in the Amateur Hockey Association of Canada, having succeeded the Montreal Crystals in 1895. Canada’s leading hockey league at the time, the AHAC also included the Ottawa Silver Seven, the Quebec Bulldogs, the Montreal Amateur Athletic Association, and the Montreal Victorias. The four collegians joined the Shamrocks in 1897.
All the teams in the AHAC were anglophone until 1905, when francophone ones entered the league, and only the Shamrocks used French-speaking players. The club was made up mainly of Irish Catholics who had studied in bilingual classical colleges. Thus it was with the Irish that French Canadians learned to play hockey, and the Shamrocks’ seven players were bilingual.
The Shamrocks introduced a major innovation into hockey: the passing game. Team captain Harry Trihey took the lead as rover linking the forwards and the defencemen. With forward passing of the puck not allowed, the favourite tactic was to have one of the forwards advance, with the other three following. As in rugby, the lead would pass back to one of the others when his way was blocked. The Shamrocks speeded up the game by using all four forwards together and passing the puck backwards and sideways to force the opposing defencemen to move.
Having finished the 1899 season in first place, the Shamrocks took the Stanley Cup [see Frederick Arthur Stanley] away from the defending champions, the Montreal Victorias. They then had to hold it against challengers. On 14 March 1899 they defeated Queen’s College in Kingston, Ont., by a 6–2 score to retain the precious cup. The Shamrocks remained the champions the next year and defended the cup twice, winning two games against the Winnipeg Victorias in February 1900 and two against the Halifax Crescents in March. In the last Farrell scored four goals, one fewer than his all-time high, which he would achieve against Quebec on 2 March 1901.
Hockey Hall of Fame: The Official Register Of the Game's Honour Roll (originally posted by seventieslord)
He was a stylish player, along the lines of a Joe Primeau or a Syl Apps.
The Montreal Gazette, Nov. 7, 1940
Jimmy Gardner, an all-time great himself, picked Ernie Russell, Russell Bowie, Frank McGee and Art Farrell as among the best he ever saw.
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