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11-20-2012, 03:12 PM
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Archie Hooper !!!

Awards and Accomplishments:
2 x Stanley Cup Champion (1902, 1903)
Montreal AAA Captain from 1902-1904

Offensive Achievements:
Goals - 1st(1902), 4th(1903), 11th(1904)

Play-off Goals - 1st(1902), 3rd(1903)

Originally Posted by The Montreal Gazette – March 22nd, 1934
Every hockey era seems to produce only one or two men who may be said to possess all the attributes that go to make a really great player. The late Archie Hooper, captain of the Little Men of Iron was unquestionably one of these. Possessing a hard, accurate shot, speed in abundance and strength acquired as a paddler. Hooper was one of the really greats of all time. His stickhandling feats have seldom been equalized; never surpassed I the annals of hockey. And in addition, he as a fine two-way player for he could back-check as well as carry the puck. He was noted for his clean play.
This one is important because he played with Tom Phillips, Dickie Boon, Jack Marshall, and Jimmy Gardner:
Originally Posted by The Montreal Gazette – October 12th, 1904
Hooper was a speedy skater, a good stickhandler, an accurate shot and a useful man generally, and as such had easily been the peer of his fellows in last season’s team.
Originally Posted by Greatest Hockey Legends
This is Archie Hooper, the scoring star and team captain of the Little Men of Iron.

That was the unofficial nickname of the Montreal Amateur Athletic Association team that won back to back Stanley Cup championships long before the NHL even existed.

In 1902 the AAA defeated the two time defending Cup champions, the rough and tumble Victorias from Winnipeg. They successfully defended the title in 1903 against the same group of Winnipegers, ending what proved to be an epic rivalry between the two cities.

The 1902 championship was particularly celebrated by Montrealers. Upon return to Montreal the players were greeted at Windsor Station by 1000s of well-wishers. Once the players got off the train they "were drawn in sleighs by man-power from the station to the MAAA club house when 1000s of admirers refused to allow the horses to pull their heroes. They unhitched the horses and pulled the sleighs themselves, through snow and slush." (Lord Stanley's Cup by Andrew Podnieks)

Playing on a line with Jack Marshall and Jim Gardner, Art "Archie" Hooper was Montreal's star player. In 1902 he led his league in scoring 17 goals, including 9 in one game. He only scored six goals in the 9 game season in 1903, but that still led the team in scoring.

It was the start of what promised to be a spectacular career in hockey. But Hooper died two years later at the age of 24 as the result of an accidental blow he took during a hockey game.
Originally Posted by Ottawa Citizen, January 30, 1903
The Vics were soundly beaten... Boon, Marshall and Hooper all played well... after seven minutes of play, hooper stopped a lift with his hand, and lifted himself... Hooper brought down, passed to Marshall, who passed to Hooper, who scored...
Originally Posted by Trail Of the Stanley Cup
March 15th, 1902: Marshall and Hooper were the stars, snagging a brace of goals each.

February 2nd, 1903: a well-earned triumph for the Wheelers who, led by Phillips and Hooper, carried the play throughout.

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