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P.D. Ross

Get this man in over Lord Stanley

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He joined the Toronto Daily Mail as a journalist.[1] He returned to Montreal and joined the Montreal Star in 1885, eventually becoming its managing editor.[3]

In 1886, Ross became co-owner of the near-bankrupt Ottawa Evening Journal newspaper. In 1891 he bought out his partner and made it into a highly successful and respected paper. He served as its president for 60 years during which time he helped found the Canadian Press newspaper association.

He was a builder and sometimes player of the Ottawa Hockey Club, later to be known as the Ottawa Senators. With this club, he befriended the sons of Lord Stanley, the Governor-General of Canada. In 1892, Lord Stanley appointed him to be a trustee for his championship ice hockey trophy, known today as the Stanley Cup. He helped found the Ontario Hockey Association in 1890. He played in the first Ontario championship game in 1891 at the Rideau Rink in Ottawa, helping Ottawa win 5-0 over Toronto St. George's.

Mr. Ross was one of the two original Trustees of the Stanley Cup named by Lord Stanley in 1894, and so served for over 50 years until his death in 1949. He also served as trustee for the Minto Cup of lacrosse. He turned down the trusteeship for the Grey Cup of Canadian football. He was inducted into the Canadian Sports Hall of Fame in 1974 and he was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1976.
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Originally Posted by Legends of Hockey
Philip D. Ross was a successful politician and newspaperman who worked hard to ensure that the early Stanley Cup challenges were of a high standard. No individual had more involvement with important decisions surrounding the Cup and the first Canadian amateur hockey leagues than Ross.

On the ice he played with two of Lord Stanley's sons on the Rideau Rebels team that did much to popularize the game in Ontario. It also drew the attention of his Lordship himself to the point that he commissioned the famous Cup bearing his name.

After Lord Stanley donated the Cup bearing his name, he appointed Ross as one of its trustees. He was vigilant about preventing any abuses of the competition that could tarnish the image of the trophy. A few decent teams were turned down by Ross in this effort to ensure that each Stanley Cup challenge would be competitive and exciting.

Ross was also involved in the early days with the Ontario Hockey Association (OHA), playing on the Ottawa senior team, refereeing and representing the city on the executive.

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