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Rob Scuderi
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Pittsburgh Athletic Club

Coach: Cecil Hart

Bert Olmstead - Jean Beliveau (C) - Andy Bathgate
Sweeney Schriner - Bernie Morris - Steve Larmer
Red Berenson (A) - Neil Colville - Jim Pappin
Ryan Walter - Thomas Steen (A) - Jimmy Ward
Barney Stanley, Murph Chamberlain

Brian Leetch - Alexei Kasatonov
Barry Beck - Pat Stapleton
Willie Mitchell - Frank Patrick
Ryan Suter, Bryan McCabe

Chuck Rayner
John Ross Roach

PP1:
Olmstead - Beliveau - Morris
Leetch - Bathgate

PP2:
Schriner - Colville - Larmer
Patrick - Stapleton

PK1:
Berenson - Larmer
Beck - Kasatonov

PK2:
Steen - Walter
Leetch - Mitchell

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The Pittsburgh Athletic Club (Pittsburgh PAC) were the only team to play in every season of the Western Pennsylvania Hockey League (WPHL) from 1897-1904, 1908-1909. They won the first three championships, with 1897 ending with no winner due to a fire destroying the Schenley Park Casino, the first arena in North America to feature an artificial ice-making plant.

As Pittsburghers had next to no experience playing hockey at this time, Canadian transplants lured by the paychecks filled the league. By 1902 Harry Peel admitted the Keystones club were paying him reportedly $35 a week and the WPHL was forced to call themselves the first professional hockey league in the world. Pittsburgh PAC first signed Canadians George Lamb and Bill Hamilton, but their major coup was signing Hall of Famer Alf Smith to captain their squad in 1902. Cyclone Taylor was also a member of the team for three games in 1909 before the start of the NHA where he returned to Ottawa.

After professionalism took hold of the Canadian leagues, the WPHL struggled to maintain the same level of play. The WPHL was forced to fold at the end of the 1908-09 season following a number of mid-season defections from Canadians able to chase paydays at home now.


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