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12-12-2013, 04:45 AM
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Oldest Hockey Teams In Canada??

Sorry if this is already on here somewhere (or anywhere else on the internet), but out of curiosity I decided to do a Google search for a list of the oldest current hockey teams in Canada (at any league/level) and was rather surprised not to find one.
So, after a quick bit of research I've begun to compile my own list of teams, started (arbitrarily) before 1950 - breaking it down into 3 main categories, thusly...


CONTINUOUS OPERATIONS
Clubs, franchises, and programs that (as the name suggests) have been in continuous operation, in one form or another, irrespective of name or location:

McGill University (1877)
Queen's University (1886)
Royal Military College of Canada (1886)
University of Ottawa (1889)
University of Toronto (1891)
McMaster University (1897)
University of New Brunswick (1897)
Guelph Storm (1903 as Toronto Marlboros)
Montreal Canadiens (1909)
Regina Pats (1917)
Toronto Maple Leafs (1917 as Arenas)
University of Manitoba (192?)
Winnipeg Blues (1930 as Monarchs)
Rouyn-Noranda Huskies (1933 as Montreal Junior Canadiens)
Pembroke Lumber Kings (1940)
Portage Terriers (1942)
Saginaw Spirit* (1943 as St. Catharines Falcons)
Erie Otters* (1946 as Windsor Spitfires)
Kitchener Rangers (1947 as Guelph Biltmores)



INTERMITTENT BRANDS
Famous names that have been applied to various teams, in various leagues, at various times (and sometimes simultaneously) which seem to represent an overall "tradition", for lack of a better term:

Ottawa Senators (1883-34 / 1934-54 / 1992-)
Kenora Thistles (1885-07 / 1910-53 / 1968-82 / 2006-)
Toronto Marlboros (1903-89 / 2005- as Marlies)
Brandon Wheat Kings (1904-? / 1936-67 / 1967-)
Barrie Colts (1907-10 / 1921-44 / 1946-79 / 1995-)
Melville Millionaires (1908-? / 1970-)
Victoria Cougars (1911 as Aristocrats / 1949-61 / 1967-94 / 1998-)
Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds (1919-25 / 1929-45 / 1948-49 / 1962-)
Sudbury Wolves (1920-? / 1962-)
Flin Flon Bombers (1927-78 / 1978-)
Oshawa Generals (1937-53 / 1962-)
Vancouver Canucks (1945-70 / 1970-)
Windsor Spitfires (1946-53 / 1971-)



DEFUNCT
Brands and/or operations with venerable histories (i.e. 50+ years) that are no longer with us, but may yet see the light of day again:

Montreal Victorias (1881-39)
Montreal AAA/Royals (1884-32 / 1932-61)
Toronto St. Michael's Majors (1906-62 / 1996-07 now Mississauga Steelheads)
Winnipeg Monarchs (1906-35 / 1930-78)
Port Arthur Bearcats (1911-70)
Owen Sound Greys (1913-77 / 1973-12)
Kitchener Greenshirts (1917/1922/1939/1951/1963-78)
Quebec Aces (1928-71 / 1997-2007)
Markham Waxers (1930 as Millionaires)



I know this must be far from complete, so please help with any additions/corrections to this list!

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A few more from the lower Junior and Senior ranks:


CONTINUOUS

Selkirk Fishermen (1918)
Grimsby Peach Kings (1922)
Glace Bay Jr. Miners (1932 as Sydney Millionaires)
Shelburne Muskies (1935)
Stony Plain Eagles (193?)
Port Colborne Pirates (194? as Sailors)


INTERMITTENT

Perth Blue Wings (192?-1940 / 195?-)
Kimberley Dynamiters (1932-81 / 1972-)
Waterloo Siskins (1937-4? as Tiger Cubs / 1947-)
St. Catharines Falcons (1943-47 / 1968-)
Saskatoon Quakers (1945-56 / 1965-)


DEFUNCT

Arthur Tigers (1904-? / 1985-99)
Durham Huskies (1920-92)

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Innisfail Eagles est. 1947-

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A few more from the lower Junior and Senior ranks:


CONTINUOUS

Selkirk Fishermen (1918)
Grimsby Peach Kings (1922)
Glace Bay Jr. Miners (1932 as Sydney Millionaires)
Shelburne Muskies (1935)
Stony Plain Eagles (193?)
Port Colborne Pirates (194? as Sailors)


INTERMITTENT

Perth Blue Wings (192?-1940 / 195?-)
Kimberley Dynamiters (1932-81 / 1972-)
Waterloo Siskins (1937-4? as Tiger Cubs / 1947-)
St. Catharines Falcons (1943-47 / 1968-)
Saskatoon Quakers (1945-56 / 1965-)


DEFUNCT

Arthur Tigers (1904-? / 1985-99)
Durham Huskies (1920-92)
The Tigers nearly came back a couple of years ago in the WOAA, would be nice to see them back. I used to help out with them as a child, remember their battles with the Thundercats and Comets back in the day.

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Private Schools

A number of the private high schools, colleges in Canada have long running hockey programs.

Quebec - Loyola and Lower Canada College in Montreal, Stanstead College. Saskatchewan - Notre Dame.

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1877 would be some very interesting hockey being experimented with. Kitchen knifes strapped to the bottom of their shoes? 2x4 for sticks and yarn balls for a puck?

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1877 would be some very interesting hockey being experimented with. Kitchen knifes strapped to the bottom of their shoes? 2x4 for sticks and yarn balls for a puck?
Skating has been around for quite a while before hockey. At least a couple millenia with the Finns.


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A number of the private high schools, colleges in Canada have long running hockey programs.

Quebec - Loyola and Lower Canada College in Montreal, Stanstead College. Saskatchewan - Notre Dame.
Upper Canada College, De La Salle, University of Toronto Schools etc...

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Thanks everyone!

I figured there would be a lot of high school and minor programs that I'd be missing, but there are so many to look up, and usually so little in the way of online info regarding their history (at least that I can find). The St. Michael's Buzzers (1917) are another one I guess I could add, even though I've already listed the Majors. I know other Toronto high schools like the Neil McNeil Maroons and Henry Carr Crusaders also played in certain junior leagues at one point or another, but I can't find their founding dates either.

One more addition: Aurora Tigers of the OJHL, founded 1913(?) as the Bears http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aurora_Tigers

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