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03-26-2014, 01:22 PM
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500,000 Hockey Sticks

December 11, 1934 Federal statistical information about the number of hockey sticks manufactured in Canada during 1933 - 500,000. Reflects the popularity of the sport and the number of participants. Cost is interesting as well.

http://news.google.com/newspapers?id...3873%2C1315798

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January 3, 1935. Report of a $200,000 Offer for the Montreal Canadiens

1934-35 NHL season featured more than on ice hockey competition. The Montreal Canadiens were up for sale.

The Gazette had details about one of the reported offers:

http://news.google.com/newspapers?id...=6585%2C303944

Next day there were reports of other interests:

http://news.google.com/newspapers?id...=6775%2C418425


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January 4, 1931 Nels Stewart Scores Twice in Four Seconds

Game story covering the January 4, 1931 game when Nels Stewart scored twice in 0:04 seconds. Detail accounts of both goals towards the bottom of the first column.

http://news.google.com/newspapers?id...=6787%2C619134

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Allan Cameron, January 3, 1935 by D.A.L. MacDonald

Another installment in the Turning Back Hockey's Pages by D.A.L. MacDonald, featuring Allan Cameron. One of the better portraits, capturing the man, athlete:

http://news.google.com/newspapers?id...=6573%2C302712

Also interesting insights into contemporaries, Tom Phillips and Tom Paton, the equipment and the times.

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James Strachan, January 5, 1935 by D.A.L. MacDonald

Another Turning Back Hockey's Pages portrait, James Strachan. D.A.L. MacDonald looks at one of hockey's earliest administrators, career stretched from the Wanderers to the NHL Montreal Maroons.

http://news.google.com/newspapers?id...=6614%2C563724

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January 8, 1935. Tom Paton by D.A.L. MacDonald

Another Turning Back Hockey's Pages featuring Tom Paton, the first great hockey goalie. Looks at the athlete,the hockey player, the organizer - original M.A.A.A.Pitfalls of playing the position in the wood puck, pre equipment era.

http://news.google.com/newspapers?id...=6590%2C851046

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^^^ Some interesting reads there C58. Thanks for digging those articles up & linking them. Like little brief snapshots of the past. Very interesting indeed that one of the Montrealers' "signed up to quell the rebellion in the West", obviously referring to the Red River Rebellion & Louis Riel. Somehow brings it closer, reels in from the long ago past what was a major event in Canadian history but at the time was considered little more than a military-police action but with serious ramifications that echo to this day with respect to the english & french discourse in Canada..

Interesting as well about the number of sticks manufactured & the size of the sporting goods industry in Canada at that time. 32 plants, 19 in Ontario, between 32-33 a drop of app $200,000 in total revenues as the Depression set in. Hockey however still affordable with free outdoor facilities, low cost for new equipment in comparison to other sports as witness the lower volumes of racquets & other sports equipment but higher $ volumes in comparison to 500,000 sticks made in that year alone.

The references to Lacrosse are also interesting, and how in going from a shorter to a longer stick with a bigger basket, game skills inexorably altered and not for the better according to some.... and there we go with the "square wooden puck" again huh? Paton is of course a legendary figure, playing as he did with the exact same stick & gear as the skaters. No doubt players could indeed seriously whistle that block of wood with mean velocity, and so sure, with 4 sharp edges and a bit of weight to the thing, could do some real damage. Fun exercise to consider stickhandling & shooting with a square wooden puck full time using the super low lie shorter sticks in comparison to what we have today in the round vulcanized rubber pucks with modern sticks & blades.

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^^^ Wooden puck raises many questions about size, weight, colour, type of wood, etc. Would twirl and spin differently depending if struck flush or not.

The link with ice hockey and lacrosse has never been explored beyond the superficial level. We know that leading athletes played both but skill or strategical aspects have not been adequately explored beyond the basic, score goals, stop goals.

The hockey equipment industry data from the thirties is surprising. My read is that the numbers refer to clearly defined companies that focused on hockey specific equipment.

Consider the overall scope. Jerseys, socks, etc were part of the everyday cut and sew operations for apparel companies, the related accessories - tape, laces etc were part of another industry niche, the services - sharpening and related, a different industry niche.

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^^^ Ya Im still a little confused on that one, whether he is referring to factories producing just hockey or a range of sports equipment, diversified as certainly some wouldve had to have been. You get into garment manufacturing, whole new game.... And ya, your quite right about Lacrosse, the similarities between the two games & skills required with the exception of skating very very similar indeed. Not just cultural cousins but brothers, practically twins, Lacrosse Canadas National Game & a lot older than hockey, native to North America. Almost all of the early players engaged in both sports Lacrosse running on a parallel track at the amateur & professional levels right across Canada.... Wooden pucks; Im guessing a hardwood like oak. Something heavier that wouldnt chip, crack & break apart like a softer wood, say maple or whatever. Might make for an interesting device with kids when it comes to learning how to stick handle. I can remember sometimes playing shinny & we'd lose our only puck, fired off into a field of snow & its flight path lost. So we'd "make do" with blocks of ice but of course they'd implode pretty quickly. A few times Goose or Duck Droppings if out on the pond (and no, unlike Johnny Bower never did see anyone nor take personally one of those in the teeth, we didnt bother with goalies).

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January 15, 1935. Jack Adams by D.A.L. MacDonald

Another Turning Back Hockey's Pages, Jack Adams, an NHL coach and GM.

Interesting recollection of his NHL debut, the nomadic nature of early pro hockey. First mention to date in the series about developing young talent:

http://news.google.com/newspapers?id...6661%2C1712640


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Great 1958 about story of how big hockey was decades ago-including hockey stick sales ect-Many who are under 35 yrs old dont know how big it was.Percentage wise hockey was bigger back then

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Great 1958 about story of how big hockey was decades ago-including hockey stick sales ect-Many who are under 35 yrs old dont know how big it was.Percentage wise hockey was bigger back then
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Just adding pieces that help paint a more complete picture.

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December 20, 1934, Outline of the History of McGill vs Harvard

Brief outline of the history of McGill vs Harvard hockey going back to the 19th century.

http://news.google.com/newspapers?id...5682%2C2574364

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December 25, 1934. Connie Smythe by D.A.L.MacDonald

Another Turning Back Hockey's Pages, this one featuring Connie Smythe. Instead of Scrooge, Montreal readers were treated to a story about a Canadian hockey owner.

Interesting details about Conn Smythe trading practices and some of his early hockey escapades.

http://news.google.com/newspapers?id...6653%2C3169307

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April 12, 1934. The Montreal Forum Adapted

Interesting article from The Gazette detailing how the Montréal Forum was adapted for other sports and events throughout the year:

http://news.google.com/newspapers?id...6596%2C1470024

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April 17, 1934 NHL Awards Announced

The winners of the 1933-34 NHL Awards were announced. Results with comments follow:

http://news.google.com/newspapers?id...6504%2C2087429

Joliat won the Hart beating 3 defensemen, Boucher the Byng and Gardiner the Vezina.

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November 17, 1934. C.A.H.A. Rules Against Hockey Tourists

Addressing a problem that plagued amateur hockey for years, the C.A.H.A. addressed the question of transfers, residency and the "hockey tourist" issue:

http://news.google.com/newspapers?id...6527%2C2231639

Interesting was the treatment of students. A distinction was made between playing for the university or school team and playing for a team in the town or vicinity where the university was situated.

The A.A.U in the USA was considering similar rules at their upcoming meeting December 7 - 9, 1934:

http://news.google.com/newspapers?id...6894%2C2854498

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November 19, 1943 NHL Meetings

Summary of the November 1943, NHL meetings. Highlites included, Clarification of the offside rule in the context of the new Red Line, reduction of team rosters to 13 including a goalie, effective November 25, double minors for two distinct fouls and a safety issue was addressed - running a player into the net(posts/crossbar).

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November 6, 1943 - Three Officials in Senior Hockey and Projected Montreal CAHA numbe

Snippets about the possibility of three officials handling Senior hockey games in Québec plus projections about the C.A.H.A registration numbers for bantam, midget, juvenile players under the Montréal Parks jurisdiction.

Basically 13-18 year olds with 10 players per team.

http://news.google.com/newspapers?id...2772%2C1207794


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^^^ Rather major undertaking logistically when you think about that. 60 Outdoor Rinks, 500 Teams and that doesnt include School & Church Leagues etc. Require an absolute army of manpower & infrastructure getting it all set-up, then administratively & logistically figuring out scheduling & all the rest of it...... interesting to note as well that the Royals had a bit of an embarrassment in riches from which to choose in the final selection of their roster for the upcoming season. Like the Marlboros' & St.Mikes in Toronto, the Royals & Montreal Junior Canadiens were the teams you wanted to make (if you lived in Montreal or Toronto), be a part of through the 30's-50's, into the 60's until the end of the sponsorship era.

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^^^ Rather major undertaking logistically when you think about that. 60 Outdoor Rinks, 500 Teams and that doesnt include School & Church Leagues etc. Require an absolute army of manpower & infrastructure getting it all set-up, then administratively & logistically figuring out scheduling & all the rest of it...... interesting to note as well that the Royals had a bit of an embarrassment in riches from which to choose in the final selection of their roster for the upcoming season. Like the Marlboros' & St.Mikes in Toronto, the Royals & Montreal Junior Canadiens were the teams you wanted to make (if you lived in Montreal or Toronto), be a part of through the 30's-50's, into the 60's until the end of the sponsorship era.
Divided into districts and zones. By the sixties upwards of 100 parks, at least 12,000 youngsters. Somewhat of a template for scheduling, slotted by age category.

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October 28, 1943 Tinkering With the Red Line

The center Red line was introduced at the start of the 1943-44 season. Prior to the start of the season the NHL tinkered with the width of the Red Line to facilitate play and visibility:

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The European Hockey Scene - 1937

Two previously unavailable articles from February 1937:
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Pulling some 1980-81 research, and found a fun Harry Neale quote that I hadn't heard before (although his subject matter is familiar).

"I thought we were through all this business of running players out of town all the time but we've got to do something. We've got half a room of passengers on the boat who haven't paid their fare, and even the inept B.C. ferries throw you off when that happens."

(Toronto Star, February 16, 1981)

I wonder if Harry gets a ferries discount when headed out to Victoria these days.

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Apologies if this has been shared already, but I just stumbled across it and it is new to me:

http://www.britishcolonist.ca/index.html

The British Colonist (also known as the Victoria Daily Colonist), a newspaper published in Victoria B.C. has an excellent online archive of their issues from 1858-1920. This is particularly useful because Victoria had a PCHA team from 1912 forward, so there is expanded coverage of that league compared to what you would see reprinted in other cities' papers.

From what I have seen so far, the game summaries that appear in other papers are re-printed versions of the Daily Colonist summaries, with the more homer-slanted lines snipped out.

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