Society for International Hockey Research
2017 Election, May 6 to 14 Saturday, April 29, 2017
The current office terms for all positions on the board of directors will expire at the upcoming annual general meeting in Gatineau, Quebec, on May 20, 2017. Only the positions of Regional Vice-President, Ontario and Regional Vice-President USA East are being contested. Mor e
Ontario Speaker’s Book Award Tuesday, March 07, 2017
Congratulations to members Waxy Gregoire and David Dupuis for winning the Ontario Speaker’s Book Award for their book "The Red Kelly Story".
Passing of Frank Polnaszek Saturday, March 04, 2017
Frank Polnaszek was an innovator in developing and maintaining team statistics for the WHA, including plus-minus reporting on player, while he worked as Assistant Public Relations Director, Statistician and Archivist for the New England and Hartford Whalers from 1972 to 1997. He was from Minnesota and previously looked after statistics for Herb Brooks for his University of Minnesota and U.S. National Teams. Mr. Polnaszek died on February 12, 2017 at age 67.
2016-2017 Members Hockey Pool Saturday, September 17, 2016
Registration is now open for the 2016-17 members hockey pool in support of Road Hockey to Conquer Cancer.

The fee to participate is $15 CAD / $11.50 USD, and registration is open until October 30, 2016.

For more details, please click here.
New Book - Architecture on Ice: A History of the Hockey Arena Wednesday, May 25, 2016
Fellow SIHR members will surely be interested to learn about the forthcoming book by Howard Shubert, Architecture on Ice: A History of the Hockey Arena. It will be available in October but can be pre-ordered now at a 30% discount here.
Lest We Forget Saturday, November 07, 2015
See a partial list of players who served
Book Launch - Histoire du Hockey a Hull Friday, October 23, 2015
On Friday, October 23, Pierre Maltais will launch his book L'histoire du hockey à Hull (1893-1976), which documents the rich history of the sport in the Quebec town next to Canada's capital city of Ottawa.

The launch will be held at the Musée des sports de Gatineau, which is located below the church at 3-115, boul. Sacré-Coeur.
Book Launch - Implacables: Les Jaros de la Beauce Saturday, October 17, 2015
Author Steve Vallières will launch his French language book "Implacables: Les Jaros de la Beauce, 1975-1976" this coming Saturday, October 17, 2015, at the Centre sportif Lacroix-Dutil de Saint- Georges-de-Beauce.

The book chronicles the short lived Jaros team, which was a member of the North American Hockey League.
New Article - Did you have a good summer? Friday, October 16, 2015
After a well deserved summer break, Hockey's Historic Highlights returns with "Did You Have a Good Summer?"

Read it now
June 2015 Bulletin Now Available Tuesday, June 23, 2015
The June 2015 bulletin is now available.

In addition to a recap of the Fredericton meeting, the issue includes details on a new book project, the constitution committee, a profile of member Lloyd Davis, "Western View" by Mark Kihn and more.

Read it now
What Was Early Canadian Hockey and What Does it Owe to Others? Wednesday, June 17, 2015
Members are invited to read a new research paper titled "What Was Early Canadian Hockey and What Does it Owe to Others?" by charter member Bill Humber, which is now available on the website here.
Survey on a proposed amendment to the SIHR constitution Wednesday, March 04, 2015

An anonymous survey on a proposed amendment to the constitution which would see expanded voting rights for all members is available. Tell us what you think!

The survey is now closed

Val James at Toronto Book Expo Sunday, November 16, 2014
The hardcover release date is February 1, 2015, however, a limited quantity of books will be made available at the Toronto Book Expo where Val is speaking on Sunday, November 16 at 1 pm. Following the one hour program, Val will be at the ECW booth, signing copies of his book. A pretty cool holiday gift for a hockey fan, no?
The HHH column is back! Monday, October 13, 2014
The return of the NHL season also signals the return of Glen Goodhand's Hockey Historic Highlights.
Visit the HHH page now
New Website for Moffat Stick Thursday, March 06, 2014
Mark Presley has just launched a website dedicated to the "Moffat Stick", believed to be the world's oldest.

The material is a compilation of reports, video and photos of from the past 6 years.
The Utica Devil to appear on TV Sunday, December 15, 2013
Jim Mancuso, SIHR VP USA East, will be appearing on the Joe Kelly Show with Utica Comets' (AHL) Director of Operations and NHL veteran Pat Conacher to promote Jim's latest book, "Devil of a Hockey Team: The Story of the Utica Devils".

The program will air on Sunday, December 15 from 6:00-6:30 p.m.(EST) on WUTR TV (channel 20)out of Utica, N.Y.
2012/13 Research Journal Available Thursday, December 05, 2013
Electronic copies of the 2012/13 Hockey Research Journal is now available for download.

Keep an eye on your mailbox, as the hard copies will be mailed in the coming weeks.
New website launch delayed Tuesday, November 26, 2013
Work on the redesigned website continues but the launch has been delayed until the end of December.

We appreciate your patience and will send an announcement when it is available.
2013 Brian McFarlane Award Winner Named Saturday, May 25, 2013
Congratulations to Marc Durand of Quebec City. He is the winner of the 2013 Brian McFarlane award for his excellent work on his recent book "La Coupe à Québec; Les Bulldogs et la naissance du hockey".
New members of the Board of Directors named Saturday, May 25, 2013
In the election held at the 2013 AGM on May 25, in Utica, NY, the only contested position saw Wayne Geen of Whitby, Ontario, elected as VP for his home province.

SIHR wishes to thank outgoing VP Ontario Bob Duff for his excellent work in this position.

The province of Quebec also received a new VP which saw Benoît Clairoux of Montreal, Quebec, acclaimed following the decision by Earl Zukerman to step down from the position.

Earl is a founding member of SIHR and had served as VP Quebec for 22 years. Members in attendance gave Mr. Zukerman a standing ovation and expressed their gratitude for all of his efforts and dedication.
Utica AGM Media Blitz Continues Wednesday, May 08, 2013
Jim Mancuso and Clinton Comet legends Jack Kane and Borden Smith, who are both going to speak at the upcoming AGM, were guests on the Joe Kelly Show that was seen on WUTR TV on Sunday, May 5 to promote the Utica event. There were big write-ups about the Utica AGM in The Griff (May 7 edition) and Boonville Herald (May 8 edition) newspapers.
Article about upcoming AGM Wednesday, May 01, 2013
The upcoming AGM was mentioned in the Rome Sentinel newspaper recently. Read it here
Quebec Chapter meeting a huge success Monday, April 22, 2013

Members in the Quebec City area were recently treated to a meeting filled with presentations and guests celebrating the region's rich hockey heritage. Visit the website of Benoît Clairoux for a photo summary.

First Quebec Chapter Meeting a Success Tuesday, November 27, 2012
On November 24th President Jean-Patrice Martel and Bulletin editor Benoit Clairoux organized the first Quebec chapter meeting.

The group was treated to presentations and discussions and headed out to dinner afterwards.

Michel Vigneault, Alain Usereau, Mathieu Boivin-Chouinard et Remigio Mariano. Rangée du haut, de gauche à droite: Simon Grondin, Billy Georgette, Léo Bourgault, Pierre Bruneau, Marc Durand, Jean-Patrice Martel, Louis Hébert, Guillaume Couture- Verreault, Benoît Laliberté et Benoît Clairoux.
Photo from Book Launch - CAPTAIN JAMES T. SUTHERLAND Monday, November 19, 2012
Our very own Bill Fitsell celebrated the launch of his latest book, CAPTAIN JAMES T. SUTHERLAND, The Grand Old Man of Hockey and The Battle for the Original Hockey Hall of Fame on Monday, November 19, 2012, 7pm at the Memorial Hall of Kingston City Hall.

Several members travelled to Kingston to partake in the evening.

From left: Wayne Geen, Lloyd Davis, Ed Grenda, Jean Patrice Martel, Bill Fitsell, Len Kotylo and Benoit Clairoux. Photo: Sarah Geen.
New Quebec Bulldogs Book Friday, October 26, 2012

Marc Durand's new French book "La Coupe à Québec – Les Bulldogs et la naissance du hockey" (The Cup in Quebec - The Bulldogs and the Birth of Hockey) will be available in on November 14th, 2012.

The book chronicles the team's early history including the Stanley Cup win of 1912 and features over 150 photographs and illustrations.

He is taking pre-orders now and is offering it to SIHR members at an "all- in" price of $35 which includes shipping and taxes. His contact information can be found in the member directory.

La Coupe à Québec; Les Bulldogs et la naissance du hockey Friday, October 26, 2012

À l’heure où le retour d’une équipe de la Ligue nationale de Hockey (LNH) à Québec est au cœur de l’actualité, l’histoire retourne aux sources du hockey avec la publication d’un ouvrage prestigieux et passionnant: La Coupe à Québec – Les Bulldogs et la naissance du hockey, publié par les Éditions Sylvain Harvey et la Commission de la capitale nationale du Québec, en partenariat avec la Ville de Québec.

Premier beau livre retraçant la naissance du hockey dans la Capitale, La Coupe à Québec est signé par Marc Durand, figure incontournable du journalisme sportif québécois. Fruit d’un travail de recherche et d’entrevues qui a duré plus de dix ans, La Coupe à Québec fait la part belle aux anecdotes et à plus de 150 photographies, illustrations et journaux d’époque.

Il l'offre en pré-vente aux membres à un prix de 35 $, ce qui inclut l'expédition et les taxes. Ses coordonnées se trouvent dans le répertoire des membres.

Agenda for Fall Meeting Wednesday, October 17, 2012
View the complete agenda here.
Caught on Video! SIHR members in Windsor Sunday, September 02, 2012
SIHR members attending the 2012 AGM in Halifax visited Windsor, Nova Scotia's Hockey Heritage Museum, where founding president Bill Fitsell handed out lyric sheets to the song "Hockey Was Invented by a Nova Scotian." See the video.
Liste des défis de la Coupe Stanley Sunday, August 19, 2012
La listed des défis de la Coupe Stanley, originalement compilée par Eric Zweig, à été traduit en français par Jocelyn Flamand. Go
Version française du bulletin disponible Thursday, July 26, 2012
La version française du bulletin de juin 2012 est maintenant disponible.
June 2012 Bulletin is now available Friday, June 29, 2012
The June edition of the SIHR Bulletin is now available for download in PDF format. Go to bulletin page
2011 Journal Available Thursday, June 28, 2012
The 2011 edition of the Hockey Research Journal is now available for download. Printed copies will arrive shortly.
Bulletin de SIHR en français disponible Thursday, May 03, 2012
La version française du dernier Bulletin de SIHR est maintenant disponible!

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Current NHL stats now available Friday, April 06, 2012
SIHR is pleased to announce that thanks to a partnership with XML Team we now update NHL statistics for the current season nightly.

Player profile pages have also been modified to display the current season at the top of the stats grid to minimize scrolling.
March 2012 Newsletter Available Saturday, March 31, 2012
2012 marks a new beginning for the newsletter.

With a new name and Editor-in-chief, the rechristened SIHR Bulletin will continue the tradition of informing members of the goings-on of the society and its members.

Download it now!
Website Back Online Monday, November 21, 2011
THe SIHR website has successfully been ported to a new server and all data entry can resume.
Website Scheduled Outage Monday, November 14, 2011
The SIHR website will be moving to a new server and will be unavailable between 11 PM EST on Monday, November 14, 2011 and 3 AM EST Tuesday, November 15, 2011.

IMPORTANT: Members with publishing and admin privileges are asked to refrain from adding statistics and photos as of 6 AM on Monday November 14th. Any data added afterwards may be lost.

A broadcast message will be sent when the site is back online.

Thank you
Local hockey author pens e-book Wednesday, October 19, 2011
Sports writer and self-proclaimed hockey fanatic Joe Pelletier has released his third book, this time in the form of an internet book, or e-book.

Written in the first person perspective, Pucks On The Net is the title of this new book, which is a collection of stories from hockey history, including sections on hockey heroes, international ice, crashing the crease and personal stories from Joe Pelletier himself.

Visit his website for more details.
Fitzsimmons puts Fredericton hockey history in fine print Sunday, October 09, 2011
Ernie Fitzsimmons has done his part for hockey in Fredericton. And now, he's done Part 2. Visit the gleaner site to read about his new book.
SOJHL Spitfires to gather for first-ever reunion Saturday, October 08, 2011
On October 8 2011, the 1971-75 Windsor Spitfires of the Southern Ontario Junior Hockey League will be gathering for their first-ever reunion to mark the 40th anniversary of the return of Junior "A" Hockey to Windsor.

The SOJHL Spitfires played a significant role in laying the groundwork for the the franchise's OMJHL bid which resulted in the granting of a Major Junior "A" franchise for the 1975-76 season. In spite of several alumni having gone on to NHL careers as players, coaches and officials, there has neither been an alumni resource for these gentlemen nor has their story been truly documented.

Approximately 50 alumni players and coaches of the SOJHL era will attend a private event at Beach Grove Golf & Country Club and will later attend a game between the Oshawa Generals and Windsor Spitfires at the WFCU Center. This gathering is almost to the date of the Spitfires' October 7, 1971 opening night. Another point of interest is that the Oshawa Generals were the first team hosted by the Spitfires in its inaugural '75-'76 Major "A" season.

This reunion event is being presented by Windsor musician and SIHR member Richard Janik.
Moffat Stick Gaining Attention Saturday, October 08, 2011
Stories have started appearing online regarding the fact that SIHR member Mark Presley has decided to sell his prized "Moffat Stick", which is believed to be one of, if not the oldest stick in existence.

See the Randy Boswell article here and another article by Trey Treutel here
The faceoff returns to its place of birth Friday, October 07, 2011
When the puck drops at centre ice on Sunday to launch the long-awaited comeback season of the Winnipeg Jets, the moment will not only mark the official return of NHL hockey to the Manitoba capital but also the return of the faceoff itself to its place of birth.

It’s fitting, says Bill Fitsell, the dean of Canadian hockey historians and author of the 2007 book How Hockey Happened, that the NHL’s revival in the city will begin with a faceoff — first a ceremonial puck-drop, no doubt, then the real thing — as a key innovation in the game’s rules comes full circle to the mid-ice blue dot at Winnipeg’s MTS Centre.

Read the full story
Birthplace of hockey debate revived Saturday, September 17, 2011
"Birthplace" debate take center stage again as Randy Boswell shines the light on the claims made by Deline, NWT, in an article in the Vancouver Sun. Origins committee members Houda and Fitsell offer their comments as well. Read the full story online he re
History of the Allan Cup Available Thursday, August 11, 2011
SIHR member Victor Russell has compiled a detailed history of the Allan Cup which he is making available to members.

Please visit here to download a copy in PDF format.
June 2011 Newsletter Available Thursday, July 07, 2011
The June 2011 newsletter with a complete recap and photos of the Twentieth Anniversary Meeting is now available for download here
The Millionaire Forgotten By the Stanley Cup Thursday, June 09, 2011
Member Tom Hawthorn has written an article which honours Ken Mallen, whose name was left off the coveted trophy 96 years ago.

Read the complete article online.
Governor General backs bid for Stanley Cup statue Wednesday, June 01, 2011
The bid to erect a giant statue of the Stanley Cup in downtown Ottawa spearheaded by Past-President Paul Kitchen has gained a high-profile backer, with Gov. Gen. David Johnston agreeing to champion the cause.

Read the full story here.
Cup Fever from Kandahar to Vancouver Wednesday, June 01, 2011
SIHR member and NBC Sports contributor Bob Duff has posted an article featuring interviews done at the Twentieth Anniversary Meeting in Kingston on May 28th. Read it here.
Resumption of Historic Match Confirmed at AGM Wednesday, June 01, 2011
After breaking a great hockey tradition five years ago, officials from Royal Military College and the U.S. Military Academy finally have reached a deal to restore an annual hockey showdown.

Last played in 2006, the RMC-West Point clash will return for a 76th edition in 2012 after the schools finalized an agreement last week. The three-year deal was confirmed at the Society for International Hockey Research annual general meeting at RMC this past weekend.

Read the full story here.
Player photos top 40,000 Tuesday, April 12, 2011
The number of player photos in the SIHR database recently surpassed 40,000.

Thank you to all of the members who have been contributing to our collection.
Mancuso spotlights AHL in new book Sunday, March 27, 2011
Jim Mancuso has put together a new book on hockey.

“American Hockey League Legends” is the Utican’s 12th book on the sport, and was written in celebration of the AHL’s 75th season this year.

Read complete details on the Utica Observer-Dispatch website here.
100 years of hockey in St. Hyacinthe Wednesday, March 23, 2011
Member Paul Foisy is proud to announce that Sport et Société has just published its first booklet of sport history.

This first issue is dedicated to 100 years of hockey in St. Hyacinthe. This 72-page booklet with more than 75 pictures looks at 100 year of hockey in St. Hyacinthe and presents the Maskoutains, which have reached the big leagues.

Michel Vigneault and Mario Trépanier, both members of SIHR, have also contributed to this booklet.

To obtain a copy, visit
Penetanguishene Pierre Pilote Display Tuesday, February 15, 2011
The Penetanguishene Sports Hall of Fame will be featuring a Pierre Pilote display at the Community Arena celebrating the Penetanguishene Annual Winterama February 19, 20, 21.
60th Anniv. of the IIHF World Hockey Championships Saturday, January 22, 2011
In Honor of the 60th Anniversary of winning the IIHF World Hockey Championships. The Lethbridge Hurricanes (WHL) will be wearing Retro 1951 Lethbridge Maple Leaf Jerseys when they play the Brandon Wheat Kings on Jan 25th.

Read more here
SHHS Inaugural "Night at the Nest" Wednesday, January 12, 2011
The Springfield Hockey Heritage Society is excited to announce our very first members' gathering which will take place in the Executive Perch at the MassMutual Center in Springfield on January 22.

The group, which includes SIHR members, is featured in a January 12 article on and their website can be found at
Fitsell Hat-Trick Pucklore Press Tuesday, December 28, 2010
The Kingston Whig-Standard interviewed Bill Fitsell in regards to Pucklore. Read the article HERE
Hobey Baker Article Sunday, December 26, 2010
SIHR Newsletter editor James Kubus co-authored an article on Hobey Baker and his forgotten last game which appeared in the Pittsburgh Tribune Review.

Read it here
December Newsletter Available Saturday, December 11, 2010
The December 2010 issue of SIHR newsletter is now available online. Simply go to

Those waiting for hard-copies should receive them next week.
SIHR Authors on XMas Book List Friday, December 10, 2010
Various media outlets recently published Christmas book lists for 2010 and many SIHR authors made the list.

The Winnipeg Free Press, SUN Media and The Montreal Gazette
Morenz Remembered Monday, December 06, 2010
SIHR Member Howie Morenz Jr. was recently interviewed by the Stratford Beacon Herald about his father. y.aspx?e=2877748
Gaye Stewart Dead Thursday, November 18, 2010
Gaye Stewart, a member of the Toronto Maple Leafs' 1942 and 1947 Stanley Cup winning teams, has died at age 87.

Gaye was a guest speaker at the 2003 Fall meeting of SIHR in Burlington (read the summary here).

Click here to hear vintage audio of Gaye scoring a goal for the Leafs.
AHL 75 Anniversary Book Saturday, October 09, 2010
The only book to commemorate the 75th Anniversary of the American Hockey League (AHL), called "American Hockey League LEGENDS,” will be available in early November.

The work by Jim Mancuso showcases 200 of the greatest figures in AHL history - the top 150 players, the top 25 head coaches and administrators and the top 25 graduates (those players who moved up to the NHL after having skated in the AHL). Each AHL superstar has a page dedicated to them that highlights their AHL career, including stats, highlights and a vintage photograph in their AHL garb.

The book is a classic hard cover coffee table publication (11” x 8 ½”) with over 200 glossy pages and more than 200 photographs. Ernie Fitzsimmons highly contributed to the work as photo editor.The book will be available in November and is $35 US/Canadian funds (includes shipping). Make check payable to Jim Mancuso and mail your order to:1108 Jefferson Avenue, Utica, N.Y. 13501 USA.
When the Leafs Were Great Tuesday, September 28, 2010
Bob Duff interviews Kevin Shea about his new book "Toronto Maple Leafs, Diary of a Dynasty, 1957-1967", which was co-authored by Paul Patskou with contributions from Paul Bruno and Roly Harris.

Read the article here
October 2010 Newsletter Ready Sunday, September 26, 2010
The October 2010 newsletter is now available online in PDF format here: Newsl etter
Lefebvre Helps Honour Lalonde Thursday, September 23, 2010
SIHR member Robert Lefebvre recently took part in the City of Cornwall's honouring of Newsy Lalonde.

Rejean Houle and Henri Richard represented the Montreal Canadiens as part of the delegation at the ceremony.

Robert was heavily involved in this project, working with the city and descendants of Newsy Lalonde, and also authored the bio on the mural inside the Civic Complex.

Click here to read a summary on Robert's website.
Barilko: Lost and Found Art Friday, September 17, 2010
Member Liz Pead, who was the speaker at a recent Toronto chapter meeting is exhibiting her work “Barilko: Lost and Found” this coming weekend, just as the re-release of Kevin Shea's Barilko book is hitting the bookstore shelves.

In Pead's words, "This hockey landscape deals with the mythology surrounding Bill Barilko’s disappearance in 1951. The Maple Leafs famous #5 scored the Stanley Cup winner and is the subject of the song “Fifty Mission Cap” by The Tragically Hip. The discovery of Barilko’s plane wreck eleven years later coincided with the next time the Leafs were able to bring home Stanley...Keep your stick on the ice."

The exhibit is at The Gladstone Hotel, Room 214, 1214 Queen Street West

*Opening* Friday Sept 17th 7pm-10pm, Saturday and Sunday 11am-5pm The show runs until Tuesday Sept 21st. View Gladstone Art Fair Web Page
Québec Bulldogs subject of forthcoming book Thursday, August 19, 2010
The Québec Chronicle-Herald has written an article regarding the forthcoming book by Marc Durand.

Read it here
Danny Sullivan Featured Monday, August 16, 2010
Danny Sullivan, former Eastern and Southern League player, is featured in an article by Greg Nesteroff in the Nelson Star.

See it here
Best Bang for Thirty Bucks Sunday, July 04, 2010
Member and journalist Pat MacAdam of Ottawa penned a piece about SIHR in the Ottawa Sun of July 4th.

"Coupled with the annual journal of articles submitted by members, membership in the SIHR has to be the biggest bang for 30 bucks a year.

Membership in the freemasonry of hockey groupies, amateur detectives and historians is nearing the 500 mark. The ranks include members from every province and territory, most U.S. states and dozens of offshore nations. Prime Minister Stephen Harper belongs."

Read the full story here.
SIHR at Stellar Literary Festival Sunday, June 27, 2010
A number of SIHR authors are scheduled to appear at the upcoming Stellar Literary Festival. The event is set for Sunday, June 27 - from 11 am to 4 pm - at Parkwood Estate in Oshawa (a National Historic Site and the former home of Col. Sam McLaughlin). For more information, contact Wayne at 905-404-9496 or
SIHR member Devellano gets Hall of Fame Nod Wednesday, June 23, 2010
Congratulations go out to SIHR member Jim Devellano, senior VP and alternate governor of the Detroit Red Wings, who has been inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in the Builders category. Devellano joined the expansion St. Louis Blues as a scout in 1967, and five years later became a scout for the fledgling New York Islanders. He subsequently held the positions of head scout, director of scouting and assistant GM on Long Island, leaving the team after their third consecutive Stanley Cup championship in 1982. When Mike Ilitch purchased the Detroit Red Wings in June of that year, Devellano was the first new employee hired, as general manager. Since then, the Wings have won four Stanley Cups in six trips to the final. In 2009, Devellano won the Lester Patrick Trophy for his contributions to hockey in the United States. Well done, Jimmy D!
Scoring a stick for the ages Saturday, May 29, 2010
"Berwick man’s piece of hockey history carved from 170-year-old maple, wood-dating expert confirms"

The article in the Chronicle Herald about member Mark Presley's stick can be read here

A second article in the May 29, 2010 Telegraph-Journal can be seen here.
Timeline Document Draws Ire Wednesday, May 19, 2010
The recent articles by journalist Randy Boswell regarding the Stick and Ball Game Timeline document published by SIHR members Pat Houda and Carl Giden has drawn ire among certain historians.

Read the Chronicle Herald article her e.

Read comments by George Fosty here.
Science goes to bat for 'Oldest Stick' Thursday, May 13, 2010
Member Mark Presley's 1830s hockey stick is featured in a Canwest News Service story. See the article here
Mancuso Book in Lindsay Daily Post Friday, April 30, 2010
Jim Mancuso's new book Hockey Night in Utica is mentioned in today's Lindsay Daily Post.

Click Here
Stanley Cup Monument Project in the News Wednesday, April 28, 2010
The Stanley Cup Monument project, spearheaded by SIHR past-President Paul Kitchen, recently received some press.


Hockey Nigh in Utica! Monday, March 29, 2010
HOCKEY NIGHT IN UTICA – Featuring the Comets, the Mohawks and the Stars by Jim Mancuso is a history about professional hockey in Utica New York, during the North American Hockey League (NAHL), North Eastern Hockey League/Eastern Hockey League (NEHL/EHL) and Atlantic Coast Hockey League (ACHL) years from the 1973-74 to the 1986-87 season.

The book is dedicated to Bill Horton who tragically lost his life while awaiting a heart transplant in May of 1989. All proceeds from the book will be donated to the American Heart Association. This wonderful 272-page hard cover coffee-table limited edition book with over 350 rare illustrations is available for $35 (U.S. or Canadian funds). Please make your check or money order payable to Jim Mancuso and mail it to 1108 Jefferson Avenue, Utica, N.Y. 13501.

See the full description here.
Have a News Item? Wednesday, February 17, 2010
Members wishing to have a news item posted to the website should send their information to James Milks via the "Contact" page.

Member Mott Recalls1968 Games Wednesday, February 17, 2010
Morris Mott, a history professor at Brandon University and a member of the 1968 Canadian team that won bronze in Grenoble, France, recalls when the Soviets Crashed the Canadian Party.

Read more at the Gazette
50th anniversary of Plante’s Mask Sunday, December 13, 2009
PBS in the United States recently did a piece on the 50th anniversary of Plante’s mask on their program "ONLY A GAME".

SIHR member Fred Addis of Orillia was featured with two US mask innovators; Gene Long and Don Spencer.

To hear the 9 minute audio clip, click here
Past Newsletters Available Online Sunday, December 13, 2009
Over the past few weeks, SIHR newsletter editor James Kubus has been adding past issues to the website in PDF format.

Issues dating back to 2002 are available in the newsletter section.
2010 Fall Meeting Announced Saturday, October 17, 2009
SIHR will be hosted by the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto for the 2010 Fall Meeting.

The new Archives and Resource Centre will be the venue, which is in the same building as the Maple Leafs and Marlies practice facility.

Stay tuned for more information.
SIHR Minor-Pro All-Time All-Stars in THN Monday, October 12, 2009
The minor-pro all-time all-star team selected by the SIHR Minor League Hockey Committee (consisting of Bob Duff, Ernie Fitzsimmons and Jim Mancuso) was featured in the October 12th issue of The Hockey News.

The full-page illustrated article called "No Minor Achievement" was penned by Josh Ferguson.
SIHR mentioned on Amerks' website Friday, July 24, 2009
The Rochester Americans of the American Hockey League have issued a press release noting that SIHR's committee (consisting of Bob Duff, Ernie Fitzsimmons and Jim Mancuso) cited four of their alumni amon the all-time greats of minor pro hockey.

The four players were Jody Gage, Dick Gamble, Steve Kraftcheck and Willie Marshall.

Full text of the news release appears on the team's website:
COC Seeks Help Monday, July 20, 2009
Members are asked to visit a special page found here to help the Canadian Olympic Committee solve the 1936 Winter Olympic Game flag bearer mystery.
Mason Named Life Member in NZ Monday, July 13, 2009
SIHR member Ed Mason of Auckland, New Zealand, has been named a Life Member of the New Zealand Ice Hockey Federation and will be inducted at a ceremony on August 22, 2009, in Dunedin, NZ.

Ed served as media liaison for the NZIHF for 17 years and was also a rink announcer and Junior Vice President for 11 years.

Congratulations Ed.
Hewitt Book Featured Sunday, June 07, 2009
The Niagara Falls Review reports on a forthcoming history of junior hockey in Niagara, written by SIHR member John Hewitt.

Click here to read the article.

John also published a similar book last year, "Garden City Hockey Heroes," on the history of junior hockey in St. Catharines.
Martel's AGM Media Tour Wednesday, May 20, 2009
J.P. Martel's analysis of success for the Habs with Quebec born players was widely covered on AGM weekend.

La Presse article here

Corus Sports article here

TQS Video here
Morenz Article by Stubbs Tuesday, May 19, 2009
Dave Stubbs of the Montreal Gazette outlines the visit of Howie Morenz Jr. to the recent SIHR AGM in Montreal.

View the article by clicking here.
AGM Feedback by Robert Lefebvre Tuesday, May 19, 2009
Read "Canadiens Organization Hosts The Society For International Hockey Research" on Robert Lefebvre's Habs Eye on the Prize blog here
Member Jenish Quoted in Habs Article Saturday, April 25, 2009
“They are the ultimate fickle sports mob,” says D’Arcy Jenish, author of The Montreal Canadiens: 100 Years of Glory. “It’s like Palm Sunday and Good Friday. You can be heroes on Sunday and four days later there is a howling mob in the upper bowl screaming, ‘Crucify them, crucify them.’”

Click here to read the article
SIHR Mourns Passing of McDiarmid Friday, April 24, 2009
SIHR offers condolences to the family and friends of Society member and former Montreal Canadiens goal judge Carleton "Mac" McDiarmid, who died Saturday morning, April 24th, 2009.

Mac, as he was known to most of us, was a commercial artist and shared a passion for hockey history and the color of the game.

"I first met Mac over 30 years ago, and it is a great loss to all of his who enjoyed his warm and generous personality." fellow SIHR member Bill Swift commented.

Several of Mac's paintings can be seen here
SIHR Well Represented Sunday, April 05, 2009
SIHR WAS WELL REPRESENTED at the Belleville McFarland's 50th anniversary celebrations on Saturday.

It was organized by a group headed by the indefatigable James Hurst of nearby Wellington (Dukes). Despite inclement weather (rain, sleet and snow) Belleville-ites turned out to reenact the Front street parade of 1959 that attracted 50,000 when the Macs returned from their World Championship series in Czechoslovakia. Moe Benoit of Dayton, Ohio and Pete Conacher of Toronto, were among those who rode in open convertibles and received the cheers of their shivering fans of yesteryear..

"It was awesome!" said SIHR member James Sinclair, who came all the way from Lethbridge, Alberta for the occasion. This large and likeable fan of the 1951 world champion Maple Leafs, joined Ed Grenda and Bill Fitsell from nearby Kingston, Ontario, and met and mingled (and lunched) with the survivors of the first Canadian club to go behind "The Iron Curtain." Newsletter editor Wayne Geen attended the Meet and Greet tribute evening at the Empire Theatere where an excellent documentary and Aaron Bell's fine commemorative book - "More Macs More," were unveiled.

The accommodations and facilities in Belleville (two hours or so east of Toronto) bode well for the SIHR sessions that will be held in the venerable Belleville Club, across Pinnacle Street from the classy Clarion Hotel. On top of all that we will have the enthusiasm and good humour of Host James, who showed how a small city can pay tribute and celebrate the memory of a world accomplishment. You should see the special edition of The Belleville Intelligencer that he filled with stories and pictures! Stay tuned.
Belleville McFarlands Gala Event Saturday, April 04, 2009
In 1959, the Belleville McFarlands won the World Championship of Hockey in Prague, Czech. The team had won the Allan Cup in 1958 in Kelowna, BC. As Canadian champs, they were entitled to represent Canada on the world stage. Following thier triumph in BC, plans were immediately initiated to get the team overseas to play in the World Championships.

The Belleville Sports Hall of Fame is recognizing the team with a tribute. Peter Lockyer, a CBC documentary producer, is currently putting the finishing touches on a movie about the McFarlands, and Aaron Bell, who has a couple of hockey books under his belt, is writing the history of the team. Both the movie and book will be unveiled in a gala evening at the Empire Theatre in Belleville on Saturday, April 4, 2009. Tickets ($25 for the documentary veiwing and meet and greet and $55 for the documentayr veiwing, including a copy of the DVD and book and meet and greet) are on sale now.
Reds Ruled the Roost Ready Saturday, March 21, 2009
"When the Reds Ruled the Roost” is the wonderful story everyone should see about a 50 year hockey love affair between a team and its thousands of passionate fans. It will make you laugh, cry and perhaps gasp when you see the rare and lost hockey film in this extraordinary video. It includes film from every decade starting in the 1920's when the Rhode Island Reds were born. This 40 minute program, as seen on WJAR-TV, the NBC affiliate in Providence, Rhode Island,includes rare film and photos of Hockey Hall of Famers Milt Schmidt, Johnny Bower, Ed Giacomin and Fern Flaman.

Additional former hockey greats included in the program are some of the toughest guys ever to play the game like Jim Bartlett, Eddie Shack and Chuck Scherza. The program is narrated by Boston Bruins legendary announcer Fred Cusick and produced by Emmy award-winning and former television sportscaster Joe Rocco, President of RocJo Productions.

For more information, visit
SIHR Mourns Loss of Member Monday, February 02, 2009
SIHR member Dave Talbot passed away in Regina on February 2, 2009 at age 70.

Dave scoured Saskatchewan newspapers from 1900 onward to recreate statistics of all Saskatchewan leagues and much of his information can be found in the SIHR database.
OMHA Requests Help Monday, January 12, 2009
The Ontario Minor Hockey Association (OMHA), which hosted the 2003 SIHR AGM in Richmond Hill, is requesting assistance from SIHR with a new project.

The OMHA will be featuring "OMHA Moments" in its publications, and on its website to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the OMHA organization.

Therefore the OMHA asks that if any SIHR members have special memories or recollections of OMHA unusual records that were set, interesting events, players, and moments that SIHR members can and wish to share with the OMHA, that the SIHR members forward those special recollections, even pictures if available, to the OMHA.

Kevin Boston of the OMHA is working on this project along with new SIHR member, Rob Andrusevich. Please send your recollections to Rob at

This is a good way for SIHR to thank our OMHA hosts and to continue to maintain our relationship that we have built up with the OMHA through their executive members Jim Kindley and Jack Christie.

The OMHA is asking for a quick understanding of key information that may be available by early next week so it can consider its options.
Fitsell Honoured Wednesday, January 07, 2009
Congratulation to our founding President Bill Fitsell on his impending induction to the Kingston and District Sports Hall of Fame. If anyone was a candidate for that honour, it surely is Bill. Link to an article here
More Origins Talk Saturday, January 03, 2009
Past-President and Origins committee chair Paul Kitchen was interviewed on Canada AM about the Origins of Hockey.

Click here to see the video.
Read about the SIHR DB Saturday, December 27, 2008
Ever wonder just where the contents of the SIHR data base came from and who helped make it a reality?
Read all about it here
MacFarlane and Podnieks to Read Sunday, December 14, 2008
Hockey Readings - Authors at Harbourfront Centre presents three free readings about hockey on Saturday December 14 from 1 to 3 p.m. in the Lakeside Terrace.

Veteran hockey broadcaster Brian Macfarlane reads from his memoir Legendary Stanley Cup Stories while respected sportswriter Scott Morrison reads from My Greatest Day - where he asks profile NHL players to share their most memorable day in hockey.

Author and sports journalist Andrew Podnieks shares the insights gleaned from the number NHL players wear on their sweaters with tales from the The Little Book of Hockey Sweaters Vol. 2.
Zweig Dazzles Students Monday, December 01, 2008
During the week of November 15-22, SIHR member and author Eric Zweig toured Vancouver Island as part of "Canadian Children's Book Week," giving 16 talks/readings in five days at schools and libraries in five communities between Victoria and Campbell River.

Eric, pictured below, wore a replica "Cyclone Taylor era" Vancouver Millionaires jersey.

Habs Triva Testers Needed Sunday, November 30, 2008
If you want to help with habs trivia testing, click here

Comments should be sent to J.P. or James.
November 2008 Newsletter Ready Thursday, November 27, 2008
The November 2008 newsletter is in the mail, and can also be downloaded in PDF format from
Dey's Rink Monument Unveiled Monday, November 17, 2008
A monument marking the location of Dey's Skating Rink where the Ottawa Hockey Club won it's first Stanley Cup was unveiled in Ottawa on November 17th, 2008.

The monument, which replaces one originally erected in 1997 and vandalized in 2007, stands at the corner of Bay Street and Gladstone Avenue.

SIHR was one of many contributors as were members Paul Kitchen, Pat Houda and Ron Leger.
Penetanguishene Event Saturday, November 15, 2008
Penetanguishene Sports Hall of Fame will be hosting a dinner to commemorate (to the day) the 50th anniversary of artificial ice in the Penetang Arena on November 15th.

The guests will be Pierre Pilote arriving shortly after his sweater-raising in Chicago and Bill White. The significance of Bill White is important because 50 years ago during that opening night the Barrie Flyers (Westfall, Rolfe, Tessier) played the Toronto Marlboros (Bill White, Jim Pappin, coach Turk Broda).
Electronic Payment is coming Thursday, October 30, 2008
Starting with the 2009 calendar year, SIHR membership dues will be payable electronically via the web site.

Stay tuned for more details.
Hockey historians say stick is genuine Sunday, October 05, 2008
Bill Fitsell has written an article on the antique stick of fellow member Mark Presley.

Read the article here

National Post Mention Monday, September 08, 2008
Canwest News Service Randy Boswell has once again mentioned SIHR in an article about the recent discovery of early hockey references by members Houda and Gidden of Sweden.

Read the story here
Farris Launches New Site Thursday, August 28, 2008
Vancouver member Jason Farris has followed up his recent coffee-table books on goalie Cesare Maniago and broadcaster Jim Robson with a new online hockey venture, . Hockeystars is free to join and includes tools to help coaches and managers run their teams online. Players benefit too by posting profiles and connecting with their teammates and the rest of the hockey community. Much as Jason's two books were pictorial scrapbooks celebrating the rich hockey history since the 1960s, Hockeystars seeks to provide amateur hockey players everywhere with a means to create and share their own hockey scrapbook and video memories.
August 2008 Newsletter Available Tuesday, August 12, 2008
The August 2008 newsletter is ready to go, and can be seen in PDF format on the website.

Special thanks to editor Wayne Geen for all of his hard work.
Training Camp Success Saturday, August 09, 2008
THE FIRST TRAINING CAMP of the year was held at Oshawa’s GM Centre at the end of July. Eighty-one players of Junior A and minor-pro calibre were reduced to 16 and then to eight. Making the cuts was SIHR’s honourary president Ed Grenda, who acted as an on-ice consultant for an advertising agency producing a commercial entitled “The Greatest Goal.” Several sessions were held to create a 30-second video about the merging of two institutions and reproducing the idiosyncrasies of two Canadian hockey icons. Watch for it this Fall!
THE MONTREAL CANADIENS, 100 Years of Glory Saturday, August 09, 2008
THE MONTREAL CANADIENS, 100 Years of Glory, by SIHR’s D’Arcy Jenish, will be published Sept. 30, 2008 by Doubleday Canada. He weaves “the personalities, triumphs, heartaches and hysteria into a compelling narrative” and reveals how the team colours were chosen and how the Canadiens came to be known as “the Habitants.” An accomplished speaker, D’Arcy is available to speak at any event. Contact SIHR webmaster for his contact info.
SIHR Helps US Holocaust Memorial Museum Monday, August 04, 2008
SIHR was recently contacted by the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum which is producing a short documentary video on Jewish athletes in the 1936 Olympics in Berlin.

SIHR member Irv Osterer of Ottawa was able to provide images of German hockey star Rudi Ball, who was one of two half-Jewish athletes to compete on behalf of Nazi Germany.

Visit the USHMM online at
Canadiens Blog Mention Thursday, July 17, 2008
SIHR member T.C. Denault recently contributed to the Canadiens blog on tht website of The Hockey News.

Read the article at
SIHR Member Paul Kitchen Quoted Thursday, June 26, 2008
Past president Paul Kitchen was quoted in a National Post story titled "Cursed Crease" by Doug Fischer which recounts Clint Benedict's time in Ottawa while contrasting it to Ray Emery's past antics.

Read the story at
SIHR Mourns Loss of Howard Dill Wednesday, May 21, 2008
SIHR regrets to announce the passing of member Howard Dill of Nova Scotia.

Mr. Dill, well known as Canada's Pumpkin King, was also an avid hockey collector.

The Society offers Howard's family it's deepest condolences.
Group Adopts French Name Wednesday, May 21, 2008
At the 2008 Annual General Meeting in Quebec City, members voted to accept the motion presented by J.P. Martel to create a French version of the Society's name.

The group will now be known as the "Société internationale de recherche sur le hockey" when referred to in French. However, it will still use the SIHR acronym exclusively in both English and French.
SIHR Elects New Executives Saturday, May 17, 2008
Attendees elected three new members to the SIHR executive at the 2008 AGM in Quebec City, which includes a new President, Executive Vice President and VP USA East.

President - James Milks
Executive Vice-President - Jean-Patrice Martel
Secretary - Lloyd Davis
Treasurer - Paul Bruno
VP Atlantic - Ron Leger
VP Quebec - Earl Zukerman
VP Ontario - Bob Duff
VP Canada West - Ed Sweeney
VP USA East - Whit Bacon
USA West - Roger Godin

Ron Leger Featured Tuesday, April 29, 2008
Hockey historian, Ron Leger, a member of SIHR, has been collecting hockey memorabilia since World War II.
His mini Hockey Hall of Fame basement was recently featured online. [ www ]
Mancuso gets Mention Thursday, April 03, 2008
Prolific author James Mancuso has been getting plenty of mileage from his latest offering "20 Years of ECHL Hockey".

The website has deemed the book "recommended reading" and the book was also noted on recently.
Whitby Dunlops 50th Anniversary Celebration Saturday, March 08, 2008
The Whitby Sports Hall of Fame and the current Whitby Dunlops Hockey Team, with the support of the Town of Whitby, are proud to host a special weekend celebration recognizing the members of the 1958 World Champion Whitby Dunlops.

Surviving members of the team include: Sandy Air, Bobby Attersley, Wren Blair, Harry Sinden, Frank Bonello, Charlie Burns, Doug Williams, Fred Etcher, Connie Broden, George Gosselin, John Henderson, Jack McKenzie, Tom O’Connor and George Samsen. Family members of the late players will also attend.

For more information please contact Steve Cardwell at 905 668-2020 or Greg Scott 905 430-4321 or visit the Dunlops website at
Kitchen's Ottawa Hockey History Book Saturday, March 01, 2008
Past president Paul Kitchen's book on the history of the Ottawa Hockey Club is featured in an Ottawa Citizen feature.

Please follow this link to read it:
Queens - McGill Rivalry Tuesday, February 19, 2008
Of interest to those who follow long-standing rivalries, here's a link to a release by our own Earl Zukerman about the impending playoff series between the two schools, the first such meeting since 1910.
Fitz Featured in Fredericton Paper Friday, February 08, 2008
One of the world's leading hockey researchers is calling for photographs and other artifacts in his quest to keep alive a prominent era of Saint John's puck history...

Read the entire article by clicking HERE
Dana Heinze mentioned in Star Saturday, December 29, 2007
SIHR's Dana Heinze gets a mention in a Toronto Star article about the NHL Winter Classic, being played on New Year's Day at Ralph Wilson Stadium in Buffalo.

Read the article at
1948 Olympic Team Book Launch Monday, November 19, 2007
Manor House Publishing and Pat MacAdam invite you to the Launch of "GOLD MEDAL MISFITS" on Monday, November 19, at 1100 hours in the RCAF Warrant Officers' and Sergeants'Mess, 4 Queen Elizabeth Drive, Cartier Square. The Mess is in a separate building south of the Drill Hall. The event will be over in one hour.

EXTRA SPECIAL GUESTS Three of the four living 11 Olympian Flyers. Ab Renaud of Ottawa, Ted Hibberd of Ottawa and Andre Laperriere of Outremont.
Cyclone Taylor Book Launch Saturday, November 17, 2007
You are invited to join us for the book launch of Star Power: The Legend and Lore of Cyclone Taylor by Eric Zweig at 3:00 pm Saturday November 17 at the Tara Arena in Tara, Ontario.

with special guests Marie Hammell, Canadian Minor League Hockey Mother of the Year and Cubby the Attack Bear.

There will be an open skate by donation to the Arran-Elderslie Minor Hockey Association as well as games and prizes.

Cyclone Taylor was born in Tara around 1885. In 1909 he was on the Ottawa Senators team that won the Stanley Cup. Author Eric Zweig says Cyclone was "modern hockey's first superstar." His book, Star Power, is a fast-paced chapter book written for young people interested in hockey and Canadian sports history. It is appropriate that this important book will be launched at the Cyclone Taylor Arena in Tara.

Eric Zweig will be on hand to autograph copies of Star Power ($9.95) at the book launch. Contact The Ginger Press in Owen Sound (519 376-4233) for more information or to reserve your copies if you are unable to attend.
Hull Volants Banquet Saturday, October 20, 2007
In celebration of the association's 75th anniversary, the Hull Volants club is hosting a dinner and dance banquet on October 20th, which will feature former players and local sports figures.

SIHR member Jean-Claude Trottier is the lead organizer, nad he can be reached at 819-776-2006.
Galt Black Hawks Reunion Saturday, October 13, 2007
SIHR member Todd Jones, who recently authored the book "The History of Cambridge Hockey", is planning a reunion for the Galt Jr. Black Hawks on October 13th.

To date, many players such as Bobby Hull, John Muckler and Eddie Switzer have said they will attend.

Jones plans to decorate Alumni Hall in the Galt Arena for the Oct. 13 reunion. It will open at 2 p.m. at the arena, then move on to a 4 p.m. dinner at the Cambridge Golf Course.
Penetanguishene Sports Hall of Fame Saturday, October 06, 2007
The town of Penetanguishene, Ontario, will be opening their Sports Hall of Fame October 6th, 2007.

More than 10 years of work is finally becoming a reality with the opening of the facility at 61 Maria Street.
More Fabulous Flyers Sunday, September 16, 2007
Jim Vantour advises us of a second printing of his book, The Fabulous Flyers. This printing includes a Foreword by Hall of Fame goalie, and former Edmonton Flyer, Glenn Hall. The book will be out some time in October.

Contact Jim at: 613-824-4279 or
Kevin Shea Wins Award Thursday, August 23, 2007
The Society Of North American Historians And Researchers, in conjunction with the Black Hockey And Sports Hall Of Fame, announced today the 2007 recipients of The Heritage Award For Outstanding Sports Research And Writing.

Among the winners was none other than SIHR member Kevin Shea who co-authored Lord Stanley: The Man Behind The Cup.

News Articles Galore Thursday, May 31, 2007
The articles on SIHR members continue to pile up. Both Ernie Fitzsimmons and Glen Goodhand had articles in the Daily Gleaner and the Ottawa Sun respectively this past week. See the Gleaner article at and The Sun article at
Member in Toronto Star Tuesday, May 29, 2007
SIHR member Glen Goodhand will be featured in the Toronto Star on May 29th to discuss his visit to 24 Sussex to discuss hockey history with the Prime Minister.
PM Attends AGM Social Event Friday, May 18, 2007
The Prime Minister of Canada was a surprise guest at the 2007 Annual General Meeting's Friday night "Meet & Greet" on Friday, May 18th. He spent over two hours with the group and discussed various hockey history topics with all members present.
SIHR member on CBC TV Monday, April 09, 2007
SIHR member Michael Talbot appeared on CBC TVs series The Great War on Sunday, April 8th. Talbot discussed the time that Canadian Soldier Talbot Papineau spent as a hockey player and a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford University. Well done!
SIHR database continues to grow Friday, March 02, 2007
Congrats to the inputters, who have topped the 70,000 player mark.
SIHR Member Nominated Friday, January 12, 2007
SIHR member Dr. Garth Vaughan is one of 12 individuals nominated for induction into the Black Ice Hockey and Sports Hall of Fame in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, in the category of Sportswriter/Historian/ Journalist. Four nominees will be inducted at the hall's initial conference, August 24-25, 2007.
Fitsell Book Featured Wednesday, January 03, 2007
Ian Robertson of the Toronto Sun has a piece in the Toronto Sun about J.W. (Bill) Fitsell's new book, "How Hockey Happened". Visit 462-sun.html
SIHR in NY Times Monday, January 01, 2007
In their Sunday Shootout column in the Dec. 31, 2006 issue of the New York Times, Jeff Z. Klein and Karl-Eric Reif make two significant references to the Society for International Hockey Research. They mention the article by Prime Minister Stephen Harper and his membership as well as the use of SIHR data to compile a list of hockey deaths in 2006.
Book Launch Monday, January 01, 2007
Manor House Publishing and Pat MacAdam invite you to the Launch of "GOLD MEDAL MISFITS" on Monday, November 19, at 1100 hours in the RCAF Warrant Officers' and Sergeants'Mess, 4 Queen Elizabeth Drive, Cartier Square. The Mess is in a separate building south of the Drill Hall. The event will be over in one hour.

EXTRA SPECIAL GUESTS Three of the four living 11 Olympian Flyers. Ab Renaud, Ottawa Ted Hibberd, Ottawa Andre Laperriere, Outremont
More Early Hockey References Found Saturday, December 30, 2006
Member Joseph Nieforth has uncovered references to hockey on ice in the The Medical Chronicle, May 1857. Unfortunately, it does not state whether or not the players wore skates.
Paul Kitchen on CBC Radio Tuesday, September 19, 2006
SIHR past-president Paul Kitchen was interviewed on CBC radio in Ottawa on September 19th. He fielded questions on the history of the game in Ottawa and the roots of the Ottawa Senators.
SIHR presence strong in CBC series Monday, September 18, 2006
SIHR members figured prominently in the series debut of Hockey - A people's history, on CBC on Sunday, September 17, 2006. Great work!
New Books Saturday, July 29, 2006
Visit the books section for info on new books by SIHR members Frank Cosentino and Tommie Holmes.
June 2006 Newsletter ready to go Sunday, June 25, 2006
The June 2006 Newsletter will be mailed later this week. Keep an eye on your mailbox! Members who do not receive one are asked to contact James at for address updates or Lloyd at if their 2006 dues are not paid.
Vote for the #1 Hockey Fan - Brian Logie Thursday, May 25, 2006
SIHR member Brian Logie is a finalist in the contest which will see a fan elected to the Hockey Hall of Fame. Please visit to vote for Brian before June 21st.
SIHR Member Glen Goodhand on CBC Wednesday, April 26, 2006
Pastor Glen Goodhand was featured on CBC radio on Tuesday, April 25, commenting on Rocket Richard in a piece about the release of the feature film about the legendary player's life.
Canadian Prime Minister Acknowledges SIHR Thursday, April 20, 2006
The Honourable Mr. Stephen Harper, Prime Minister of Canada and SIHR member, recently quoted the SIHR Origins Committee report in an interview with the Canadian sports chanel, TSN. Recognition of the hard work of SIHR members on the birthplace of organized hockey is well deserved. Congrats to all of the Origins Committee members.
Ralph Mellanby Memoir to Be Published in 2007 Saturday, March 25, 2006
Legendary television producer Ralph Mellanby, of Hockey Night in Canada fame, will tell his greatest hockey stories in a new book. Co-authored by senior editor Mike Brophy of The Hockey News, the working title is Walking with Legends: A View from the Inside. Watch for it in the Fall of 2007 from Fenn Publishing.
St. Mike's Hockey Night in Toronto Tuesday, February 28, 2006
SIHR members are invited to a special evening honouring Rod Seiling, former member of the St. Michael's College Majors, the 1964 Canadian Olympic Team, Team Canada 1972, Toronto Maple Leafs and New York Rangers.

On the agenda: footage of Rod's playing career; a question-and-answer session; a display of memorabilia by Dan Nicholson.

The event will be held in the Robert Campeau Lecture Hall at St. Michael's College School, 1515 Bathurst Street, Toronto, beginning at 7:00 p.m. Enter the school via the doors just west of St. Mike's Arena.
Another Membership Reminder Monday, February 27, 2006
Some members have yet to submit their dues for calendar 2006. Make sure that you continue to receive SIHR member benefits by sending your 2006 dues payment to 415 Yonge Street, Suite 702, Toronto, Ontario, Canada M5B 2E7 before March 31, 2006. At just $30 CAD or $25 U.S., SIHR membership is one of the best bargains in sports! Contact Lloyd Davis at if you're uncertain about your membership status.
SIHR Helps Fredericton Express Tuesday, February 07, 2006
SIHR is happy to provide the Fredericton Express reunion committee with the statistics for all players who appeared on the roster. [ More ]
NEW 2005 Hockey Deaths Tuesday, January 03, 2006
Sihr has compiled a list of people connected who died in 2005. More...
2005 Journal Articles Online Tuesday, December 20, 2005
The 2005 Journal articles are now available online.
Members: Remember to Renew! Saturday, November 26, 2005
As 2005 draws to a close, so does your SIHR calendar-year membership. Make sure that you continue to receive SIHR member benefits by sending your 2006 dues payment to 415 Yonge Street, Suite 702, Toronto, Ontario, Canada M5B 2E7. At just $30 CAD or $25 U.S., SIHR membership is one of the best bargains in sports! Not sure when your membership expires? Contact Lloyd Davis at
Women's Stats Being Added Wednesday, November 23, 2005
Member Joseph Nieforth has started adding female players' stats to the database. If you have any photos or stats to share, please send them to us!

Update: Jaclyn Hern, a Regina native, becomes the 500th female player in the SIHR database. Jaclyn played defense for the University of Regina Cougars and currently guards the blueline for the Western league's Saskatchewan Prairie Ice.
By the Numbers Tuesday, November 22, 2005
As of Nov. 19, 2005:

Total Players........40,232

Statistical Lines...263,713

Total Photos.........12,066

Team Entries..........9,040

New Books from SIHR Member Thursday, September 15, 2005
SIHR member Jim Mancuso is proud to announce the release of two books he has authored. Hockey in Syracuse and Hockey in Springfield are available through the Barnes and Noble website ( and the website.

Hockey in Springfield is dedicated to Eddie Shore and has an entire chapter on the "Edmonton Express." The Syracuse book contains nearly 200 photographs, while the Springfield book contains even more. The photographs in both books were provided by SIHR member Ernie Fitzsimmons.
New Book from SIHR Member Friday, August 12, 2005
Long-time SIHR member Jason Farris from British Columbia has written and published a book with Hockey Hall of Fame broadcaster Jim Robson. The 112-page full colour book is titled Hockey Play- by-Play: Around the NHL with Jim Robson.

Part of the proceeds go to benefit the Vancouver Canucks' charity, Canuck Place Children's Hospice.

For more information, visit the related website at
SIHR Featured in Toronto Sun Saturday, April 02, 2005
March 27, 2005 - WHEN 16 of the most dedicated hockey researchers in Canada gather for their monthly meeting, you don't expect a salute to director Ron Howard's new boxing movie to top the agenda. But this is the Society of International Hockey Research, fiercely priding itself on digging out the game's toughest truffles and cutting down the tallest tales. Their ranks applaud fact-checking as much as coaches value back-checking. ... SIHR's members at large include broadcaster Brian McFarlane, ex-St. Louis Blues general manager Ron Caron, TV honcho Ralph Mellanby, Howie Morenz III, Frances Donellan (daughter of Hall of Famer Frank Patrick), professors, authors, sportswriters, politicians, NHL team employees, scouts, pastors, museum curators, WHA die-hards and ex-players such as Morris Mott.
Photos surpass 10,000! Tuesday, March 15, 2005
Ernie Fitzsimmons is hard at work and has now uploaded over 10,000 photos to the SIHR database. There is nothing similar to this in print or on the web. Well done Ernie!
2004 Journal Articles Online Sunday, January 02, 2005
The 2004 SIHR Journal articles are now available on the website in PDF format.
SIHR Database passes 210,000 stats Tuesday, December 28, 2004
The SIHR database now has more than 210,000 rows of player statictics. While other sites have more current statictics, SIHR's data is unequaled in pre 1960 data.
Books for sale Tuesday, December 14, 2004
Past president Ernie Fitzsimmons has copies of two of his books for sale. They are "From Pond to Pro: Hockey in Moncton 1896-1996" and "History of Hockey in Fredericton Part 1 (1895-1945)"
Both contain hard to find info and photos. They are $25 each plus shipping.
To order, contact Ernie at
Rochester Amerks Book Tuesday, December 14, 2004
SIHR Member Blaise Lamphier has penned "A Legacy on Ice - Hockey in Rochester: The Americans Tradition". The book is available from Arcadia Publishing, (
Blaise made use of the SIHR database for photos and has produced a fine book. Well done!
Books, Books Books! Sunday, October 31, 2004
A number of new books, many involving SIHR members, have recently been released. They incude the following: - Barilko: Without a Trace, Kevin Shea
- Before the Stars: Early Major League Hockey in St. Paul, Roger Godin
- Squaw Valley Gold, Seamus O'Coughlin
- Black Ice: The Lost History of the Colored Hockey League of the Maritimes, 1895-1925, George Fosty
- Lord Stanley's Cup, Andrew Podnieks
- All (Hockey) Roads Lead to Peterborough, Wayne Scanlan
'BARILKO--WITHOUT A TRACE' - Kevin Shea Thursday, October 14, 2004
A new book by SIHR member Kevin Shea titled 'BARILKO--WITHOUT A TRACE' chronicles the tragic life of Toronto Maple Leafs hero, Bill Barilko. After scoring the Stanley Cup-winning goal in 1951, Barilko and pilot Henry Hudson disappeared while on a fishing trip. Their skeletal remains were discovered still strapped in the cockpit of their crashed plane in the unforgiving forests of Northern Ontario in 1962 -- the year the Leafs next won the Stanley Cup. Fifty years after his disappearance, The Tragically Hip brought Barilko's story back to life in the song, 'Fifty Mission Cap.' The book includes extensive and exclusive interviews with Bill's friends, colleagues and teammates as well as both Gord Downie and Gord Sinclair of The Tragically Hip. 'BARILKO--WITHOUT A TRACE' will be available in bookstores October 20, 2004.
Reunion of all former St. Catharines Junior A players (1943-77) Saturday, September 25, 2004
The 53rd Annual Niagara Grape and Wine Grande Parade has "Hockey Homecoming: The Pride is Back" as its theme this year featuring parade marshals Marcel Dionne, Dale McCourt, Fred Stanfield and the the first winner of the Red Tilson Trophy (1945), Doug McMurdy.

The public is invited to greet and meet former Falcons, Teepees, Black Hawks and Fincups at the St. Catharines Museum at Lock 3 of the Welland Canal from 1-6 p.m.

For more information on the reunion visit our website: y.htm or contact
SIHR Database surpasses the 10000 player mark Thursday, March 18, 2004
Thanks to the contributions of new SIHR member Dave Weigum, the SIHR player stats database has now passed the 10,000 player mark.

Thanks to all of the stats entry members!
SIHR member Michel Vignault appears on CBC Thursday, March 11, 2004
SIHR member Michel Vignault spoke to Anna Maria Tremonti, host of the CBC program The Current, about murder charges laid against a player in 1905 following an on-ice fight.

The discussion was part of a feature on violence in hockey following the Todd Bertuzzi incident.

Well done Michel!
Accomodation for 2004 AGM Thursday, March 11, 2004
For those members seeking accommodation for the Annual General Meeting in Kingston on May 21-22, 2004, here are some details on hotel/motel prices:

We have blocked five rooms at Queen's University's Donald Gordon Conference Centre, 421 Union Street, just east of Sir John A. Macdonald Boulevard and handy to Queen's Archives where we will meet Saturday. Rooms: $90 single, $110 double, including full breakfast. Call (613) 533-2221 before May 1st.

Best price is Super 8 Motel, 720 Princess Street, which is close to the International Hockey Hall of Fame and Museum where the Friday night reception will be held. $79.95, single or double. Includes Continental breakfast. Call: (613) 542-7395 or toll free reservation: 1-800-800-8000.

If you don't mind driving a distance into town there is the Days Inn at Highway 401 and Division Street: $105 one person; $115, double occupancy. Club rooms (fridge, etc), $115. But call soon. (613) 546-3661 or 1-800-DAYS-INN.
2004 Dues are Due! Thursday, January 08, 2004
It's that time of the year again! Please mail your 2004 dues to Len at the SIHR offices in Toronto. Please see the Contact page for the full address.

Dues are $25 Canadian or $20 US.
New SIHR website launched! Friday, October 31, 2003
After many months, phase 1 of the long awaited Society for Internatinal Hockey Research (SIHR) website is finally available at

Visitors can view sample photographs and statistics of the many players contained in the database, which has data dating back to the early 1900s. Members have full access to the database and may perform searches.

SIHR is planning to add many enhancements in the coming months which will surely make it an invaluable resource for hockey historians, researchers and fans alike.
Hockey Summary Project Launched Wednesday, October 15, 2003
SIHR members Stu McMurray and Bob Duff have made public the first part of their Hockey Summary Project, which aims to put as many NHL game summaries as possible into a searchable database. Visist their website at