Brian McFarlane Award

In 1995 the society created the annual Brian McFarlane Award, named for its first honorary president in appreciation of his support for SIHR and his ongoing contribution to the preservation of hockey history.

Each year, the Brian McFarlane Award recognizes a SIHR member in good standing for continued outstanding research and writing in any media, including the Hockey Research Journal and/or presentations at SIHR meetings.

A person having received the Brian McFarlane Award will not be eligible to receive it again. Only members in good standing may nominate candidates.

More than one person can be nominated for a collaborative work such as co-athoring a book.

The same person may not be nominated for both the Brian McFarlane and Paul Kitchen awards in the same year. If the situation happens, the nominators will be encouraged to agree among themselves as to which award the person should be nominated for. If necessary, the Executive Committee will make the decision.

View a list of past winners of the Brian McFarlane Award

Paul Kitchen Award

SIHR created this award in 2016 to honour past-president Paul Kitchen, in recognition of his efforts to promote and preserve hockey history within and outside of the SIHR.

The award recognizes the best research project produced during the past calendar year. The criteria for a qualifying project has been expanded to include any digital form of expression (website, blog, Facebook page, etc.) in addition to the previous criteria of book or documentary formats.

One need not be a member of SIHR to be nominated for this award, but only members in good standing may nominate candidates.

More than one person can be nominated for a collaborative work such as co-athoring a book.

The same person may not be nominated for both the Brian McFarlane and Paul Kitchen awards on the same year. If the situation happens, the nominators will be encouraged to agree among themselves as to which award the person should be nominated for. If necessary, the Executive Committee will make the decision.

View a list of past winners of the Paul Kitchen Award

Ernie Fitzsimmons Award

The Society's Ernie Fitzsimmons Award was created in 2019 in honour of founding SIHR member Ernie Fitzsimmons of Fredricton, New Brunswick.

Fitzsimmons originally proposed and championed the unparalleled SIHR database. At its inception he contributed his accumulation of statistics and images as the seed data, and has continued to add statistics and photographs, now numbering in excess of 300,000 competitive hockey players active since the inception of the game.

The award is presented for excellence in the field of hockey statistical/research publication.

One need not be a member of SIHR to be nominated for this award, but only members in good standing may nominate candidates.

View a list of past winners of the Ernie Fitzsimmons Award

Bill Fitsell President's Award

The President's Award was created in 2011 and is awarded to individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the Society. The winner is selected by the sitting president.

At the 2016 annual general meeting, it was renamed to honour founding president Bill Fitsell.

View a list of past winners of the Bill Fitsell President's Award