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Fifteen players who are not from Canada or the United States are playing in the Stanley Cup Final

May 26, 2019

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BOSTON BRUINS’ GOAL KEEPER TUUKKA RASK OF FINLAND

The Bruins started their run in the Stanley Cup Playoffs by beating the Toronto Maple Leafs in seven games.  Rask made a difference in Games 6 and 7 against the Leafs by stopping 54 of 57 shots

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The Stanley Cup Final will begin on Monday, May 27, 2019 between the Boston Bruins and the St. Louis Blues. Game 1 and 2 will take place at Boston.

The Bruins got to the Final by beating the Carolina Hurricanes — 4 games to none. St. Louis got to the Final by beating the San Jose Sharks — 4 games to 2.  The last time the Bruins and the Blues met in the Stanley Cup Final was in 1970 when the Bruins’ Bobby Orr scored the championship-clinching overtime goal in Game 4.

BOSTON’S BOBBY ORR FLIES IN THE AIR AFTER SCORING THE WINNING GOAL IN OVERTIME AGAINST ST. LOUIS ON MAY 10, 1970

Orr later said: “I looked back, and I saw [the puck] go in, so I jumped.”

Photo Credit: Ray Lussier / The Boston Herald

Boston has 11 non-North American players and St. Louis has four players who are not from either Canada or the United States.

Boston’s 11 non-North American players:

SWEDEN — Anton Blidh, Marcus Johansson and Joakim Nordstrom. Blidh, Johansson and Nordstrom are all forwards. both forwards.

SLOVAKIA — Peter Cehlarik, Zdeno Chara and Jaroslav Halak. Cehlarik is a forward, Chara is a defenseman and Halak is a goalie.

CZECH REPUBLIC — David Krejci, David Pastrnak and Jakub Zboril. Krejci and Pastrnak are both forwards.  Zboril is a defenseman.  Pastrnak is on the Bruins’ first line.

FINLAND — Urho Vaakanainen and Tuukka Rask. Vaakanainen is a defenseman and Rask is a goalie.  Rask is 12-5 in the playoffs with an NHL-bet 1.84 goals-against average and .942 save percentage.

St. Louis’ four non-North American players:

RUSSIA — Ivan Barbashev and Vladimir Tarasenko. Barbashev and Tarasenko are both defensemen.  Tarasenko had a east one point in each of the six games in the conference final (three goals, five assists).  Tarasenko is on the Blues’ first line.

SWEDEN — Oskar Sundqvist and Carl Gunnarsson.  Sundqvist is a forward and Gunnarsson is a defenseman.

Before reaching the Stanley Cup Final the Bruins had a record of 12-5 in the Playoffs and the Blues’ record was 12-7.  Boston had one overtime win and one overtime loss.  St. Louis had one overtime win and two overtime losses.  The assists leader during the Playoffs was Swede Erik Karlsson of the San Jose Sharks with 14.  Canadian Logan Couture, who also played for San Jose, was the goal leader with 14.

Boston has won the Stanley Cup six times.  This will be Boston’s 20th Stanley Cup Final and its third in the past nine years.

The Blues have been in the Stanley Cup Final three times but have never won a Stanley Cup Final game.  They were swept in 1968, 1969 and 1970.

The Bruins were 49-24-9 during the regular season and finished second in the Atlantic Division.  The Blues were 45-28-9 during the regular season and finished third in the Central Division.

VLADIMIR “VLADI” TARASENKO OF THE ST. LOUIS BLUES IS FROM RUSSIA 

Tarasenko, who has been called an “offensive whiz,” was selected from Hockey Club Sibir Novosibirsk in Novosibirsk, Russia. The third largest city in Russia, Novosibirsk is located in the southwestern part of Siberia.

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The Stanley Cup Playoffs will soon be down to the last four teams

May 6, 2019

THE LEADING SCORER FOR THE BOSTON BRUINS DURING THE PLAYOFFS IS  BRAD MARCHAND WITH 5 GOALS AND 8 ASSISTS

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There are seven teams still remaining in the Stanley Cup Playoffs.  But it will soon be down to four teams.

Western Conference — The Dallas Stars (Central Division) and the St. Louis Blues (Central Division) are currently tied at 3 games each. The San Jose Sharks (Pacific Division) lead the Colorado Avalanche (Central Division) 3 games to 2.

Eastern Conference — The Boston Bruins (Atlantic Division) lead the Columbus Blue Jackets (Metropolitan Division) by 3 games to 2.  The Carolina Hurricanes (Metropolitan Division) are already in the semi-finals by virtue of sweeping the New York Islanders (Metropolitan Division) 4 games to zero.

I predict that Bruins and the Sharks will advance to the Stanley Cup Finals.

During the regular season, the top 10 teams in wins were the Tampa Bay Lightning (62-16), the Calgary Flames (50-25), the Boston Bruins (49-24), the Washington Capitals (48-26), the New York Islanders (48-27), the San Jose Sharks (46-27), the Nashville Predators (47-29), the Toronto Maple Leafs (46-28), the Pittsburgh Penguins (44-26) and the Winnipeg Jets (47-30).  Only the Bruins and the Sharks remain in contention for the Stanley Cup Trophy.

LOGAN COUTURE IS THE LEADING PLAYOFF SCORER FOR THE SAN JOSE SHARKS WITH 9 GOALS AND 4 ASSISTS

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UPDATE ON THE STANLEY CUP PLAYOFFS — The St. Louis Blues and the San Jose Sharks will play for the Western Conference Championship and the right to play in the Stanley Cup Finals.  St. Louis won its series 4-3 over the Dallas Stars and San Jose won its series 4-3 over the Colorado Avalanche.  In the Eastern Conference the Boston Bruins and the Carolina Hurricanes seek to advance to the Stanley Cup Finals.  Boston already won the first game of the series with Carolina when the Bruins beat the Hurricanes 5-2 at Carolina’s home ice.  In the seven-game series between the Blues and the Stars, the games ended 3-2 St. Louis, 4-2 Dallas, 4-3 St. Louis, 4-2 Dallas, 2-1 Dallas, 4-1 St. Louis and 2-1 St. Louis in 2 overtimes.  The Sharks – Avalanche seven-game series had games ending 5-2 San Jose, 4-3 Colorado, 4-2 San Jose, 3-0 Colorado, 2-1 San Jose, 4-3 Colorado in 3 overtimes and 3-2 San Jose.  In the Game Seven tilt between St. Louis and Dallas that ended during the second overtime period,the winning goal was by Pat Maroon on the Blues’ 54th shot of the night.  It was the second game-winning goal by Maroon during the series.  The overtime win by St. Louis marked the first time in NHL history that three playoff series were decided in overtime in Game 7 in the same year.  San Jose had a Game 7 victory over the Las Vegas Golden Knights and Carolina had a Game 7 victory over the Washington Capitals in the first round of the 2019 playoffs.

SECOND UPDATE ON STANLEY CUP PLAYOFFS — Boston and St. Louis advanced to the Stanley Cup Final.  Boston beat Carolina in four straight games (5-2, 6-2, 2-1 and 4-0).  St. Louis beat San Jose in six games (6-3 San Jose, 4-2 St. Louis, 5-4 San Jose, 2-1 St. Louis, 5-0 St. Louis and 5-1 St. Louis).

ST. LOUIS BLUES LEFT WING PAT MAROON CELEBRATES HIS WINNING SHOT OVER GOALTENDER BEN BISHOP OF THE DALLAS STARS DURING THE SECOND OVERTIME PERIOD OF GAME SEVEN

Pat Maroon, a St. Louis native, is a hometown hero.  His 10-year-old son, Anthony, was photographed sobbing at the game after his father’s winning shot

Photo Credit: Tom Fox / The Dallas Morning News

VIDEO OF PAT MAROON’S SERIES-WINNING GOAL IN THE SECOND OVERTIME (1:06)

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14 Swedish players were on the last 8 teams involved in the Stanley Cup

May 6, 2018

NICKLAS BACKSTROM, WHO SCORED A GOAL IN GAME 1, SAID BEFORE THE SERIES THAT HE WOULD BRING THE STANLEY CUP BACK TO GAVLE, SWEDEN; THE CUP WAS HANDED TO BACKSTROM BY MVP ALEX OVECHKIN

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There were 14 players from Sweden who were members of the last eight National Hockey League teams playing in the 2018 Stanley Cup playoffs.

NASHVILLE PREDATORS — Three Swedes are on Nashville’s team.  They are Viktor Arvidsson, Filip Forsberg and Calle Jarnkrok.  Arvidsson, 24, plays left wing.  He was born in Skelleftea and is paid $4.25 million.  Forsberg, 23, plays left wing.  He was born in Ostervala and is paid $6.0 million.  Jarnkrok, 26, plays center.  He was born in Galve and is paid $1.8 million.

TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING — Two Swedes are on the Tampa Bay team.  They are Victor Hedman and Anton Stralman.  Hedman, 27, plays defense.  He was born in Ornskoldsvik and is paid $8.0 million.  Stralman, 31, plays defense. He was born in Tibro and is paid $4.5 million.

PITTSBURGH PENGUINS — Two Swedes are on the Pittsburgh team.  They are Carl Hagelin and Patric Hornqvist. Hagelin, 29, plays left wing.  He was born in Sodertalje and is paid $3.66 million.  Hornqvist, 31, plays right wing. He was born in Sollentuna and is paid $4.75 million.

WASHINGTON CAPITALS — Two Swedes are on the Washington team.  They are Nicklas Backstrom and Christian Djoos.  Backstrom, 30, plays center.  He was born in Gavle and is paid $7.5 million.  Djoos, 23, plays defense.  He was born in Gothenburg and is paid $650,000.

SAN JOSE SHARKS — Two Swedes are on the San Jose team.  They are Melker Karlsson and Marcus Sorensen. Karlsson, 27, plays center.  He was born in Lycksele and is paid $2.0 million.  Sorensen, 25, plays left wing.  He was born in Sodertalje and is paid $700,000.

LAS VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS — Two Swedes are on the Las Vegas team. They are William Karlsson and Oscar Lindberg.  Karlsson, 25, plays center.  He was born in Marsta and is paid $1.0 million.  Lindberg, 26, plays center.  He was born in Skelleftea and is paid $1.6 million.

WINNIPEG JETS — One Swede is on the Winnipeg team.  He is Toby Enstrom. Enstrom, 33, plays defense.  He was born in Nordingra and is paid $5.75 million.

BOSTON BRUINS — There are no Swedes on the Boston team.

The highest paid Swedes are Hedman ($8.0 million),  Backstrom ($7.5 million) and Forsberg ($6.0 million). Hedman, 6-6 and 223 pounds, was the No. 2 draft pick in 2009, Backstrom, 6-1 and 210 pounds, was the No. 4 draft pick in 2006 and Forsberg, 6-1 and 205 pounds, was the No. 11 draft pick in 2012.

Two of the highest paid players in the NHL are Sidney Crosby ($10.9 million), a 30-year-old Canadian who plays center for Pittsburgh, and Alexander Ovechkin ($10.0 million), a 32-year-old Russian who plays left wing for Washington.  Crosby, 5-11 and 200 pounds, was the No. 1 draft pick in 2005 and Ovechkin, 6-3 and 235 pounds, was the the No. 1 draft pick in 2004.

UPDATE ON THE RESULTS — The Eastern Conference champion Washington Capitals defeated the Western Conference champion Vegas Golden Knights four games to one to win their first Stanley Cup in their 44 seasons.  Washington captain Alexander Ovechkin won the Conn Smythe Trophy is the most value player.  Swedish players competing in the Stanley Cup finals were Oscar Lindberg and William Karlsson of the Vegas Golden Knights and Nicklas Backstrom, Christian Djoos and Andre Burakovsky of the Washington Capitals.  All of the Swedes played in their first Stanley Cup finals.

WILLIAM KARLSSON, WHO SCORED A GOAL IN GAME 1, WITH HIS GIRLFRIEND EMILY FERGUSON

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Eight Swedes are in the Stanley Cup finals

May 29, 2017

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CARL HEGELIN OF SODERTALJE, SWEDEN — PITTSBURGH PENGUINS STAR

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Eight Swedes are on NHL teams playing in the finals of the 2017 Stanley Cup.

There are five Swedes on the Nashville Predators. They are Filip Forsberg of Ostervala, Calle Jarnkrok of Gavle, Pontus Aberg of Stockholm, Viktor Arvidsson of Skelleftea and Mattias Ekholm of Borlange.

There are three Swedes on the Pittsburgh Penguins. They are Oskar Sundqvist of Boden, Carl Hagelin of Sodertalje and Patric Hornqvist of Sollentuna.

NASHVILLE PREDATORS

Filip Forsberg — Forsberg, 22, is a 6-1, 186 pound center. This is in his fourth year in the NHL. He was drafted in the first round in 2012. He had 31 goals and 27 assists during the regular season. He has had eight goals and seven assists during the playoffs.  Forsberg’s 2017-18 salary will be $6.0 million.  Hockey news says of Forsberg: “Has plenty of offensive acumen, a good release and quick shot. Also displays plenty of two-way ability, speed, sound defensive instincts and the ability to make a major impact on both special teams.”

Calle Jarnkrok — Jarnkrok, 25, is a 5-11, 186 pound center. This is in his third year in the NHL. He was drafted in the second round in 2010. He had one goal and one assist during the regular season. He has had one goal and three assists during the playoffs.  Jarnkrok’s 2017-18 salary will be $2.0 million.  Hockey News says of Jarnkrok: “Has great playmaking skills and plenty of hockey sense.  Sees the ice very well and is quite adept whenever he has the puck on his stick. Can play all three forward positions and in any game situation.”

Pontus Aberg — Aberg, 23, is a 5-11, 189 pound left wing. This is in his first year in the NHL. He was drafted in the second round in 2012. He spent most of this season with Milwaukee Admirals in the American Hockey League. He was called up before the Stanley Cup playoffs. He had one goal and one assist during the regular season. He has had one goal and three assists during the playoffs.  Hockey News says about Aberg: “Is a slick winger with great speed, plenty of offensive acumen and the versatility to play on either side of center.  Has pretty good hockey sense.”

Viktor Arvidsson — Arvidsson, 24, is a 5-9, 172 pound right wing. This is in his third year in the NHL. He was drafted in the fourth round in 2014. He had 31 goals and 30 assists the regular season. He has had three goals and nine assists during the playoffs.  Hockey News says about Arvidsson: “Is a great skater with plenty of offensive ability and a very sound work rate. Shoots the puck with aplomb and possesses a lot of creativity when he has the puck.”

Mattias Ekholm — Ekholm, 27, is a 6-4, 204 pound defenseman. This is in his fifth year in the NHL. (Not counter the two games he played for the Predators during the 2011-12 season.) He was drafted in the fourth round in 2009. He had three goals and 20 assists during the regular season. He has had eight assists during the playoffs.  Ekholm’s 2017-18 salary will be $3.75 million.  Hockey News says about Ekholm: “Has a huge frame (6-4, 215 pounds), puck-moving ability and a big shot from the point. Usually keeps his game very simple and minimizes mistakes. Owns all-round acumen.”

PITTSBURGH PENGUINS

Oskar Sundqvist — Sundqvist, 23, is a 6-3, 209 pound center. This is his second year in the NHL. (He played 18 games for the Penguins during the 2015-16 seasons.) He was drafted in the 3rd round during 2012.  Hockey News says about Sundqvist: “Has great size and he likes to use it.  Excels playing a physical brand of hockey, and he is even quite the agitator. Is versatile up front (he can play all three forward positions) and displays plenty of two-way upside.”

Carl Hegelin — Hagelin, 28, is a 5-11, 186 pound left wing. This is his fifth year in the NHL. (He has also played for the New York Rangers and the Anaheim Ducks.) He was drafted in the 6th round in 2007. He had six goals and 16 assists during the regular season. He has had one goal during the playoffs.  Hegelin’s 2017-18 salary will be $4.0 million.  Hockey News says of Hagelin: “Owns tremendous speed, especially on the outside of defenders. Also has excellent defensive instincts, as well as streaky offensive ability. Can be an impactful forward on the penalty kill.”

Patric Hornqvist — Hornqvist, 30, is a 5-11, 186 pound right wing. This is his eighth year in the NHL. (He has also played for the Nashville Predators.) He was drafted in the 7th round in 2005. He had 21 goals and 23 assists during the regular season. He has had four goals and three assists during the playoffs.  Hornqvist’s 2017-18 salary will be $4.25 million.  Hockey News says of Hornqvist: “Is capable of producing offense from right in front of the net, which can take goaltenders off their game. Can take loads of punishment to score and is not bad in his own end.  Scores garbage goals.”

During the regular season, Nashville was 41-29 and Pittsburgh was 50-21.

UPDATE ON THE 2017 STANLEY CUP PLAYOFFS — The Pittsburgh Penguins defeated the Nashville Predators four games to two to win the Stanley Cup for the second consecutive year.  The Conference runners-up were the Ottawa Senators and the Anaheim Ducks.  Sidney Crosby of the Penguins won the Conn Smyth Trophy for the second consecutive year.  The trophy is awarded to the most valuable player during the Stanley Cup playoffs.

Swedish players Carl Hegelin and Patric Hornqvist were on the roster of the winning Pittsburgh team.  Hegelin was born at Sodertalje and Hornqvist was born at Sollentuna.

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VIKTOR ARVIDSSON OF THE NASHVILLE PREDATORS

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Victoria Cougars: the last non-NHL team to win the Stanley Cup

January 29, 2017

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VICTORIA COUGARS: 1925 STANLEY CUP CHAMPIONS

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In 1925, the Victoria Cougars of the Western Canada Hockey League (WCHL) defeated the Montreal Canadiens of the National Hockey League (NHL) to win the Stanley Cup.  This was the last time that a non-NHL team would win the Stanley Cup.  The Cougars, while playing in the Western Hockey League (WHL) the next year, played in the Stanley Cup but lost to the Montreal Maroons.

The Cougars’ Stanley Cup win in 1925 was also the last time that a team based west of Chicago would win the Stanley Cup until the Edmonton Oilers won the Cup in 1984.

The 1925 Stanley Cup — The 1924-25 season was the eighth season of the NHL. The NHL regular season champion, the Hamilton Tigers, did not participate in the playoffs due to a palyer pay dispute with the teams’ owner. The third seed Montreal Canadiens won a playoff against the second seed Toronto St. Patricks.  In the Stanley Cup, Victoria won the first two games (5-2 and 3-1), Toronto won the third game (4-2) and Victoria won the fourth game (6-1).

The Cougars finished the 1924-25 WCHL season in third place.  However, the Cougars beat the Saskatoon Sheiks in a two-game / total goal series by a combined score of 6-4 and then upset the Calgary Tigers in a two-game / total goal series by a combined score of 3-1 to advance as the WCHL representative to the Stanley Cup playoffs.

All four games of the 1925 Stanley Cup were played on the West Coast.  Games one, three and four were played at the 4,200 seat Patrick Arena in Victoria. Game two was played at the 10,550 seat  Denman Arena in Vancouver.

Cougars goaltender Hap Holmes recorded a 2.0 goal-against average for the series. Jack Walker led Victoria with four goals and Frank Fredrickson scored three goals.  Overall, eight different players combined for the Cougars’ 16 goals.

Victoria players Frank Fredrickson and Haldor Halderson became the first players to win both an Olympic gold medal and the Stanley Cup.  Fredrickson and Halderson had been members of the Winnipeg Falcons, which won the gold medal at the 1920 Olympic games at Antwerp.  (The United States won the silver medal and Czechoslovakia won the bronze medal.)  Other players for the gold medal Falcons were Robert “Bobby” Benson, Jacob Walter “Wally” Byron, Kristmundur “Chris” Fridfinnson, Magnus “Mike” Goodman, Konrad “Konnie” Johannesson and Allen “Huck” Woodman.  The honorary team manager was William Hewitt (inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1947), who was the sports editor of the Montreal Herald and the Toronto Star. The Canadian team beat Czechoslovakia in the quarterfinals (15-0), beat the United States in the semifinals (2-0) and beat Sweden in the finals (12-1).

Robert Lefebvre, in an article published at SB Nation, discussed the innovative coaching of Victoria’s manager, Lester Patrick:

“Montreal, as did most of the NHL teams, still used its six best players for the majority of the game, substituting them as they each tired. Cougars manager Lester Patrick, perhaps hockey’s greatest visionary, employed two lines in constant rotation during games. His reasoning was that even fresh second tier players had more to give energy wise over the course of a game that the tired players the opposition would counter with.”

Source: Robert Lefebvre, 1924-25 NHL Season: The Montreal Forum and Two New Rivalries Are Born (Sept. 22, 2008).

In describing Victoria’s enthusiasm during the 1925 Stanley Cup, an article written for the Greater Victoria Sports Hall of Fame stated:

“In 1924/25, Victoria fans were in hockey heaven for 10 days. They knew they would be seeing some colorful eastern hockey players like Howie Morenz, Auriel Joliat and Georges Vezina in action against the hometown Cougars. There was a ticket frenzy as fans lined up the night before and by morning a line extended down to Government Street. . . . After referee Mickey Ion blew the final whistle [at the end of game four] there was delirium in the arena. At last the Stanley Cup had come to Victoria.”

Montreal’s Howie Morenz and Georges Vezina were inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1945 and Aurele Joliat was inducted into the Hall in 1947.

The 1926 Stanley Cup — The Montreal Maroons of the NHL beat the defending Stanley Cup Victoria Cougars three games to one in the best of five game series.  Montreal won games one and two (3-0 and 3-0), Victoria won game three (3-2) and Montreal won game four (2-0). All four games were played at Montreal Forum. Montreal’s team featured three future Hockey Hall of Fame players: goaltender Clint Benedict (1965 inductee), Nels Stewart 1952 inductee) and Punch Broadbent (1962 inductee).

The Cougars finished the 1925-26 WHL regular season in third place but eventually upset the Edmonton Eskimos in the WHL championship by a combined score of 5-3 to reach the Stanley Cup Finals. The Maroons finished the NHL regular season in second place but after beating the third seed Pittsburgh Pirates and the first place Ottawa Senators they won the right to play Victoria for the Stanley Cup.

The WHL dissolved after the Cougars were beaten by the Maroons in 1926.  Many of the players from the Cougars relocated to Detroit to play on a new NHL team: the Detroit Cougars. (The Detroit Cougars became the Detroit Falcons in 1930 and became the Detroit Red Wings in 1932.)

After the WHL folded following the 2015-16 season the Stanley Cup was thereafter only played between NHL teams.

1924-25 team members — The members of the 1924-25 Victoria Cougars were John “Jocko” Anderson, Wallace “Wally” Elmer, Frank “The Flash” Foyston (inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1958), Gordon “Gord” Fraser, Sigurour Franklin “Frank” Frederickson (inducted into the Hall in 1958), Haldor (Harold) “Slim” Halderson, Harold “Gizzy” Hart, Harry “Happy” Holmes (the netminder, inducted into the Hall in 1972), Clement “Clem” Loughlin, Harry “Hurricane Howie” Meeking and John “Jack” Walker (inducted into the Hall in 1960). The head coach was Lester “Les, The Silver Fox” Patrick (inducted into the Hall in 1947). The team was inducted into the British Columbia Sports Hall of Fame in 1977.  The team was inducted into the Victoria Sports Hall of Fame in 1997.

1925-26 team members — The members of the 1925-26 Victoria Cougars were Sigurour Frankling “Frank” Fredrickson, John “Jack” Walker, Russell Oatman, Clement “Clem” Loughlin, Harold “Gizzy” Hart, Frank “The Flash” Foyston (inducted into the Hall in 1958), John “Jocko” Anderson, Haldor (Harold) “Slim” Halderson, Harry “Hurricane Howie” Meeking, Gordon “Gord” Fraser and Harry”Happy” Holmes.  The head coach was Lester (Les, The Silver Fox” Patrick.

Lester Patrick coached hockey from 1920-1944.  He was also known as “Hockey’s Silver Fox.” A short biography of Coach Patrick written in a magazine article by Mary Ellen Green stated:

“Born in Drummondville, Que. in 1883, Lester “Silver Fox” Patrick won two Stanley Cups with the Montreal Wanderers before moving to the Kootenays with his family, where he played for Nelson. In 1912, he became the owner, manager and defenceman of the Victoria Senators, which became the Victoria Aristocrats in 1913, before the team was sold to Spokane when the Patrick Arena was taken over by the Canadian military for use during wartime. A new team formed in 1918 and changed its name to the Cougars in 1922. Some of the most notable players to suit up for Victoria included goaltenders Hap Holmes and Hec Fowler, Frank Fredrickson, Harry Meeking, Jack Waler, Clem Loughlin and Frank Foyston. After the  PCHA folded in 1926, Lester moved to the Big Apple to work for the New York Rangers. At the age of 44, he was the oldest goalie to ever play in the Stanley Cup finals when, in 1928 as the general manager and coach of the New York Rangers, he stepped into the game to replace an injured goalie. The Rangers won in overtime.”

Source: Mary Ellen Green, When Victoria won the Stanley Cup (Monday Magazine — March 2o, 2013).

Lester Patrick (1883-1960) was the head coach of the New York Rangers from the 1926-27 season to the 1938-39 season.  The Rangers won the Stanley Cup in 1928 and 1933. His Rangers team lost in the Stanley Cup Finals in 1929, 1932 and 1937.  Lester Patrick’s record with the Rangers was 281-216-107.  He was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1947. He won six Stanley Cups as a player, coach and manager. He is buried in Victoria.

Lester Patrick’s brother, Francis “Frank” Patrick (1885-1960) was a professional hockey player and coach. The Patricks have been dubbed as “Hockey’s Royal Family.”  Frank Patrick was induced into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1950 and was inducted into the British Columbia Sports Hall of Fame in 1968.  He coached the Vancouver Millionaires from the 1911-12 season to the 1918-19 season, the Vancouver Maroons during the 1924-25 and 1925-26 seasons, the Vancouver Lions during the 1929-30 season and the Boston Bruins during the 1934-35 and 1935-36 seasons.  The Vancouver Millionaires won the Stanley Cup in 1915. The Millionaires lost in the Stanley Cup Finals in 1918.

Hockey historian Craig H. Bowlsby has written a book titled Empire of Ice: The Rise and Fall of the Pacific Coast Hockey Association, 1911-1926 (2012). The book contains an account of the Victoria Aristocrats’ 1913 World Championship and the Victoria Cougars’ Stanley Cup victory over the Montreal Canadiens.  The book also includes the statistics of every PCHA player and scoring summaries of each year of play.  Mr. Bowlsby book is reviewed by Stephen Thompson in The Georgia Straight (Jan. 17, 2013) and by Joe Pelletier in a blog article titled A History of the Pacific Coast Hockey Association (Jan. 23, 2013).  Accessed at:  http://www.greatesthockeylegends.com/2012/11/a-history-of-pacific-coast-hockey.html.

Mr. Bowlsby is also the author of The History of British Columbia Hockey from 1895 to 1911. The book is reviewed by Wayne Norton in the Autumn 2014 edition of BC Studies — The British Columbian Quarterly.

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LESTER PATRICK — HOCKEY’S SILVER FOX

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