Hockey Photos

Early Hockey Photo...click to enlarge Given its strong British connections, it was not unusual that various English games would be played on the ice during the winter months in Dartmouth and Halifax. Games of cricket, for example, were reported in the newspapers being played on the ice of the harbour between military teams. Hurley and field hockey were no doubt played as well.

In fact, the playing of field hockey on ice by British explorer Sir John Franklin and his men on Great Bear Lake in 1825 has been erroneously suggested by some as the first report of ice hockey in Canada. Clearly, however, the reference to "the game of hockey played on the ice" was simply field hockey on ice without skates and was not a description of the game of ice hockey that originated in Halifax and Dartmouth.

As the birthplace of hockey, there has been a long tradition of hockey teams playing on the many local lakes and in the new indoor rinks. Having developed in the late 1700s to the early 1800s, hockey was "a leading sport" by 1890s. In fact, in 1896, Dartmouth newspapers reported over 100 games being played in the rink (without artificial ice) with the last one being played in early April between two military teams. Proud that "Dartmouth boys have always been leaders" in hockey and over a century before Detroit would claim to be Hockeytown, the headlines of the Dartmouth newspaper proclaimed:

HOCKEY! HOCKEY!
THE BOYS OF HOCKEY TOWN
CHAMPIONS AGAIN IN 1896

In fact, during the previous winter, the newspapers described a tremendous game between all-Black hockey teams. The Atlantic Weekly reported: "The greatest hockey match of the season was played in the Dartmouth rink on Tuesday evening between the Eurekas of Halifax and the Jubilees of Dartmouth. The game was fast and furious and body checking, etc. were leading features. The hockey match between the Eurekas and the Jubilees was a great event in the history of the colored race in general. The local team won and are the admired of all admirers. The score was 4 to 3.

There will be another game Tuesday evening next between the same two teams and a large number of people will likely be present. Captain Franklyn will again endeavor to lead the gladiators to a prompt and decisive victory." The same newspapers also reported in December that the Starr Manufacturing Company had been running night and day for some time past. "The demand for the celebrated skates turned out by this factory is as great as before. The sale this year has been greater than ever."

Hockey has continued to flourish in Hockey's Home. Having recently hosted the World Junior Hockey Championship and site of the 2004 Women's World Championship, Halifax is home to the very successful Halifax Junior Mooseheads. Dartmouth is the annual host of the SEDMHA Minor Hockey Tournament which has been described as one of the largest and most prestigious in North America. Following a 200 year tradition, hockey continues to be played on lakes such as Banook, Chocolate Lake and Oat Hill.

Hockey's Home contains over one hundred images relating to the origin of our great game. Many of the following photos and advertisements from the Dartmouth Regional Heritage Museum collection included in the Starr section of this web site are not contained in the book because of space limitations.


Dartmouth's F. Martin
- captain
Dartmouth Exhibition Rink
- built 1885
W.R. Harris - c. 1900
Dartmouth team - 1914 Dartmouth team - c. 1905 Dartmouth team - c. 1910
Lake Banook - 2003 Dartmouth Whalers - 2002 Dartmouth Whalers - 2003
Oathill Lake - 2003 Lady Rovers - 1913

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