Ice Hockey Online Publications
"The Thistle Rink." Best Edmonton Stories. Anthony Cashman, 71-72. Edmonton: Hurtig, (1976). Access Our Future, Our Past. http://www.ourfutureourpast.ca/loc_hist/toc.aspx?id=7540.
AB: This story is part of a series originally compiled for a 1951 radio program on CJCA entitled, "Edmonton Stories." It is a reminiscent look back at the Thistle rink, as well as the South Side Covered rink and the intense level of competition and enthusiasm that the fans shared during the games, especially the hockey games and particularly between Strathcona and the hated Edmonton Thistles. This story also illustrates the community support for the arenas, as the neighboring hotels understood its importance for their business patronage, and so contributed to the building of Edmonton's first baseball park in 1907 known as Diamond Park.
Fortna, Peter. "A firm referee that will make both sides adhere by the rules": gentlemanly status and hockey referees in Edmonton, Alberta, 1893-1907." Past Imperfect. Vol 12. (2006) 26. Access University of Alberta; Past Imperfect. http://ejournals.library.ualberta.ca/index.php/pi/issue/view/120/showToc.
AB: From 1893 to 1907, a gentlemanly code of conduct underpinned hockey refereeing in Alberta, Canada, and influenced the nationwide development of the sport, its oversight, and Canadian refereeing culture in general. The author analyzes this system up to 1907 when the Alberta Amateur Hockey Association was formed. He also pays some attention to the system post 1970. Bibliography p. 23-26.
O'Riordan, Terence. "The "Puck Eaters": Hockey as a Unifying Community Experience in Edmonton & Strathcona, 1894-1905." Alberta History. Vol 49, No.2. (2001) 2-11.
AB: Competitive hockey provided an arena for the civic rivalries between the cities of Edmonton and Strathcona, Alberta, during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The city of Edmonton, on the north bank of the Saskatchewan River, and Strathcona, on the south bank of the river, developed separately - economically, politically, and socially - because travel and communication across the river were limited. In addition to dismantling the civic rivalries, the games between the Edmonton Thistle and Strathcona Shamrock hockey clubs united individuals from different social classes and diverse cultural backgrounds in support of their team. Based on newspapers and secondary sources;
Availability: In PDF format in CPI.Q (Online access limited to Alberta tertiary students, faculty and staff)
Ramshaw, Greg. "Place identity and sport tourism: the case of the Heritage Classic Ice Hockey event." Current issues in tourism. Vol 9, No.4/5. (2006) 399-418.
AB: This paper examines the way that place identity was constructed by local, national and international media sources in the case of the Heritage Classic – an outdoor professional hockey game played in Edmonton Alberta.
Availability: Online in CRKN ALPSP Learned Journals Collection and InformaWorld (Online access limited to Alberta tertiary students, faculty and staff)
Vantour, James. The Fabulous Flyers. Ottawa: J. Vantour, (2005). Access Vantour Website. http://fabulousflyers.ca/index.html.
AB: James Vantour explores the roots of the Edmonton Flyers after the Second World War. This book recalls their history from its inception in 1945 to their stellar 1954-1955 season. A highlight is their Allan Cup victory of 1948 as an amateur team. This team was inducted into the Alberta Sports Hall of Fame and Museum in 2005. The Flyers became a professional team and farm team to the Detroit Red Wings in 1951. This caused lost of community connection because the players were no longer Edmontonian, but they were players sent by the Red Wings. The author details the successes in the 1954-1955 season leading up to the win of the President's Cup. The 1954-1955 team was considered the greatest minor professional team to ever play. ASHFM inductees who have played for the Flyers include Glenn Hall (2011), John Bucyk (1996), Norm Ullman (1998), Vic Stasiuk (2009), and coach Frank Currie (1991). Included are photos of players of the team, as well as scoring statistics.
Vantour, James. The Super league: the Life, Death and Legacy of Western Canada's First Great Junior Hockey League. Ottawa: J Vantour, (2010). Access Vantour Website. http://fabulousflyers.ca/index.html.
AB: This book detailed the life of the Western Junior Hockey League (WJHL) or also known as the 'Super League' in the 1950s. The Alberta teams in this league were the Edmonton Oil Kings, the Lethbridge Native Sons, the Calgary Buffaloes, the Crowsnest Coalers, and the Medicine Hat Tigers. The league lasted eight seasons from 1948 to 1956. The goal of the creators of the WJHL was to bring the Memorial Cup out west. The book is comprised of season-by-season accounts. The first three seasons had only six teams in the WJHL. Before the 1950-1951 season, a new team was created; the Edmonton Oil Kings were put together by combining players from various clubs in the city league. The games for the league were very well attended at first, but a decline in interest and attendance killed the league. Included are the League standings, individual scoring statistics, and all-star teams rosters. Mentions Alberta Sports Hall of Fame and Museum inductees Mervyn 'Red' Dutton (2005) the league governor from 1948 to the 1951-1952 season, Ken McAuley (2005)who coached the Oils Kings, Norm Ullman (1998) and John Bucyk (1996), who played for the Oil Kings, and Val Fonteyne (2011) who played for the Tigers.
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