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"Hockey's final shining days." Brownlee and the Triumph of Populism. [1920-1930]. Ted Byfield. ed, 284-288. Edmonton: CanMedia, Inc., 2006.

AB: This brief article highlights the steady decline in popularity of regional hockey leagues such as the Pacific Coast or the Western Canadian with the onset of professionalism in the 1920s. The author attributes key factors such as the popularity of the radio, professionalism of the sport and the Great Depression as ultimate triggers of its demise. This article chronicles the last moments of the leagues including final Stanley Cup vies by the Edmonton Eskimos and the Calgary Tigers as well as attempts made by key hockey figures such as Deacon White to form a lower-level professional league to be known as the Prairie Professional League to perpetuate the sport in Alberta. Yet, in 1927, with a lack of consistent financial and community support, the amateur leagues were dissolved, teams such as the Edmonton Eskimos and the Calgary Tigers were sold off to NHL teams throughout Canada and the U.S. and cynicism over the new found precedence on revenue and expenditure as sport mandate resounded among sports enthusiasts.

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