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Hutchinson, Brian. "The year Patrick almost made it happen [Edmonton Eskimos]." The Birth of the Province, [1900 - 1910]. (Alberta in the twentieth century, v.2). Ted Byfield. ed, 236-237. Edmonton: CanMedia, Inc., 2006.

AB: This brief chapter chronicles the Edmonton Eskimos' vie for the hockey's Stanley Cup between 1907 and 1910. From 1908, having beaten their rivals-Strathcona- at Thistle Rink they were faced with the daunting task of competing against the invincible Montreal Wanderers. Fred Whitcroft, team manager at that time, set out on a mission to recruit the best talent for his team in hopes of bringing home the coveted Lord Stanley's trophy. From a relative unsuccessful training camp in which he managed to recruit one player, Harold Deeton, Whitcroft purchased an unprecedented five professionals from the East. In addition, he enlisted further support from star athlete, Tom Phillips, a two-time Stanley Cup winner as well as the services of Lester Patrick who was former captain of the legendary Wanderers and once regarded as the world's best hockey player. Despite this impressive line-up, the Eskimos lost to Montreal and Edmonton's Stanley Cup dream would not be realized for 76 years. Included in this summary are photographs as well as additional information on the successful post-game career of Lester Patrick who founded the Pacific Coast Hockey Association, coached the Victoria Cougars to a Stanley Cup victory as well as the New York Rangers and earned the nickname "the Silver Fox".

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