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Short, John. "For amateur hockey the decade begins in triumph." Leduc, Manning & the Age of Prosperity. (Alberta in the twentieth century, v.9). Ted Byfield. ed, 180-183. Edmonton: CanMedia, 2006.

AB: A summary of the historical achievements in amateur hockey by Edmonton's own Mercurys hockey team as well as the dominance of Alberta hockey during the early 1950s. After winning the world amateur championships in 1950, the Mercurys went on to claim another victory at the Olympics at Oslo, Norway in 1952. Fuelled by increasing Cold War tensions, controversy arose when Iron-Curtain nations objected that Canadians and Americans had plotted to give Canada the victory and assure the country of another title, as hockey victories began to have legitimate political value. International Olympic Committee officials and hockey experts quickly dismissed these allegations as ridiculous. Also included is the Edmonton Flyers Allan Cup victory followed by the Mercurys and the 1951 Lethbridge Native Sons world title captures. Never before had this occurred where a single Canadian province won simultaneous international championships. As well, professionalism was beginning to change the face of senior hockey, as Calgary and Edmonton returned to professional ranks as part of the Pacific Coast Hockey League PCHL, which would be later known as the Western Hockey League and attempt to compete against the growing popularity of the NHL.


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