Hockey Warriors

The Oshawa Generals won the Memorial Cup on Sunday, defeating the Kelowna Rockets 2-1 in overtime in the final game. The championship trophy for Canadian junior hockey has been competed for annually since 1919.

Memorial Cup 1919

Originally known as the OHA Memorial Cup, it was the brainchild of Captain James T. Sutherland of Kingston, a hockey pioneer of the first order who conceived it as a way of honoring the many athletes who’d given their lives fighting in the First World War. Sutherland particularly wished to commemorate two fellow Kingston men whom he coached in their home town: Allan “Scotty Davidson and George Richardson.

Back in November for Remembrance Day, I posted a story I wrote last year about Davidson, Richardson and others for the Hockey Hall of Fame’s Legend’s magazine. Today, I’m attaching a story written originally as a sample chapter for a book proposal about Scotty Davidson, detailing the battle in which he lost his life 100 years ago. It’s quite long, but I hope you’ll click here and take the time to read it, or at least save it to read later.

4 thoughts on “Hockey Warriors

  1. I followed the link and found this vivid, often first-person account of WW 1 combat fascinating. . .and very sad.

  2. Another heartbreaking account about the tragic way these young men lost their lives. Telling their stories is an important homage to them. Thanks for sharing this Eric.

  3. Reading the account of the war all I could think is “War is HELL!”
    It is horrific enough War has to happen to fight for freedom; it is tragic that so many people have to die to achieve the goal. All the talent lost; gone never to return…
    Very very sad….

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