SIHR Committees and Special Project Groups

Committees and special project groups are a vital part of the organization. Special committees and groups are formed on an as needed basis at the society's annual meetings, while standing committees with ongoing mandates exist and operate in perpetuity.

For more information about a given committee or project, please contact the chairperson or a member of the SIHR executive.

Oral History Committee

An Oral History Research Committee was established in May of 2014 to interview and record the memories of hockey personalities through interviews. Results will be made available to members and the public via the website, the bulletin or the society's YouTube channel.

Chairperson: Vacant

Oral History Committee
Origins of Hockey Committee

The committee was formed following a resolution of the SIHR annual meeting, May 19, 2001. The committee's task was to examine the legitimacy of the claim that Windsor, Nova Scotia, was the birthplace of hockey. This resulted in the release of a report in May of 2002, which can be read here.

The committee's mandate was recently redefined to describe the difference between organized hockey and non-organized hockey and define precisely the conditions that are sufficient and necessary to describe an activity as "hockey". It also investigates the credibility of other birthplace claims, but has not produced any further reports.

Committee Report on the birthplace of hockey

Chairperson: Ed Grenda, Kingston, Ontario.

Hockey Origins Research Group

The Hockey Origins Research Group (HORG) was created to delve as deeply as possible in the origins of the game of hockey.

Their research is not limited by any era or geographic boundaries, and traces the roots of stick and ball type games on ground and ice dating back to ancient Egypt all the way up to organized hockey in the late 1800s.

In the spring of 2014, members of the Hockey Origins Research Group (HORG) released the book "On the Origin of Hockey", which is a presentation of known facts about the origins of hockey, based on tens of thousands of words, from hundreds of sources, written about hockey played on the ice with skates. More

Chairperson: Carl Gidèn, Saltsjo-Boo, Sweden

The earliest known engraving or painting depicting an ice hockey like activity on skates
Commemoration Committee

Following the successful work of the Creighton Memorial Committee in 2009, this committee was created in October of 2010, to evaluate and recommend individuals or sites of significance to hockey history deemed worthy of recognition.

Since its inception, it has worked with the town of Fleming, Saskatchewan, to create wording for a plaque placed on the home in which former NHL commissionner Clarence Campbell was born, and continues to investigate the possibility of placing grave markers on the unmarked graves of fomer hockey figures and plaques at different locations in North America.

Chairperson: Wayne Geen, Whitby, Ontario

Plaque commemmorating James Creighton erected by SIHR in 2009
Minor Professional Hockey Committee

The Minor League Hockey Committee produces reports for the annual research journal on the best players, teams and coaches of all time.

Co-Chairperson: Ernie Fitzsimmons, Fredericton, New Brunswick
Co-Chairperson: Bob Duff, Lasalle, Ontario

Hockey Publication Bibliography Committee

Aubrey Ferguson and Ross Hayton have formed a hockey publications database committee to serve as an online compendium not only of publications but also the libraries of members who wish to share their reading lists or libraries.

Co-Chairperson: Aubrey Ferguson, Oakville, Ontario
Co-Chairperson: Ross Hayton, Whitby, Ontario

Website Committee

The website committee is responsible for all aspects of the SIHR website ranging from the look and feel to the content included. Please contact James for technical details and non-statistical content. Statistical questions can be directed to Ernie Fitzsimmons.

Co-Chairperson: James Milks, Gatineau, Quebec.
Co-Chairperson: Ernie Fitzsimmons, Fredericton, New Brunswick