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Hockey Research Journal

Edited by Lloyd Davis

The Hockey Research Journal is a semi-regular publication featuring articles on a variety of topics ranging from player and team profiles to statistical analysis.

 

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9 articles

Message from Editor Lloyd Davis

I hope this edition of the Hockey Research Journal finds you safe and well. To say that 2020 has been an extraordinary year would be a massive understatement, and it seems more than a bit odd to go to press on the last full day of summer — with the Stanley Cup final between the Tampa Bay Lightning and Dallas Stars in full swing.

The 21st edition of the Journal opens with a look at the use of ringers in the early days of amateur hockey in Ontario, followed by a pair of fascinating profiles of pioneering Canadians who introduced the sport to new locales. The Boston Bruins’ wartime fund - raising is documented, as is the odyssey of the 1967/68 Philadelphia Flyers, forced to search for home ice after their rink was rendered unusable (a story that resonated for fans of baseball’s Toronto Blue Jays.)

We experience the thrill of victory on the part of a club team in the seaside resort city of Brighton, England, that prevailed over a touring team from the Soviet Union. Then comes a fun take on a man who often knew the agony of defeat: Robert “Evel” Knievel, the motorcycle daredevil who dabbled in hockey.

For a lifelong fan of the Toronto Maple Leafs, the departure of Dave Keon in 1975 was one of the sadder chapters in the team’s history. We present a sketch of Number 14’s post-Leafs career, with a focus on the games he played against the Leafs upon his return to the nhl.

Finally, we offer a scholarly look at nhl general managers who have served as mentors to future generations of senior hockey operations staff, including an assessment of which gms have been the most prolific.

I hope you enjoy this edition of the Hockey Research Journal. Work on the next one is nicely underway, with over a dozen new articles, and we’re aiming for a spring 2021 publication date — perhaps in time for a nonvirtual annual general meeting? We can only hope. Submissions are open for volume 23, and I invite you all to contribute. Stay well and stay safe!


Jayson Hron

Charles Macnutt - Fuelling Hockey’s Surprisingly Early Origins in Colorado

The author explores the contributions of Charles Macnutt to hockey in Colorado.


Oskar Tallqvist

Dr. William Arthur Bisnaw - The Curious Life of a Baltimore Hockey Pioneer

The story of how Dr. Bisnaw helped organize the Baltimore Athletic Club ice hockey team.


Bill Sproule

Evel Knievel - Daredevil, Promoter, Hockey Player

A look at the short hockey career of one of the premier daredevil and showman of the 1970s.


Kevin Slater

Guilty until Proven Innocent - How the Ontario Hockey Association Came to Enact Its Harsh Rules Against Professionalism

How the Ontario Hockey Association Came to Enact Its Harsh Rules Against Professionalism


Reg Lansberry

Home Is Where the Ice Is - The Nomadic Flyers Try to Hold On to the First-Ever West Division Title

How the Flyers overcame the misery of being “homeless” for the season’s final month to win the first West Division title of the expansion era


Jess C. Dixon

Mentoring in Professional Hockey - A Functional Analysis of the Most Prolific General Managers in the History of the nhl

A Functional Analysis of the Most Prolific General Managers in the History of the nhl


Stewart Roberts

Miracle on Sea - The Day Canadians Beat the Soviets in an English Seaside Resort

The story of how in the seaside resort of Brighton, in Sussex, about 100 kilometres south of London by rail, a Canadian-dominated squad scored six unanswered goals against a Soviet side studded with Olympic stars, becoming the first team in Britain to beat one from the ussr.


Ed Norris

The Bruins Help the War Effort - The 1942/43 Red Cross Charity Games

A recap of the The 1942/43 Red Cross Charity Games hosted by the Boston Bruins.