All the teams were ‘Blackhawks’
English essay or a math assignment. The shiny was usually from 6:30 to 8:30PM and might or might not have Tommy P or Tommy B, out with his goalie equipment, depending on his responsibilities that nite. Player’s ages might vary from 12 year old Bobby to 16 year old Buddy and reverend Mitchell could frequently be drafted into playing goal, wearing his “blacks” and low side walk rubbers, but no skates. I understand that his son continues the game of shinny with his son and grandson son on a frozen pond in Toronto, when the frozen pond is sufficient and safe, to allow.
Sometimes an informal group of Blackhawks from the Pierce Avenue rink would take on the Ticehurst rink at the north end of town. “Sonny’s” dad and his friends would frequently make their own ice surface near their north end garage, and while maybe a little smaller than a standard ice surface and with boards only a foot high, could provide the location for the determination of the “best” team in Stanstead. Again these teams had no age rules, and as long as one could stand up, skate and drag a puck, one was on the team, almost that is. The Ticehurst rink was a second home for Keith who along with Dupe and Sidney was among the better players, as long as Laurent was not there, and he was only a participant with the championship midgets of 1949-50.
It was a time to be remembered, and today, maybe things are more formalized with the Boarder arena now gone, and with the Pat Burns arena available. It is a different time, and I only hope as enjoyable as the past. Richard (“Sam”) Poaps
April 12th, 2015