All the teams were ‘Black­hawks’

Stanstead Journal - - FORUM -

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

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