The forgotten hockey team
I wrote in January about The Rink Rats, and I mentioned several hockey teams in this area from the 1950s and 60s.
But one team I forgot to mention was the Perry’s Cove team, which was called “The Perry’s Cove Puck Chasers.”
Their uniforms were blue and gold. The team consisted of 12 players and a coach. They played in the old Jubilee Rink in 1957. The last team they played with were the Upper Island Cove team. That game was won by Perry’s Cove.
At that time, the weather was very mild and water was beginning to form on the ice. This made playing hockey very difficult, but the game continued.
Perry’s Cove had two sets of brothers. George and Freeman King played defence. And the Reynolds’ twins — Warrick and Sandy — played forward. The referee always had a hard time telling them apart.
At one time, Warrick got a penal-
ty. And one time when the referee wasn’t looking, Sandy ran into the penalty box and Warrick came out and scored the winning goal.
The referee didn’t notice the switch. Warrick was a top- notch player — a fast skater and good stick handler.
There was one fellow playing with them from Carbonear. Andrew Moore played with the Carbonear Intermediate, but after having a falling out, he left the team, and Perry’s Cove drafted him.
Some of those young men have since left Perry’s Cove. Some are still t h e re , a n d some h a v e s ince deceased.
This was the one and only hockey team from Perry’s Cove, and they were a team to be reckoned with.
But in the 1960s, resettlement changed a lot of those young men, and they were moved with their families to other places, which put an end to their hockey team.
Many of them became my friends.
I write this as a tribute to those fine men. They will not be forgotten.
This photo of the Perry’s Cove Puck Chasers was taken at the Jubilee Rink in Carbonear on Jan. 10, 1957. Members of the team include: Front (l-r) — Sandy Reynolds (LW), team captain Warrick Reynolds (C), Billy Joe King (goalie), Freeman King (LW), Warrick King (RW); back row — Herbert Kelloway (LW), Andrew Moore (LW), Peter Kelloway (C), Eric King (D), John Edgar Swain (D), George King (D), and Ambrose Rose (coach). Missing from photo were David Butt and George Robert Kelloway.