The for­got­ten hockey team

The Compass - - PORTHTE - BY HEBERMCGURK

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-

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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.

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