Hockey Hall of Fame seeks orig­i­nal Min­ers pho­to­graph

The Drumheller Mail - - SPORTS - Terri Hux­ley

A tale as old as time, the Drumheller Min­ers 1966 hockey team ex­pe­ri­enced a year that was some­thing out of a fairy tale.

The team won the na­tional se­nior men’ s hockey cham­pi­onship af­ter def eat­ing the Que­bec Sher­brooke Beavers in a 5–0 point fi­nal game .10 play­ers went on to the NHL to con­tinue their hockey ca­reer af­ter this pivot al mo­ment in hockey his­tory.

What made it a fairy tale wasn’t the fact that they won, it was the de­ter­mi­na­tion and hard­ships lead­ing up to it. This in­cluded their home­town arena burn­ing dow n and af­ter­wards the Cana­dian Hockey As­so­ci­a­tion for bid­ding them from prac­tic­ing in Hanna be­cause of the loss of the build­ing.

Fast for­ward 51 years later, Gor­don Clozza, a Drum heller res­i­dent, was vis­it­ing the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto on Fri­day, Oc­to­ber 27.

He no­ticed the se­nior a ma­ture ex­hibit and video mon­i­tor only had a small de­scrip­tion of the leg­endary team.

“[ The mu­seum] was great, it was some­thing worth see- in ga nd the ex­hibits are all well done,” said Clo zza. “M y con­cern was with the se­nior am­a­teur ex­hibit of t he Drum- heller Min­ers team that won the Allan Cup in 1966 since they have video mon­i­tors out­side the ex­hibit that you can look through and every year, there’s a team photo dis­play of each win­ning team. Well there are some team’s that are miss­ing in­clud­ing Drumheller’s. I thought it was quite as ur­prise.” Since then, The Mail and Clozza have worked to­gether to fill in the blank soft he ex­hibit.

Clozza got in touch with Izak West­gate, the man­ager of the Out­reach Ex­hibits and As­sis­tant Cu­ra­tor of t he Hockey Hall of Fame. He in­formed Clozza the mu­seum would cor­rect this by us­ing a scanned copy of an Ex­port A Cal­en­dar photo which con­tained cham­pi­onship teams across dif­fer­ent lev­els.

“If some­one has an orig­i­nal hard copy around that would be in­ter­ested in do­nat­ing it, we would love to add it to our col­lec­tion,” said West­gate in an email.

If any­one has an orig­i­nal pho­to­graph of the team and wishes to do­nate it, email [email protected]­mail.com or visit The Drumheller Mail of­fice dur­ing op­er­at­ing hours.

sub­mit­ted pho­tos

One of the many ex­hibits in the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto, On­tario. The Drumheller Min­ers hockey team won the Allan Cup in 1966, so­lid­i­fy­ing their name as one of the best hockey teams in the his­tory of the na­tion.

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