TORONTO — From 1950 to 1990, the Edmonton Journal Trophy was presented to the Senior AA champion of the Western branch of the Canadian Amateur Hockey Association.
It was a precursor to the Canada-wide Hardy Cup and its past winners include the Kenora Thistles and the Quesnel Kangaroos. In the early 1970s, the Red Wings from Rosetown, Sask., won the two-handled silver mug three years in a row.
Today, the trophy sits on mothballs in the other championships exhibit at the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto.
Boy, wouldn’t it be nice to see the Journal reclaim that cup and give it a new life in Edmonton rec-league hockey?
The Edmonton Journal Trophy was just one of the hidden gems that caught our eye as PHC visited the Hockey Hall of Fame last week.
While it’s safe to say the hall probably won’t be clearing space for a Puckaneers exhibit anytime soon, we did manage to find at least one pirate reference.
Kyle Okposo had 27 goals and 58 points in 50 games with the Des Moines Buccaneers en route to USHL rookie-of-the-year honours in 2005-2006. Now with the Buffalo Sabres, Okposo’s Buccaneers helmet sits in the section of the hall devoted to other junior leagues.
PHC looked hard to find any references to our Hockey Helps the Homeless teammates Kelly Buchberger and Dave Lumley. While our search was unsuccessful, we found a lot of stuff from friend of the PuckaneersHC Twitter feed Grant Fuhr, including this mask he wore when he played 79 games in one season for the St. Louis Blues.
We also found a photo of quite possibly the best named hockey team of all time: the Brantford Motts Clamatos. Not only were the Clamatos from Brantford — home of NHL ironman Doug Jarvis — they won an Allen Cup in 1987 and have NHLers Stan Jonathan and Rocky Saganiuk among their alumni.
All in all, it was a good trip to the hall. If you’d like to see the Edmonton Journal Trophy brought back to YEG and contested again, get on social media and make your feelings known.
Tag the Journal and the hall and use the hashtag #BringBackTheEJT.