Early NL hockey games on Quidi Vidi Lake
Before the Prince of Wales Rink was opened in January 1899 with its smooth open playing surface, the city's hockey club played their games outside on Quidi Vidi Lake during daylight hours. Participating in these games were most of the pioneers of Newfoundland & Labrador hockey. The city hockey club became an association in 1897,
February 1896 [NL's first recognized/documented hockey game]
Seven players who participated
William Carson Job
James Patrick Fox
Captain Walter Melville
E. Arthur Hayward
Dr. Wilfred Grenfell
Prominent citizens in attendance
Governor (Sir) Herbert Murray
Captain Walter Melville (Governor's personal secretary)
Dr. (Sir) Wilfred Grenfell.
(source: Ronayne (1948) and Graham (1967) used by Gregory White in 'Icing the Puck', p.36)
December 29, 1896
(source: The Evening Telegram- Dec 30, 1896)
January 15, 1897
The Evening Telegram reported an early organized hockey game on Quidi Vidi lake that took place on January 15th. The players included many of the pioneers of organized hockey in Newfoundland including J. C. Job, C. W. Hayward, James P. Fox and J. C. Tobin.
(source: The Evening Telegram - Jan. 16, 1897)
February 11, 1897
This was a game between Newfoundlanders and Canadians. The team of native Newfoundlanders won the match 1-0.
(source: The Evening Telegram- Feb 12, 1897)
Goal: James P. Fox
Point: John B. Tobin
Cover Point: J. McRae
Forwards: C. Wearing Hayward, John Harvey, Frank Simms, Fred Pilot
Goal: W. E. Stavert
Cover Point: A. E. Nash
Forwards: J. H. Hudspeth, A. C. Drummond, C. Arnaud, Whitely
Referee: Thomas Seymour
March 9, 1897
A game between alumni of Bishop's Field College and members of the Hockey Association.
Fieldians team included: Fred Pilot, Frank Simms, A. Hayward, Robert G. Reid, Jr.
Hockey Association team included: C. Wearing Hayward, Donnelly, Whitely, Tobin
(source: The Evening Telegram - Mar. 10, 1897)
January 13, 1898
The Telegram reported of a game on Quidi Vidi to be played January 13, 1898 between bank officials and the city team.
(source: The Evening Telegram - Jan 12. 1898)
February 24, 1898
This game was between two teams of St. John's residents. One team of native Canadians and the other comprised of Newfoundlanders.
City: Arthur Donnelly, John B. Tobin, C. Wwearing Hayward, Woodley (Goalie)
Canada: Moffat, A. E. Nash, Peters