NL Hockey Arenas
Successful hockey programs require adequate ice-time for practices and games but most provincial hockey centers depended on often imperfect natural ice during the first half of the 1900s. On the island of Newfoundland hockey started on outdoors rinks, frozen ponds and harbours but soon the game moved indoors into buildings with flooded rinks. These were often specifically-built ice arenas such as The Prince's Rink in St. John's or the Jubilee Rink in Carbonear but also converted buildings including an A.N.D.Co. warehouse in Grand Falls, an ore shed in Buchans or an empty Second World War Hangar in Gander. However hockey seasons typically only ran from late December to early March and the ice conditions for all these rinks were dependant upon the weather. Sometimes during these months the ice surface was unsuitable for hockey.
The introduction of the artificial ice surface to the province in 1937 provided many benefits including better control of the ice conditions and significantly more ice-time during a hockey season that could now be 3 to 4 months longer. The Prince's Rink had the first artificial ice on the island but it was a smaller ice surface. A devastating fire in 1941 would limit its use to only four years. After the A.N.D.Co built the Grand Falls stadium in 1947 visiting teams from other centers witnessed the benefits of an artificial regular-size ice surface, a capacity for thousands of ticket-buying fans and a longer hockey season that could start in October and last well into April. Construction cost was the biggest obstacle but beginning in the early fifties similar arenas would begin opening thoughout the Province.The hockey seasons were immediately extended providing more preparation time for Championships and greater ticket sales as spectators packed the seats generating greater revenue for hockey teams and associations.
Legendary NL-born Amateur Hockey Players
Harry 'Moose' Watson
Born 1898 in St, John's
Harry was invited to play in the NHL but chose an amateur career in Toronto. He won the Allan Cup in 1922 & 1923 with the Toronto Granites and led Team Canada to an Olympic Gold Medal in 1924 by scoring 37 goals in 5 games.
Arthur 'Copper' Leyte
Born 1931 in Buchans
The first Newfoundlander to play Junior hockey in Quebec, Copper won a Herder at 19 with the Buchans Miners followed by a thirteen-year career outside the province including 3 with the Quebec Aces.
Gallery of NL-born Amateur Hockey Players
Legendary NL-Born Players who Played Professional Hockey
Born 1933 in Bishop's Falls
George was the first Newfoundlander to turn Pro. In a 30-year career he won Quebec Junior A & B league titles, an Edinburgh Trophy & 2 QHL titles with Shawinigan Falls and 9 local Herders. In 1966 at the World Hockey Championships he led the bronze-winning Canadian National Team in scoring.
Born 1936 in Bishop's Falls
In his 30-year amateur and professional career, he won eight Herder Championships and played in 117 NHL games. On December 7, 1961 he became the first Newfoundland-born player to play a game in the National Hockey League.
Legendary NL-Connected Players
Players born outside NL Who Became Local Senior Hockey Legends
Born 1933 in New Glasgow, NS
born 1938 in Métabetchouan, QC
Jacques was the league scoring leader in '68 & '69, setting scoring records of 62 goals and 131 pts in 1968 that remained unbroken for 20 yrs. He also set a 10-yr record of 76 assists and played in 5 Allan Cups, skating for 3 different Nfld. teams 1967-69.
Organizers and Builders
Officials of the Game
Provincial Hockey Broadcasters
NL Hockey Photographers
Most early NL hockey photographs were studio portraits of teams in full equipment. Beginning in the late 1940s and into the 1950s, hockey photography in the media advanced as the game grew in popularity and camera equipment improved.
NL Players who Represented Canada in International Hockey
Gallery of NL players in International Hockey
Exhibition Games in the 1950s
Junior Canadiens April 1955 (Incl. Henri Richard)
Quebec Aces November 1958 Tour