Regional Hockey Inception
This is a chronological summary of the first documented hockey in each major centre of Newfoundland & Labrador and the first hockey leagues formed.
- A hockey club was formed in 1895 in the city by Canadians and local enthusiasts. They played matches during 1896-1898 with the majority on Quidi Vidi Lake.
- First recognized hockey match in Newfoundland on Quidi Vidi Lake in February 1896 .
- A seven-team city hockey league was formed in January 1899. The league played in the Prince's Rink which was Newfoundland's first indoor rink with a design suitable for playing hockey.
- There is a report that hockey started at Harbour Grace in 1897 but the game didn't receive the same growth in popularity as the capital city so there was no development.
- The first documented team outside St. John's was formed by Lewis Dawe who attended college in the capital city and brought the game to Bay Roberts. He formed The Bay Roberts "Icicles" in 1906 but they didn't play much since at that time there wasn't anyone else to play. (White, 1997)
- In 1908 Malcolm Roberts and Jack Bartlett brought the game to Brigus. The earliest documented inter-town hockey game in Newfoundland was a match between Brigus and Bay Roberts on February 15, 1908. Final score was 4-0 for Brigus. (4-2 in Snow, 1986).
- The Brigus team played indoors for the first time at the Prince's Rink in St. John's where they played a three-game series in February 1909 against picked teams from the City League.
- In 1909 the game started to develop in Harbour Grace again and games were arranged with the Brigus and Bay Roberts teams. (White, 1997)
- The first documented league in Conception Bay was a championship hockey series in the winter of 1931. In the inaugural season Brigus and Bay Roberts competed. Brigus won the first league championship. Bell Island joined the league in 1932, Harbour Grace in 1933 and Carbonear in 1934. (Hammond, 1982)
- The earliest hockey match played at Grand Falls in the old rink was played in 1912 with teams of mostly British men who worked at the mill. Sir Vincent Jones played on one of these teams. Jones later donated a shield for a Grand Falls school hockey championship series that lasted 65 years.
- A local hockey league was first formed in 1913.
- Mill employees built a rink in in No. 2 warehouse and hockey teams were formed in the winter of 1924. Several matches were reported including the first Corner Brook-Deer Lake game and the first inter-mill hockey contest.
- The first two Corner Brook Hockey League games were played at the Sports Club Rink on Friday night February 6, 1925. The teams were the All-Stars, the Accounts, the Town Construction and the Electric. (The Western Star - Feb 4, 1925)
In December 1948 Bowater employee Les O'Reilly, who played hockey in St. John's with St. Bon's, agreed to be a coach and manager for Lewisporte junior and senior hockey to be first organized on New Year's Day (January 1, 1949) and to be played on a nearby pond.
- The first arena in Clarenville arena with artificial ice surface opened in December 1959. Cy Hoskins was hired as a hockey coach in 1959. He coached in Clarenville for three seasons before moving back to Gander.
- In 1959-60 Hoskins helped organize the first local league which had three team in the first year with players from Clarenville and Shoal Harbour. The first three teams were the Bruins (coached by Graham Carter), Hawks (coached by Cy Hoskins) and Rangers (coached by Don Sparkes). In the inaugural season, league games were played every Tuesday and Thursday.
- From the local league the first Clarenville All-Stars was formed. The all-stars first coach was Cy Hoskins (playing coach). The first Clarenville All-Stars included goalie Munroe Greening, Cy Hoskins, Graham Carter, Don Sparkes, Darrel Ryan, Pat Barnes, Bob Barnes, Sid Greely and several junior players. The all-stars played a number of exhibition games in 1959-60 including the junior Fieldians of St. John's,
- In 1960-61 Hoskins was renamed as coach for Clarenville hockey and four teams entered the clarenville hockey league. These teams were made up of players from the surrounding communities.
- see also Clarenville arena history