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Blaine Canadian sports history collection
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Blaine Canadian sports history collection

  • CA MRUASC C0011
  • Collection
  • 1906-2019

Collection documents the history of professional, amateur, and varsity/collegiate sport in Canada, particularly hockey, football, baseball, golf, and rodeo. The collection illustrates the development of these sports in the 20th and early 21st centuries (the period from the 1940s to the 1990s is particularly well-documented), and focuses on Canadian leagues as well as international leagues in which Canadian teams participated. Most of the collection relates to Canadian teams and athletes (although American teams are also well-represented), with a particular focus on Alberta and Western Canada.

The collection largely consists of publications, ephemera, and promotional objects including: game and tournament programs, photographs, magazines, media guides, yearbooks, schedules, calendars, trading cards, game tickets, pins and buttons, pennants, patches, and decals.

The collection is arranged into 5 series by sport: hockey, football, baseball, golf, and rodeo (devoted to the Calgary Stampede). The collection was meticulously organized and documented by the donor Bob Blaine, with most of the collection housed in binders that are arranged by level of competition (professional, amateur, varsity/collegiate), league, date range, and type of material. The contents of each binder are further arranged, typically by material type and date, and many items are accompanied by detailed supplementary contextual information provided by Blaine.

Hockey

Series documents Canadian hockey at the professional and amateur (junior, intermediate, and senior) levels. Series relates to Canadian leagues (especially those in Western Canada) and international leagues in which Canadian teams took part. Series consists of programs, yearbooks, media guides, tickets, magazines (including Blueline Hockey Monthly, Hockey Pictorial, and National Hockey Annual), photographs, schedules, trading cards, calendars, as well as promotional objects including patches and decals.

Documented professional leagues include: the National Hockey Association (from 1909 to 1917), Pacific Coast Hockey Association (1911-1924), Western Canada Hockey League (1921-1933), Western Hockey League (1925-1926, 1948-1974), Prairie Hockey League (1926-1928, 1971-1972), Canadian-American Hockey League (1926-1936), Canadian Professional Hockey League (1926-1930), American Hockey Association (1926-1942), Pacific Coast Hockey League (1928-1931), International American Hockey League (1929-1936), North West Hockey League (1933-1936), Pacific Coast Hockey League (1936-1941), International Hockey League (1945-1951), United States Hockey League (1945-1951), Quebec Hockey League (1953-1959), Eastern Professional Hockey League (1959-1963), World Hockey Association (1972-1979), National Hockey League (1917-2017, including Stanley Cup finals and all-star games), and the Super Series (1975-1992).

Senior and intermediate amateur leagues include: the West Kootenay Hockey League (1922-1946), Ottawa City Senior Hockey League (1923-1945), Montreal Senior Group Hockey League (1927-1937), Northern Saskatchewan Senior Hockey League (1927-1938), Southern Saskatchewan Senior Hockey League (1927-1938), Edmonton District Senior Hockey Association (1928-1936), Southern Alberta Senior Hockey League (1928-1936), Alberta Senior Six Hockey League (1936-1938), Quebec Senior Hockey League (1937-1953), Alberta Senior Hockey League (1938-1941, 1965-1971), Saskatchewan Senior Hockey League (1938-1942), Manitoba Services Hockey League (1939-1945), Halifax Senior Hockey League (1940-1946), Alberta-British Columbia Hockey League (1941-1942), Pacific Coast Hockey League (1941-1948), Western Canada Intermediate (1941-1947), Lower Mainland Senior Hockey League (1942-1943), Vancouver Island Hockey League (1942-1943), Alberta Services Hockey League (1942-1945), Southern Alberta's Inter-station Hockey League (1943-1944), Northern Alberta Inter-service Hockey League (1944-1945), Camp Borden Hockey League (1944-1945), Okanagan Mainline Amateur Hockey League (1945-1951), Western Canada Senior Hockey League (1945-1951, 1965-1968), Big Six Hockey League (1945-1960), Maritime Amateur Hockey League (1946-1950), Cape Breton Senior Hockey League (1946-1951), Western International Hockey League (1946-1988), Maritime Major Hockey League (1950-1954), Okanagan Senior Amateur Hockey League (1951-1970), Saskatchewan Senior Hockey League (1951-1971), Central Alberta Intermediate Hockey League (1952-1965), Alberta-Montana Hockey League (1953-1955), and the Alberta Senior Hockey Exhibition (1964-1965). Documented senior amateur tournaments include: the Allan Cup (1908-1999), World Amateur Hockey Championships (1920-1976), and the Alexander Trophy (1951-1954).

Junior leagues include: the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League (1936-1966), Manitoba Junior Hockey League (1940-1960), Edmonton City Junior Hockey League (1945-1950), Southern Alberta Junior A Hockey League (1946-1948), Western Junior Hockey League (1948-1956), Alberta Junior Hockey League (1964-2010), Canadian Major Junior Hockey League (1966-1967), Western Canada Junior Hockey League (1967-1968), Western Canada Hockey League (1968-1978). The Canadian Olympic team is also documented for the years 1968-1988.

Hockey - Oversize programs

File contains programs from the Ottawa City Senior Hockey League, Vancouver Island Hockey League, Pacific Coast Hockey League, and Western Hockey League, as well as a book titled: Icemen: A History of the Western Hockey League.

Professional

Subseries documents men's professional level ice hockey leagues and teams in Canada and the United States. Subseries documents league and exhibition games, playoff games, and hockey tournaments and special events such as the Canada Cup, Stanley Cup, and Soviet Super Series. Subseries contains programs, photographs, tickets, cards, schedules, guides, magazines, stickers, and other promotional materials.
Subsereis in broken into three subsubseries: SSS1-National Hockey League, SSS2-World Hockey Association, and SSS3-Western Canada Hockey League and also contains records relating to the following leagues: American Hockey Association, American Hockey League, Canadian Professional Hockey League, Canadian-American Hockey League, Eastern Professional Hockey League, International American Hockey League, International Hockey League, National Hockey Association, North West Hockey League, Pacific Coast Hockey Association, Pacific Coast Hockey League, Prairie Hockey League, Quebec Hockey League, United States Hockey League.

Pacific Coast Hockey Association - Professional - 1911-24 - New Westminster Royals, Portland Rosebuds, Seattle Metropolitans, Spokane Canaries, Vancouver Maroons, Vancouver Millionaires, Victoria Aristocrates, Victoria Cougars

File contains a newspaper article and facts and figures prepared by Blaine about the Pacific Coast Hockey Association in the period 1911-1924, Western Canada playoffs in the period of 1921-1924, and Stanley Cup finals in the period of 1914-1924.

National Hockey League

Subsubseries contains records relating to the National Hockey League (NHL) and its membership teams. The National Hockey League is a men's professional level hockey league that was established in 1917. The league currently consists of thirty one teams from Canada and the United States. Subsubseries contains gameday programs from current and defunct league teams as well as programs from special events such as All Star games, Stanley Cup playoffs, and the Soviets vs. NHL Super Series. Subsubseries also contains tickets, schedules, calendars, press guides, yearbooks, photographs, collector cards, hockey publications, and other promotional products.

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