I have been a writer for most of my life. I have written for magazines, newsletters, and genealogy societies.
The History of Professional Hockey in
Victoria now available. Victoria readers, contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange delivery. Out of town readers, purchase through Friesen Press Book Store.
I have been a fan of professional hockey in Victoria since the 1950s. When it was announced that the Victoria Salmon Kings were being disbanded, I was very upset. It seemed to me that I had been down this road before when the Victoria Maple Leafs left town for Phoenix. At about the same time, I learned of the death of Bill Shvetz who had played defence for the Victoria Maple Leafs. It seemed to me that time was of the essence.
While there have been books written on hockey in BC and the old Western Hockey League, nobody has documented this issue from a strictly Victoria perspective. For this reason, I channelled my disappointment into a positive project. I wrote a detailed history of professional hockey in Victoria, BC. Although I was obviously not born when the Patricks’ team won the Stanley Cup, I have been aware of this for many years. I saw the 1950s era Victoria Cougars as a child and held season tickets for the Maple Leafs and Salmon Kings, so felt I had the expertise to document this overlooked history.
This book is a tribute to the many men who skated on Victoria ice, regardless of the era, as they all were important to the story.
A copy of the book is now housed in the D.K. “Doc” Seaman Hockey Resource Centre,” the home of the National Hockey League’s Hall of Fame artifact and archival collection.
While sorting through family treasures, we came across these amazing journals, written between 1916 and 1929, which told the first-person story of years of naval service. That they survived the myriad of moves that a naval family makes is a minor miracle. Doubly amazing is the fact that we also found photographs that enhance the text. Now, over a century later, the story of naval service in the early twentieth century can be told—in the words of the journal writer, Commodore John Crispo Inglis Edwards.