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Shootin’ the Breeze Pincher Creek – Nov. 29, 2023

Husky hustle

Pincher Creek’s Austin Kaupp gets control of the puck as he storms down the ice toward the opposing net. Austin and the U13T3 Huskies played in back-to-back contests over the weekend against Okotoks and Cochrane, nabbing a win and a tie to improve their regular-season record to 2-0-2.| Photo by William Cockerell

Old black-and-white photo of hockey players on rink in downtown Pincher Creek

Chronicles of Pincher Creek’s 1909 hockey season

Pioneer times in the Pincher Creek area were blessed with strong sports traditions that were both competitive and recreational. As we head into our annual winter season, it encourages us to reflect back to traditional fun times.

Hockey played on outdoor rinks was a mainstay of those traditions. Informal matches usually involved local players and games, while district and regional leagues witnessed a more competitive spirit accompanied by some travel.

Travel beyond the local area after 1897-98 patronized the Crowsnest branch of the Canadian Pacific Railway. Such was the case with the 1909 hockey season, which saw league teams from Pincher Creek, Macleod and Lethbridge battle it out on the ice.

 

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Competitive matches hampered by the cold

The first game of the season, played the evening of New Year’s Day, was hosted by Macleod but won by Pincher Creek with a score 7-5. Lethbridge referee R.D. Robson ensured that a fair game was played. Press reports indicate that the ice was soft, possibly due to the warm weather, but a fast hockey game was pursued.

Initially the Macleod team had the upper hand, but Pincher Creek outskated its opponent in the second half. Only one Pincher Creek player was issued a penalty, while four players from the NWMP settlement to the east “decorated the fence.” Folklore indicates that players and spectators alike were happy with the community recreation.

A second match, this time against Lethbridge on Pincher Creek’s home ice, was hampered by immensely cold conditions. The temperature literally froze at -32 F, with both teams suffering as a result of the cold. At least a pair of hockey enthusiasts from both teams had their feet and fingers touched with intense frostbite.

 

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So miserable were the conditions that the Lethbridge team was unable to practise on the rink before the game and therefore could not attest to the particularities of the ice. The city press indicated that this put their team to a disadvantage.

Reporters noted that the latter part of the game was “fast and furious.” Pincher Creek established a strong lead early in the match with the scoring of two goals, but quickly Lethbridge held back its ranchland competitor.

Although the puck-handling and passing work by our team was fast paced, it was not always strong enough to break through the city’s defences. However, only once did the Lethbridge offence succeed in overtaking their opponents, resulting in their single goal.

 

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Players from both teams appreciated the chance to pursue their favourite winter sport.

The accompanying photograph from the Kootenai Brown Pioneer Village archives depicts a 1909 hockey game on an outdoor rink on Pincher Creek’s frontier Main Street. This well-patronized ice rink was located on the street’s south side, with the old-time Alberta Hotel and its livery stable situated next to the rink.

Across the street can be seen the Arlington Hotel, which was in business for close to six decades following its construction, circa 1890. Snowdrifts along the creek valley and the Porcupine Hills are visible in the background.

Regional newspaper clippings were used as the research sources for this history article.

 

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Group of Chinooks hockey players in uniform and coaches standing together and goalie posing laying on the ice

Chinooks second in tourney

Pincher Creek’s U11 Chinooks Team 1 hosted their home hockey tournament at the MCC Arena this past weekend.

The Chinooks kicked off the tournament in a big way with an impressive 7-5 victory over the Taber Oil Kings in Game 1.

The Oil Kings opened the scoring with three unanswered goals in the first period, but the Chinooks found their offensive touch in the second period, scoring four unanswered goals en route to their win.

In Game 2, the Chinooks put on an absolute clinic, posting an astounding 12-2 win against the Cochrane Rockies.

The Chinooks came out of the gate red-hot with a three-goal first period. The team continued to pile on the offence from there, scoring five goals in the second period and four in the third.

 

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Game 3 saw the Chinooks go to battle against the Okotoks Oilers. The Chinooks came away with a hard-fought 6-3 victory over the rival Oilers, sending the Chinooks to the tournament final.

Pincher Creek opened the scoring early against Okotoks and carried an original 5-0 lead well into the second period.

The Oilers rallied for a goal late in the second period and two more early in the third to make it a 5-3 game, before Nash Lunn scored the sixth and final goal for the Huskies.

The Chinooks battled hard in the final, but the Eckville Eagles came away with the win in a 9-3 barn-burner.

 

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Eckville opened the game with four straight goals. However, the Chinooks showed plenty of fight, responding with their first goal eight seconds after Eckville’s fourth.

The local team carried the momentum into the second period, scoring twice to make it a 4-3 contest, but Eckville went on to score five unanswered goals on the way to a game and tournament victory.

Congratulations to the U11 Pincher Creek Chinooks Team 1 on their stellar tournament run and impressive second-place finish!

The team returns to action this Saturday at 10:15 a.m. as they take on the Coaldale Cobras in Pincher Creek.

 

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