It’s the middle of winter in Canada. Hockey seems appropriate to kick off an exploration of great finds curated from the world’s digitized archives.
These players on isolated Manitoulin Island, and the vintage hockey images that follow, are typical of the gems tucked away in archives of every type.
“Hockey on the [Rideau] Canal [Christmas Day 1901].” Ottawa. James Ballantyne. Library and Archives Canada
Oxford University vs. Switzerland hockey game. Lester B. Pearson. later the prime minister of Canada, is at right front. Circa 1922-23, Switzerland. Library and Archives Canada / PA-119892
Boy skating down an ice-covered log dump on Sloe Lake, Quebec, 1943. National Film Board of Canada.
Hockey team playing on an indoor rink, Québec City, Quebec, Undated. National Archives of Canada/Jules-Ernest Livernois Collection/PA-024066
Group hockey team portrait, Queen's University, Kingston, Ontario 1917. Credit: G.E. Marrison, Kingston. Library and Archives Canada
8 Mar. 1919, Winnipeg, Manitoba. Credit H.J. Woodside / Library and Archives Canada / C-079313
Champion hockey team of Canadians interned in Switzerland, 1917. Library and Archives Canada /Canada. Dept. of National Defence/ PA-005549
Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) hockey team, “A division” Undated. National Archives of Canada/ George Mully collection/ PA-112244
McGill University game, 1901, Montreal. Credit: Notman & Son/ Library and Archives Canada
A coach gives pointers to players of the Copper Cliff minor hockey league in the dressing room. March, 1946. National Film Board of Canada.
[Hockey team at Villa de Lion, Dawson, Yukon. 1899-1905. Library and Archives Canada
Lord Stanley of Preston (Stanley Cup) Library and Archives Canada/Topley Studio Fonds/C-023542
Members of the Ottawa Hockey Club “Silver Seven” hockey team, the 1905 Stanley Cup winners.
Game at sunset, High Park, Toronto. John Boyd / Library and Archives Canada / Undated.