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The Knights of Winter

The Knights of Winter

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Hockey in British Columbia: 1895–1911
Craig H Bowlsby

A hundred years ago Vancouver won its first Stanley Cup. But hockey history in B.C. would not be complete without a record of its very beginnings. In The Knights of Winter we can trace its origins from the first frozen pond shinny, to the arrival of the famous Patrick Brothers in the Kootenays—long before they invaded the Pacific Coast. Lester and Frank Patrick, and their father Joe, built the Province’s most modern indoor rink in Nelson and molded the game into a high level of Provincial championships. Along the way a rivalry grew with the other Kootenay towns, involving both triumph and disaster for the Patricks. Their hockey lives in Nelson, from 1908 to 1911, chronicled in detail in The Knights of Winter, give the reader a rare glimpse at the forces driving the family to eventually form their own professional hockey league in Vancouver and Victoria. A fascinating tale of betrayal, cheating, blunders, adversity, and fortitude are all found in this early glimpse of the lives of hockey pioneers.

Hardcover in slipcase / B&W photos / 412 pages / 7.25" x 10.25"
Limited edition of 500 signed copies
Dust Jacket Design: Gary Wilcox
ISBN: 0-9691705-4-8 $49.95 (for a limited time)