Over the last few months I have been picking up alot of old Olympic hockey cards, mostly from ebay. These are mainly German in origin issued either as postcards or as premiums with food or tobacco products. They really are cool looking cards and do spice up the den nicely.
The card above is a tobacco card commemorating the 1928 Olympics and pictures Canada in action. The University of Toronto Grads represented Canada in these games in St. Moritz, Switzerland and they outscored opponents 38-0 in winning the gold. The coach of the squad was none other than Conn Smythe. The back of the card loosely translates; "Ice hockey is the fastest fighting game in the world. Canada is the homeland of this game. It's crew accomplished feats, not only Olympic champion, but could not be defeated by any enemy in Europe."
This next card is the only English one I have and comes from a set entitled "Sporting Events and Stars". Issued in 1935, the rear of the card says in part; "The world's fastest game- too fast even for the camera to focus clearly. An exciting tussle showing the Winnipeg Monarchs, the Champions of the World, pressing home an attack on the Wembley Lions, the premier British team." Incidentally, within a season of touring Europe at least three of the Monarchs had returned to England to play for the same Wembley Lions team.
The next three cards were issued after the 1936 Olympics held in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany. Canada was represented by the Port Arthur Bearcats. The first one is Canada vs. Austria which was won by Canada 5-2.
Next one pictures Canada against Latvia, won 11-0 by Canada.