Thursday, January 16, 2014

Olympic Hockey Card of the Day, Teiji Honma 1936

 These are actual cards from my collection that were issued for various Winter Olympic games either as souvenirs or as premiums in cigarette packages. This one pictures Japanese goaltender Teiji Honma at the 1936 Games in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany.

Below is the rear of the card, the top which loosely translates from German as;
"Teiji Honma, the Japanese Ice Hockey goalie had an opportunity to show only twice in ice hockey tournament of the Winter Games his rough equipments". Likely a poor translation by google.


Honma played both games for Japan in the preliminary round of the Olympics losing 2-0 to Sweden and 3-0 to eventual Gold medalists Great Britain. He had played 10 games for the Japanese National team before the Olympics compiling a 2-7-1 record and 4.40 GAA.

Honma was one of the very first goaltenders to don a face mask during game play wearing this baseball catcher style mask six years after Clint Benedict wore a mask briefly in the NHL.


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