Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Vancouver Area Hockey Jerseys, 1941/42

Last week I wrote about amateur hockey in British Columbia during World War II,  http://nitzyshockeyden.blogspot.ca/2015/11/wartime-hockey-vancouver-norvan.html and this week I found old photos of some of these teams. Digging deep into the google newspaper archives I managed to find these great shots of these long-gone teams. 

All of these photos are from early 1942, the first one is of Jack Riley with the Vancouver Norvan Shipyards team. With the letters "NORVANS arched over the logo of a ship, this jersey sums up the North Shore of Vancouver terrifically. With North Vancouver being my home, I am certainly going to take a stab at using this logo on a t-shirt. 
The second one is of Victoria Navy which in spring of 1942 was playing exhibition matches but not affiliated with a league. By 1943/44 they were part of the Pacific Coast Senior Hockey League. Pictured here are Stan Taylor on the left and Bill Gibb on the right. By 1943, the Navy would have future Hall of Fame goaltender Chuck Rayner between the pipes. The Navy "N" a Canadian Maple Leaf is just a great looking jersey.
The third pic is of the New Westminster Spitfires who would bring up the rear of the Pacific Coast Senior Hockey Association in 1941/42 but looked damn good doing it in these striped beauties.

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