Monday, December 12, 2016

Unidentified Hockey Photo; Eddie Jeremiah

A good friend of mine has just opened a vintage sports image shop here in North Vancouver, conveniently named Vintage Sports Images. He has literally thousands of original, never-seen photographic negatives from all sports. He prints them on canvas and they look so good, most of them appear to be paintings. Naturally, I am lending my expertise at identifying players and events in any photos of his that have missing pieces of info. 

The first one I'm looking at is a really cool shot of what appears to be an old Boston Bruin from the 1930's. He has no other information on it than that. Firstly, a closer look shows a patch on the player's left shoulder that says "Cubs". The Boston Cubs did indeed play from 1930 to 1936 in the Canadian-American Hockey League. The CAHL was a minor league that begat the International-American Hockey League in 1936 and would become today's American Hockey League in 1940. A look at the Society for International Hockey Research player photo database quickly identifies the player. The photo shows Ed Jeremiah who played for the Boston Cubs 1931/32. The SIHR database has the photo below.
 I found the original, showing Jeremiah with Dartmouth College in 1928.
Jeremiah in the middle, Dartmouth 1928
Eddie Jeremiah did indeed play 15 games for the Boston Cubs in 1931/32 scoring a pair of goals as a defenceman. He had begun that season in the NHL with the New York Americans, playing 9 games before being dealt to Boston on February 1, 1932. He appeared in six games for the Bruins at the end of the campaign, not registering a point.
Coaching Dartmouth
Jeremiah spent the next three years in the CAHL and IHL but would never grace an NHL ice sheet  again. In 1935/36 he began his coaching career back with the Boston Olympics and guided them to a championship. Jeremiah became coach of his alma mater Dartmouth in 1936, a post he held until he retired in 1967. 
Eddie Jeremiah would pass away in the summer of 1967 at 61 years old. His lifetime record at Dartmouth  was 308-247-12. 

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