Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Olympic Hockey Card of the Day; 1936 Canada vs USA

Here's a German issued card issued in 1936 as part of a set commemorating the Olympics in Garmisch-Partinkirchen, Germany. The text on the back of the card is translated;
"Canada and the USA did not come to the expected final round of the gold medal, they played for the silver and bronze medal on the closing day." 
Indeed, on February 16, Canada defeated the US by a score of 1-0, details of the affair described in the Montreal Gazette;
"The Canadian team blanked the United States, 1-0 in a stubbornly fought game today, ensuring England's hold on her first Olympic hockey championship and giving Canada second place in the final standing. Dave Neville, brainy wingman of Montreal gave Canada victory by scoring unassisted less than three minutes after the start of the game. Neville took the puck on a faceoff pass from Alex Sinclair, centre of Port Arthur, weaved through the American defence and scored easily. 
The Olympic hockey series, born of trouble, closed amicably enough  and today's tussle, while hard-fought was clean and marked by good feeling on the part of the contestants. Canada finished second to England, which "iced" a team strengthened by six Canadians, because the Britons played a sound defensive game to hold the United States to a scoreless deadlock last night. Previously the English defeated Canada in the semi-final round, 2-1. By the odd manner in which the playoffs were arranged England did not have to play Canada again, so the one stunning defeat Canada's defending champions suffered in the whole series proved their downfall in the final reckoning...However, the present Dominion team was still regarded as the best here by observers.
In today's match, witnessed by Reichsfuhrer Hitler, Paul Goebbels and other high officials of the German government, the Americans attacked consistently as it was announced prior to the games a 1-0 triumph for the Americans would give them the title on the basis of a better goal-average. However the Canadians, despite injuries to Walter 'Pud' Kitchen and Ralph St.Germain which kept them out of action, played a strong defensive game after scoring a goal. It was as though the Olympic crown itself were at stake rather than merely second place. 
Hitler was kept busy during the period intermissions signing autographs for the eager fans who surrounded him. The Chancellor seemed to have great admiration for the playing of Phil Labatte, a French-Canadian who stars for Baltimore Orioles of the US Eastern Amateur Hockey League. Hitler applauded Labette frequently."
The players pictured on the card are as follows left to right:
Canada Bill Thomson, USA #8 John Shaughnessy Jr, USA goalie Tom Moon Sr, #9 Canada RW Arnold Deacon, #5 Canada Alex Sinclair, #4 USA is tough to tell. There are no roster numbers for the US listed online. Judging by the fact he shoots right-handed and using the boxscore below, #4 can be any of five different players (Labatte, Ross Jr., Smith, Spain, Stubbs).

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