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From small-town rinks to big-city neighbourhoods, that's where you'll find the heart and soul of the game. Kids' teams, junior teams, company teams, town teams, even prisoners' teams -- these group photos and action scenes from days gone by say something about being a hockey player.Check the rakish confidence of the 1895 Orillia Seven and the solemn dignity of the 1920 Asahi Athletic Club squad. Study the group pictures. Who do you imagine to be the best player on each team?
In the good old days of shinny, rinks were as large as Mother Nature permitted. This battle was waged on Lake Couchiching, Ontario, sometime around the turn of the 20th century.
Shinny on Lake Couchiching, circa 1904
Hockey in High Park, Toronto, 1914
Champion hockey team of Canadians interned in Switzerland, 1917
Matches such as this one, at Dawson, Yukon Territory, circa 1900, were likely the inspiration for mining entrepreneur Joe Boyle to assemble a hockey team that challenged for the Stanley Cup in 1905.
Hockey game on an outdoor rink surrounded by spectators, Dawson, Yukon, circa 1900
The Rebels were a loosely organized team that came about casually in 1890 when three sons of Lord Stanley of Preston got together with aides to the Governor General and parliamentary officials.
Ottawa Rebels hockey team, Ottawa, Ontario, March 1894
Ottawa Ladies' College hockey group, Ottawa, Ontario, March 1906
Vernon Hockey Club, of Vernon, Ontario, March 1915
The Renfrew team defeated Vankleek Hill in 1907 to win the Ottawa Valley Hockey League championship and the Citizen Shield. Goalkeeper Bert Lindsay was the father of future Red Wings star Ted Lindsay.
Renfrew Hockey Team, champions of the Ottawa Valley Hockey League (OVHL
Boys choosing sides for hockey on Sarnia Bay, [Ont.], December 29, 1908
The 1929 Canadian National Railways (CNR) hockey team of Stratford, Ontario
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