Hockey Connection     




And some snippets on a few others ...

Les ColwillLes Colwill, right wing. After four years in junior hockey, with the Lethbridge Native Sons, Colwill played three seasons in the Western League before a full season with the New York Rangers in 1958-59. He ended his pro career back in the WHL in 1959-60.

Colwill, a middle infielder, spent much of the 1950s playing baseball or the Lethbridge Cubs and Miners in Southern Alberta.

Glenn HallGlenn Hall  Goalie. "Mr. Goalie" played for 18 years in the NHL with Detroit, Chicago and St. Louis winning the Vezina Trophy three times and being selected to the first team All-Stars seven times. Known for his consistency, Hall holds the NHL record for the most consecutive games started by a goaltender -- 502. He was inducted into the National Hockey League's Hall of Fame in 1975.

In the 1950s, Hall played the outfield for Marysburg.

Chuck HoldawayChuck Holdaway Right Wing. The native of Regina played minor professional hockey in Vancouver, Saskatoon, Charlottetown, Sault St. Marie and the USA before taking up a coaching position in Germany in the European Elite league.

A right-hand pitcher, Holdaway was a fixture in summer ball in Saskatchewan suiting up with a number of teams including Prince Albert, North Battleford, Saskatoon, Rosetown, Kindersley and Swif Current.

Bob KabelBob Kabel Centre. Kabel had a 16-year career in pro hockey including a stint in the NHL with the New York Rangers in 1959-60 and 1960-61.

As a catcher/third baseman, Kabel was a major offensive force for the Dauphin Redbirds of the Manitoba Senior League through the 1950s and early 1960s.


Aggie KukulowiczAggie Kukulowicz  Centre. Aggie, who had cups of coffee with the NHL Rangers in 1952-53 and 1953-54 played for more than 15 years much of it in the Western Hockey League.

Fluent in Russian, he became well known across the country in 1972 as  Team Canada's translator during the famous Canada-Russia Summit Series. From the late 1940s through the mid 1950s, the right-handed pitcher was a force for the CUAC Blues in Manitoba Senior baseball.

Gus KyleWalter "Gus" Kyle.  Defence. The tough blueliner began his pro career in 1941-42 but took leave to serve in the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. He spent two years with the New York Rangers (143 minutes in penalties in 1949-50) in the NHL and another with Boston Bruins before returning to Alberta to suit up for the Calgary Stampeders of the Western League.

In baseball, Kyle was a regular in Southern Saskatchewan through the 1940s into the '50s. A catcher, Kyle was a feared hitter, leading the Saskatchewan League in 1952.








Seth Martin  Goalie.  Played one season in the NHL during a career in which he was an outstanding player for Canada in international competitions. He was inducted into the International Ice Hockey Federation Hall of Fame in 1997.  He's probably best known as the backstop for the Trail Smoke Eaters and especially their 1961 World Ice Hockey Championship. Trail was the last amateur club to win the title.

A native of Rossland, BC, Martin played baseball for the Rossland team in the West Kootenay League and Lethbridge and Granum in the Southern Alberta loops.

Seth Martin Seth Martin

Photos from Trail Historicial Society

Eddie MazurEddie Mazur  Left wing.  Parts of six seasons in the NHL, mainly with Montreal.  Played from 1948-49 to 1964-65. 

Mazur had playoff experience with Montreal in 1951, 1952 and 1953 without having played in the regular season.

From the late 1940s to the mid 1950s Mazur was a sought-after southpaw hurler in Manitoba senior ball with teams such as the St. Boniface Native Sons and Dauphin Redbirds.

Jim McFaddenJim McFadden  Centre. Lengthy hockey career included seven seasons in the NHL, four with Detroit and three with the Black Hawks. Scored 24 goals and was selected as top rookie, winning the Calder Cup, in 1947-48.

In the late 1940s, McFadden was an outfielder for the Carman Cardinals of the tough Manitoba Senior League.

Johnny McKenzieJohnny McKenzie  5'9" right winger. A  24 year hockey career including a dozen years in the NHL with Chicago, Detroit, New York and Boston.  McKenzie also played for seven seasons in the World Hockey Association.

A native of Southern Alberta, McKenzie suited up for baseball with the Nanton Palominoes in the mid 1950s.

Bill MurrayBill Murray  Forward.
Long time Intermediate star with the Dauphin Wheat Kings.

From the late 1940s through the early 1960s Murray, in infielder, was a fixture in senior ball in Manitoba mainly for Gilbert Plains and Dauphin clubs.

Murray OliverMurray Oliver  Centre. Had an 18-season career in the National Hockey League, five times an All-Star. Played mainly with Boston, but also Detroit, Toronto and Minnesota.

In the late 1950s and early 1960s Oliver was an outstanding second baseman in the Intercounty League in Southern Ontario.

Vern PachalVern Pachal   Centre. A university hockey star (MVP and led the U of Alberta in scoring three straight seasons,). Played a few years of pro hockey, notching back to back 51 & 50 goal seasons in the Eastern League in the early 1950s before settling down to play senior hockey in Yorkton winning more MVP awards and scoring titles.

A star pitcher for Yorkton in senior ball in Saskatchewan in the 1950s.

Terry SawchukTerry Sawchuk  Goalie. 21 years in the NHL, with Detroit, Boston, Toronto, Los Angeles and New York. Inducted into the Hall of Fame. NHL Rookie of the Year in 1951 (Calder Trophy) and four time winner of the Vezina Trophy as the league's best goalie. Stanley Cup winner four times.

In the late 1940s, Sawchuk was an all-star outfielder in the Manitoba Senior League. He won the batting title in 1948.

Don StewartDon Stewart  Forward.
Stalwart of Lloydminster's Intermediate A clubs


Art StoneArt Stone  Centre.

Photo courtesy of Jim Weiler's Komets (Fort Wayne) Legends


Bob TurnerBob Turner  Defence. After junior hockey with the Regina Pats, he played for two seasons in the Quebec Hockey League before winning a spot with the Montreal Canadiens,  He was with the club for six seasons during the glory years of the late 1950s and early 1960s. Turner also played two winters with the Chicago Blackhawks


Gordie VejpravaGord Vejprava  Centre.  An 18-year career, mainly in the AHL and WHL.  Played from 1952-53 until 1969-70


Joe WeremyJoe Weremy  Forward.

Doug HarveyDoug Harvey  Defence

One of the NHL's all-time greats - voted as top defenceman seven times, an NHL All-Star 11 consecutive seasons, on six Stanley Cup winners. a unanimous selection to the Hockey Hall of Fame. Harvey played baseball in the Montreal Atwater Senior League (1947) and professionally with Ottawa in the Border League (1947-1950).