Sports Center Saturday ~ Hockey Night In Canada!

Winners of the B group South Oxford Rural Hockey League and Oxford County Champions, also ORHA Finalists. BACK: Ray Connor (coach), Aubrey Huntley (sec./treas.), Cecil Connor, Ray Voigt (alt.), Jack Barker (R. Def.), Harry Connor (manager), Joe Huntley (stick Boy), CENTER: Robert Connor (L.Wing), Jim Barker (R. Wing), Roy Franklin, Mervyn Connor, Max Franklin (Alt.) FRONT: Mac Furtney (L. Def.), Ken Connor (alt.), Leo Connor (goalkeeper), Ralph Connor (centre), My uncle Wilfred Crown (alt.)

Winners of the B group South Oxford Rural Hockey League and Oxford County Champions, also ORHA Finalists. BACK: Ray Connor (coach), Aubrey Huntley (sec./treas.), Cecil Connor, Ray Voigt (alt.), Jack Barker (R. Def.), Harry Connor (manager), Joe Huntley (stick Boy), CENTER: Robert Connor (L.Wing), Jim Barker (R. Wing), Roy Franklin, Mervyn Connor, Max Franklin (Alt.) FRONT: Mac Furtney (L. Def.), Ken Connor (alt.), Leo Connor (goalkeeper), Ralph Connor (centre), My uncle Wilfred Crown (alt.)

It actually is “Hockey Night in Canada” as my husband and children unfortunately remind me!  Yes, hockey in Canada is just part of our national identity.  For generations Canadian boys have grown up on the winter ice, stick in hand, and on the sidelines cheering on their favourites.  In honour of another Hockey Night In Canada here’s a photo of my Uncle playing for the Centreville Hockey Club 1947-48.  After his service in Europe during World War II I can imagine playing hockey was a freedom my Uncle Wilfred “Wimpy” Crown thoroughly enjoyed!

I originally found this photo in a local history book.  Local history books are a great place to discover recreational, and community involvement of one’s ancestors especially in smaller counties and communities.  A true gold mine!  A favourite Canadian online resource which digitalizes Canadian local history books is: Our Roots but another great way to track available local histories is to search the local archive or library websites for the counties or communities your ancestors called home!
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