capital caucus

Drop The Puck: Short on sticks but intent on learning the art of the face-off all the same? It’s not quite clear what was going on in Canada’s capital in March of 1906 with this group of attentive skaters, which is identified only as hailing from the Ottawa Ladies College. (Image: William James Topley, Library and Archives Canada)

outside chance

Lone Star: On the ice at Chamonix in France’s Haute-Savoie, a meeting of the French and Belgian national teams in January of 1922. Two years later, Chamonix would host the first official Winter Olympic hockey tournament, featuring eight teams. Canada won gold ahead of the U.S. and Great Britain. France would finish in a tie for fifth place, while the Belgians came in tied for seventh. (Image: Agence Rol, Bibliothèque nationale de France)

hockey day in haute-savoie

Chamonix Sept: Under snowy peaks in France’s southeastern Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region, Chamonix hosted the first Winter Olympics in 1924, whereat Canada defended the hockey gold medal it had won at the summer games in 1920. Pictured here in January of 1923 is the local Chamonix team, featuring their business-casual goaltender. No names, I’m sorry to say, are included in the archival records. (Image: Bibliothèque nationale de France)