paris match

Sometimes in Paris, in January, there’s an outcrop of hockey; it happened here, above, in 1929. No record of the names of the players, or any scores, or what’s being called has carried down through the years. As for the locale, the accompanying documentation mentions only the “Stadium” — so, possibly, could be at or nearby the original Parc des Princes, in the 16th arrondissement, rather than at the Vélodrome d’Hiver, closer to the Tour Eiffel? Also mentioned in the captioning: Paris was cold, that winter’s day. (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)

parc puck

Good Woods: A defender to bamboozle, a stretch of open ice beyond, a goaltender at the ready … but no updates, I’m afraid, on how this rush went on Saturday, February 16, 1929, or what the final score was, or who the teams were. All I can tell you is where this well-attended scene unfolded, and that’s on the ice of Lac de Saint-Mandé in the Bois de Vincennes, on the eastern edge of Paris. (Image: Agence Rol, Bibliothèque nationale de France)