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1893—On Jan. 4, the first recorded hockey game in
Alberta history takes place in Calgary. The Town Boys
defeat the Tailors 4-1.
1894—On Christmas Day, the Thistles beat Fort
Saskatchewan 3-2 in the first-ever recorded hockey game
in Edmonton history.
1904—Richard Secord, an MLA for the Northwest
Territories helps finance a new downtown outdoor arena
for the Thistles. The ice surface measures 20 ft.
shorter than the modern 200-ft. long rink.
1907—The Alberta Amateur Hockey Association is formed
Nov. 29 at a meeting in Red Deer. Calgary hockey
officials do not join the body until several years
1908—The Alberta Hockey League champion Edmonton
Eskimos challenge the holders Montreal Wanderers for the
Stanley Cup. The Eskimos replace six of the seven
players on their roster with established players such as
former Montreal hockey stars Lester Patrick and Didier Pitre. But the Wanderers win easily.
1910—The Eskimos make another Cup challenge, this
time using no added players. But the National Hockey
Association Ottawa Senators clobber the Esks by 8-4 and
1913—On Christmas Day, Edmonton’s first indoor arena,
which would later be known as the Edmonton Gardens,
opens its doors for the first time. The Eskimos and
Dominions face off against each other in front of 2,000
fans, with the Dominions winning by a 4-2 count.
1921—The two-year-old Big-4 League, which features
two Edmonton teams and two Calgary clubs, folds after
the two Calgary clubs protest the Edmonton Eskimos’
acquisition of goaltender Bill Tobin, who they claim did
not reside in Alberta for long enough a time to warrant
a spot on a Big-4 club’s roster.
1921—A new professional Western Canada Hockey League,
which features pro teams from Edmonton, Calgary,
Saskatoon and Regina, forms. The champs are immediately
granted the right to challenge for the Stanley Cup.
1923—The Eskimos win the WCHL title, and play the
NHL champion Ottawa Senators for the Stanley Cup in
Vancouver. The Eskimos score only one goal against the
Senators in a two-game sweep. In Game 2, Clancy plays
every position on the ice. The young star goes in net
when goalie Clint Benedict serves a penalty.
1924—The Calgary Tigers win the Western title, and
earn the right to play the NHL champion Montréal
Canadiens for the Stanley Cup. The Canadiens sweep the
1925—The WCHL merges with the Pacific Coast League,
bringing teams from Vancouver, Victoria and Portland
into the new organization. Meanwhile, the Eskimos sign a
defenceman from Saskatchewan by the name of Eddie Shore;
the “Edmonton Express” will go on to become one of the
greatest defencemen in hockey history.
1926—The Calgary Canadians become the first
Alberta-based team to win the Memorial Cup as national
junior champions, defeating Queens University in the
1926—Drowning in red ink, the WCHL folds. The Eskimos
sell Shore and six other players to the Boston Bruins of
1933—The Edmonton Superiors, backed by money from
by meat-packing mogul Cliff Gainer, go on a long tour of
Europe which culminates at the International
Championships in Switzerland. The Superiors win 34 out
of 38 games played across the Atlantic, and play to a
large crowd at the Stade de Paris.
1946—The Edmonton Gardens hosts the Allan Cup, the
national senior men’s hockey championship. But it is a
neutral site game, and Edmontonians watch the Calgary
Stampeders win the trophy with a 1-0 win over the
1948—Two years after the Stampeders take the
trophy, the Edmonton Flyers win the Allan Cup. The
Flyers win the championship over the Ottawa Senators in
Game 6 of the series played in Calgary. The Flyers were
led by goaltender Al Rollins, who would later go on and
winn the 1954 Hart Trophy as NHL most valuable player
with the Chicago Blackhawks.
1950—The Edmonton Mercurys represent Canada at the
World Championships in London. The Mercurys win gold.
1952—That same Edmonton Mercurys represent Canada at
the Winter Olympics in Oslo, Norway, winning the last
gold medal for Canada until 2002.
1953—The Edmonton Flyers, now members of the
minor-pro Western Hockey League and affiliated with the
Detroit Red Wings of the NHL, win the WHL title.
1955—The Flyers win their second WHL title with a
star-studded line-up which includes goaltender Glenn
Hall, forwards Norm Ullman, Johnny Bucyk and Bronco
Horvath and defenceman Al Arbour.
1955—The Flyers play in the Edinburgh Cup
championship for North American minor-pro supremacy, but
thanks to an injury to Glenn Hall, they lose the Cup
final to Shawinigan Falls.
1962—Led by the hard-nosed play of Doug
Messier—father of Mark—the Edmonton Flyers win the
Western Hockey League title for the third time.
1963—Thanks to dwindling attendances, the Flyers
1963—The Edmonton Oil Kings play in their fourth
Memorial Cup final in a row. But unlike the first three
finals, they win the championship this time, beating the
Niagara Falls Flyers in six games.
1966—The Oil Kings, now managed by Saskatchewan
transplant Bill Hunter, win their second Memorial Cup
over Bobby Orr and the Oshawa Generals.
1971—The Oil Kings win the Western Hockey League
title and prepare to play Guy Lafleur and the Eastern
champion Quebec Remparts for the Memorial Cup. The
series is slated for Quebec City, and organizers ponder
canceling the tourney because of the FLQ Crisis,
organizers ponder canceling the Memorial Cup. Oil Kings
manager Bill Hunter asks then-prime minister Pierre
Trudeau to invoke the War Measures Act to make sure the
show does go on. Organizers relent and decide to go
ahead with the final, and the Remparts stomp the Kings
for the Cup.
1971—Americans Dennis Murphy and Gary Davidson
form the World Hockey Association. Bill Hunter goes
across North America in an effort to attract owners and
teams to the league, while working to build an
investors’ group for a new Edmonton franchise.
1972—Bill Hunter teams with Edmonton-based
investors Dr. Charles Allard and Zane Feldman to launch
the Alberta Oilers in the new World Hockey Association.
1972—Alberta Oiler Ron Anderson scores the first
goal in WHA history, a first period marker in the Oct.
11 season opener against the Ottawa Nationals. The
Oilers go on to a 7-4 win.
1973—On Jan, 30, Oiler Jim Harrison becomes the
first pro player to record a 10-point night. Harrison
scores three goals and adds seven assists in an 11-2
trouncing of the New York Raiders.
1973—After a deal to play haf their home games in
Calgary does not pan out, the Alberta Oilers are renamed
the Edmonton Oilers.