Arcola boys hockey team, 1927-1928
menboyssportscoachice hockeyhockey sticksglovesphotography studiossports uniformsHank PetersMel KerrIan HislopJohn McGrawJim ThompsonJack PurdyPerry WhitmanBud Thompson
Division 1 – South East
RM of Brock No. 64
Transcript of audio excerpt (edited by Interviewer): E- "So this was the Arcola boy’s hockey team, from 1927-1928. The boys standing in the back were, from left, Hank Peters the coach who was the schoolteacher, Mel Kerr, Ian Hislop, John McGraw, and Jim Thompson, and the boys seated was Jack Purdy, Perry Whitman and Bud Thompson. And the seven-man hockey team was the proud owner of four pairs of hockey gloves, and each player was able to have his picture taken with one glove on, and the goalie got two. That’s interesting." A- "I got all this information by Jack Purdy. He was alive, and the only one I knew of. They might have been living here, but I didn’t meet any of the rest of them. He had all kinds of hockey stories, and I quizzed them on the scarcity of the players, and he said, “We wanted to play hockey them days. Nobody wanted to sit on the bench, so we played the whole game.”" E- "So this was the school team?" A- "They would be a junior… I don’t know what they would’ve been called themselves. He went on to say that’s not the year, but one year they were coached by the local butcher, and they were called the Soup-bones. And the goalie was called ‘Fats’ because he was some chubby kid, but that wasn’t in the picture, those were just stories he told me of other years. He never was a hockey player on the real teams, just… one guy is wearing the Melville Millionaire sweater."