Men o’ the North: The Most Talked About Hockey Outfit in the World by Stephen Smith

picture of 228th Battalion Junior Team 1916-17

Tuesday, November 30, 2021:

Today’s NHL teams regularly celebrate the service and sacrifices of military men and women. Armored cars invade pre-game ice, players take warm-ups in camo. But the hockey’s top league has never seen anything like the episode that unfolded in Toronto in the turbulent years of the First World War when in 1916, an active Canadian Army infantry battalion on its way to the front took the ice to compete in a pre-NHL league with the world-champion Montreal Canadiens and other well-established teams.
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