Monday, February 11, 2008
1901 Africville Seasides
The Coloured Hockey League was an all-black ice hockey league founded in Nova Scotia in 1894 and featured teams from across Canada's Maritime Provinces. The league operated for several decades lasting until 1930.
With as many as a dozen teams, over 400 African-Canadian players from across Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island participated in competition. The Coloured Hockey League is credited by some as being the first league to allow the goaltender to leave their feet to cover a puck in 1900. This practice was not permitted elsewhere until the formation of the National Hockey League in 1917. Hockey historian George Fosty also claims that the first player to use the slapshot was Eddie Martin of the Halifax Eurekas 100 years ago.
This cap represents the Africville Seasides. I've included a video based on the league and the team's 1901 championship roster.
Africville Seasides 1901
Co -1901 Colored League Champions
James Carvery -Forward/Center/Goal
John Cassiday -Point /Defense/Goal
Richard "Dick" Carvery - Forward/Right Wing
William Carvery, Sr. -Goal
Allen Dixon -Forward/Point/Rover
James E. Dixon - Goal/Forward/Point/Left Wing
Wallace Dixon -Forward/Cover Point
Richard "Dick" Dixon -Sub/Forward
William G. Howe, Jr. -Team Executive
A. Edward "Eddie" Martin -Cover Point (Joined team after starting season on Eurekas)
T.G. MacDonald -Treasurer and Manage