I just wanted to let everyone know that during the NHL lockout I'm going to be releasing a series of short writing pieces on teams BEFORE the NHL; focusing mainly on the PCHA (Pacific Coast Hockey Association) from 1911-1924 (When the league folded). The tag for these stories on MHH will be "BTN: (Team Name)". The reason I'm doing these stories is because I love hockey history and I believe that outside of Canada pre-NHL history is largely ignored or forgotten. Hockey was brutal, low-paying, and blue collar to the core back then. Men held day jobs in steel mills, factories, restaurants and farms... they played hockey because of their love of it... the glory of winning... because it was stamped on their hearts. They weren't billionaires fighting with millionaires; heck the closest they got to a millionaire was when a team would play the Vancouver Millionaires (who ironically were neither Millionaires nor anywhere near being one). I have written several stories on MHH about the seemingly obscure history of early-twentieth century ice hockey. One story was about the history of the Seattle Metropolitans and the second was the history of the Rover in hockey.
Here is a list of stories that I will be releasing weekly (hopefully):
Before the NHL: Seattle Metropolitans
Before the NHL: Vancouver Millionaires (Will also cover the Vancouver Maroons)
Before the NHL: Portland Rosebuds
Before the NHL: Victoria Cougars (will also cover the Victoria Senators and Victoria Aristocrats)
Before the NHL: North Westminster Royals
Before the NHL: Spokane Canaries