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Edward Cole "Eddie" Oatman (Born June 10, 1889 in Springford, Ontario - Died November 5, 1973) was a professional hockey player for 32 years (1907 - 1939). June 10 is the 161st day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (162nd in leap years), with 204 days remaining. ... 1889 (MDCCCLXXXIX) was a common year starting on Tuesday (see link for calendar). ... Motto: Ut Incepit Fidelis Sic Permanet (Latin: Loyal she began, loyal she remains) Official languages English (French has some legal status but is not fully co-official) Flower White Trillium Tree Eastern White Pine Bird Common Loon Capital Toronto Largest city Toronto Lieutenant-Governor James K. Bartleman Premier Dalton McGuinty... November 5 is the 309th day of the year (310th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar, with 56 days remaining. ... 1973 (MCMLXXIII) was a common year starting on Monday. ... Ice hockey, known simply as hockey in areas where it is more common than field hockey, is a team sport played on ice. ... 1907 (MCMVII) was a common year starting on Tuesday (see link for calendar) of the Gregorian calendar (or a common year starting on Wednesday of the 13-day-slower Julian calendar). ... 1939 (MCMXXXIX) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will take you to calendar). ...

To play 32 years in the demanding sport should be impossible, yet that is the extraordinary accomplishment of Eddie Oatman.

Though Eddie never played in the NHL, he was among the elite goal scorers of his era. During his 32 years (1907-39) playing professional ice hockey, Eddie was picked 10 straight years as an all-star with the PCHA. He was a star with the Quebec Bulldogs when it won the 1912 Stanley Cup. Eddie played with clubs that won five league championships, and he was a successful coach and captain of five different hockey teams. NHL redirects here. ... The Pacific Coast Hockey Association was a professional ice hockey league in western Canada, operating from 1911 to 1924 when it merged with the Western Canada Hockey League. ... This article is on the ice hockey team. ... This is the current WikiProject: Ice Hockey Article Improvement Drive collaboration! The Stanley Cup The Stanley Cup is the championship trophy of the National Hockey League (NHL), the major professional ice hockey league in Canada and the United States. ...


Early Career

Eddie Oatman began playing organized hockey at age 10 and continued for the next eight years in youth leagues in his hometown. His professional hockey career began in 1907 with the Tillsonburg (Ontario) Junior Ontario Hockey Association (OHA). The next year he played with the Simcoe Intermediate OHA and, in 1909, he played with the Cleveland, Ohio, club. The next season he played on a line with Joe Malone and Jack McDonald for Waterloo of the Ontario Professional Hockey League. When Quebec was admitted into the NHA the following year, the three played with the Bulldogs and helped win the 1912 Stanley Cup. Because of that championship, he and every member of the Bulldogs were offered a contract by PCHA teams. Maurice Joseph Phantom Joe Malone (born in Quebec City, Quebec February 28, 1890 - died, Montreal, Quebec, May 15, 1969) was a professional ice hockey centre who played in the National Hockey Association National Hockey League, notable for his scoring feats and his clean play, and who scored the second most... This article is part of the Evolution of the NHL series. ...

He signed with New Westminster Royals. In the 1914-15 season, he was named to the PCHA all-star team. The Royals became the Portland Rosebuds and Eddie became the team captain. The following year, he also was its coach and was an all-star again when the club won the league championship. However, in 1916 the Montreal Canadiens won their first Stanley Cup title beating Portland three games to two in a best of five playoff series. With Portland's near victory over Montreal, expectations grew for their chances in the 1916-1917 season, but these hopes ended when Eddie enlisted in the Canadian armed forces as part of the 228th Battalion. The Portland Rosebuds were an ice hockey team based in Portland, Oregon which played in the Pacific Coast Hockey Association from 1914 to 1918. ... The 1915-16 season was the 7th season of the National Hockey Association. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... This is the current WikiProject: Ice Hockey Article Improvement Drive collaboration! The Stanley Cup The Stanley Cup is the championship trophy of the National Hockey League (NHL), the major professional ice hockey league in Canada and the United States. ...

When the 228th Battalion secured a franchise in the NHA for the 1916-17 season, Oatman joined the roster. But when the 228th was sent to Europe for military action in the First World War, Oatman was discharged "for special circumstances." The following season Eddie went back to Portland, again as its coach and captain. When the Rosebuds suspended operations, Eddie joined the Victoria Aristocrats as their captain and remained with the team for the next five years. As result of another player's injury, he saw action with the Vancouver Millionaires when they lost the Stanley Cup to the Toronto St. Pats in 1922. The 1916-17 NHA season was the 8th and final season of the National Hockey Association. ... Ypres, 1917, in the vicinity of the Battle of Passchendaele. ... The Victoria Cougars were a Pacific Coast Hockey Association (and after its merger with the Western Canadian Hockey League, the Western Hockey League) hockey team based in Victoria, British Columbia. ... The Vancouver Millionaires were a professional ice hockey team in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada from 1911 to 1926. ... The Toronto Maple Leafs are a National Hockey League team based in Toronto, Ontario. ...

Later Career

Eddie Oatman was traded to the Calgary Tigers in 1923-24. He helped the team win the Western Canada Hockey League title, but were denied a Stanley Cup championship when they again lost to the Montreal Canadiens. From 1924 to 1926, he was the Tigers' coach and captain, leading them to back-to-back championships in 1924 and 1925. Unfortunately, pro hockey collapsed in the West after the 1925-26 season, but he continued to play minor-league hockey. Eddie was the team captain of the Minneapolis, Minnesota, club in the American League in 1927. Then, for the next three years, he played for the Boston Tigers in the Canadian American League (1928-1930), and as their captain led them to the league championship in the 1929. In 1931, he played as captain for the Buffalo Majors in the American Hockey League. He later served as a player-coach in Yorkton, Prince Albert and Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, until his hockey-playing career ended when he was 50. The Calgary Tigers were a former hockey team in Calgary. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... The American Hockey League (AHL) is regarded as the top professional hockey league in North America outside the National Hockey League (NHL). ...

Personal Life

Although hockey was his life, Eddie was a barber by trade and found time to marry and have one son. There is a triangular stone for him at the Springford Cemetery, Oxford County, Ontario, where he is buried next to his brother Russ. Boy Meets Barber For other uses, see Barber (disambiguation). ...


He was also the subject of a Ripley's "Believe It Or Not" article for playing 32 years in professional hockey and is featured on at least two trading cards. Ripleys Believe It or Not! is a franchise which deals in bizarre events and items so strange and unusual that readers might question the claims. ...



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