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Encyclopedia > Rat Portage Thistles

The small city of Kenora prides itself on their triumphant win of the Stanley Cup in 1907 by the Kenora Thistles ice hockey team. The town of Kenora, in northwestern, Ontario, is the smallest town to have ever won the Cup. Kenora (2001 population 15,838) is a city situated on the Lake of the Woods in northwestern Ontario, Canada close to the Manitoba border, about 200km east of Winnipeg. ... The Stanley Cup is inscribed with the names of all the players on the teams that have won it. ... 1907 was a common year starting on Tuesday (see link for calendar). ... Ice hockey, known simply as hockey in areas where it is more common than field hockey, is a team sport played on ice. ... Motto: Ut Incepit Fidelis Sic Permanet (Loyal she began, loyal she remains) Other Canadian provinces and territories Capital Toronto Largest city Toronto Lieutenant Governor James K. Bartleman Premier Dalton McGuinty (Liberal) Area 1,076,395 km² (4th)  - Land 917,741 km²  - Water 158,654 km² (14. ...


The town of Kenora was originally called Rat Portage. Originally a small fur trading post on the shoreline of the Lake of the Woods in northwestern Ontario, Rat Portage drew a significant number of immigrants in the latter half of the 19th century after the completion of the Canadian Pacific Railway, which ran through the small hamlet, and which showcased the abundance of timber, fur, water-power, and valuable minerals in the area. By 1896, several children of the peripatetic populace formed an ice hockey team. Among these children were future Hockey Hall of Famers Tommy Phillips, Tom Hooper, Billy McGimsie, and Silas Griffis. Then known as the Rat Portage Thistles, these youngsters quickly established themselves as one of the premier amateur hockey teams of the western Canadian provinces. In 1903 they challenged for the Stanley Cup against the "Ottawa Silver Seven" hockey club and lost. In 1905 they again challenged the Ottawa squad with the same disappointing results. That summer, the town of Rat Portage changed its name to the better sounding moniker of Kenora. Lake of the Woods (French: lac des Bois) is a lake occupying parts of the provinces of Ontario and Manitoba and the state of Minnesota. ... Motto: Ut Incepit Fidelis Sic Permanet (Loyal she began, loyal she remains) Other Canadian provinces and territories Capital Toronto Largest city Toronto Lieutenant Governor James K. Bartleman Premier Dalton McGuinty (Liberal) Area 1,076,395 km² (4th)  - Land 917,741 km²  - Water 158,654 km² (14. ... The Canadian Pacific Railway (CPR; AAR reporting marks CP, CPAA, CPI), known as CP Rail between 1968 and 1996, is a Canadian Class I railway operated by Canadian Pacific Railway Limited. ... The Hockey Hall of Fame is in Toronto, Ontario, Canada; it is devoted to ice hockey rather than the field variety of the game. ... The Stanley Cup is inscribed with the names of all the players on the teams that have won it. ... Kenora (2001 population 15,838) is a city situated on the Lake of the Woods in northwestern Ontario, Canada close to the Manitoba border, about 200km east of Winnipeg. ...


In January of 1907 the Thistles again challenged for the Cup, winning it in a two games, total goals series against the Montreal Wanderers. Two other future Hockey Hall of Famers, Art Ross and "Bad" Joe Hall were on also the roster. Kenora, with a 1907 population of around 7,000 is the smallest town ever to claim the legendary chalice of hockey supremacy. The Montreal Wanderers were a professional hockey team that played in Montreal, Quebec, first in the National Hockey Association, then in the National Hockey League in the 1917-18 NHL season. ... The Hockey Hall of Fame is in Toronto, Ontario, Canada; it is devoted to ice hockey rather than the field variety of the game. ... Arthur Howie Ross (January 13, 1886 _ August 5, 1964) was a Canadian ice hockey executive and defenceman in the National Hockey League and its predecessor, the National Hockey Association. ... Joe Hall (May 3, 1882 - April 5, 1919), nicknamed Bad Joe Hall, was a professional ice hockey defenceman. ...


Just two months later, the Thistles were challenged by the Wanderers to a re-match. Despite importing the services of three more future Hockey Hall of Famers (Alf Smith, Harry "Rat" Westwick, and Frederick Whitcroft), the team lost the Stanley Cup and, losing most of its players afterward to either free agency or retirement, faded into hockey obscurity. The Hockey Hall of Fame is in Toronto, Ontario, Canada; it is devoted to ice hockey rather than the field variety of the game. ... The Stanley Cup is inscribed with the names of all the players on the teams that have won it. ... Free agency can be: In Latter-day Saint theology, free agency is the name of the human capacity to make choices for themselves and to choose between right and wrong. ...


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Kenora Thistles - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (353 words)
The town of Kenora was originally called Rat Portage.
That summer, the town of Rat Portage changed its name to the better sounding moniker of Kenora.
In January of 1907 the Thistles again challenged for the Cup, winning it in a two games, total goals series against the Montreal Wanderers.
Kenora Keewatin High School Alumni - Tom Hooper (476 words)
The Thistles, with only one player over the age of 20, lost both games of the challenge in what was to become the first of nine straight Cup defenses for the Ottawas.
The Thistles finally won the Cup on this, their third attempt, by defeating Montreal 12-8 in a two-game total-goal series.
The Thistles folded shortly after losing to the Wanderers and Hooper followed the Cup east to Montreal, joining the Montreal AAA in time for the 1907-08 season.
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