Back When It Was Fine

From possibly the birthplace of hockey, Windsor, Nova Scotia, came the Windsor Swastikas, a team that operated from 1905 to 1916.

Across the country were the Fernie Swastikas, a women’s team that existed from 1922 to ’26.

In northern Alberta, the 1916 Edmonton Swastikas.

The swastika was originally a sign for luck and success. But then the Nazis got their hands on it.

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10 thoughts on “Back When It Was Fine”

  1. Not stunned at all Ian. Thanks for sharing this Dennis. And thanks Hitler. You ruined just about everything you touched. From names, to mustaches, to what used to be a symbol of reverence. And a few million of my fellow Hebrews…

  2. I lost a lot of my family in Auschwitz. Anytime I see the Swastika, it makes me angry and ill–Dennis, this is NOT meant to be a criticism. It’s just bizarre to me to see it as “just another symbol”, which is clearly what it was before the Nazis came into existence. I daresay that if a Jewish person had seen that logo, they would have had no reaction at all to it before the Nazis arrived on the world scene………..

  3. That definitely is bizarre. I wonder if any of the players families still have the sweaters? Unfortunately it wouldn’t be something proud to display or brag about. Have you come across any at the auction house, Dennis?

  4. It saddens me that some are offended. These teams were a part of early Canadian hockey history, hockey historians have written about them in the past, and these pictures are no secret. They’ve been around for years and accepted as part of the aforementioned history. There’s a huge separation between these folks and the sweater they wore a 100 years ago and what went down later on. It’s not right if the whole thing is lumped together.

  5. Dennis, to be clear, I am NOT offended by this post. As I wrote, prior to the Nazis, the swastika was a symbol that for 99.9% of the people on this planet would have meant absolutely nothing. Like it or not, the Nazis changed that, and about 99.9% of the planet know exactly what it stands for these days. These hockey players were just that–hockey players, wearing what were then inoffensive hockey sweaters. Unless you are dyed in the wool neo-Nazi, you wouldn’t be wearing that sweater these days, however.

  6. And, I will continue to read and enjoy your blog! Go Habs Go!

    Now, can we get back to the more pressing issue of what to do with the lazy and unmotivated Rene Bourque and the fact that the Habs often resemble a bunch of oompah loompahs out there?

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