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March 13, 2011

Trail To Gold

James Christie has an absolutely fantastic look back at the 1961 World Champion Trail Smoke Eaters in this weekend's The Globe and Mail.
Canada's Trail Smoke Eaters were making a stand as amateur hockey players against a Soviet system that was decidedly professional – army men recruited from all of its republics against Canadian farm boys, factory workers and firemen. The 1961 world hockey championship in Geneva, Switzerland, would come to be a touchstone of Canadian hockey. There have been other Olympics and other world championships, but the Smokies are an enduring icon.
Here's the full article.

This also reminds me of one of the most unique items up for grabs at ClassicAuctions.net right now - this beautiful Trail Smoke Eaters team jacket:

What a beautiful jacket. It would be hard to find shoes to match, but I love the patch.

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