September 07, 2015

Aubrey Webster

Aubrey Webster had a long and well-travelled career in hockey.

Webster first rose to fame as a junior star with the Kenora Thistles in the late 1920s. They challenged for the Memorial Cup twice, losing both times to their rivals from Winnipeg.

The Philadelphia Quakers were a short-lived and rather unsuccessful NHL franchise around the time of the great depression. They gave Webster a one game look in 1930, but he seemed destined for a senior league career in New Brunswick. He and Sammy McManus turned the Moncton Hawks to a senior hockey powerhouse, winning back to back Allan Cup national championships in 1933 and 1934.

The Montreal Maroons noticed and offered Webster and McManus pro contracts. While McManus played sparingly much of the season with Montreal, Webster only got 4 games before he was farmed out to Windsor.

Webster would never return to the NHL, but aside from two years lost to military service he continued playing solid hockey for another decade. He mostly played out west, in places like Spokane, Washington and Portland, Oregon.

After leaving the game in 1946 he stayed in Portland and worked as a longshoreman until he retired.

Aubrey Webster passed away on November 1st, 1999 at the age of 89. He was the last surviving Philadelphia Quakers player.

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