August 27, 2017
Hockey Heroes: Silent Jack Ulrich
This is Jack Ulrich. Ulrich was just a 19 year old kid when Frank and Lester Patrick recruited him for their upstart Pacific Coast Hockey Association. Ulrich played in Vancouver in 1911-12 and in Victoria the following two seasons.
Ulrich was deaf and mute, which led to a nickname that wouldn't be tolerated nowadays - "Dummy." Ulrich detested the name. Not surprisingly he preferred his other commonly used nickname - Silent Jack.
By 1914 Ulrich headed east and played two seasons in the National Hockey Association. He played with both the Montreal Wanderers and Toronto Blueshirts.