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Offline dbrobertson

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Lord Stanley on the tree...
« on: Thursday 03 January 19 19:30 GMT (UK) »
Sometime last century I glanced at a newspaper article discussing the Stanley Cup, the trophy awarded annually for North American professional ice hockey dominance. Specifically, the article suggested that someone whose ancestors had resided in Canada for more than a few generations stood an excellent chance of discovering a Stanley Cup winner on their family tree.

As to the accuracy of the claim, I don't know what to think: the number of winning players having had their names inscribed on the Cup since 1893 is almost certainly below 2000. Whatever the odds, I looked and did find a shirt-tail cousin on my tree with the requisite championship pedigree.

Andrew Aikenhead (or Aitkenhead) born Glasgow, Scotland 06 March 1904, was in goal for the New York Rangers when they won Lord Stanley's silver mug in 1933. For a goalie who played in an era before the development and introduction of masks, helmets and other safety equipment, that Aikenhead surname is way beyond apropos.


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