Vancouver did win the Stanley Cup.
And so did Seattle and Victoria-in a league created a century ago.
Vancouver author Craig H. Bowlsby will be at the Chilliwack branch of The Book Man on Nov. 24, at 2 p.m., reading from his new book Empire of Ice. The Rise and Fall of the Pacific Coast Hockey Association, 1911-1926. The PCHA rose and fell like the Roman Empire, but left its own mark on history.
Now fans can re-live how the Patrick brothers invented modern hockey, and brought the highest level of the game to the Pacific Coast, and the world.
This legendary league has never, until now, been comprehensively recorded. Craig H. Bowlsby has unearthed much new information. He has debunked common misconceptions, and even solved many mysteries. Empire of Ice chronicles the rise of the PCHA to the pinnacle of its success, and then to its final, bizarre plummet. All the league's exciting Stanley Cup struggles are described in detail, as well as the trials, experiments and scandals of the regular seasons. This brings to new light the techniques and exploits of the great hockey stars of both West and East.
Cyclone Taylor, Frank and Lester Patrick, Hugh Lehman, Moose Johnson, Frank Nigh-bor, Eddie Gerard, Nels Stewart, and many others, are spotlighted.
The PCHA also created the first American teams to fight for the Stanley Cup, and the stories of Seattle, Portland and Spokane are fascinating ones. As well, fans can read how the teams of both the NHL and the Prairies clashed with the Pacific Coast in pursuit of the Stanley Cup. There is much new information about Montreal, Ottawa, Toronto, Quebec, Saskatoon, Regina, Calgary, and Edmonton.
A cornucopia of statistics is provided for those who relish in-depth comparisons.
For all the drama, and for one of the freshest views of hockey history ever published- read on!
Come early for free coffee, tea and cookies. Copies of book Empire of Ice. The Rise and Fall of the Pacific Coast Hockey Association, 1911-1926 can be purchased after the reading for $25 and is also available in hard copy on Amazon.com.