The Kirkland Lake Gold Miners Jr A Hockey Club will host the Timmins Rock this Thursday, November 29th at the Complex and will wear Lakeshore Blue Devil throwback jersey to honour the 1940 Allan Cup Championship Team.
Harry Oakes had been attempting to build a Allan Cup champion since the mid – thirties. Actually the Blue Devil team the season prior was thought to be the better team but lost out on its journey to the Final.
In 1940 the Devils defeated the Calgary Stampeders 3 games to none at Maple Leaf Gardens to capture the National trophy.
The team was led by Bill Durnan who would go on to backstop the Canadiens to two Stanley Cup championships and 6 Vezina Trophies in his short 7 year NHL career. Other players on that winning roster that would go on to play in the NHL were Bob Walton, Stu Smith and Butch Stahan with the Habs, Johnny McCreedy would win two cups with the Leafs and New Liskeard native Hal Cooper who played with the Rangers.
The Allan Cup was first awarded in 1909 and is still awarded today for the top amateur senior hockey club in the country.
There will be a display of Lakeshore Blue Devil artifacts in the lobby prior to the game and a ceremonial puck drop with a number of special guests.
The jerseys will be auctioned of at future games and team events and are sponsored by Pinewood Park Motors and CXS Explorations.