The Kirkland Lake Gold Miners Jr A Hockey Club will be hosting the Timmins Rock on Thursday, November 29th at the Complex and will be wearing Lakeshore Blue Devils 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 Devils team the season prior was thought to be the better team but lost out on its journey to the Final.
In 1940 the Blue 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 5 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.
The jerseys will be auctioned of at future games and team events, and are sponsored by Pinewood Park Motors and CXS Explorations.