Herder Memorial Trophy

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Herder Memorial Trophy
Award details
Sport Ice hockey
Given for Senior hockey champions of Newfoundland and Labrador
History
First award 1935 (Corner Brook)
Most recent 2015 (Grand Falls-Windsor Cataracts)

The Herder Memorial Trophy, or Herder, is the championship trophy awarded annually to the senior ice hockey champions of Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada. The trophy was originally donated in 1935 by the Herder family, who owned The Evening Telegram newspaper, as a memorial to five brothers who played hockey in St. John's. The Herder was first awarded to the Corner Brook team that won the inaugural all-Newfoundland hockey championships on March 22, 1935. The latest Herder trophy was presented to the Grand Falls-Windsor Cataracts on March 8, 2015.

History[edit]

The Herder trophy was donated in 1935 by Ralph Herder, then was president of The Evening Telegram, in honour of his five hockey-playing brothers. The trophy was to be awarded to Newfoundland's best ice hockey team. Having been published by a member of the Herder family since the founding of the paper in 1879 until the retirement of Stephen in 1993, has meant that the Telegram has played an integral role in the promotion and sponsorship of the Herder, which continues to this day.

Originally donated by Ralph Herder in memory of his five brothers, it now honors the memory of eight Herders. The “original five” Herders were Arthur, William, Douglas, Augustus and Hubert and they were later joined by brothers Ralph and James. In 2009, the name of Ralph's son Stephen was added to the trophy. The seven brothers were fine hockey players and often played together, with four of them sometimes playing together on championship teams. James Herder coached the 1935 Guards team that lost the inaugural Herder championship to Corner Brook in March 1935.

The St. John's Guards had earned the right to compete for the inaugural Herder Memorial Trophy in 1935 by first defeating St. Bon's in a 2-game series to become St. John's city champions, and later toppling the Bay Roberts Rovers in a 2-game, total goal series to become the Avalon Peninsula champions. The championship match-up was then set - the Guards of St. John's would play host to the Corner Brook All-Star Team. Fans in St. John's eagerly awaited the arrival of the Corner Brook Royals; tickets to the 2 games were sold out quickly. The Royals edged the Guards 1-0 in Game 1, and were victorious in Game 2 by a 4-2 margin to become the island's top team, and Herder Trophy Champions.

Today, fan interest and competition is as keen as it was in the glory days of senior hockey. The Herder Memorial Trophy will live forever in the minds and hearts of the people of Newfoundland.

The Herder family[edit]

The trophy was originally donated by Ralph Herder on behalf of the Herder Family as a memorial to five Herder brothers who had all been prominent hockey players (Douglas, Arthur, Hubert, Hebert Augustus 'Gus' and William Jr.). Later the names of Ralph (d.1955), his brother James (d.1970) and Ralph's son Stephen (d.1993) were added to the trophy.

The Herder is now a memorial to the following Herder family members: 1. Arthur, a lawyer, was a Captain in the First World War, He died of his wounds in 1917.

2. Hubert was a lieutenant when he was killed at Beaumont Hamel July 1, 1916.

3. William was a vice-president of the Evening Telegram when he died in 1934. (see William James Herder (1849–1922), publisher, born Old Perlican, Newfoundland, Canada, founder of Newfoundland's first daily newspaper, The Evening Telegram).

4. Douglas died from illness in 1908.

5. Augustus was a vice-president of the Evening Telegram when he died in 1934.

6. Ralph, also a lieutenant, was seriously wounded July 1, 1916. He survived the war. He became Publisher on the deaths of his brothers in 1934, and was the driving force behind the creation of the Herder Memorial Trophy in memory of his five brothers who predeceased him. Ralph was the father of Rendell [Rex] and Stephen and he died in 1955.

7. James was the youngest of the seven brothers. He was vice President and General Manager of The Evening Telegram when his brother Ralph died in 1955. Jim, as he was known, took over as Publisher and piloted The Evening Telegram Ltd through a period of tremendous growth and prosperity during the late 1950s and through the 1960s. He died in 1970.

8. Stephen succeeded his uncle Jim and was the longtime publisher of The Telegram. An environmentalist long before his time he was known for saving Rennies River, and a bridge over that river is dedicated to his efforts. Steve was a proud proponent of the Herder memorial Trophy. He and died in 1993, at the age of 65.

The trophy[edit]

The Herder Trophy donated in 1935 was retired and replaced by a replica. Over the years additional tiers were added to the original base, filled with shields bearing the names and years of championship teams.

St. Bon’s star Edward “Key” Kennedy (1911-1955) was the model for the hockey player that stands atop the original trophy. It is well-known that trophy-donor Ralph Herder took a photo of Kennedy, in playing pose, to New York where he had a model made and then had the figure cast in silver.[1]

The original trophy was retired. A replica was made and is currently presented to championship teams.

Conditions placed by the trophy donor[edit]

The Herder family attached eight conditions to the donation of the Herder Memorial Trophy:[2]

  1. Trophy is to be known as The Herder Memorial Trophy presented by The Evening Telegram in memory of Arthur, Douglas, William, Augustus and Hubert Herder.
  2. Trophy is to be emblematic of the All-Newfoundland Amateur Hockey championship, and must be competed for each year in St. John's.
  3. All matches held for the Trophy to be held under the rules of the body governing hockey in Newfoundland.
  4. The Trophy cannot be won outright but to be competed for each year.
  5. The winner shall hold the Trophy until the start of the hockey season the following year and then it must be returned to the donors.
  6. Arrangements for the playing of the All-Newfoundland championship are to be made by the main body governing hockey, the management of the rink, and the donors.
  7. No names of teams or players winning the trophy to be engraved on the trophy or base.
  8. If an All-Newfoundland championship is impossible in any year, the Trophy shall be held by the team winning the championship of the Avalon Peninsula or other Inter-Sectional championship.


Changes to the original conditions[edit]

From 1935 though 1941 the All-Newfoundland finals were played at the former Prince's Rink in St. John's (renamed The Arena in 1937). The Herder championships were cancelled for 1942 and 1943 after the Arena was destroyed by fire on November 28, 1941 and due to a shortage of players who were in the service during the Second World War. After the Arena burned down in November 1941, St. John's did not have a suitable venue until the opening of Memorial Stadium in December 1954. Due to the depleted rosters of senior hockey teams with men serving overseas, there was no all-Newfoundland finals in 1942 and 1943. In 1944, the Herder finals were held outside St. John's for the first time when Bell Island and Corner Brook played the all-Newfoundland final series at the Corner Brook rink. The NAHA was granted permission by Ralph Herder to hold the Herder finals outside the capital city for the first time.

In 1947, the Herder championship was held in Gander. Grand Falls and St. Bon's faced off in the finals at the first Gander Gardens which was located in an old RCAF hangar at the airport. The Gardens had a natural sheet of ice which, at the time, was the largest ice surface on the island. The 1948 the finals were held at the Grand Falls Stadium that opened just two months prior. The state-of-the-art arena had Newfoundland's first 'regulation size' artificial ice surface and, for the next few years, was the only arena on the island with an ice plant.

In recent years, the Herder finals series was held at Mile One Centre (and before it was built, at Memorial Stadium) in St. John's and frequently sold out the 6,000 seat building. Games were also held in the Pepsi Centre in the city of Corner Brook, on the west coast of the island, when teams from that area were playing for the cup.

Since 2013. the Herder finalists have the right to decide the location of their home games.

Series format[edit]

Since the original series of eastern champions versus western champions was organized over a short period, the NAHA has dictated a number of series formats that included the winners of divisional, local league or island-wide league playoffs.

On February 25, 2015, Hockey Newfoundland and Labrador approved a request by the Central West Senior Hockey League in which they asked to play for the historic Herder Trophy because it was the only operating Senior A hockey league registered in the province.

Series format history[edit]

This is a list of Herder championship series formats since 1935.

Note: GP = Games played, W = Wins, L = Losses, T = Ties, OTL = Overtime Losses, Pts = Points, GF = Goals for, GA = Goals against

Herder Format Teams
1935 Two-team Herder final, two games total goals series Eastern (winner of Avalon championship) vs. Western champions (winner of Corner Brook-Grand Falls intertown series)
1936 to 1939 Three-team single-round robin Herder final series, top two teams in a championship game Eastern (City League) champions, Conception Bay League Champion, Western champions
1940 Two-team Herder final, two games total goals series Eastern (Avalon champions) vs. Western champions
1941 Two-team Herder final, best-of-three series Eastern (City League champions) vs. Conception Bay champions (Buchans were Western Champion but chose not to enter)
1942 Herder championships were cancelled due to the Second World War
1943 Herder championships were cancelled due to the Second World War
1944 Two-team Herder final, best-of-three series Eastern (Avalon champions) vs. Western champions
1945 Two-team Herder final, two games total goals series Eastern (City League champions) vs. Conception Bay hampions (a Western champion did not enter)
1946 Two-team Herder final, two games total goals series Eastern (Avalon champions) vs. Western champions
1947 Two-team Herder final, two games total goals series Eastern (Avalon champions) vs. Western champions
1948 to 1952 Two-team Herder final, two games total goals series Eastern (Avalon champions) vs. Western champions
1953 to 1955 Two-team Herder final, best-of-three series Only Buchans and Grand Falls entered teams for Herder competition in 1953, 1954 and 1955
1956 Three-team Herder playoff series, best-of-five final series St. Bon's Bluegolds (City League champions) vs. Buchans in best-of-three semi-final, winner vs. Grand Falls in a best-of-five final series
1957 No competition for the Herder NAHA awarded the trophy to the only team entered (Grand Falls)
1958 Two-team Herder final, best-of-seven series Only Corner Brook and Grand Falls entered teams for Herder competition in 1958
1959 Two-team Herder final, best-of-seven series Eastern champions (Avalon champions) vs. Western champions
1960 to 1962 Two-team Herder final, best-of-seven series East Division champions vs. West Division champions
1963 to 1970 Best-of-seven finals series One provincial senior league with a regular season, top four teams in semi-finals, followed by the Herder finals
1971 to 1973 Best-of-seven finals series One provincial senior league with a regular season, home-and-home round robin, Herder finals
1974 Best-of-seven finals series One provincial senior league with a regular season, top four teams in semi-finals, followed by the Herder finals
1975 Best-of-seven finals series Three-team provincial senior league with a 16-game regular season, 2nd & 3rd place teams in semi-final, winner played #1 in Herder final
1976 Best-of-seven finals series Four-team provincial senior league with a 20-game regular season (12 games for St. John's), 3rd & 4th place teams in best-of-five Quarter-final, winner played 2nd place in semi-final, winner played 1st place in Herder final
1977 to 1978 Best-of-seven finals series Eight-team provincial senior league with East and West Divisions, Winner of Eastern playoffs faced winner of Western playoffs in Herder final
1979 to 1989 Best-of-seven finals series One provincial senior league with a regular season, top four teams in semi-finals, followed by the Herder finals
1990 Two-team Herder final, best-of-seven finals series Eastern champions (winner of St. John's Capitals vs. Avalon East league all-stars winner played the Central league champions in the semi-final). The winner played a final series vs. the Western Champion (winner of Corner Brook vs. Stephenville)
1991 No Herder competition
1992 Two-team Herder final, best-of-five series Avalon East League champions vs. Central League champions
1993 Two-team Herder final (best-of-five series) Eastern champions (winner of Avalon East vs. Conception Bay South Intermediate League Herder semi-final) vs. Central League champions
1994 Two-team Herder final (best-of-five series) Eastern champions (winner of Avalon East vs. Avalon West Herder semi-final) vs. Central League champions
1995 to 96 Two-team Herder final, best-of-seven series Avalon East League champions vs. Avalon West League champions
1997 Two-team Herder final, best-of-five series Eastern champion (winner of Avalon East vs. Avalon West best-of-seven Herder semi-final) vs. Central League champions
1998 Two-team Herder final, best-of-seven series Round robin semi-final between champions of Avalon East, Avalon West and the Central League. Top two teams got berth to final.
1999 Two-team Herder final, best-of-five series Round robin semi-final between champions of Avalon East, Avalon West and the Central League. Top two teams got berth to final.
2000 to 2011
2012 to 2014 Two-team Herder final, best-of-seven series NLSHL championship final
2015 Two-team Herder final, best-of-seven series Central West Senior Hockey championship final
2016 Two-team Herder final, best-of-five series CWSHL champions vs. AESHL champions[3]

Summary of Herder finals results and locations[edit]

Note: TG = Two games total goals series

Year Winning team Series result Runner-up Location
1935 Corner Brook 5-2 (TG) St. John's Guards The Prince's Rink (St. John's)
1936 St. Bon's Bluegolds 5-2 (TG) Corner Brook The Prince's Rink (St. John's)
1937 St. Bon's Bluegolds 4-1 (TG) Buchans The Arena (formerly the Prince's Rink, St. John's)
1938 St. Bon's Bluegolds 9-1 (TG) Grand Falls Papertowners The Arena (St. John's)
1939 St. Bon's Bluegolds 2-0 (TG) Bell Island Islanders The Arena (St. John's)
1940 St. Bon's Bluegolds 17-7 (TG) Buchans The Arena (St. John's)
1941 Bell Island Islanders 2-1 Royals (St. John's League champions) The Arena (St. John's)
1942 Not held due to WWII
1943 Not held due to WWII
1944 Bell Island Islanders 2-0 Corner Brook Corner Brook Rink
1945 St. Bon's Bluegolds 13-4 (TG) Bell Island Islanders
1946 St. Bon's Bluegolds 35-3 (TG) Grand Falls All-Stars
1947 St. Bon's Bluegolds 12-8 (TG) Grand Falls All-Stars Gander Gardens (at the airport)
1948 St. Bon's Bluegolds 6-3 (TG) Buchans Miners Grand Falls Stadium
1949 St. Bon's Bluegolds 21-6 (TG) Corner Brook Corner Brook Rink
1950 Buchans Miners 17-5 (TG) St. Bon's Bluegolds Grand Falls Stadium
1951 Buchans Miners 12-6 (TG) St. Bon's Bluegolds Grand Falls Stadium
1952 Buchans Miners 12-3 (TG) St. Bon's Bluegolds Grand Falls Stadium
1953 Grand Falls All-Stars 2-0 Buchans Miners Grand Falls Stadium
1954 Buchans Miners 2-1 Grand Falls All-Stars Grand Falls Stadium
1955 Grand Falls Andcos 3-1 Buchans Miners Grand Falls Stadium
1956 Grand Falls Andcos 3-0 Buchans Miners Grand Falls Stadium
1957 Grand Falls Andcos n/a (no teams entered 'A' competition) n/a (Grand Falls were declared champions by NAHA)
1958 Grand Falls Andcos 4-1 Corner Brook Royals Grand Falls Stadium & Humber Gardens (Corner Brook)
1959 Grand Falls Andcos 4-1 Conception Bay Cee Bees Harbour Grace Stadium & Grand Falls Stadium
1960 Conception Bay Cee Bees 4-2 Grand Falls Andcos Grand Falls Stadium & Harbour Grace Stadium
1961 Conception Bay Cee Bees 4-0 Gander Flyers Harbour Grace Stadium & Gander Gardens
1962 Corner Brook Royals 4-1 Conception Bay Cee Bees Humber Gardens & Harbour Grace Stadium
1963 Buchans Miners 4-2 Corner Brook Royals Humber Gardens & Buchans Stadium
1964 Corner Brook Royals 4-2 Buchans Miners Humber Gardens & Buchans Stadium
1965 Conception Bay Cee Bees Corner Brook Royals
1966 Corner Brook Royals Conception Bay Cee Bees
1967 Conception Bay Cee Bees Gander Flyers
1968 Corner Brook Royals Buchans Miners
1969 Gander Flyers 4-0 Buchans Miners Gander Gardens & Buchans Stadium
1970 St. John's Capitals 4-3 Gander Flyers Gander Gardens & Memorial Stadium, St. John's
1971 Grand Falls Cataracts 4-3 St. John's Capitals Grand Falls Stadium & Memorial Stadium, St. John's
1972 Grand Falls Cataracts 4-0 St. John's Capitals Grand Falls Stadium & Memorial Stadium, St. John's
1973 St. John's Capitals 4-0 Grand Falls Cataracts Grand Falls Stadium & Memorial Stadium, St. John's
1974 St. John's Capitals 4-1 Grand Falls Cataracts Grand Falls Stadium & Memorial Stadium, St. John's
1975 St. John's Capitals 4-0 Corner Brook Royals Humber Gardens & Memorial Stadium, St. John's
1976 St. John's Capitals 4-0 Grand Falls Cataracts Grand Falls Stadium & Memorial Stadium, St. John's
1977 Corner Brook Royals 4-2 St. John's Blue Caps Humber Gardens & Memorial Stadium, St. John's
1978 St. John's Blue Caps 4-3 Gander Flyers Gander Gardens & Memorial Stadium, St. John's
1979 St. John's Mike's Shamrocks 4-3 Gander Flyers Gander Gardens & Memorial Stadium, St. John's
1980 Gander Flyers 4-1 St. John's Blue Caps Gander Gardens & Memorial Stadium, St. John's
1981 Grand Falls Cataracts 4-2 Corner Brook Royals Humber Gardens, Corner Brook & Grand Falls Stadium
1982 Grand Falls Cataracts 4-2 Gander Flyers
1983 Stephenville Jets 4-3 Grand Falls Cataracts Stephenville Gardens & Grand Falls Stadium
1984 Stephenville Jets 4-1 Corner Brook Royals Stephenville Gardens & Humber Gardens, Corner Brook
1985 Corner Brook Royals 4-2 Stephenville Jets Stephenville Gardens & Humber Gardens, Corner Brook


1986 Corner Brook Royals 4-2 Stephenville Jets Stephenville Gardens & Humber Gardens, Corner Brook
1987 St. John's Capitals 4-2 Stephenville Jets Stephenville Gardens & Memorial Stadium, St. John's
1988 Corner Brook Royals 4-1 St. John's Capitals Memorial Stadium, St. John's & Humber Gardens, Corner Brook
1989 Port aux Basques Mariners 4-2 St. John's Capitals
1990 St. John's Capitals 4-0 Corner Brook Royals
1991 Herder championship was not played n/a n/a n/a
1992 Badger Bombers 3-1 Flatrock Flyers Badger Stadium
1993 Flatrock Flyers 3-2 Gander Flyers Gander Gardens
1994 La Scie Jets 3-2 Southern Shore Breakers Cape St. John Arena, La Scie & Southern Shore Arena
1995 Southern Shore Breakers 4-0 Flatrock Flyers
1996 Southern Shore Breakers 4-3 Flatrock Flyers Southern Shore Arena & Fieldian Gardens, St. John's
1997 Flatrock Flyers 3-0 Badger Bombers Badger Stadium
1998 Flatrock Flyers 4-3 Southern Shore Breakers Southern Shore Arena & Fieldian Gardens, St. John's
1999 Southern Shore Breakers 2-1 Badger Bombers Southern Shore Arena
2000 Southern Shore Breakers 4-0 Torbay West Side Charlies
2001 Deer Lake Red Wings 3-2 Flatrock Flyers
2002 Corner Brook Royals 3-2 Flatrock Flyers
2003 Flatrock Flyers 3-0 Corner Brook Royals
2004 Southern Shore Breakers 3-1 Corner Brook Royals
2005 Deer Lake Red Wings 4-3 Conception Bay North CeeBee Stars
2006 Conception Bay North CeeBee Stars 4-2 Deer Lake Red Wings
2007 Conception Bay North CeeBee Stars 4-2 Deer Lake Red Wings
2008 Conception Bay North CeeBee Stars 4-2 Deer Lake Red Wings
2009 Clarenville Caribous 4-1 Conception Bay North CeeBee Stars Mile One Centre, (St. John's)
2010 Clarenville Caribous 4-1 Conception Bay North CeeBee Stars
2011 Grand Falls-Windsor Cataracts 4-0 Conception Bay North CeeBee Stars
2012 Clarenville Caribous 4-1 Grand Falls-Windsor Cataracts Mile One Centre, (St. John's) & Pepsi Centre (Corner Brook)
2013 Conception Bay North CeeBee Stars 4-0 Clarenville Caribous
2014 Grand Falls-Windsor Cataracts 4-2 Clarenville Caribous Clarenville Events Centre & Joe Byrne Memorial Stadium (Grand Falls-Windsor)
2015 Grand Falls-Windsor Cataracts 4-0 Corner Brook Royals Corner Brook Civic Centre & Joe Byrne Memorial Stadium (Grand Falls-Windsor)

Broadcasting[edit]

The first island-wide live broadcast of a Herder championship game was on the VONF radio station on Saturday night March 23, 1935. Jack Tobin provided the play-by-play of the second and final game of the first all-Newfoundland hockey championships between Corner Brook vs. the Guards of St. John's live from the Prince's Rink in St. John's.[4] The final score was 4-2 for Corner Brook.

In 2007 and 2008, Rogers Television broadcast the Herder finals and province-wide using the Newfoundland and Labrador House of Assembly Channel). In 2009, games 3 to 5 of the finals were streamed online at thesportspage.ca.

The 2015 Herder finals games were webcast by George Scott who provided the play-by-play with Robert Goulding and Barry Manuel.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Appendix p. 1607, Murphy, Dee:Our Sports: The Games and Athletes of Newfoundland and Labrador, James Lane Publishing. 2000
  2. ^ Appendix p.1606 Murphy, Dee:Our Sports: The Games and Athletes of Newfoundland and Labrador, James Lane Publishing. 2000
  3. ^ http://www.centralwesthockey.ca/show_news.php?news_id=1057
  4. ^ The Western Star, March 27, 1935

Bibliography[edit]

  • Abbott, Bill (2000). Herder Memorial Trophy: A History of Senior Hockey in Newfoundland and Labrador. Breakwater Books. 
  • Elliott, Jerry "Stats" (2010). Newfoundland and Labrador Senior Hockey: A Trip Down Memory Lane. Jerry Elliott. 

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