Spokane Canaries

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Spokane Canaries
City Spokane, Washington
Founded 1916
Home arena Elm Street Barn
Colours Yellow and Purple
Championships 0
Franchise history
1911-1913 Victoria Senators
1913–1916 Victoria Aristocrats
1916–1917 Spokane Canaries
1917-1918 Dormant
1918-1922 Victoria Aristocrats
1922–1926 Victoria Cougars

The Spokane Canaries (officially Spokane Hockey Club) were a professional ice hockey team in Spokane, Washington. They played in the Pacific Coast Hockey Association for only one season in 1916–17. In the fall of 1916, the Canadian government expropriated the Patrick Arena in Victoria, British Columbia for war-time training purposes, making the arena unavailable for ice hockey use. It was decided to move the club based there, the Victoria Aristocrats, to Spokane, Washington. The team operated without an official nickname but were dubbed the "Canaries" by a local boy after seeing their yellow and purple uniforms. The team was a flop at the gate drawing poor crowds. As a result of this, on February 15 1917, it was announced that most of the teams home games would subsequently be moved to the Seattle Ice Arena (home of the Seattle Metropolitans). As well what was to be their final home game against the Vancouver Millionaires would be cancelled. The team would fold at seasons end. Two years later the club was reactivated in Victoria to become the Victoria Aristocrats again.

The Canaries, coached by player and team captain Lester Patrick, finished 4th and last in the league with 8 wins and 15 losses for 16 points in 23 games. Right winger Albert Kerr led the team offensively with 20 goals and 31 points. Their home games were played at the Elm Street Barn which was an outdoor arena until the late 1930s when a roof was added.[1]

Roster and Statistics[edit]

1916–17 Spokane Canaries


GP = Games Played, G = Goals, A = Assists, Pts = Points, PIM = Penalties in minutes

Albert Kerr, RW 22 20 11 31 38
Lloyd Cook, D 22 13 9 22 32
Ran McDonald, LW 22 13 9 22 26
Sibby Nichols, LW 22 10 11 21 68
Lester Patrick, D 22 10 11 21 15
Ken Mallen, C 21 10 3 13 22
Leo Cook, F 20 9 2 11 18
Bob Genge, C 19 4 3 7 48


GP = Games Played, W = Wins, L = Losses, T = Ties, MIN = Minutes played, SO = Shutouts, GA = Goals against, GAA = Goals against average

Norman "Hec" Fowler 23 8 15 0 1383 0 143 6.20

Source: [2]

Season-by-season record[edit]

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

PCHA season GP W L T GF GA Finish Playoffs
1916–17 23 8 15 0 89 143 Last in PCHA N/A