The Memorial Cup: Canada's National Junior Hockey Championship

Paperback | January 1, 1997

byRichard Lapp, Alec MacaulayForeword byPaul Henderson

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Since 1919, the Memorial Cup championship has provided excitement for all hockey fans and happy hunting grounds for National Hockey League scouts. It has shaped the way junior hockey is played in North America. Harbour Publishing is proud to present the very first book devoted to our national junior final and its heart-pounding history.

So come on in! Experience the spine-tingling performances of teams from hockey's golden era, like the Winnipeg Monarchs, who pioneered the power play with their checkerboard passing in the enemy's defensive zone. Read about Billy "The Kid" Taylor of the 1939 Oshawa Generals, who has been described as the Bobby Orr of his day but became embroiled in a gambling scandal that ended his career. And move up to the modern era, where players such as Eric Lindros and Trevor Linden have helped their teams to the most sought-after trophy in junior hockey. Loaded with rare archival photographs, this book will fascinate hockey fans of all stripes and any Canadian interested in our cultural heritage.

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For the past 80 years, junior hockey has played a definitive role in Canada's national sport. Since 1919, the Memorial Cup championship has provided excitement for all hockey fans and an excellent place for NHL scouts to search. Experience the spine-tingling performances of teams from hockey's golden era – including the Winnipeg Monarc...

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Since 1919, the Memorial Cup championship has provided excitement for all hockey fans and happy hunting grounds for National Hockey League scouts. It has shaped the way junior hockey is played in North America. Harbour Publishing is proud to present the very first book devoted to our national junior final and its heart-pounding history...

Richard M. Lapp, the author of The Memorial Cup: Canada's National Junior Hockey Championship and the bestselling Local Heroes: A History of the Western Hockey League, is a human encyclopedia of junior hockey. He lives in Winnipeg.Alec Macaulay is a lifelong hockey fan who lives in Vancouver.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:328 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.8 inPublished:January 1, 1997Publisher:Harbour PublishingLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1550171704

ISBN - 13:9781550171709

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from This book takes us back to 1919 and proceeds in great detail all the major events and games leading up to and including the championship games. It lists the rosters of all winners which is great for a lot of the winners who for different reasons did not go on to play pro hockey or were never again part of a winning team. It should provoke discussions about who the greatest junior team of all time was or for some deciding the best in different eras.
Date published: 2011-09-02

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When it comes to hockey trivia, Richard Lapp cannot be stumped.Ask him the most obscure question about the history of junior hockey, "who led the 1939 Oshawa Generals in scoring? Who was the back-up goalie for the 1976 Hamilton Fin Cups?" chances are he'll give you the right answer.It is Lapp's pure love of junior hockey that enabled him to become the walking statistics-computer that he is, it's a passion he's had since childhood."I outgrew it age-wise, but not fan-wise," said the 41-year-old Winnipeg resident.Even when his family moved to such hockeyless climates as Thailand and Columbia, Lapp still nurtured his love for hockey."There were no satellite dishes back then," he said, "But, I do remember waiting for the Miami Herald to come down to South America so I could check the hockey scores."The combination of his passion for hockey and his encyclopedic knowledge of the game made it possible for Lapp to co-author two books on the subject. His first, Local Heroes: A History of the WHL, sold out the first printing within a month of its 1993 release. His second book, The Memorial Cup: Canada's National Junior Hockey Championship featuring a foreword by NHL great Paul Henderson, has just hit the bookshelves in stores across the country.Lapp feels his new volume is an important book because the Memorial Cup tournament often goes unrecognized as a part of Canada's hockey history."The Memorial Cup is basically as old as the Stanley Cup, it's very much a part of hockey history. So many of the NHL greats have competed for the Memorial Cup," said the security officer-turned-author. "It deserves the coverage."Though a fan of the NHL as well - the Toronto Maple Leafs hold a special place in his heart - Lapp has always stayed loyal to junior hockey."The NHL gets all the coverage, of course, but I'm more drawn to the pure excitement of the junior games," he says. "I've always liked the out-of-control nature of it."Lapp's love of hockey has also manifested itself in a large collection of hockey memorabilia including books, programs, photos, jerseys and more. "It's huge. I've got so much stuff in storage."The items in his collection he prizes the most are the relatively obscure Jim Hendy hockey books, a series of guides that were printed during the '30s and '40s. "So many people have the Gretzky rookie card or whatever, but I think these guides are the neatest things I've got. They're the most interesting."Lapp says his passion for junior hockey hasn't diminished over the years. He says hewill continue following the game he loves."I still prefer junior hockey to the NHL, I won't turn my back on the juniors. I'm still the same - I'll practically drive through a prairie snowstorm to get to a game."

From Our Editors

For the past 80 years, junior hockey has played a definitive role in Canada's national sport. Since 1919, the Memorial Cup championship has provided excitement for all hockey fans and an excellent place for NHL scouts to search. Experience the spine-tingling performances of teams from hockey's golden era – including the Winnipeg Monarchs and the Oshawa Generals – responsible for generating superstars like Eric Lindros and Trevor Linden. Packed with rare photos, this book is the pivotal guide for all hockey enthusiasts.