Hockey was a favourite winter pastime. A hockey rink was built in a few different places around town. In the museum, the picture I like the best, is of a rink built by the river. In it you can see the players streaming off it to greet the Fish Train coming off the lake!
Early men’s teams travelled to Camperville, Fork River and Sifton. Teams going to Camperville would travel by horse and caboose until cars and trucks were assured of roads made passable in winter by graders. Teams from Sifton and Fork River could travel back and forth by train. In fact, when the train whistle blew, for “all aboard” that indicated the end of the game and the score!
Did the women’s teams get to travel? So far I haven’t found any news of women’s teams playing against each other. However, I certainly think that must have happened. Do any of our readers have any other pictures of women’s teams from this area, or stories of who they played against?
The histories of Winnipegosis and Fork River are so entwined. The more I read about sporting events that occurred in either communities the more I recognize how family names connect these two communities.
Do you remember the outdoor skating rink in Fork River? It’s where I learned to skate on a very dull pair of “Bob skates”. The bottom picture is of an all female hockey team from Fork River. They probably played against the female hockey team from Winnipegosis.
If someone has any pictures of the men’s Fork River hockey teams from those early days, the museum would love to have them. I know there were men’s hockey teams because my brother Byron Waters played on one and sadly I don’t have any pictures.
Competition between Fork River and Winnipegosis sporting teams was strong and with travel between the two communities made easier by train, teams could go back and forth in one day. Trains went past Fork River to Winnipegosis in the morning and then back in the evening on the way to Winnipeg daily.
– Jo Bunka