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Sports – June 20th

England in 1917.Amos Arbour- Understated Sports Legend

By L. Waxy Gregoire

Joseph Amos Hermas ‘Butch’ Arbour [January 26, 1895 – November 1, 1943]. Amos was a native of Waubaushene, Ontario. At 5’6” and 160lbs, Arbour played for the Victoria Harbour Station in 1914-15 season.

A left winger, Amos played two seasons in the National Hockey Association and six seasons in the National Hockey League for the Montreal Canadiens where he won a Stanley Cup in 1916.

The Portland Rosebuds won the Pacific Coast title and travelled east to meet the Canadiens. It was the first time a team outside Canada would compete for the Stanley Cup.

Portland arrived in Montreal on March 18th, 1916 and had a brief skate at the Westmount Arena. The players were weary from the five day train trip east and appeared to put little effort into the light practice.

The Rosebuds surprised the Canadiens, blanking them 2-0 thanks to the superb goaltending of Tommy Murray.

The second game was played under Western seven man rules. Two substitutes, Amos Arbour and “Skinner” Poulin, came through with goals as the Canadiens downed the Rosebuds 2-1 to tie the series.

Game three a rough one won by the Canadiens 6-3 and Portland won a 6-5 squeaker in game four.

The Westmount Arena was packed for the fifth and final game played under six man rules. The Canadiens won the match 2-1 as George Vezina was sensational in net for the Canadiens. The winning players received $238 and the losers $207 as their share of the gate.

During the summer the Canadiens lost Amos Arbour, “Goldie” Prodgers and Howard McNamara to the Canadian Army.

Amos also played for the Hamilton Tigers and Toronto St. Patricks.

It can’t be understated that his biggest contribution was playing and signing up for the 228th Battalion hockey team 1916-17 which was shipped over to London

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