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    Picture from 1951 World Championships

    I have come across the interesting picture below from the 1951 World Championships. It shows the game between the United States and Norway and (as usual) I have an interest in the uniforms.



    First Norway : the design is that which I have seen before in a picture posted by Karsten in another thread on this forum. It is a very simple design, white (or a light colour) with dark stars on the front. My question is : what colour were the stars? Does anyone know or have a colour photo?
    Next the United States : a very interesting crest design, unlike any I have seen for the U.S. before. It appears to be something written in script (U-S-A?) on the front with the familiar US sheild crest on the corner. Can anyone confirm what is written on the front of the jersey? Any comments are appreciated! Thanks!

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    According to the 1951 official programme, the Norway uniform colours were
    white with red stars.

    And the script written across the USA uniforms says "Bates", for the
    Bates Manufacturing Co. of Lewiston, Maine, which was the club selected
    to represent the United States at the '51 world championships.

    The photograph shown is from the opening match of 9 March 1951, and of
    USA goalie Hank Brodeur in action in a losing cause (3-0 victory by Norway).

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    Hello Svetovy!

    And one might add, that this probably can be considered the All-Time-Norwegian IIHF tournament team, being fourth in the final standings and the third best European team!

    All the best
    Jukka

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    Thanks for the information! I do not know what I would do without the expertise and resources to be found on this board!


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    One other item - does anyone have a roster for the USA for this 1951 tournament? I have searched the site and cannot find one.

    Thank you!

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    US roster 1951

    1 Amede Beland
    1 Larry Berube
    G Hank Brodeur
    0 Laurier Charest
    0 Robert Dubois
    1 Jim Fife
    G Leon Lafrance
    0 Raymond Marcotte
    3 Hank Martineau
    2 Albert Moreau
    0 George Morin
    0 Gaston Lauze
    0 Norm Parent
    3 Chuck Poirier
    3 Pete Theriault

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    Hello you all!

    I've always thought, that the members of this US team had many second-cousins on the north-side of the border...

    All the best
    Jukka

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    That is an interesting observation, Jukka, but not entirely correct.

    During the 20th century, large numbers of French-Canadians from Quebec
    and Acadia relocated across the border into many New England milltowns
    (primarily in the regional states of Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont)
    in search of employment in the manufacturing mills, and eventually
    settling in to raise their families and becoming permanent residents
    and citizens in their respective communities.

    The 1951 Bates Manufacturing Co. team from Lewiston, Maine, is a prime
    example of this exodus. Bates Manufacturing was a huge textile factory
    mill founded in 1850 in Lewiston, Maine, and was the largest employer
    in the state of Maine all the way through until the 1960's.

    Of the 15 players listed on the 1951 Bates roster, all are of French-
    Canadian heritage with the exception of big defenseman James L. Fife,
    who was the captain of the 1949-50 Bowdoin College hockey team.
    Bowdoin is a university located in the nearby coastal New England town
    of Brunswick, Maine.

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    Hello Svetovy!

    I put my last post to this thread with my tongue in cheek, but thanks for the correction anyway!

    Well, this migration did have an effect on the other fields of life too; Grace Margoulis, to mention one example. I've seen a documentary about her early life in New Hampshire, where the nickname of her part of the small town was "Little Canada"!

    All the best
    Jukka

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