Original Copy of Minutes from the historic meeting August 21-22, 1922. Attended by League delegates from the professional Western Canada Hockey League and the Pacific Coast Hockey League.
This historic document outlines the details that went into the formation of a Memorandum of Agreement between the WCHL and PCHA prior to the Leagues commencing Inter League play for the 1922-23 season. Present for the Meeting were the following representatives:
- Fred Betts: Saskatoon Crescents, WCHL
- E.L. Richardson: President WCHL
- Kenny McKenzie: Edmonton Eskimos, WCHL
- Westley Champ: Regina Capitals, WCHL
- Pete Muldoon: Seattle Metropolitans, PCHA
- Lester Patrick: Victoria Cougars, PCHA
- Frank Patrick: President PCHA
- R. Rowe: Vancouver Maroons, PCHA
- Fred Johnston: Calgary Tigers, WCHL
The minutes from the two day meeting, August 21-22, 1922 at the Vancouver Hotel, Vancouver British Columbia would result in an 8 page Memorandum of Agreement between the two leagues dated August 22, 1922. That is how expedient Frank Patrick was as a negotiator, leader and innovator. Can you imagine any professional sports league coming together today and establishing a binding agreement in two days.
The details discussed and documented in these minutes include:
- Adoption of Agreement between WCHL and PCHA
- Inter-League games
- Financial Arrangements
- Uniforms - "if they clash, then visitors must wear numbered white slip overs"
- Megaphone Coaching - disallowed!
- Provision and Protection - for visiting teams
- Kicking the puck - not to be penalized unless made to score a goal
- Penalty Shot - PCHA rule to be adopted
- Number of men in uniform - 9 men per game
- Publicity - to be supplied by listing team
- Reserve List
- Post Season Games allowed on coast - 2 out of 3 games. If East defeats PCHA, Vancouver is Host. If PCHA defeats East, then games played at site of Coast City Winning.
- PCHA should adopt WCHL rule as to goaltenders carried
- PCHA rules abolishing off-sides in centre ice to be adopted by both Associations - Carried
- Adoption of "anti defence game rule" that no more than three men, exclusive of goalkeeper" 2 minute penalty for violation
- Propose a joint set of rules for both leagues
- Moved by Mr. Betts that a " hearty vote of thanks " be given to Frank Patrick for his careful and thoughtful initiative and preparation. - Carried
Attached are photos of PCHA President Frank Patrick while a player with the PCHA Vancouver Millionaires and Ken MacKenzie GM the Edmonton Eskimos from whose Estate most all of this Edmonton Eskimos Hockey Team collection originated.