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Re: Dump-and-chase inventor

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  • Rob Swiniarski
    I believe the coach was Johnny Achtzener, who was a member of the 1928 Memorial Cup champion Regina Monarchs.   Rob in 801 ________________________________
    Message 1 of 2 , Jun 21, 2013
      I believe the coach was Johnny Achtzener, who was a member of the 1928 Memorial Cup champion Regina Monarchs.
      Rob in 801

      From: misterearle <MisterEarle@...>
      To: hockhist@yahoogroups.com
      Sent: Thursday, June 20, 2013 12:23 PM
      Subject: [hockhist] Origins of dump-and-chase?

      I came across the following in a 1948 column by Winnipeg Free Press
      sportswriter Bert Greer. In a long gripe about the violence of the new
      post-war game, he credits the ascendancy of the dump-and-chase style of
      play to the 1936 Kimberley Dynamiters, winners of the 1936 Allan Cup and
      1937 world championships.
      Back in 1936 a team of hustling Kimberley Dynamiters swept out of the
      Rocky Mountains like the famous Chinook winds, and like a band of
      buccaneers, gathered up Canada's senior hockey spoils and carried
      them triumphantly back to their rocky lair.
      They were true champions those Dynamiters, but like the Chinooks that
      devour the snow banks and sometimes dry out the crops, the Kimberley
      crew indirectly wrecked what has become Canada's major sport.
      It was the Dynamiters who introduced the technique of shooting the puck
      into the corners and battling for it with their defencemen lending a
      hand by parking on the opposition's blue line. Every sortie up the
      ice was a semi-power play with the B.C. boys and that style so confused
      the opposition that it paid off with the Allan Cup.
      Other teams were slow to catch on to this brand of hockey — Trail
      Smoke Eaters later won the coveted title with a neat checker-board
      system shortly after — but the Kimberley method didn't die.
      It was not until after the introduction of the red line that their
      helter-skelter variety of puck-chasing took root and swept the country
      like wildfire.
      No longer do defencemen park on their own blue lines and await onrushing
      forwards and hand out bruising body checks — they're up with the
      rest of the team and in the thick of things wherever the puck may
      This is just one writer's recollection, of course, but I've been
      thinking about how the late-lamented "combination play" was displaced by
      the "egg beater hockey" detested by so many of the post-war hockey
      writers. Looking up the '36 Allan Cup reports, there was quite a bit of
      admiration for Kimberley's apparently relentless forechecking and
      four-man rushes, but nothing that says anything like "they play a style
      that nobody's ever seen before"....And the red line was supposed to put
      an end to ganging play and dumping the puck by forcing defensemen to
      guard against long break-out passes, it didn't create the style. An
      early THN column defended the red line by dating the dump-and-chase to
      the 1930s as well, but without naming any particular practitioners....
      In any case I'd be interested to know what others may think or may have
      found along adjoining lines. Thanks!

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