Fonds A.06-78 - Arthur T. "Art" Puttee fonds

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Arthur T. "Art" Puttee fonds

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CA UMASC A.06-78

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Hockey stick formed from two pieces of curved wood nailed together. Handle is approximately 1 meter long, blade is 33 centimeters long and 7.5 centimeters wide.

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Arthur Tyrell "Art" Puttee was an ice hockey goaltender and an engineering student at the University of Manitoba. He was born 14 October 1904 in Winnipeg, and his father was the noted Canadian politician and newspaper editor Arthur W. Putnee.

Art Puttee played in goal for the University of Manitoba Senior Varsity hockey team from the 1927-28 season through to his graduation after the 1930-31 season. During his first season, the team won the Allan Cup at the 1928 Canadian senior men's hockey championship, shutting out the Montreal Victorias 1-0.

Three years later, Puttee and the team known as the "University of Manitoba Grads" went on a 25-game tour of Europe that included games in London, Berlin, Prague, St. Moritz, Hamburg, and Paris. The tour involved representing Canada at the 1931 World Championships in Krynica, Poland. The team won the world title in a 2-0 final game against the Unites States (represented by the Boston Hockey Club) in the 21st game of the tour, and was undefeated in all of those 21 games. Additionally, Puttee had a six-game shutout during the world championship tournament. Puttee had to return to Winnipeg to write final exams during the final games of the tour, at which time Sam McCallum took over in net for the team.

Puttee's goaltending skill during the European tour atracted offers from European hockey clubs. He played for the Swiss club Grasshoppers Zürich in 1931-32, together with another Canadian player, Blake Watson. Puttee played in Zürich for another two years in addition to representing various Zürich city teams. He was also lent to Austrian team Wiener EV when they toured England in 1932. Aside from playing games, Puttee was sometimes hired to officiate international games between club teams and he refereed several games during the 1933 World Cup tournament in Prague.

Arthur Putnee worked as a civil engineer for the City of Winnipeg in the later years of his life, and he and his wife Eleanor had two children, Arthur Robert and Mary Eleanor. Puttee passed away in Winnipeg at the age of 62 on 18 October 1966. In 2004 two of the teams Puttee played for were inducted into the Manitoba Sports Hall of Fame - the 1928 Allan Cup winners and the 1931 World Champions.

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Hockey stick used by Art Puttee in 1931. Stick donated to the University of Manitoba Archives & Special Collections in 2006 by Art Puttee's son, Arthur Robert Puttee.

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Fonds contains one hockey goaltender stick used by Art Puttee while goalie for the Canadian hockey team (the University of Manitoba Grads) that won the 1931 World Championships in Krynica, Poland. Handwritten on one side of the handle is the text, "Winners of Turnbull Cup (Manitoba Champ), Abbott Cup (Western Canada Champ), Ross Robertson Memorial Cup (Canadian Champ). Played 21 games, won 17, tied 3, lost 1." On the outer edge of the handle is the text, "Total goals - for 113 - against 36." Other side of the handle has Art Puttee's signature. Signatures of other players are partially visiable across other parts of the stick; legible names include Doupe, Murdoch, and Chapman.

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Rob Puttee, Art Puttee's son, donated the stick in 2006.


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There are no restrictions on access to this item, though it is recommended that gloves are used while handling the object.

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University of Manitoba Archives & Special Collections

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Created 8 February 2012.

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