Articles from Bill Sproule

  1. Houghton: The Birthplace of Professional Hockey (by William Sproule)

    Presented in association with the Society for International Hockey Research (SIHR). The story of how a Canadian-born dentist and Houghton entrepreneur changed hockey by openly paying players to come to Michigan’s Copper Country to play hockey. In the early days of hockey it was a game for amateurs, however there were rumors that some players were secretly paid. It was not until 1903 that Jack “Doc” Gibson and James R. Dee decided to recruit the best players from Canada and pay them to play...
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