The first game in Memorial Cup history between the eventual champion University of Toronto Schools and the Regina Pats was delayed over an hour awaiting the arrival of two troop trains carrying the First World War veterans to Toronto so that the returning soldiers could witness the game.
“It was somewhat appropriate that the game should be delayed to wait on that,” Ed Staniowski noted.
Perhaps no one in the history of the Memorial Cup can speak to both sides of the tournament -its historic significance and what it takes to win -as well as Staniowski, 55, a lieutenant-colonel in the Canadian Armed Forces and the goalie for the 1973-74 Memorial Cup champion Pats.
“The Memorial Cup is the ultimate achievement in junior hockey,” Staniowski said.
“I was very fortunate to be part of that 1974 team that made it there and then won it.