Remember the Cannons?
Calgary baseball fans will find their teams well represented in the Blaine Collection. There are records relating to many past local baseball teams including the Calgary Stampeders, Buffaloes, Purity 99, Giants, Dodgers, Cascades, Cubs, Jimmies, Odeons, White Sox, Cardinals, Expos, and of course the much-loved Calgary Cannons.
The Quest for the Cup
The Blaine Collection contains publications and records related to Canada's three largest annual hockey tournaments: the Memorial Cup, Allan Cup, and Stanley Cup. The Memorial Cup is competed for by junior-level hockey teams aged 16-21 years, while the Allan Cup is awarded to senior amateur level teams, and the Stanley Cup of course is for the professional level, awarded to the National Hockey League playoff winners.
The Canadian Football League
The Canadian Football League (CFL) was officially formed in 1958, but football has been played in Canada since the 1860s. The CFL initially had two divisions: the Eastern Division (consisting of the Ottawa Rough Riders, Hamilton Tiger-Cats, Toronto Argonauts, and Montreal Alouettes) and the Western Division (consisting of the Winnipeg Blue Bombers, Saskatchewan Roughriders, Calgary Stampeders, Edmonton Eskimos, and BC Lions).
Canadian vs. American Football
Field size: Canadian fields are longer and wider than American fields. In Canada, the field is 150 yards by 65 yards compared to the American field which is 120 yards by 53 yards.
Number of players: Canadian football has 12 players on the field, while American football has 11.
Timeouts: The CFL only allows one timeout per team each half, while the NFL allows three.
Downs: The CFL only allows 3 downs to advance the ball ten yards, while American football allows 4.
Scoring: The CFL has a ‘rouge point’ which is not observed in the NFL. A rogue or single point is scored by the kicking team when the team receiving the kick does not legally return the ball out of their end zone.
Season: The CFL runs from June to November with teams playing 18 regular season games. The NFL runs from September to January with teams playing 16 regular season games
The Blaine Canadian Sports History Collection has a wide variety of records and artifacts related minor and amateur leagues from across Canada. Some of the smaller provincial and regional leagues represented in the collection include: the Alberta Rugby Union, Ontario Rugby Union, Inter-Provincial Rugby Football Union, Western Inter-Provincial Football Union, Saskatchewan Junior Football Union, Canadian Intercollegiate Rugby Football Union, and the Prairie Junior Football Conference.
The Golf Club
Golf has a long history in Canada, beginning with the formation of the Montreal Golf Club in 1873. As the game grew in popularity, the Royal Canadian Golf Association (now Golf Canada) was formed in 1895 and the Canadian Professional Golfers’ Association was formed in 1911. The first Canadian golf tournament, the Canadian Open Championship, was started in 1904 and is the third oldest open championship in the world.
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