ARCHIE HOOPER – HOCKEY PLAYER, MONTREAL
In Loving Memory of
William H V HOOPER
1846 – 1913
1850 – 1950
1881 – 1904
ETHEL MARY HOOPER MONSELL
1875 – 1931
1877 – 1942
|“Art” Archie Hooper 1881–1904||Mount Royal Cemetry, Montreal|
Archibald William Hooper was born in 1881 in Longueil, Quebec, Canada. He was the sixth child and third son of William Henry Venning Hooper and Eliza Docket who were married 04 March 1872 in Buckland Monachorum, Devon, UK. Archie′s older siblings, Alice Elizabeth, Charles Venning, Ethel Mary, Bruce Harry and Reginald Thomas were born in England but in 1880 the whole family emigrated from England to Canada and settled in Longueil, later St Lambert, beside the St Lawrence River just across from Montreal.
Five more children, Mary Florence, Frank Gordon, Maude Victoria, Allan George and Harley John were born in St Lambert.
The family was involved in many local sporting activities but Archie was the well known Ice Hockey Player, Captain and Scoring Ace for the Montreal Hockey team of 1902. The “Little Men of Iron”. He played 8 games and scored 17 goals during the season in which Montreal won The Canadian Amateur Hockey League with six wins and two losses. After winning the league, Montreal challenged Cup champions Winnipeg Victorias for the Stanley Cup.
The Montreal AAA squad, captained by Archie Hooper, captured the Stanley Cup in March of 1902 with a close, hard-fought best–of–three series with the defending Cup–Champions Winnipeg Victorias. The first game on March 13 was won 1 – 0 by the Victorias. On March 15 Montreal took the second game 5 – 0 and on March 17 in the third game Archie Hooper and Jack Marshall scored early and Montreal hung on for a 2 – 1 victory, earning them the nickname “Little Men of Iron” because of their stubborn defence. It was the first time since 1894 that Montreal had won the Stanley Cup.
Archie Hooper helped Montreal to successfully defend its Cup Title in February of 1903, but died in October 1904 from an injury sustained in a game when he was hit on the head by a hockey puck.
|The Montreal Hockey Team 1902|
|Stanley Cup Winners 1902|
The team who won the series were: Tom Hodge, R.R. (Dickie) Boon, William C. (Billy) Nicholson, Archie Hooper, W.J. (Billy) Bellingham, Charles A. Liffiton, Jack Marshall, Roland Elliott, Jim Gardner.
As a Stanley Cup winner Archie was presented with a gold pocket watch inscribed “Presented to A.W. Hooper by the Montreal Hockey Club – 1902”. The outer case showed the club′s winged wheel logo, the year and “Hockey Champions of the World.”
|Presentation Gold Watch|
|The Stanley Cup–Winners Watch 1902|
|Before Archie died he gave his watch to his brother Reginald and asked him to pass it to his children. Reginald had one daughter Nora born 08 Aug 1916 Montreal. Nora gave the watch to her husband before she died and he passed it on to another family member.|
|Archie's Family Tree||Hooper Families Calstock|
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