Individual Canadian Schools: Loyola Catholic School


Figure 1.-- Here we have a photograph of the school hockey team (1899). The uniform shown here gives us a good historical idea of what highschool hockey players wore just at the turn of the century. We have some other hockey images on HBC also to which this one should be linked.

The Loyola Catholic School was one of the best known schools of Montreal. We are not sure what the regular school wear consisted. Here we have a photograph of the school hockey team (1899). The uniform shown here gives us a good historical idea of what highschool hockey players wore just at the turn of the century. We have some other hockey images on HBC also to which this one should be linked. So there are two spheres of interest here--highschools and sports (hockey). Notice that the boys wear almost no padding under their uniforms, evidence that the game was much less violent and the school was less concerned about possible injuries. The game was played also without helmets. The boys wear only turtle-necked ribbed sweaters, knee-length pants, long black stockings and their skates. But of course the boys wear long underwear under their uniforms--probably long-sleeved union suits (or "combinations" as they would have been called in Canada). You can see the evidence of "long johns" under the black stockings at top of the skate-lacings. The one boy with padded shin guards seated on the floor is obviously the goalie. Loyola was a prominent Catholic high school of the period. These boys seem to be about 15-17 years old.

The School

The Loyola Catholic School was one of the best known schools of Montreal. We know very little about the school. Loyola was a prominent Catholic high school of the period. These boys seem to be about 15-17 years old.

School Wear

We are not sure what the regular school wear consisted. The image here apparently is the ice hockey team uniform and not a school uniform. We do not know if the school even had a uniform.

Ice Hockey Team

Here we have a photograph of the school hockey team (1899). The uniform shown here gives us a good historical idea of what high school hockey players wore just at the turn of the century. We are guessing that the boys are wearing their school ice hockey uniforms, but we are not positive about that. Notice that the boys wear almost no padding under their uniforms, evidence that the game was much less violent and the school was less concerned about possible injuries. The game was played also without helmets. The boys wear only turtle-necked ribbed sweaters, knee-length pants, long black stockings and their skates. But of course the boys wear long underwear under their uniforms--probably long-sleeved union suits (or "combinations" as they would have been called in Canada). You can see the evidence of "long johns" under the black stockings at top of the skate-lacings. The one boy with padded shin guards seated on the floor is obviously the goalie.

Ice Hockey Uniforms

We have begun to develop some information on ice hockey uniforms. Modern uniforms are heavily padded. We are less sure about early uniforms. A Canadian reader tells us that the uniform evolved from the kneepants and long stockings that boys once wore, even during the winter. We are not sure as to when the current uniform became an accepted convention.








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