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Fire and ice - Hockey and the Canadian military

defenceman with the Royal Canadian Navy hockey team, injured during a game

Hockey and the military have a lot in common. Strategy, discipline, commitment and camaraderie, all contribute to a winning team. Hockey and war have been connected in our country in many ways for more than a century, and countless hockey players of all skill levels have served in the military. From icy rinks in Europe and frozen rivers of Korea to dusty floors in Afghanistan, hockey has served to strengthen the troops as well as boost their morale. Numerous hockey trophies today honour our service men and women.


The relationship between hockey and our country’s military dates back more than a century.

Honour Roll

Honouring the fallen with ties to hockey.

Lesson plan

To increase youth awareness of Canadians who played hockey and died in military service over the years.

Personal stories

Experience the history of hockey in the Canadian military through personal recollections.

Photo gallery

Photos of hockey in the Canadian Armed Forces throughout the years.

Related information

History of the MasterCard Memorial Cup

The Memorial Cup, one of the most prestigious and coveted trophies in North American sport, has a rich tradition that has shaped the way junior hockey is played in North America.

Hockey & The Great War

A collection of photos devoted to members of the Hockey Hall of Fame who were also soldiers in the Great War.

Hockey during the Second World War

The Juno Beach Centre partnered with the Ontario Hockey League, in association with the Canadian Hockey League, to commemorate the 70th Anniversary of D-Day and the Normandy Landings.

Hockey Marching as to War – the 228th Battalion

Known as the Northern Fusiliers, the 228th mustered in North Bay, Ontario, under the command of Lt.-Col. Archie Earchman, and was successful in recruiting talented hockey players in the fall of 1916.

The greater game of war

Canadian hockey stars were not immune to the call to duty when the First World War erupted in 1914.

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