The cup comes west again! Such was the glad tidings that quickly gained circulation last night as the news was flashed over the wires that the big game at Montreal was over, and that the Kenora Thistles had succeeded in downing the defending Wanderer team by a Garrison finish, after a hair-raising contest.
All honor to the plucky boys from the Lake of the Woods town. Starting to play together as lads at school, the Thistles have stuck together, and in spite of various handicaps, including reverses on two previous attempts to lift the trophy, they have finally risen to the highest pinnacle in the hockey world.
Since the Stanley cup was first donated by his lordship of that name to represent the highest honors in the hockey world, it has been held in three cities, Montreal, Winnipeg and Ottawa, all recognized sport centres, and so all the more honor is coming to a comparatively small place like Kenora for turning out a team capable of beating the best the east could produce. While some cranks may comment on the fact that Kenora had to get Arthur Ross from Brandon to help them out, it must not be forgotten that the defenders sent all the way to Pittsburgh to get the mighty Hod Stuart. Ross is deserving of special credit for the splendid game he played for the Thistles, as is also Eddie Giroux, the sterling little goal tender, who although originally from Toronto, has been at Kenora for the last four or five years, but outside of these two, it is particularly interesting to note that the team is Rat Portage born and bred.
It is also most satisfying to close followers of the Thistles that they were able to win out in two straight games. After they had won the first game, many an opinion was heard expressed that Wanderers would be allowed to win the second game, as the teams were more interested in getting the gate receipts than the possession of the cup. Those who knew the Thistles best, ridiculed this contention, and with justification, as was shown last nig...