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A view of Dartmouth.

Dartmouth was a city of about 65,000 people across the Bedford Basin from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.

It is now part of the city of Halifax.

Birthplace of ice hockey Claim

It is noted that the Mi'kmaq's played a game similar to todays ice hockey on the ice at Tuft's Cove sometime during the 1700's.  The games appeared to be played with 8 men on each team and used a wooden puck. Later reports indicate games called ricket and wicket were played on the ponds of the Halifax/Dartmouth area in the first half of the 19th century. Some of the accounts represent the game as being closer to the game of lacrosse played on ice with aerial passing and the lack of ice skates being used. Other accounts give the game an appearance of the English game of bandy.[1]


  1. (Halifax City League, 1936-1937) join Eastern Nova Scotia Senior Hockey League
  2. (Eastern Nova Scotia Senior Hockey League, 1937-1938) withdrew
  1. (Maritime Senior Hockey League, 1948-1949) folded
  2. (Metro Valley Junior A Hockey League,1969-1987) renamed Fuel Kids
  1. (Twin Cities League, 1962-1966) go independent when league folds
  2. (Independent Junior team, 1966-1967) join MVJHL as Hoyts
  1. (Metro Valley Junior A Hockey League,1989-1991) league renamed Maritime Junior A Hockey League
  2. (Maritime Junior A Hockey League, 1991-1992) folded


After the loss of the Dartmouth Exhibition Arena to the opening of the Marks-Cross Arena ice hockey returned to the ponds in Dartmouth with the swamp at the base of Pine Street being a particular favourite.




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