Major Frank Robinson was an ice hockey executive and soldier. He was an owner of the Toronto Blueshirts ice hockey team and later, president of the National Hockey Association (NHA), predecessor organization of the National Hockey League (NHL).
National Hockey Association
In 1911, Robinson purchased an NHA franchise from Ambrose O'Brien, founder of the NHA. In 1912-13, the team, the Toronto Professional Hockey Club, or Toronto Blueshirts as they were nicknamed took to the ice. In 1913, Robinson sold half of the team to Percy Quinn, who would act as manager of the team also. In 1913-14, the club won the NHA championship and the Stanley Cup. In 1916, Quinn and Robinson sold the franchise to Eddie Livingstone, owner of the Toronto Ontarios/Shamrocks.
Robinson was elected president of the NHA after the resignation of Emmett Quinn in October 1916. Robinson would only serve as president of the league for one year. During his term, bickering between team owners led to the suspension of the Toronto franchise and its players taken by the other franchises. Robinson opposed the moves of the owners and resigned due to his position being ineffective.
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