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SHALL I SAY MIFFED?
Back in the late teens and early 20s a group of students at Hamilton decided they wanted to play hockey. They were granted permission to flood and maintain an area in the open behind one of the dorms. This they did and before long were playing quite a rugged schedule.
The student body was less than 400 in those days, but by 1923 they were playing a schedule consisting of such teams as St. Lawrence, Clarkson, RPI, Cornell, Colgate, Yale, Harvard, Penn, Williams, Princeton, McGill, Queens, Amherst and others. If my memory serves me correctly, they never had a losing season from the fall of 1920 to the spring of 1928. In fact, I would be surprised if they hadn't had winning seasons up until the time the importation of Canadian players began.
Mr. Albert I. Prettyman, Hamilton College Athletic Director at that time, took over the reins as hockey coach. He was so well thought of that later he was asked to guide the destinies of the U.S. Olympic hockey team in 1936. A member of the Hamilton team, Francis F. Baker, was on the Olympic squad in that year.
? Hamilton's big year was '21, when team went undefeated against strong opposition. This season was a rather lean one, with wins only over Springfield, the Alumni and AIC; a tied game with Williams; and losses against Clarkson, Army, Williams, RPI, Middlebury, St. Lawrence, Queens and Norwich.—ED.