Wednesday, July 7, 2010

A STORY of KEN CAMPBELL

by: Ron "Scoreboard" Johnston

Ken Campbell had to be one of the best Regina Pats' goaltenders in that area. Jock Campbell said, "Ken came from a farming family at Lumsden, Saskatchewan, (North-West of Regina) of 10 children, 3 boys, Ken was the youngest." He started his hockey career in Regina, coming up through the Crescent Midget team, graduated to the Juvenile Caps, then played for the Junior "B" Argos. In the 1929-30 season, at the age of 17 and only 140 pounds, he joined the Regina Pats when the Argos and Pats amalgamated.

While playing for the Regina Pats from 1929-30 to 1931-32 season, he had an incredible record as follows:

Ken Campbell played in 11 league games ...................... 06 shutouts ..............
Ken Campbell played in 24 play-off games ..................... 17 shutouts ..............
Ken Campbell played in 74 total games ......................... 36 shutouts .............

The following year, 1932-33, Ken played senior hockey with the Regina Aces in the Southern Saskatchewan League and Interleague play against the North League. he shared duties with Any Young. Ken played in 14 league and play-off games, 875 minutes played, 18 goals against, 5 shutouts, and had an average of 1.23.

Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame Curator Jacqueline Campbell's, Great Grandfather was Ken Campbell.
Her father, Jock Campbell stated,
"In 1935-36 season Ken and Regina Pats te
ammate, Ralph Redding, both went west and got jobs with "Kimico" at Kimberley, British Columbia. Kimberley is a mining town, home of Sullivan mine, one of the world's largest's lead and zinc deposits.

They both played for the Kimberley Dynamiters." Kimberley played in the West Kootenay Senior League with the well-known Trail Smoke Eaters until the 1939-40 season. Ken played in 50 league and play-off games, 3,000 minutes played, 193 goals against, 3 shutouts, and had an average of 3.86. The following season, 1941-42, he was the
head coach of the Dynamiters. The club went onto win the League Championship, winning the "Savage Cup".


Kimberley Dynamiters - 1937 World Champions -

(Photo: British Columbia Sports Hall of Fame)

The Dynamiters reached the very pinnacle of the hockey world in 1937, only five years and two months after the team was first formed. The Dynamiters claimed the Allan Cup (emblematic of senior hockey supremacy in Canada) in 193
6, defeating the Sudbury Falcons in two straight games, 2-0 and 4-3. The following season, the Allan Cup Championship was a busy one for the boys from Kimberley. Having qualified the previous year, the Dynamiters played 14 exhibition games across Canada with a 62-game tour of Europe. The team was as follows: Hugo Mackie, Fred Botterill, James "Puffy" Kemp, Tom Almack, team captain Harry "Smiler" Brown, Paul Kozak, Bill Burnett, Art Mackie, Ken "King" Campbell (ex-Regina Pat), Jack Forsey, Ken Moore, Eric “Swede” Hornquist, Ralph Redding (ex-Regina Pat), and coach Johny Achtzener.

The Dynamiters destroyed their arch rivals from Trail before defeating Prince Albert and then Fort William in a revenge match. The Allan Cup finals came down to Kimberley and the Sudbury Falcons, with the Westerners edging out the championship with 2-0 and 4-3 victories. The Dynamiters were Allan Cup champions, the first team west of Regina to do so.

As Allan Cup champs, the Dynamiters were customarily asked to go to Europe in the spring of the following year, 1937, to represent Canada at the World Championships. The team went, although with heavy hearts. Two of their key players were unable to make the trip, thanks to a taxi cab accident in St. John's, New Brunswick just before the team departed over seas. Hugo Mackie's career was in doubt with a slightly fractured skull. Goalie Swede Hornquist suffered sever knee damage. Art Mackie and Ken Moore were also dropped from the team, for reasons unknown.

They eventually ending up in London, England, the site of the 1937 World Ice Hockey Championships which were hosted by the British Ice Hockey Association. At the time, Great Britain was the reigning European, Olympic and
World Ice Hockey Champions. However it was the Dynamiters who dominated the Championship tournament as they swept aside Great Britain and everyone else who got in their way. The Dynamiters were unbeaten in nine games at the tournament, outscoring their opponents by a margin of 60-4. Their only loses were English Teams compiled of Canadian players. Netminder Ken Campbell registered 6 shutouts in the nine games played, wearing his tweed cap.



(Ken Campbell wearing his tweed cap -
Photo: Supplied by - Joe Pelletier, Greatest Hockey Legends WebSite)

Following the world championship, Campbell continued to stone the opposition in Budapect, Berne, and Zurich, as the Dynamiters
won 27 of 29 games with 1 tie. They out scored their opposition, the best in the world 144-32. The 1937 Kimberley Dynamiters - World Champions were inducted into the British Columbia Sports Hall of Fame in 1994 as a Team Category.