Eddie Oatman in 1910 (above) and with the Tillsonburg Pan-Drieds Hockey team (back row, on left).

the Pacific Coast Hockey Associa- tion (PCHA), where he played for the New Westminster Royals, the Portland Rosebuds and the Victoria Aristocrats. In 1922, Eddie got anoth- er chance to play for the Cup when he filled in for an injured player on the Vancouver Millionaires.The next year, Oatman was traded to the Cal- gary Tigers and the team won the Western Canada Hockey League title. Even after economic collapse of western hockey in 1926, Oatman persevered. He played in the minor leagues for four more teams before finally calling it quits at age 50. In all, Oatman played an unbelievable 32 years of professional hockey, and served as coach and captain of five Left-winger Russell Oatman may have grown up in his older brother Eddie’s shadow—but it wasn’t a bad place to be. In fact, it was Ed- die’s success in the PCHL that opened the door for Russell to join the Victoria Cougars in 1925. During his first season, Russ scored eight goals and proved to be a dominant different teams. Russell Oatman

force in the corners. The following year, the Cougars moved to Detroit where Oatman scored three goals in 14 games. However, an off-ice incident resulted in a mid-season trade to the Montreal Maroons. Undeterred, he went on to play 25 games for Montreal and scored 8 times. In 1927, the Maroons squared off against the New York Rangers in an unsuccessful bid for Stanley Cup. The following year was a similar story, although Oatman was now on the defending Rangers roster.

Oatman played his last hockey with the IAHL’s Hamilton Tigers and Ni- agara Falls Cataracts before retiring in 1930. William “Red” Anderson Defenceman Red Anderson was born in Tillsonburg in 1911 and played professional hockey for eight different teams from 1936 to 1943. His on-ice career included games in the AHA, IAHL and EHL, as well as one NHL playoff game with the Bos- ton Bruins.

Tillsonburg’s William “Red” Anderson (back row, 7th from left) played professional hockey for 8 years—including one playoff game in the NHL.


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