Team Canada / Toronto CCMs
Canadas Hockey Team
1930 World Ice Hockey Champions.
Wearing red sweaters with a large white Maple Leaf and the name "Canadas" prominently displayed across the front.
When CCM company official George Braden obtained permission from the Canadian Amateur Hockey Association to send the CCM team on a European tour, it was decided that the company team would also represent the Canada at the newly-formed world ice Hockey championships in Chamonix, France.
Canada's entry at the tournament was to be an industrial league team belonging to the Canada Cycle & Motor Co. of Weston, Ontario. In 1929 the CCM team had not only won the Toronto Mercantile Hockey League title, but had also defeated the winner of the city's Mining and Brokers League.
By 1930 there were sufficient countries playing ice Hockey for the International Ice Hockey Federation / IIHF to stage its first world championship tournament independent of the Winter Olympics.
This was the first World Championship tournament arranged by the IIHF on its own. The tournament was a direct knock-out playoff. The Canadian team was considered so dominant that it did not participate in the knock-out tournament. Canada was put into the gold medal final game, and the tournament was played to determine an opponent.
Warm winter weather melted the outdoor ice in Chamonix, France and forced IIHF - (Ligue Internationale de Hockey sur Glace) officials to move the tournament to Berlin, Germany, and the Sportpalast (which had artificial ice.) Additionally, the fourth place match was played in Vienna, Austria, making this the only world Hockey championship tournament to take place in three different countries.
The CCM Canadas were scheduled to play the European champion team from Germany in the final game. Spurred on by the hometown crowd, the German team took an early lead, but the Canadas stormed back for a decisive 6-1 victory with Gordie Grant and Alec Park each scoring a pair of goals.
Gordon Grant, Alex (Allec) Park, Joe Griffin, Willie Adams, Howard Armstrong, Bert Clayton, Fred Radke, Don Hutchinson, Percy Timpson.
Coach - Les Allen
Manager - George Braden
CCM Chief Engineer - Harvey Peace
CCM General Manager J.W. Gibson