Hockey Gods


1950, Canada Cup, SM Liiga, Kanada-malja, Finnish Championship, Antique Ice Hockey, Suomi, Hockey History, Ice Hockey History, Antique Hockey, Antique Ice Hockey Trophy, Vintage Ice Hockey, Vintage Hockey, Antique Hockey Trophy, Finland Champions, Finnish Champions, Champions of Finland, SM Liiga Champions, Vintage Ice Hockey Trophy, Vintage Hockey Trophy, Sudbury Hockey History, Sudbury Ice Hockey History, Finnish Elite League Champions, Finnish Ice Hockey Association, Finnish Ice Hockey Association History, Finland Hockey History, Finland Ice Hockey History, Finnish Ice Hockey History, Finnish Hockey History, Kanada malja, Canada Bowl, Finnish Hockey Hall of Tampere, SM-liigan Championship Trophy, SM-liiga Championship Trophy, Suomi Hockey History, Suomi Ice Hockey History, Finnish Ice Hockey Pioneer, Canada Malja, Canada Malja Historiaa, Kanada Malja Historiaa, Suomi Historiaa, Suomen Jaakiekon Historiaa, Finland Ice Hockey Championship Trophy, Finland Ice Hockey Championship, Finnish Ice Hockey Championship Trophy, Finnish Ice Hockey Championship, Liiga Historiaa, SM Liiga Historiaa, Liiga Trophy, Liiga Championship, Finnish Elite League, Finnish Elite League History, Suomen Jaakiekko Lutolle, Kanadan Historiaa, Kanada Malja Suomen Jaakiekon Historiaa, Kanada Malja Suomen Jaakiekon, Suomen Jaakiekkomuseo Historiaa, Suomen Jaakiekkomuseo, SM Sarja, SM Sarja History, SM Sarja Historiaa, Edwin Sandblom, Liiga Championship Trophy, Liiga History, Lauri Pihkala, Arne Ritari, Finnish National Society of Sudbury, Sudburyn Suomalainen Kansallisseura, Sampo Athletic Club, Sampo Hall History, Sampo Hall, Ilves Tampere, Ilves Tampere History, Ilves Tampere Historiaa, Finnish Canadians, Antwerp Street, Canada Bowl History, Canada Bowl Historiaa, Canada Malja History, 1950 Hockey, Ed Sandblom


No similar Images were found.


Uploaded By: PRESIDENT on January 20th, 2014

Edwin Sandblom with the Kanada-malja Trophy in 1950 at Sampo Hall in Sudbury, Ontario, Canada.

In the late 1940s, Edwin Sandblom, and members of the Finnish National Society of Sudbury (Sudburyn Suomalainen Kansallisseura) and the Sampo Athletic Club organized a fund to have a trophy made to be sent back to Finland for their National Ice Hockey Championship.

There is no record of how the trophy was officially presented to the Finnish Ice Hockey Association, but there are two stories of how the trophy made it to Finland, one being that Lauri Pihkala, a Finnish newspaperman working in Canada, is said to have presented the Kanada-malja (Canada Malja) trophy to Finnish Ice Hockey Association on behalf of its Finnish Canadian donors from Sudbury, and the other being that Arne Ritari, who owned a travel agency in Sudbury brought the trophy over to Finland.

The Finnish Ice Hockey Association had no idea about the trophy, or that the trophy had been made for their association by the Finnish Canadians as a gift for their national championship.

The Kanada-malja (Canada Malja) trophy was adopted as the championship trophy for the top level of ice Hockey in Finland, which at the time was called SM-Sarja, and 1st presented in 1951 to Ilves Tampere, a Finnish Sports Club founded in 1931.

Sampo Hall on Antwerp Street in Sudbury, served as the centre of cultural activity for Finnish Canadians between 1935 to 1994.

The communities of Thunder Bay, Sudbury and New Finland form the main centres of Finnish-Canadian activity. Thunder Bay boasts the largest Finnish population outside of Scandinavia, and the only Finnish cultural centre in Canada, housed in the Finnish Labour Temple.

Finnish Canadians pioneered efforts to establish co-operatives in several Canadian cities. Canada's largest co-operative, the Consumers' Co-operative Society, was started by Finns.

Sourced from Michael Sandblom and Family.


No comments have been made yet.


Please login to comment. Click here to sign up. It's quick, easy and free!