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Uploaded By: PRESIDENT on June 3rd, 2016

William Henry “Bill” Chipchase - Born November 6, 1885 in Montreal, Quebec - Died April 29, 1941 in Montreal, Quebec was a Canadian amateur and professional ice Hockey player.

Chipchase was nicknamed Tutti by his friends and teammates, as he like to chew Tutti frutti gum.

Chipchase played for the famous Wanderer Hockey Club / Montreal Wanderers during a historic time for the game of ice Hockey, as the Stanley Cup would turn from amateur to professional competition, and the Eastern Canada Amateur Hockey Association / ECAHA would turn into the National Hockey Association / NHA.

Chipchase played with many of the greatest Hockey players of all time - Lester Patrick, Hod Stuart and Ernie "Moose" Johnson to name a few.

Chipchase got his first Stanley Cup action on March 23, 1907 and then on March 25, 1907 where they were awarded the Stanley Cup championship in a 2 game total goals challenge series. Chipchase was a spare on the bench for this challenge series, but did get his name engraved on the inside of the bowl of the Stanley Cup, as the Montreal Wanderers became the 1st team to engrave the names of it's players, coaching and administrative staff on the Stanley Cup.

The Montreal Wanderers were a team full of many future Hall of Famers, and thus was difficult for Chipchase to make the starting lineup for Stanley Cup challenges, but Chipchase would be part of the March 1910 Stanley Cup winning team.

Chipchase and the Montreal Wanderers would also win the silver championship trophy, designated the 'Arena Cup', which was donated by the Montreal Arena Company. It was crafted from 90 ounces (2.6 kg) of sterling silver and designed by Birk's of Montreal. After the Wanderers won it in 1906 through 1908 as league champions, they were given the trophy permanently, a condition engraved on the silver of the trophy.

Chipchase and the Wanderers also became 1st champions of the new National Hockey Association / NHA in 1910, winning the O'Brien trophy as regular season champions of the NHA.

After retiring from Hockey, Chipchase became involved with his favourite summer sport - Baseball and Softball, and would be a umpire in many Montreal amateur leagues over the years. Chipchase was also know to referee Hockey games too.

Bill Chipchase is sometimes referred to as Bill Chipcase, but this is a mistake, as Chipchase was a famous Montreal Athlete in the early 1900s, and came from a very large family, having 9 brothers and 1 sister. Chipchase also had 3 children - Ruth Florence on January 6, 1922, Gene Helen on July 25, 1923, and William Henry “Junior” on October 11, 1929.

Chipchase was married to Florence Beatrice Osborne - Circa 1920

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