This Week in History: 1919 — Hockey’s toughest participant dies of the Spanish flu

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No one knows how many human beings were killed inside the Spanish flu epidemic in 1918-19. However, the numbers are stunning. The low estimate is that 20 million civilised people died. Yet both, ers believe it could be were 50 million, even one hundred million. (Many governments didn’t preserve correct records, consequently the discrepancy.)
Between 30,000 and 50,000 people died from the Spanish flu in Canada, along with 4,000 in B.C. The virus becomes extra lethal inside the U.S., in which 675,000 human beings died, which includes 5,000 in Washington kingdom.
In Seattle, the demise toll becomes 1,441. Among them became a hockey star within the Emerald City to battle for the Stanley Cup. Joe Hall succumbed to the Spanish flu on April five, 1919, which turned into 100 years ago on Friday. He was 37.
Hall changed into considered one of several gamers at the Montreal Canadiens and the Seattle Metropolitans who caught the flu on the cease of March 1919. So many players fell sick that the identifying recreation of the Cup Final on April 1 became cancelled, and nobody become offered the Cup that 12 months.
Hall became a famed difficult guy — his nickname becomes Bad Joe Hall. He changed into so tight that it appears he started a Cup sport on March 29 while he already had the flu. The Vancouver World mentioned he lasted 10 minutes earlier than “he had to retire because of illness.”
From the beginning, Hall’s situation changed into indexed as critical. On April three, The Vancouver Sun said Hall “is in a vital situation with pneumonia.” The Montreal Gazette suggested he “had a temperature of 103 (F) all day nowadays.”
Hall’s mother lived in Vancouver’s West End and took the Great Northern to teach to Seattle to be together with her son. His wife boarded a train from her home in Brandon, Man., but Hall died even as she turned into nevertheless en route to the West Coast.
His body changed into delivered to Vancouver, in which his funeral turned into held April 8 at Center & Hanna’s “challenge parlours” at 1049 West Georgia St. His pallbearers had been fellow players like Cyclone Taylor, Lester Patrick, Si Griffiths, Newsy Lalonde, Louis Berlinguette and Bert Couture. He turned into buried at Mountain View Cemetery.

“Joe Hall becomes one of the real veterans of hockey,” stated Frank Patrick, a hockey legend who was president of the Pacific Coast Hockey Association. “He has been gambling senior given that 1902, and the game suffers lots by using his passing. His call was a form of a hallmark in the sport. He always became a pinnacle-notch participant, and old the ice became one of the jolliest, exceptional-hearted and most famous men in the sport.”
On the ice, though, he may be quite nasty. The Province said that Hall “drew the ire of the (Seattle) fanatics by his tough-checking sport” on March 26.
“Two (Metropolitans) are nursing injured ankles from Hall’s wicked stick,” stated The Province. “Jack Walker had three stitches taken above his eye as a result of certainly one of Hall’s lunges.”
Lester and Frank Patrick knew Hall’s nasty side all too nicely. Hall once clipped Lester’s eye with his stick and Lester spent ten days in a medical institution. Frank had a public brouhaha with Hall in Montreal in 1910, where Hall turned into reducing so severely that “his eyes (were) full of blood,” and he mistakenly attacked the referee, resulting in a suspension.
Born in England, Hall immigrated to Canada while he becomes and grew up in Brandon. Hall began his career as a high-scoring ahead — he scored 33 goals in 20 games for the Houghton-Portage Lakes club in 1905-6 — but turned into recognised continuously for the hard stuff, choosing up 98 mins in consequences the same season.
He performed rover for the Winnipeg Rowing Club that challenged for the Cup in 1904 and won the Cup with the Kenora (Ont.) Thistles in 1907 and the Quebec Bulldogs in 1912 and ’13. In the latter degrees of his 18-yr profession, the 5-10, a hundred seventy-five pound Hall performed defence.
Hall had the difference of leading the NHL in consequences at some point of its inaugural season in 1917-18 when he became assessed 100 minutes in most effective 22 video games. But he changed into also one of the pinnacle players in hockey’s pioneer days and was elected to the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1961.