Ted Lindsay was eulogized, patronized and idolized as the driving force behind the first hockey players’ association in the 1960s. But a generation earlier, a group of players almost got a union off the ground, and likely would’ve succeeded if not for a more important issue in the way.
The first genuine hockey-unionizing attempt took place on March 12, 1941, in New York. The hockey-playing organizers included four members of the New York Rangers’ 1940 Cup-winning team – defenseman Art Coulter plus forwards Alex Shibicky and the Colville brothers, Neil and Mac. The Colvilles and Shibicky made a trio called the Great Depression-inspired ‘The Bread Line.’
A mystery man was orchestrating the association behind the scenes. He was a fringe but significant former NHLer. George (Gerry) Geran, a ...
About the Author
Stan Fischler is an award-winning writer and broadcaster who's covered the game since 1954. He been a contributor to The Hockey News since 1955 and you can continue to find his Strange But True features in almost every issue.