Canpro title
In the fall of 1929 a new minor professional hockey league was formed in Southern Ontario, taking the name "Canadian Professional Hockey League".

The Canadian, or "Canpro" league as it was often called, was affiliated with the NHL and served as a farm league for the International Hockey League (IHL).  It adopted a modified version of the IHL constitution and the NHL rules, and took the name, "Canadian Professional Hockey League", that had been used until the previous season by the IHL.

 - based on a 'Globe' sports article Nov 19, 1929

Toronto Globe, Nov 1929
The Globe (Toronto), Nov 19, 1929
The new Canpro league operated for just one season before bleak economic circumstances caused by the stock market crash of 1929 threatened to shut it down.  Struggling to survive, it expanded to six teams the following season under the name "Ontario Professional Hockey League", but finally folded in the spring of 1931.

This website is dedicated to the Canpro league of 1929/30, and the OPHL of 1930/31.  Anyone with information on any aspect of the league, or photographs of teams, players, coaches, governors, etc. is encouraged to contact Brad Hanna to arrange for it to be included here.
Last updated July 29, 2006.

League Officers

President & Treasurer: Robert K. DAWSON (Guelph)
Vice-President & Secretary: Harry H. CHACE (Kitchener)
Statistician: Stan S. SHANTZ (Kitchener)


Name IHL club affiliation President Manager & Coach Trainer Home Rink
Brantford Indians Hamilton Tigers Roy T. BROWN Lawson WHITEHEAD   Arctic Arena
Galt Terriers Cleveland Indians   Herb MATTHEWS "Bush" McWHIRTER Soper Park Arena
Shade Street
Guelph Maple Leafs No specific affiliation Wm. Stan HANNA Alfie SKINNER   Cambridge Street Arena
Kitchener Flying Dutchmen Toronto Millionaires Harry FEICK Ken RANDALL   Auditorium
Queen Street

The official NHL rules were adopted, with a few modifications.

The Canpro league helped in the development of one of the significant rules of hockey - the blue line off-side rule that requires the puck to precede players into the attacking zone.  As a farm league for the IHL, which itself was a farm league for the NHL, the Canpro league adopted a rule being tested out west that required the puck carrier to enter the attacking zone before other attacking players. This rule had been tried and dropped by the NHL a couple of years earlier, and players in the NHL could enter the attacking zone ahead of the puck. Later in the 1929/30 season the NHL re-adopted the rule.

- based on a Toronto Globe article from Dec 2, 1929
WJB Hanna, Guelph, Canada

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