the fall of 1929 a new minor professional hockey league was formed
in Southern Ontario, taking the name "Canadian Professional Hockey
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
Globe (Toronto), Nov 19, 1929
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.
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.
updated July 29, 2006.
||Roy T. BROWN
||Wm. Stan HANNA
The official NHL rules
were adopted, with a few modifications.
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