07 May 2020

BIFHSGO May Meeting Online

The next BIFHSGO monthly meeting is online via Zoom on Saturday 9 May at 10 a.m.

Hitch, Hockey's Unsung Hero: The Story of Boston Bruin Lionel Hitchman

Hitch, Hockey’s Unsung Hero, is a biography by Pam Coburn about her grandfather, Lionel “Hitch” Hitchman, who played hockey in the NHL for 12 seasons (1923-1934).

The story follows the Hitchman clan through the hardships of the second industrial revolution in England to “sudden” respectability in Toronto. After WWI, the family relocated to Ottawa where Hitch became the most talked-about newcomer, excelling at every sport he tried. The Ottawa Senators took notice, and he turned pro, helping them win the 1923 Stanley Cup. But Hitch was later sold to the Boston Bruins under cloudy circumstances. He flourished as captain, leading his new team to their first Stanley Cup and to the greatest NHL season of all time. Pam’s talk will focus on the first three chapters of her book, detailing the research that went into the discovery of the Hitchmans’ life in England, their move to Canada and the raising of a hockey superstar.

About the speaker

Pam Coburn spent two years researching and chronicling this untold story of her grandfather, "Hitch". In her younger days, Pam was a figure skating coach and also played varsity basketball at the University of Ottawa. Transferring to LaSalle College in Philadelphia, she continued to coach skating while completing a business degree. After returning to Canada, Pam took on progressively complex management positions and spent nearly ten years at Skate Canada as Executive Director and CEO. She currently specializes in digital communications. In her spare time, Pam enjoys being with her partner, Andre, and the four adult children who grace their lives.

The webinar is open to the public; pre-registration is a must.  Register at: https://bifhsgo.ca/

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