The Ballad of James Creighton

05:07
Dave Parker
2015
Dave Parker

Story

Musicians

Vocals and saxophone - Dave Parker

Guitar - Paul Hinton

Harmonica - Jay Sewall

Organ - Dan Godro

Bass - Harold Boivin

Drums - Andy Stewart

 

Recorded at Harold's studio

 

 

Lyrics

Lyrics

 

I was once having drinks in a Halifax bar with an old man who seemed quite contented

That I buy him a beer and lend him my ear while we talked about how the great game of hockey was invented.

He said “Son you should know, that a long time ago, in Montreal, 1875.

Was staged the first game of hockey ever played indoors and from which our modern game did derive.

But check and you’ll find that the man behind that there game was raised in this Atlantic port.        

James Creighton’s his name and I’d like to proclaim him as the father of our national sport.

 

That first game, he laughs, at Victoria Rink was the first game of hockey indoors

With Halifax rules and sticks from down east, hockey had now set it’s course

It didn’t take long till the game had caught on and quickly spread through the land

Hockey owes a big part of it’s past to this swift skating Halifax man

 

After watching the game spread cross the land, to Ottawa Creighton did move

It was here he played hockey with the sons of Lord Stanley and together they set out to prove

That their team Rideau Rebels, a fine bunch of lads, could compete with all of the best

And realized that, they’d soon need a trophy, a cup to acknowledge their quest

 The boys talked to Dad, a big fan of the sport and to him explained what was needed

Lord Stanley offered up what they’d call “The Stanley Cup”, to the very team that succeeded

 

In an Ottawa grave that lay unmarked for years lie the bones of a man who played a huge role

In spreading the game that soon would become Canada’s heart and soul

And if we could raise him, we surely would praise him and I think that we all should agree

That the great James Creighton be remembered to all as the Father of Canadian Ice Hockey

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