From the recording The Ballad of James Creighton
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
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