Tom Hooper (ice hockey)

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Tom Hooper
Hockey Hall of Fame, 1963
Tom Hooper, Kenora Thistles.jpg
Born(1883-11-23)November 23, 1883
Kenora, Ontario, Canada
Died March 23, 1960(1960-03-23) (aged 76)
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Height 5 ft 10 in (178 cm)
Weight 175 lb (79 kg; 12 st 7 lb)
Position Centre
Shot Right
Played for Montreal Hockey Club
Montreal Wanderers
Kenora Thistles
Playing career 19021908

Charles Thomas Hooper (November 24, 1883 – March 23, 1960) was a Canadian professional ice hockey player. He played for the Kenora Thistles, Montreal Hockey Club, and Montreal Wanderers. Hooper was a Stanley Cup winner with the Thistles in 1907 and the Wanderers in 1908. Noted for his skating speed, checking and stick-handling ability, he was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1963. [1]


Playing career

Hooper with the Rat Portage Thistles around 1900. Tom Hooper.jpg
Hooper with the Rat Portage Thistles around 1900.

Hooper was born in the village of Rat Portage, later renamed Kenora, in north-western Ontario, Canada. He first played organized hockey for a local high school. The high school team was very talented, good enough to defeat Rat Portage's senior ice hockey team. In 1896, at the age of thirteen, Hooper joined the Rat Portage senior hockey team where he would play until 1908. During his years with the club, the Thistles won three league titles and challenged for the Stanley Cup three times, in 1903 and 1905 against Ottawa, and 1907 against the Montreal Wanderers. The team won the Cup in January 1907, in part due to Hooper's three goals in the second game of the two-game total-goals series. The team went on to defend the Stanley Cup as league champions but lost the title in March 1907 to the same Wanderers. Hooper missed the March series rematch due to a fractured collarbone.

The Thistles folded after one game in January 1908 and Hooper joined the Montreal Wanderers. He only played two season games with the Wanderers and two Stanley Cup challenge games before he got his release from the team. He had been moved to the cover-point defence position by the Wanderers from his career forward position and lost the starting job to Walter Smaill. [2] He signed with the Montreal Hockey Club for the rest of the season, where he played rover. Hooper's play in the 1907–08 season was considered by hockey writers to not be up to the standard of his previous years due to his fitness. He retired after the season.

After hockey, Hooper moved to Vancouver, British Columbia. He died in 1960 and is buried in Mountain View Cemetery in Vancouver. [3]


Career statistics

   Regular season   Playoffs
Season TeamLeagueGP G A Pts PIM GPGAPtsPIM
1899–1900 Rat Portage Thistles MNWHA-Int84040
1900–01Rat Portage ThistlesMNWHA-Int117073
1901–02Rat Portage ThistlesMNWHA-Int890917
1902–03Rat Portage ThistlesMNWHA-Snr5516
1902–03 Rat Portage Thistles St-Cup 20000
1903–04Rat Portage ThistlesMNWHA-Snr10213
1904–05 Rat Portage Thistles MHA 8909
1904–05 Rat Portage ThistlesSt-Cup320212
1905–06 Kenora ThistlesMHA9404
1906–07 Kenora ThistlesMPHL3404200011
1906–07*Kenora ThistlesSt-Cup33030
1907–08Kenora ThistlesMPHL10000
1907–08Pembroke Lumber Kings UOVHL 10000
1907–08 Montreal HC ECAHA 79095
1907–08 Montreal Wanderers ECAHA21010
1907–08*Montreal WanderersSt-Cup21010
MHA/MPHL totals2117017
St-Cup totals1050515

* Stanley Cup Champion.

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  1. 1 2 Hockey Hall of Fame 2003, p. 55.
  2. "Wanderers 7, Victorias 5". Montreal Gazette. January 16, 1908. p. 2.
  3. "Charles Thomas Hooper in the Canada, Find A Grave Index, 1600s-Current". Retrieved December 3, 2019.