Archival Documents

Dawson Amateur Hockey League fonds [textual record]

Creation Date(s): 1922-1948, predominant 1924-1938

Physical Description:
9 cm textual records. - 3 ledgers

Bio Sketch / Admin History:
The Dawson Amateur Hockey League (DAHL) was one of the occupants of the Dawson Amateur Athletic Association (DAAA) complex, built on the corner of Fifth Avenue and Queen Street in 1902. DAHL's primary function was to organize hockey teams in Dawson City, as well as matches at home and away.

By the 1920s the League was renting and operating the DAAA skating rink, as well as the DAAA family theatre. When the DAAA building burned to the ground in December 1937, DAHL raised money to restore the damaged arena, which was the only part of the complex to survive the blaze. DAHL repaired the arena and continued to manage the facility into at least the late 1940s.

The exact date of DAHL's dissolution is unknown; however, by the mid 1950s there was no longer organized hockey in Dawson City, and the rink was once again in disrepair. Tommy Clare and Corporal George Lawrence were instrumental in leading community efforts to rehabilitate the arena using lumber from the White Pass docks and warehouses on the Dawson waterfront, circa 1955. By the late 1950s Dawson City had a new hockey league with three regular teams: two from town (Flyers and Cheechakos) and one from Bear Creek.

Scope and Content:
This fonds consists of documents created and maintained by the Dawson Amateur Hockey League (DAHL) in Dawson City, Yukon Territory, between 1922 and 1948. Documents include: minutes, notes, letters, telegraphs, financial ledgers and reports, canceled cheques, receipts and invoices, leases, and a few printed documents relating to the Dawson Amateur Athletic Association (DAAA) theatre and skating rink.

A significant proportion of the documents relate to movie programming in the 1920s, as well as to the campaign to repair the DAAA skating rink, following the fire of December 30, 1937.

The fonds is divided into the following five series: financial documents; correspondence; minutes and business proceedings; legal documents; miscellaneous documents.

Accession Number(s): 1982.37

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