Arthur Sixsmith

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Arthur Sixsmith
Arthur Sixsmith, Pittsburgh Bankers.jpg
Sixsmith around 1908.
Born (1880-06-27)June 27, 1880
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Died March 15, 1969(1969-03-15) (aged 88)
Titusville, Florida, U.S.
Position Rover
Played for Pittsburgh Keystones
Pittsburgh Professionals
Pittsburgh Bankers
Ottawa Senators
Portage la Prairie Cities
Canadian Soo
Playing career 1901–1909

Arthur "Art" Egerton Sixsmith (June 27, 1880 – March 15, 1969) was a Canadian professional ice hockey rover and businessman. He played for the Ottawa Hockey Club and later moved to Pittsburgh and to Portage la Prairie, Manitoba to play professionally. He was a member of the Ottawa's 1901 CAHL championship team. As one of the first professional ice hockey players, he captained and managed several of the championship teams in the Western Pennsylvania Hockey League (WPHL). His brother, Garnet Sixsmith, also played professionally in Pittsburgh.

Career

Born in Ottawa, Ontario, Sixsmith first played senior hockey at the age of 15 with the Ottawa Cliffsides of the Ottawa City Hockey League. He played junior hockey until 1899 when he joined the Ottawa Hockey Club, playing two seasons for the club, scoring seven goals in nine games. During his time with the club, Ottawa won two CAHL titles.[1] He also played for the Canadian Soo in 1900.

In 1901, Art visited Pittsburgh on his way back to Ottawa from his wedding in Campbellton, New Brunswick. In Pittsburgh he met Arthur McSwigan and the two men founded the WPHL. By 1902, Art convinced his brother, Garnet, and several other Canadian players to play in the new league.[2]

He then turned professional with the WPHL's Pittsburgh Keystones, for which he played with for the next three seasons. During this time, he also served as the team's manager and won a WPHL title with the club in 1902. In 1903, became the capatain and manager of the Pittsburgh Victorias.[3] However, in 1905, the WPHL teams were consolidated into the Pittsburgh Professionals of the International Professional Hockey League (IPHL).[4] Art then served as the captain of the Professionals for the next two seasons.[1] In 1906, he also moved to Portage la Prairie to play for the Portage Cities of the Manitoba Professional Hockey League (MPHL). When the WPHL was revived in 1907,[4] Art returned to Pittsburgh and played with the Pittsburgh Bankers for two further seasons. In 1909, he played several games with the Cities before retiring from competitive play. In 1915, Art became the manager of the Pittsburgh Winter Garden hockey team.[1] The team was based at the Pittsburgh Winter Garden and featured his brother, Garnet. However the team only lasted one season, before disbanding in 1916.[2]

Following his hockey career he went into the banking industry working his way up the corporate ladder in Mellon Banking to become Andrew W. Mellon's personal assistant. He held this position during Mr. Mellon's tenure working for U.S. Presidents: Herbert Hoover, Calvin Coolidge and Warren G. Harding. During this time he amassed a personal fortune of over ten million dollars only to lose it in the stock market crash of 1929. He retired to Florida, later lived with a son in Cheyenne, Wyoming[2] and died in Titusville, Florida in 1969.

Statistics

Arthur Sixsmith, second from right in the second row from the bottom, with the Ottawa Hockey Club in 1901.

Exh. = Exhibition games

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1900 Ottawa Hockey Club CAHL 1 0 0
1901 Ottawa Hockey Club CAHL 7 7 7
1901–02 Pittsburgh Keystones Exh. 7 13 6 19 2
1901–02 Pittsburgh Keystones WPHL 13 12 2 14 15
1902–03 Pittsburgh Victorias WPHL 11 7 3 10 5
1903–04 Pittsburgh Victorias WPHL 13 16 8 24 9
Pittsburgh Victorias US Pro 5 5 3 8 6
1904–05 Pittsburgh Professionals IPHL 11 16 0 16 2
1905–06 Pittsburgh Professionals IPHL 18 23 0 23 30
1906–07 Portage la Prairie Cities MHL 1 2 0 2 2
1907–08 Pittsburgh Bankers WPHL 19 8 8
Pittsburgh Bankers World Pro 3 2 2
1908–09 Portage la Prairie Cities MNWHA 5 9 9
1908–09 Pittsburgh Bankers WPHL 15 17 17
WPHL totals 71 60 13 73 29
IPHL totals 29 39 0 39 32

Statistics per Society for International Hockey Research at sihrhockey.org

References

  1. ^ a b c "Hockey Will Be In Full Swing Soon". Pittsburgh Press. November 21, 1915. p. Sports, 6.
  2. ^ a b c Landucci, Fred (September 27, 1961). "First 'Pros' Start League Play in 1902". Pittsburgh Press. p. 21.
  3. ^ "Planning for Great Season". Pittsburgh Press. November 8, 1903. p. 20.
  4. ^ a b Fitzsimmons, Ernie. "1900-10 Early Pro Hockey". PittsburghHockey.net. Retrieved April 17, 2012.

External links

  • Coleman, Charles (1966). The Trail of the Stanley Cup, vol. 1.
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