These days, it’s rare to get a delivery of mail that doesn’t come electronically — even more rare to find hockey memorabilia in that delivery.
But that’s exactly what our Readers’ Reporter department received this week via Canada Post and courtesy of Daily News reader Dolly Bach.
The Kamloops resident has thoughtfully shared with us two pieces of Penticton Vees memorabilia after reading about the efforts to source the origins of the Go Vees Go hat.
“(I) so enjoyed a trip down memory lane,” wrote Bach.
“When the V’s were in their prime, I was a kid of 16 and my whole family was caught up in the excitement.”
Her letter was a delight to read and we would have been happy with that alone, so you can imagine our excitement upon opening two additional items tucked into the envelope.
Accompanying Bach’s hand-written letter was an actual newspaper clipping from March 17, 1955, showing V’s star Grant Warwick waving to adoring fans in the Penticton Arena, the team’s newly won world hockey trophy at his feet.
And there was more. Bach also kindly sent us the Allan Cup game program for the April 19, 1954, finals match between Penticton and the Winnipeg Maroons.
It’s a real gem for hockey fans as it features a mini profile on the Warwick brothers plus a ton of information about the teams that were popular back then — including the Kamloops Elks, the Kitchener-Waterloo Dutchmen and, from the birthplace of your Readers’ Reporter, the Fort William Beavers.
Bach has not asked for the items back, so we’re thinking of presenting them to Ivan McLelland, the famed goalie who helped the Vees win that world cup in ’55.