The Windsor Swastikas were a Canadian ice hockey team in Windsor, Nova Scotia, from 1905–1916. Not to be confused with the Fernie Swastikas across the country in British Columbia, the “Swastikas” was chosen by them as swastika is also a symbol of luck and success.

Windsor Swastikas
CityWindsor, Nova Scotia
LeagueWestern Nova Scotia Amateur Hockey League championship
Halifax Herald and Mail Trophy
Franchise history
1905–1916Windsor Swastikas
old black-and-white photo of a men's hockey team
Windsor Swastikas wearing their light uniforms circa 1912


The Windsor Swastikas used the ancient swastika symbol as their logo. The swastika is an equilateral cross with its arms bent at right angles, in either right-facing () form or its mirrored left-facing () form. Archaeological evidence of swastika-shaped ornaments dates from the Neolithic period and the design is still widely used in many religions around the world. Though once commonly used all over much of the world without stigma, because of its iconic usage in Nazi Germany the symbol has become stigmatized in the Western world, even outlawed in Germany.[1]

History edit

Credited as the birthplace of hockey, Windsor has a long history of the sport.[2] As such it was natural that the small town would have a touring team. When selecting logos for their hockey team they chose a symbol that at the time was associated with power and good fortune, much like the four leafed clover.[3] The team formed in 1905 and toured the East coast of Canada travelling as far as St. John's, Newfoundland to play other professional teams.[3] At first they played in and won the Western Nova Scotia Amateur Hockey League championship.[3] They also defeated other teams to win the famous Halifax Herald and Mail Trophy.[3] The team moved by train from town to town as was common in the era.[3] For home games they played at the Stannus Street Rink, the oldest rink in Canada. The team disbanded during World War I when many players, like Blaine Sexton, joined the Canadian Expeditionary Force that fought on the Western Front.[3][4]

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References edit

  1. ^ BBC News (January 17, 2005). "Call for Europe-wide swastika ban". BBC News. Retrieved May 3, 2010.
  2. ^ Jozsa, Frank P. (2003). American sports empire: how the leagues breed success (2003 ed.). Greenwood Publishing Group. ISBN 1-56720-559-3.- Total pages: 239
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h Vaughan, Garth (2001). "Windsor's "Swastikas" Hockey Teams". Archived from the original on 2010-05-01. Retrieved April 20, 2010.
  4. ^ "Hockey Players on the Railway". hockeyrailroader. 2010. Archived from the original on August 19, 2016. Retrieved April 21, 2010.
  5. ^ "Blaine Sexton". Sports Reference LLC. 2010. Archived from the original on April 18, 2020. Retrieved April 20, 2010.
  6. ^ Baker, Charles (October 13, 2009). "Chapter 25 – My Pennsylvania Ancestors – Part II". Charles Baker. Retrieved April 20, 2010.

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