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March 18, 2016

Edmonton Mercurys

In 1952 at the Oslo Olympic Winter Games, Canada struck gold in men's hockey. We haven't won gold since. Herein is a celebration of that team.
Mercurys rising
By TERRY JONES -- Edmonton Sun
 Once the 'Forgotten Team' that in 1952 won our last Olympic hockey gold medal, the Mercs have stood the test of time and just got hotter yesterday when the already-famous club was named to our Oly Hall of Fame.
  Fame is a funny game.
  Sometimes it's fickle. Sometimes it's fleeting. And sometimes, it's almost farcical.
Dec. 11, 2001: Full story

Mercurys to be inducted in COA Hall of Fame
 EDMONTON (CP) -- Water and ice are a common theme for the 2002 inductees into the Canadian Olympic Hall of Fame.
 The Canadian Olympic Association announced Monday that the Edmonton Mercurys hockey team, swimmer Graham Smith, synchronized swimmers Penny and Vickey Vilagos, swimming coach George Gate and former Coaching Association of Canada president Geoff Gowan will be inducted at the annual Hall of Fame dinner next April at the Northlands Agricom.
Dec. 10, 2001: Full story

No regrets from Olympic vet
By JOE WARMINGTON -- Calgary Sun
 The call came in at the beginning of the 1951/52 season and Frank "Sully" Sullivan flatly turned the offer down.
  On the other end were the people from the Edmonton Mercurys trying to convince the 35-year-old sensational centreman to lead their team at the 1952 Oslo, Norway Olympics as both a player and manager.
Feb. 19, 1998: Full story

Crazy about those Mercurys
By TERRY JONES -- Edmonton Sun
 The old, predominantly red, woolen jersey, borrowed from the Hockey Hall of Fame, will be hung in prime position in the Team Canada dressing room in Nagano.
  They've seen it before, Al Purves' Edmonton Waterloo Mercurys 1952 Olympic sweater with the white maple leaf on the front and `Canada' stitched above his No. 4 on the back. It was the first thing that grabbed their eye in the staging room three weeks ago at the All-Star Game in Vancouver.
Feb. 5, 1998: Full story

Mercurys were kings in 1952
By MICHELE MANDEL -- Toronto Sun
 When Canada takes to Olympic ice this morning, to strive for gold, to skate for glory, there is no group of fans who will be cheering more.
  For they remember, these old men, the keepers of the golden flame. And after 42 years, they are more than ready to pass the torch. At last.
Feb. 27, 1994: Full story


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