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Hilda Green, St. John's
Hilda Green, 2004

Hilda Green was born on January 13, 1915 in St. John’s, Newfoundland, daughter of Julia (Pike) and Charles Quick, a brass molder with the Newfoundland Railway and Canadian National Railway (CN). She was educated at the Model School and was employed with the Railway Employees’ Welfare Association (REWA) and Baird and Company. In 1946, she married Robert Green and had four children.

Hilda was a member of the Comets hockey team from 1937-1939. The Comets, the Shooting Stars and the Originals comprised the St. John’s Ladies’ Hockey League. The League was formed among friends, during a general skate. The Comets competed against other teams in the League, as well as the Bay Roberts Roverines and the Bell Island Hockey League. The games were refereed by volunteers. Players contributed $1.00 per person for practice time, to pay for the Prince’s Rink rental. The Comets’ uniform was a maroon skirt and white sweater (no elbow or shin pads).

The League games were played two or three evenings per week in the Prince’s Rink, before and after general skating, and on Wednesday afternoons (a half-business day in St. John’s at this time). Friends were supportive of the League, and arrived at the Rink early (or stayed behind after general skating) to watch the games. The League games were weather-dependent; if the weather was mild, general skating and Ladies’ League games were cancelled to preserve the ice for the senior men’s games.

After their games the Comets and their friends often went to the Newfoundland Hotel Restaurant to relax and review the game. The Comets played as a team until September 1939 and the onset of World War II. Their coach, Bill Quick, and manager, Bob Green, both enlisted and went overseas. In her interview, Mrs. Green felt that had the Prince’s Rink not burned down in 1941, the team would have been revived after the War.


Audio "St. John's Hockey League 1937"
Audio "Penalty"
Audio "Some Names I Remember"
Audio "Not a Joke"
Audio "Skating by Moonlight on Burton's Pond"
Audio "Prince's Rink"
Audio "May I Have this Band?"
Audio "Skating with Duffy's Group"

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