Sebastien Archambault next to his great great grandfather’s player card at the Hockey Hall of Fame in Ontario in 2008. (Contributed)

Sebastien Archambault next to his great great grandfather’s player card at the Hockey Hall of Fame in Ontario in 2008. (Contributed)

What’s the good news, 2020? Salmon Arm family has unique tie to original Stanley Cup

The Salmon Arm Observer looks back at some of the year’s positive stories

As 2020 draws to a close, the Salmon Arm Observer is looking back at some of the stories that reflect the positive work, activities and accomplishments that occurred throughout this challenging year.

Salmon Arm’s Deb Archambault has a unique connection to the Stanley Cup.

Archambault’s great-grandfather, William Milton “Riley” Hern, was among the first names ever scribed into Lord Frederick Stanley’s cup.

Hern was born in Stratford, Ont. on Dec. 5, 1878. He started playing hockey at an early age, going pro during the 1901–02 season with the Pittsburgh Keystones of the Western Pennsylvania Hockey League. Playing as a forward and a goalie, Hern led the Keystones to several victories before moving on to play with the Portage Lakes Hockey Club of the International Professional Hockey League for three seasons.

In the 1906-07 season, Hern became the goalie for the Montreal Wanderers and led the team to the first Stanley Cup win in history.

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The Wanderers would go on to win the Stanley Cup for three straight seasons, from 1906, 1908 and 1910, before losing to the Kenora Thistles in January 1907. Just two months later, the Wanderers reclaimed the cup and became the first team to ever have its players’ names engraved on it.

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Hern and his teammates are among those who remain on the cup as their names were the only ones to be engraved inside the original bowl.

Residents of Salmon Arm got the chance to see the cup on Saturday, March 7, when it was on display at Salmon Arm’s Marine Park as part of the Rogers Hometown Hockey event.

Although she has seen the cup before, Deb Archambault was looking forward to searching for her great grandfather’s name.

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Riley Hern died on June 24, 1929, and was inducted posthumously into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1963.


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Riley Hern sits in the bottom row, third player from the left in a Montreal Wanderers team photo in 1907. (Gibson Studios of Winnipeg - Hockey Hall of Fame)

Riley Hern sits in the bottom row, third player from the left in a Montreal Wanderers team photo in 1907. (Gibson Studios of Winnipeg - Hockey Hall of Fame)

Riley Hern’s name is the 7th down in the left column on the inside of the Stanley Cup. (Contributed)

Riley Hern’s name is the 7th down in the left column on the inside of the Stanley Cup. (Contributed)

Riley Hern sits in the bottom row, third player from the left in a Montreal Wanderers team photo in 1905. (Wikipedia)

Riley Hern sits in the bottom row, third player from the left in a Montreal Wanderers team photo in 1905. (Wikipedia)