1944-45 Berwick Bruins Nova Scotia Intermediate Hockey Champions
It was a war year. Local hockey enthusiasts needed more than replaying games dug out of the past. In a preseason interview, the Register had this description of President Dr. Moreash " with a beaming countenance and a glint in his eye that bespeaks confidence that his pets will not be on the short end of all the goal counting this winter."
There was no league play, so some of the classiest teams in Nova Scotia were booked for set-tos with the famous Bruins. They included Windsor Ramblers, Aldershot, Cornwallis, and Halifax Navy, to name a few. These teams, some laced with all stars from Allan Cup play and others bolstered by ex N.H.L.ers provided lots of end to end play and lots of thrilling moments for the locals.
With the last of the training series of Exhibition Hockey came the first of the playoff matches for the Provincial Hockey Title. Mahone Bay accompanied by many fans arrived in Berwick for the first game. Water covered ice made good hockey impossible. The result was a 4-3 loss. Provincial play calls for home and home total goals to count. Game two was a different story. Good ice conditions at the Lunenburg arena displayed the difference. Speed was a huge factor. The result 14-5 victory in the game and 17-8 series win. Al Fagan scored 8 goals.
Next up, the Thompson and Sutherland Squad from New Glasgow. Seven hundred and fifty red-hot hockey fans turned out to the Berwick Arena to watch the visitors put up a game fight, but New Glasgow were outclassed on the night's play. The Bruins were stronger in front of the net, and much too fast a company, they trounced the visitors by a score of 16-4. New Glasgow forfeited the return match and mainland championship.
The Nova Scotia Intermediate Hockey Championship would be a "sudden death" match played in Truro, between Berwick and New Waterford. The game was wide open and evenly contested throughout, the lead changing several times. Berwick started out early and led after the first period by a 4-3 score. Berwick scored twice in the first three minutes of period two with New Waterford roaring back to score 4 in a row, at the end of second it was 7-7. In the third stanza, it was a ding-dong battle, anyone's game up to the last two minutes. In true Bruin fashion, the Berwick pucksters ganged the Cape Bretoners' net and tallied three times to clinch the Nova Scotia title. Al Fagan was high scorer, 6 goals and 2 assists. MacDonald secured three and Ward and Ogilvie two apiece, Fred Fiske had a single making the final 14-10.
A one game "sudden death" would also be played in Truro for the Maritime Intermediate Hockey Championship. Borden, P.E.I. would play the Bruins who were hurt by the absence of their "star" defenseman Max Noseworthy and a disallowed goal by Fred Fiske. The result was an exciting 7-6 loss and the Maritime Title went to Borden, P.E.I.
President: Dr. R.A. Moreash
Manager: Spencer Horsburgh
Vice President: Bill Wilson Sr.
Mascot: Don Morse
Inducted June 2003