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    92 years of Ice Hockey in Lithuania


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    Picture of two Lithuanian teams LFLS and "Aviacija", Kaunas 1924 (from the cover of "Sportas" magazine 1924, Nr.4-5). Captain Steponas Darius - in the center.


    In Lithuania we started to play ice hockey in 1922. The same year the first ice hockey team was organized by our legendary pilot (then serving in Lithuanian Air Force) capt. Steponas Darius, the member of the Lithuanian Union of Physical Education (LFLS) - the biggest sports club of Independant Lithuania (1918-1940), and the first official Ice Hockey games took place then (winter of 1922). The first Lithuanian Ice Hockey Championships started on 30th January 1926, with 4 clubs - LFLS, KSK, "Kovas" and the famous Jewish club "Makabi" from Kaunas. Champions of Lithuania - 1926 became LFLS (the same club also won the 1927 year title).

    The first Official International Match Lithuanian team played versus our Brother Country Latvia on 6th of March 1932 in Riga, Latvia. 0:3 was the result.

    The most noteworthy year in Lithuanian ice hockey history is 1938, for Lithuania became the member of the International Ice Hockey Union and made its debut in the European and World Championships in Prague. I have some original pictures from that historical event and can share them in this forum, but I hope that other forum members from the other countries that met Lithuanian team in Prague 1938 (in group A) will also share some of their historical pics or other documents.

    The debut for the "students team" from Lithuania was successful enough. We won the first game Lithuania versus Romania 1:0 (0:0, 1:0, 0:0). And this was the first "sensation" of the Championships (according to the press in Prague). But unfortunately the second game we've lost, mainly because of bad injury have got one of our best players, forward Vytautas Ilgūnas - student of The Kaunas Vytautas The Great University (at the end of 2/3 of the match with the Poland). Elimination of V. Ilgūnas was so fatal to inexperienced Lithuanian team, that we have lost to Poland 1:8 (0:3, 0:0, 1:5) and later next 2 games even more badly (Lithuania-Hungary 1:10, Lithuania-Switzerland 0:15).

    There were plans to take part in the next European and World Championships in 1939, which were planned to be in Poland, but probably due to some well known activity towards Poland and the rest of Europe by two Comrades with the moustaches the Championships of 1939 were held in much more calm but also more expensive country (for the young "student team") - Switzerland. So Lithuania decided to wait for the better days...

    Few knows now that after Soviets occupied Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia, after the WW2, some still left alive and not fled to the Free World former Ice Hockey players and coaches of two occupied Brother Baltic States - Latvia and especially Lithuania had only two choices left - to teach Russians how to play Ice Hockey well, or to go to GULAG...

    When the second of Two Friends and Brothers in Arms with the moustache finally died, those Lithuanian sportsmen who had no choices at all started to return from the Siberian GULAG, they met their old friends from the times of Freedom who survived the war and Genocide. And they use to talk still quite brave and openly (to speak or write about it publicly was strictly prohibited by the Russian KGB in occupied Lithuania). So only in the private kitchens and sometimes in the pubs of Kaunas they use to talk about what great and popular Ice Hockey we used to have when we were 3 Free Baltic countries and that occupants Russians have to be very thankful to their first Ice Hockey teachers by force - Latvians and especially Lithuanians. This old generation of Latvian and Lithuanian players and coaches unfortunately passed already, but thanks to God and those who died for the Freedom, they had some years of Free speech and Free press in Lithuania to share they memories openly. So we have some authentic testimonies left (about how occupied Lithuanians taught occupants how to play Ice Hockey in 1946-1948)...If somebody will interested in this topic (about how Lithuanians have taught Russians Ice Hockey), I'll made the separate topic about it.

    Here I'll try to concentrate on the history of Lithuanian Ice Hockey before the Russian occupation in 15th of June 1940.

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    Thanks for sharing this interesting history of Lithuanian hockey!

    Would you happen to have any tables or results from the original Lithuanian Championship from 1926 to 1942?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Red Maple Leaf View Post
    Thanks for sharing this interesting history of Lithuanian hockey!

    Would you happen to have any tables or results from the original Lithuanian Championship from 1926 to 1942?
    I'm mostly collecting iconography of this period, but I'll try to share also some tables, when I'll find some in old papers and magazines.

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    This is mentioned above Kaunas "Makabi" team - participants of the first Championships of Lithuania in 1926. Picture from "Sportas", 1926, No.34, page 340.


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    Some additional info to the first pic. This picture is from the second mach between two teams. The result of the first mach (1923 12 25) was 2:2. The result of the second one: LFLS-Aviacija (1923 12 30) 11:2 (5:0).

    The 3rd was in 1924 01 06 12:1 (6:1)
    The 4th was in 1924 01 13 6:2 (3:1)

    There are names of players of the 4th mach:
    LFLS - Matulevičius, Bankauskas, Srazdas, Dagilis, Domeika, Bulvičius.
    Aviacija - Darius, Kraucevičius, Tumas, Garolis, Peseckis. (info from "Sportas" magazine 1924, Nr.4-5, page 34)

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    L.F.L.S. (1st team) - The Champions of Lithuania 1927
    Standing (from the left): forwards V. Matulevičius, V. Baltuška ir H. Kemeklis
    Kneeling (from the left): defenders M. Bankauskas ir lieut. Strazdas.
    In the center goal keeper A. Bankauskas.
    Picture from the cover of "Sportas", 1927, No.47.


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    Two teams - participans of the last mach of the 1926 winter season LFLS-"Kaunas" 2:1.
    Picture from the "Sportas", 1926, No.35, page 347. Air Force captain Steponas Darius (LFLS) in the center.


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    Here is the first table of the first Lithuanian Championships (from the "Sportas", 1926, No.35, page 357)


    Legend:
    1) klubas - club
    2) žaidė - (maches) played
    3) laimėta - wins
    4) pralaim. - lost (maches)
    5) golų santyk. - goals
    6) vieta - place

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    There is also additional info about the last game of the season (picture above). Date 1926 02 28. "Kaunas" was a joint team (5 players from KSK and 2 from "Kovas"). Final result LFLS-"Kaunas" 2:1 (1:0).
    ("Kovas" actually was another team from the same big club - Lithuanian Union of Physical Education (LFLS))

    At the end of this article is a note that the next matches which have been scheduled on the next Sunday was postponed due to warm spring weather :)

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    Those pictures of some of the early teams are just awesome!

    And great to see the final table from 1926! Hope to see more from future years too. :)

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    KSK - the second best Lithuanian Ice Hockey team from the first National Championships 1926

    Picture from "Sportas", 1926, No.33, page 316. Picture was taken 1926 01 17 in Kaunas, where they met LFLS and lost 0:9 (0:3)

    Garbačiauskas, Mušinskas, Cirkvicas and Vagneris were the outstanding players of KSK during that match.

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    This picture is from the above mentioned match LFLS I (first team)-KSK I (first team) 1926 01 17 in Kaunas
    ("Sportas", 1926, No.33, page 317)


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    L.F.L.S. (1st team) - The First Champions of Lithuania (1926)
    Bulvičius, S. Darius (second from the left), Baltuška, Andrašūnas, Bankauskas, Strazdas, Bankauskas II


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    ("Sportas", 1926, No.34, page 331)


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    In 1927 Lithuanian National League were 8 teams, which were playing in two groups named "Žaibas' group" and "Perkūnas' group". This is table of both before 2 leading teams of each group were playing for the final standings.

    Legend:
    žaidė - (maches) played
    laimėta - wins
    lygiomis - draw
    pralaimėt. - lost (maches)
    golų santyk. - goals
    taškų - points
    vietų - place


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    ("Sportas", 1927, No.47, page 517)

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    LFLS - Champions of Lithuania 1928
    From the left: Albinas Bulvičius (left forward), Vladas Matulevičius (right forward), Vytautas Baltuška (center forward), Richardas Racevičius (left defender), Mečys Bankauskas (right defender, Captain of the team), in front - Antanas Bankauskas (goalie).

    Picture from the cover of "Sportas", No.59


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    STSK - Vicechampion of Lithuania 1928
    From the left: Zubrickas, Pietuchauskas, Butavičius, Kvedaras, Pliuškevičius, kneeling - Streikus.

    Picture from "Sportas", 1928, No.59, page 691


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    Very interesting read and great pictures. Thanks a lot for sharing Ledo Ripka and welcome to the forums!

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    Table from Championships of Lithuania 1928

    Legend:
    Vieta - place
    Klubas - club
    Žaidė - (maches) played
    Laimėjo - wins
    Lygiomis - draw
    Pralaimėjo - lost (maches)
    Taškų - points
    golų sant. - goals

    ("Sportas", 1928, No.59, page 691)


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    STSK - Champions of Lithuania 1929
    From the left: Kvedaras, Tilindis, Petukauskas (Pietuchauskas), Butavičius, Zubrickas, Bliūdžius, in front - Streikus

    Picture from "Iliustruotas sportas", 1929 No.1, page 3


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    Table of 1929 Championships of Lithuania

    The Champion was declared by the in the goals in the table. It was sensation of the season that LFLS (Kaunas) droped down to the 7th position from the top.

    Legend:
    Vieta - place
    Klubas - club
    Žaidė - (matches) played
    Laim. - wins
    Pralaim. - lost (matches)
    Lyg. - draw
    Tašk. - points
    Golų sant. - goals

    At the very end of Championships on 3rd of March 1929 (probably after the Champions were decorated) the friendly final match of the season was held between the new Champions of Lithuania and some new team (which not participated in the Championships) from the small provincial town Vilkaviškis: STSK (Kaunas) - LFLS (Vilkaviškis) 1:0

    ("Iliustruotas sportas", 1929 No.1, page 4)



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    One of the pioneers of Ice Hockey in Lithuania (together with cpt. Steponas Darius) was Kęstutis Bulota.

    "Kęstutis Bulota (1896–1941) was a Lithuanian multi-sport athlete who participated in the 1928 Winter Olympics in speed skating. In 1922 and 1923 he played for the LFLS Kaunas football club. He was the Lithuanian champion in multiple sports, including holding national records in racewalking, the triple jump, and relay sprinting.

    In 1928 Bulota become Lithuania's first winter Olympian. Hes best result was fifth place in the 10,000 metres race."
    (Wiki)

    Kęstutis Bulota 1929-1930 studied in Germany, Berlin and played there Ice Hockey too in the Berlin's club B.S.C.
    There is a note in "Iliustruotas sportas", 1929, No.1, page 9, that B.S.C. defeated Branderburg 5:2 and K. Bulota played in that match.

    After the Russian occupation of Lithuania Kęstutis Bulota was arrested on 14th of June 1941 by the Russian NKVD (which is older name of KGB) and was sent to GULAG (North of Ural) as tens of thousands of other Lithuanians, Latvians and Estonians. He was killed by Russians during his attempt to escape from Sosna Concentration camp.


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    I don't know the reason why (I guess because of weather conditions), but there were no Championships of Lithuania held in 1930.

    But in 1931 the new Champions of Lithuania was L.F.L.S. (Kaunas) again.
    From the left: Volotka, Elimas, Kuzmickas, K. Bulota, Grigalauskas, Raciborskas

    Picture from "Mūsų sportas", 1931, No.2, page 1.


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    The main forward from 1938 year Lithuanian National Team prof. Vytautas Ilgūnas is showing his old Hockey Skates which he used to play in Prague with.

    Picture is from the article:

    "How Lithuanians have taught Russians Ice Hockey" by Laisvė Radzevičienė, "TV Antena", 1998, No.16, page 62.


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    Hello Ledo Ripka,

    many thanks for your interesting posts!

    Do you have more information about the Lithunanian team in Prague 1938.
    (full names, club affiliations?)

    Is the magazin "Iliustruotas sportas" available in the internet?

    All the best

    Golo

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    Quote Originally Posted by golo View Post
    Do you have more information about the Lithunanian team in Prague 1938.
    (full names, club affiliations?)
    Yes I do. I have few original pictures from that event and also triangle pin. I'll share photos later on.

    Nearly all the names are on Wiki site

    Quote Originally Posted by golo View Post
    Is the magazin "Iliustruotas sportas" available in the internet?
    The most of pre WW2 Lithuanian press is fully digitalized and avalable on internet for free here: WWW.EPAVELDAS.LT All the old pics above are taken from that site.

    You have to put "hockey" or "hokey" or "Ilgūnas" for example or other single word in the box "Text words" and can search for all the isues where it has been mentioned using pdf search box of each issue later. Unfortunately not all the issues has pdf format included. Then you have read the paper pages on your own, if knowing the dates of the event that you are interested in.

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    Is there a final table available from 1931 too?

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    Thank you!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Red Maple Leaf View Post
    Is there a final table available from 1931 too?
    Sure such a table is there somewhere, but not find yet :)

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    The Champions of Lithuania in 1933 was LGSF I (the same team as previous year)
    (picture from "Sporto tribūna", 1933, No.2, page 5)


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    Here is the final table of 1933 Championships of Lithuania which ended on Sunday 5th of March 1933 with the final game LGSF I - KSK-Kultus II 6:0. KSK and "Kultus" clubs united in those years to one sports club, so why they still were using both names for each single team from that united club. Championships lasted about 1,5 month.

    Sign * in the table means that team get lost 0:3 when they not apear on the shaduled match.
    (picture from "Sporto tribūna", 1933, No.2, page 3)


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    Moment from the Championships of Lithuania 1933 in Ice Hockey match Jachtklubas-KSK/Kultus II in Kaunas Jachtklubas open skating ring in Kaunas.

    (picture from "Sporto tribūna" 1933 No.1, page 4)


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    Some hockey match in 1933 between two Kaunas "friendly teams" was stopped because of fight started, there were injuries...

    Lithuanian press reacted with this drawing in "Kūno kultūra ir sveikata", 1933, No.5 page 70.


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    It looks like that the last image is not seen so I'm posting it again in smaller size:


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    The best Ice Hockey player of the season 1934 - forward Jurgis Grigalauskas from L.F.L.S.

    (Picture from the cover of "Sporto tribūna" 1934, No.2)


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    Before the Russian occupation and genocide Ice Hockey in Lithuania was popular even in small provincial towns.
    Here is the Ice Hockey team from Raseiniai section of Lithuanian Riflemen Union.
    From the left: chairman of the section Šidiškis, commander of Raseiniai unit (Riflemen Union) N. Kviklys and coach J. Valiukevičius.

    (picture from "Kūno kultūra ir sveikata", 1933, No.3, page 45)


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    Quote Originally Posted by Ledo Ripka View Post
    The main forward from 1938 year Lithuanian National Team prof. Vytautas Ilgūnas is showing his old Hockey Skates which he used to play in Prague with.

    Picture is from the article:
    Hmm, these are figure skates on the picture. I guess at that time it wasn't handeled so strictly not to use figure skates for hockey as some players probably had a hard time to afford skates at all. Or maybe Mr. Ilgunas just took them from the wrong shelf ;-)

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    Quote Originally Posted by RexKramer View Post
    Hmm, these are figure skates on the picture. I guess at that time it wasn't handeled so strictly not to use figure skates for hockey as some players probably had a hard time to afford skates at all. Or maybe Mr. Ilgunas just took them from the wrong shelf ;-)
    Probably you are right. I misinterpreted the note near the picture because it says that Mr. V. Ilgūnas used to play with those skates 60 years ago, guessing that in Prague also. But possibly he use to play with them only occationally. It could explain how it survived in such a good shape.

    Unfortunately I can't ask Mr. V. Ilgūnas personally already, but I know that in 1938 he and other Lithuanian players that went to Prague have no possibilities as a team to train at home, because of too warm weather conditions. So the first thing what they had to do after arrival to Prague - was to sharpen their skates.

    I think they brought not figure but the right hockey skates to the Championships what was possible to buy in Kaunas (see ad below). They took no other hockey equipment with them, because it was planned to buy all the rest in Prague...

    Here is some ad with "Polar Dux" scate from "Kultūra ir sveikata", 1933, No.2.

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    That makes sense. Do you know if the "polar dux" model of hockey blades was a Lithuanian product or was it imported? Would be astounding if Lithuania even had a hockey skate manufacturer at that time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RexKramer View Post
    That makes sense. Do you know if the "polar dux" model of hockey blades was a Lithuanian product or was it imported? Would be astounding if Lithuania even had a hockey skate manufacturer at that time.
    We did have some small metal production factories, but I really doubt that they used to produce some equipment for sports. I think "Polar Dux" was imported. Sorry: the right name of the magazine above is "Kūno kultūra ir sveikata", 1933, No.2.

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    Thanks for sharing this. Great to read this.

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    Jacht-klubas - Vicechampion of Lithuania 1933

    Championships were held in this club skating ring, downtown of Kaunas.

    (picture from "Kūno kultūra ir sveikata" 1933, No.10, page 149)


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    JSO - III place in the Championships of Lithuania 1933

    (picture from "Kūno kultūra ir sveikata" 1933, No.10, page 149)


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    The Champions of Lithuania in Ice Hockey Cup 1933 was won by LGSF I (first) team.

    (picture from "Kūno kultūra ir sveikata" 1933, No.10, page 149)


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    This is another table from the same 1933 Championships in Lithuania.

    Please take a note that this is year 1933 and we had 3 Jewish minority teams "Makabi" I, "Makabi" II and "Bar-Kochba" and one half German team KSK-Kultus I ("Kultus" was German minority sports club in Lithuania before they joined KSK) in one friendly league of neutral Lithuania.

    Legend:
    Vieta - place
    Komanda - Team
    Rungtynių - Matches
    Laim. - wins
    Lyg. - draw
    Pral. - lost
    Taškų - points
    Golai - goals


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    Metal pin from the 1938 Ice Hockey Europe and World Championships in Prague, which belonged to one of the leading players of Lithuanian Ice Hockey team, forward Vytautas Ilgūnas.


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    Здравствуйте, уважаемый Ledo Ripka! Надеюсь, что Вы понимаете русский язык и сможете прочитать моё сообщение. Вы опубликовали очень интересный материал по истории литовского хоккея. Я приглашаю Вас разместить свой материал на Форуме хоккейной статистики http://statforum.5-games.ru/index.php, который объединяет многих любителей этой замечательной игры с бывшего постсоветского пространства. Меня зовут Михаил, я основной модератор Форума, живу в Одессе (Украина). Зарегистрировавшись на Форуме, свои сообщения Вы сможете разместить либо в уже имеющихся темах (напр. http://statforum.5-games.ru/viewtopic.php?f=126&t=2318), либо мы создадим специальный подраздел, посвященный хоккею Литвы. Очень надеюсь на Ваш благоприятный ответ по данному вопросу. С уважением Михаил.

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    On the 13th of April, 1933 was the gala ceramony of official closing 1932/33 year's winter season, in Kaunas Winter sports hall, during which was noted that there were record quantity of official Ice Hockey matches held in Lithuania - 78. ("Kūno kultūra ir sveikata", 1933, No.17, page 263)

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    Ice Hockey team of indepentant Lithuania just before the start of their first debut match versus Romania in the European and World Championships, in Prague, at the late evening of 11th of February 1938 in Zimní stadion Štvanice.

    From the left: (possibly) the Chairman of Ice committee of Lithuania Stasys Petokas, forwards E. Bačinskas, Juozas Klimas, Vytautas Ilgūnas, Jocius; defenders Vladas Karalius, brothers Antanas Kuzmickas and Bronius Kuzmickas, golie A. Mačius, and the captain, forward Jurgis Grigalauskas.

    There was a kind of shock for the Lithuanian players, when they standing on the ice of Zimní stadion Štvanice heard the first accords of suppose to be the National Anthem of Lithuania. They've braught the vinil disc with the good quality recording of official Lithuanian anthem, but for organizers Czechs probably it sounded a bit too boaring, so they've decided to change the beginning of it, for some more jazzy, I guess

    The debut for the "students team" from Lithuania was successful enough. We won the first game Lithuania versus Romania 1:0 (0:0, 1:0, 0:0). And this was the first "sensation" of the Championships (according to the press in Prague).



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    Official opening ceremony of 1938 Ice Hockey World Championships in Prague, Zimní stadion Štvanice.

    Lithuanian press paid particular attention to that event, because of the debut of Lithuanian team (especially daily "Lietuvos žinios" wrote a lot; they had their own special crrespondent in Prague)

    (picture from "Fiziškas auklėjimas", 1938, No.2, page 43)


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    Seeing all these rare old pictures is still a real treat.

    Any more tables floating around from pre-war Lithuania?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Red Maple Leaf View Post
    Seeing all these rare old pictures is still a real treat.

    Any more tables floating around from pre-war Lithuania?
    The problem with tables and resuls is in weather conditions in Lithuania. The big books with all the historical sports results (including Ice Hockey off course) is being issued in Lithuania after we've fought back our independence. I already know that year 1930 is missing there. There were possibly more such too warm seasons. When I'll get a chance to get close to one of those books, I'll make a copies or cans and share it.

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