Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Faded Glory: Guelph's Biltmore Hat Company and hockey's "hat trick"

The Guelph Biltmore Mad Hatters were a junior ice hockey team in the Ontario Hockey Association from 1940 to 1942, and 1947 to 1960. The team was often known as the "Biltmores" and sponsored by the Guelph Biltmore Hat Company, and played home games at the Guelph Memorial Gardens.
The Biltmore Hat Company rewarded any player scoring three or more goals in one game the choice of hats at their factory, bringing new meaning to the term "hat trick."
The Biltmore brand began in Guelph in 1919 but the illustrious history of the Biltmore brand in Guelph is over. The line of hats will be made in Texas beginning in early 2012.

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