Royals Hockey Team was started by Derek Davenport in the
hopes of moving up to Senior “A” and eventually
competing for the Allan Cup. The team consisted of players
who lived in Chatham and played in the city hockey league.
Copper Leyte was the coach. They played a regular
Intermediate schedule but did not practice as a team until
after the city league was finished for the season. Their
league record was 22 wins, 7 losses, and 2 ties, earning
them first place in the final standings. In the league
playoffs the Royals defeated Dresden Lumberkings in 4
straight games and then Wheatley Olmsteads in 4 straight.
the OHA semi-finals they played Stirling (near
Belleville). After winning the first 3 games, the Royals
won the fourth and deciding game 7-4 before 1500 fans at
Memorial Arena. In the finals they played Port Elgin
Sunocos who had not lost a game all year. Chatham won the
first 2 games but then lost 3-1 in game three. Since the
ice had been removed from Memorial Arena, game 4 was
played before a sell-out crowd at Northside Arena and the
Royals won 4-1. Going into game five the Royals were short
three key players because of injuries and Coach Leyte was
hospitalized for tests and eventual surgery. George Aitken
stepped in to take over as coach. Port Elgin won the next
2 games to even the series at 3-3. Game 7 was played at
the Port Elgin Arena which was packed. The Royals led 2-0
after one period, trailed 4-2 after two periods, but then
scored 4 third period goals to record a come-from-behind
6-4 victory and claim the OHA Intermediate “C” title.
Their overall record was 39 wins, 10 losses, and 2 ties
with the players competing in over 100 games with the
Royals and their city league teams during the year.