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Westwick, Harry

Westwick, Harry

Harry "Rat" Westwick was a multi-sport athlete as a teen growing up in Ottawa. He excelled at both hockey and lacrosse but made his mark as a rover with the Ottawa Silver Seven championship teams in the early 1900s.

His first hockey was played with the Ottawa city teams while in his early teens, and by 1893 Westwick had moved up to play in the senior loop. By 1895 he was scoring at a goal-a-game pace, a consistency that would hold true throughout his career.

His determination and leadership qualities were perhaps best demonstrated during a game in Montreal against the cross-town-rival Victorias. "Rat" was forced to leave the ice on three occasions during the game due to injuries. But battered and bruised, he refused to quit. It appeared that every man on the Vics was out to punish him, but it was not until he had sustained a broken bone in his ankle that Westwick left the game for good. Even then, he refused to be carried off the ice and bravely skated to the dressing room with the bone of one of his ankles protruding from atop his skate.

During his career, he played on three Stanley Cup winners with the Silver Seven and was named to the Federal League's Second Team All-Star squad in 1905. He retired after the 1908-09 season and went on to referee games in the National Hockey Association for a short while.

Harry Westwick was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1962.

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