Sunday, April 4, 2010

Letham Graham

Local boy Letham "Leth" Graham was an Ottawa hockey star through the 1910s and early 1920s.

Graham originally starred with the Ottawa Senators before the NHL even existed. Graham played the 1913-14 and 1914-15 seasons with the Sens in the NHA - National Hockey Association, fore-runner to the NHL.

Graham's hockey statistics are sketchy at best, making it hard to follow his hockey career. After the 1915 season he does not surfaced again until 1920-21, where he helped the NHL Ottawa Senators win the Stanley Cup.

Graham's absence is unknown to me. Service in World War I is a definite possibility, with one source hinting at four years of service. Also, newspaper archives suggest Graham and friend Howard Boorne were seriously hurt when their tandem bicycle they were riding was hit by an automobile in 1915.

Graham, who was also a top lacrosse player in Ottawa, appears to have remained active with the Senators until 1926, although he played very sparingly. Including a five game appearance with the NHL Hamilton Tigers, Graham's six season NHL career consisted of just 27 games. Perhaps this was because of conflicting schedules with his day job with the Ottawa Electric Company. He scored just 3 goals, 2 of which came in his only game of the 1921-22 season.


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