Russell G. "Russ, Dubbie" Bowie
(August 24, 1880 – April 8, 1959) was a Canadian ice hockey
player generally regarded as one of the best players of the pre-NHL
era of the sport. When the Hockey Hall of Fame
was founded in 1945, Bowie was one of the original twelve inductees.
Bowie played centre and rover for numerous amateur Montreal teams in the 1890s as a teenager, and for the Montreal Victorias
of the AHAC
from the 1896
seasons. He was a five-time scoring champion and scored an unprecedented 234 goals in 80 recorded league games. Bowie played for the Vics' final Stanley Cup
champion club in 1898. An accomplished stickhandler who credited his skill to employing an unusually short stick, he was cited in many all-star lists as one of the very best forwards of hockey's first half-century.
On February 20, 1901, Bowie of the Montreal Victorias scored seven goals in a game and was well positioned to dominate the CAHL, and two weeks later, he scored 6 goals against the Montreal Shamrocks
. He finished the season with 24 goals, 14 more than his nearest rival. Over his career, Mr. Bowie would average almost three goals per game, a mark only matched by Frank McGee
in major senior play.
Bowie never accepted money to play hockey, famously refusing all importuning and turning down large offers, and was quoted as saying, "I am an amateur, was an amateur, and will die an amateur." He weathered a scandal in 1907 where... Read More