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1924 University of Toronto TORONTONENSIS Yearbook - Conn Smythe & Lester B. Pearson photos
Lot #263

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1924 University of Toronto TORONTONENSIS Yearbook - Conn Smythe & Lester B. Pearson photos
Lot #263

This 1924 University of Toronto ( Torontonensis ) yearbook includes a photo of Conn Smythe as the coach of the Junior Intercollegiate hockey team and Lester B. Pearson as the coach of the Victoria College rugby team.

Following the war, Conn Smythe returned to Toronto and became a partner in a paving business which soon expanded into sand and gravel. He went back to University of Toronto and graduated with a civil engineering degree in 1920 and was married during the school year. Smythe and his business partner split, with Smythe getting the sand and gravel business. In the evenings, he was a hockey coach, and occasionally took University of Toronto teams to the Boston area for games against colleges from that area . Smythe built the New York Rangers, Toronto Maple Leafs, and Maple Leaf Gardens. The National Hockey League honoured Smythe's contribution to the game by introducing a trophy in 1965 to be presented to the most valuable player in the Stanley Cup playoffs. The league also named one of its four divisions after him prior to the 1974-75 season. One of hockey's greatest builders, Smythe was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1958.

After the war, Lester B. Pearson returned to school, receiving his BA from the University of Toronto in 1919. Upon receiving a scholarship, he studied at St. John's College Oxford University, where he received a Second-Class BA in modern history in 1923. After Oxford, he returned to Canada and taught history at the University of Toronto, where he also coached the Varsity Blues Canadian football team, and the Varsity Blues men's ice hockey team. Pearson was the Canadian prime minister from 1963-1968. The Lester B. Pearson Award is awarded annually to the National Hockey League's outstanding player in the regular season, as judged by members of the NHL Players Association. It was first awarded in 1971 to Phil Esposito. Pearson was inducted into the Sports Hall of Fame at the University of Toronto.

The book is in good condition with a solid spine. The original owners name is on the inside cover page. It is 399 pages in length and was acquired via an estate sale.