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EVCco

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Just a little pet project I've been working on over the past couple of days - not sure where to put it, so why not here?
Out of curiosity I decided to do a Google search for a list of the oldest current hockey teams in Canada (at any league/level) and was rather surprised not to find one. So, after a quick bit of research I've begun to compile my own list of current Canadian clubs, franchises, and programs, in various sports, started before the centennial year of 1967 (or, in the case of hockey, before 1950 due to the large number).

I've listed the teams by date, with their original name (in brackets), if applicable.
Dates with an *asterisk denote an "intermittent brand" - that is, a famous name that has been applied to various teams, in various leagues, at various times (and sometimes simultaneously) which seems to represent an overall "tradition", for lack of a better term - with the founding date of it's most current iteration (in brackets)


BASEBALL

1861 - Guelph Royals (Guelph Maple Leafs)
1896* - Toronto Maple Leafs (1969)
1901 - Melville Millionaires
1911* - Brantford Red Sox (1930)
1919 - Kitchener Panthers
1925 - London Majors
1950 - Swift Current Indians
1954* - Winnipeg Goldeyes (1994)
1958 - Hamilton Cardinals (Hamilton Beavers)


FOOTBALL

1869 - Hamilton Tiger-Cats (Hamilton Football Club)
1873 - Toronto Argonauts
1874* - McGill University (1898)
1877 - University of Toronto
1879 - Winnipeg Blue Bombers (Winnipeg Rugby Football Club)
1883 - Queen's University
1884 - Bishop's University
1894 - University of Ottawa
1895* - Edmonton Eskimos (1949)
1901 - McMaster University
1909* - Calgary Stampeders (1935)
1910 - Saskatchewan Roughriders (Regina Rugby Club)
1910 - University of Alberta
1912 - University of Saskatchewan
1920 - University of Manitoba
1923 - University of British Columbia
1928* - Sarnia Imperials (2006)
1929 - University of Western Ontario
194? - Windsor AKO Fratmen
1945* - Carleton University (2013)
1946* - Montreal Alouettes (1994)
1947 - Edmonton Huskies
1947 - Saskatoon Hilltops
1948 - Edmonton Wildcats (Edmonton Maple Leafs)
1948 - Langley Rams (South Surrey Rams)
1950 - University of Guelph
1952 - Sudbury Spartans
1954 - BC Lions
1954 - Saint Francis Xavier University
1955 - Mount Allison University
1956 - Saint Mary's University
1957 - Acadia University
1957 - University of Waterloo
1958 - Burlington Braves
1960 - Ottawa Sooners
1961 - Wilfrid Laurier University
1964 - University of Calgary
1967 - Calgary Colts


HOCKEY

1877 - McGill University
1883* - Ottawa Senators (1992)
1885* - Kenora Thistles (2006)
1886 - Queen's University
1886 - Royal Military College of Canada
1889 - University of Ottawa
1891 - University of Toronto
1897 - McMaster University
1897 - University of New Brunswick
1903 - Guelph Storm (Toronto Marlboros)
1903* - Toronto Marlies (2005)
1904* - Brandon Wheat Kings (1967)
1907* - Barrie Colts (1995)
1908* - Melville Millionaires (1970)
1909 - Montreal Canadiens
1911 - Victoria Cougars (1998)
1913 - Aurora Tigers (Aurora Bears)
1917 - Regina Pats
1917 - Toronto Maple Leafs (Toronto Arenas)
1918 - Selkirk Fishermen
1919* - Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds (1962)
192? - University of Manitoba
192?* - Perth Blue Wings (195?)
1920* - Sudbury Wolves (1962)
1922 - Grimsby Peach Kings
1927* - Flin Flon Bombers (1978)
193? - Stony Plain Eagles
1930 - Winnipeg Blues (Winnipeg Monarchs)
1932 - Glace Bay Junior Miners (Sydney Millionaires)
1932* - Kimberley Dynamiters (1972)
1933 - Rouyn-Noranda Huskies (Montreal Junior Canadiens)
1935 - Shelburne Muskies
1937* - Oshawa Generals (1962)
1937* - Waterloo Siskins (1947)
194? - Port Colborne Pirates (Port Colborne Sailors)
1940 - Pembroke Lumber Kings
1942 - Portage Terriers
1943 - Saginaw Spirit* (St. Catharines Falcons)
1943* - St. Catharines Falcons (1968)
1945* - Saskatoon Quakers (1965)
1945 - Vancouver Canucks (1970)
1946 - Erie Otters* (Windsor Spitfires)
1946* - Windsor Spitfires (1971)
1947 - Innisfail Eagles
1947 - Kitchener Rangers (Guelph Biltmores)


LACROSSE

1877 - St. Catharines Athletics
1883 - Brampton Excelsiors
1888 - New Westminster Salmonbellies
1890 - Mimico Mountaineers
1920* - Coquitlam Adanacs (1965)
1937 - Maple Ridge Burrards (Vancouver Burrard Olympics)
1946 - Clarington Green Gaels (Toronto Green Gaels)
1950 - Victoria Shamrocks
196? - Elora Mohawks (Fergus Thistles)
1961 - Peterborough Lakers (Hastings Legionnaires)
1965 - Huntsville Hawks (Huntsville Legionaires)
1966 - Brooklin Redmen
1967 - Kitchener-Waterloo Braves


RUGBY UNION

1876 - Westmount Rugby Club (Montreal Football Club)
1886 - James Bay Athletic Association
1888 - Nanaimo Hornets
1889 - Comox Valley Kickers
1906 - Castaway Wanderers RFC (Oak Bay Wanderers)
1906 - University of British Columbia
1908 - Vancouver Rowing Club
1923 - Meraloma Rugby Club
1924* - Balmy Beach Rugby Club (196?)
193? - Capilano RFC (North Shore All-Blacks)
1948 - Kats RFC
1949 - Ajax Wanderers
1950 - Brantford Harlequins
1950 - Markham Irish (Irish Canadian Rugby Club)
1950 - Toronto Nomads
1950 - Toronto Saracens
1953 - Montreal Barbarians RFC
1953 - Toronto Scottish
1954 - Town of Mount Royal RFC
1957 - Montreal Irish RFC
1957 - Montreal Wanderers RFC
1957 - Richmond RFC
1960 - Calgary Mavericks
1962 - Cowichan RFC
1963 - Ottawa Irish Rugby Club
1964 - Trent University
1966 - Scribes Rugby Club
1966 - Simon Fraser University
1966 - Trail Colonials
1967 - Kamloops Raiders


SOCCER

1896 - Victoria West FC
1899 - Feildians Athletic Association
1904 - Calgary Caledonian FC
1904 - St. Lawrence Laurentians
1904 - Victoria United
1909 - Edmonton Scottish SC
1912 - Westminster Royals (Westminster United)
1949 - Montreal Ukraina
195? - Surrey United Firefighters (Vancouver Firefighters)
1952 - Ottawa St. Anthony Italia
1953 - Vancouver Columbus FC
1956 - Toronto Croatia
196? - Holy Cross FC




I know this list is far from complete, so please help with any additions/corrections!
 
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I find it interesting that the use of FC in soccer team names in Canada dates back to 1896. While it still may be a pretention on the part of modern teams, they can at least argue it is a part of the sport's heritage in the country.
 

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I just find it interesting that Canada still even has these almost completely ignored soccer clubs with real histories and tradition, yet the highest level of the sport in this country is represented by a couple of fake expansion teams in a fake expansion league...
 

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Same(ish) name, but technically unconnected to the still operating (and re-named) original franchise, hence the "intermittent brand" distinction.

Speaking of hockey though, two other teams to add:
Aurora Tigers (1913)
Innisfail Eagles (1947)
 
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