SIHR 2021 Paul Kitchen Award

On Saturday, May 15 at the annual meeting of the Society for International Hockey Research (SIHR: the award winners were announced for the 2020 calendar year. We are honoured to advise that as authors of The Golden Years we were selected to receive the Paul Kitchen Award for the best hockey research project produced during the past calendar year.

Nominations for the competition were open to any books, documentaries or digital forms of expression (website, blog, Facebook page, etc.) that came to market in 2020. SIHR created this award in 2016 to honour an esteemed member and past president,  the late Paul Kitchen, in recognition of his efforts to promote and preserve hockey history within and outside of SIHR.

What they’re saying.

… sensational!!!! Extraordinary research and brilliant design. – Kevin Shea

Bobby BurrellGreat quality book, super informative… a hobby revelation!

… lavishly-illustrated… The attention to detail is astounding – Greg Oliver

Dave Stubbs – The book is glorious! Loving this walk back into my youth.

Kevin Shea
Kevin is the award-winning author of 17 hockey books, and has been a recognized hockey historian for the last 20 years.

I received the Bee Hive book today. Holy cow! It is sensational!!!! Extraordinary research and brilliant design. Wow!!! You guys did a phenomenal job! You should be immensely proud.

I have only given it a cursory look but I’m anxious to dig in. Bee Hive photos were a huge part of my life and one of the reasons I have such a passion for hockey. As well, they are an important link to my Dad. I have his collection from the 1930s and he introduced me to collecting through the 1960s until the end. Thank you for publishing this! Kevin

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Bobby Burrell
Bobby is a noted hockey historian and author of the Vintage Hockey Collector Price Guide.

Just received the new book. Thank you for your kind words in the inscription to me.

Last night I went through it rather quickly, as it was exciting with the turning of each page! Love the layout and the chronological run through the years. The Snippets were a great way of interjecting information along the way.

Great quality book, super informative, very well done! Congratulations again, it is a hobby revelation! Bobby

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Greg Oliver
Greg is a contributor to the SIHR website, and author of seven books on professional wrestling, and six books on hockey.

Greg’s article “Sweetly illustrated book celebrates Bee Hive photos, advertising.” in the column “Two Minutes for Reading so Good” can be found here:

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Dave Stubbs
Columnist and historian with the National Hockey League since February 2016, writing and producing multimedia features and news for From 1988-2016, he was a feature writer and columnist with the Montreal Gazette. Published “Our Game: The History of Hockey in Canada” in 2006, a young readers history of the sport.

Dave’s article “Bee Hive hockey photos that inspired Howe, Hull celebrated in new book. (Tracing history of collectibles that sparked dreams of reaching NHL.) “can be found here: