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The Year That Was . . . 1971

By Christopher J. Kendel, 10/06/21, 10:00PM EDT


CSHL Celebrates Its Golden Anniversary

The Year That Was . . . 1971

The year was 1971 – 3.761 billion people inhabited our planet, 207.7 million here in the United States; Richard M. Nixon was in the White House; Americans continued to fight the war in Vietnam and Apollo 14 returned our astronauts to the Moon.  Pavel Bure, Elon Musk, Justin Trudeau and Kristi Yamaguchi were born.  Louis Armstrong, Nikita Khrushchev, Jim Morrison and Igor Stravinsky died.  And on March 22, individuals representing Cleveland Heights, Elyria, Garfield Heights, Parma and Shaker Heights came together at Thornton Park in Shaker Heights to form the Cleveland Suburban Hockey League (CSHL), an organization dedicated to providing a competitive and well managed youth hockey league for its member programs.  During its inaugural season, the league consisted of only the Bantam (14U) age-classification.  Additionally, teams representing Cleveland Skating Club and Rocky River joined the aforementioned teams, bringing the total number to seven for the inaugural season.  The regular season was scheduled for December 15,1971 through February 28,1972 and was followed by a postseason playoff tournament the first week of March.  In celebration of the CSHL's Golden Anniversary please join me all season long as we take a journey back in time to that first season.