Programs

"Programs… get yer programs!"

The classic refrain heard at just about every sporting event.  Programs are probably the most common collectible for any given team, mainly due to the sheer volume that are sold over the course of a season.  That’s great news for the collector, as programs are an invaluable source of photographs and roster information as well as general team history.

Seattle hockey programs from the pre-1946 period are very difficult – there weren’t many produced, and most of them didn’t survive.  Programs from the start of the professional Ironmen in 1946 to the last year of the Americans in 1957-58 are a little easier to find, but are still very tough (particularly those of the Bombers in the early 1950’s).  Totems programs become more common as you move from the first season of 1958-59 through about 1971-72, with the 1969-72 period probably the easiest to obtain.  They then become slightly more difficult for the last three seasons from 1972-75, likely due to poor attendance and a bad team.

Breakers programs are also quite difficult, again likely due to the small attendance (less than 1,000 per game on average).  They aren’t particularly expensive, as there aren’t many people who collect them.  The same can be said for Thunderbirds programs.

Below is the most complete collection of Seattle hockey program covers that you will find in any one place.  That doesn’t mean that they’re all here – I don’t have everything.  Those programs which feature a player photo on the cover generally changed pictures every issue, and I have not copied each different front here as the formats are the same.  Also, the 1970-71 programs featured at least a dozen different covers, all of which were generic and likely used throughout the league.  There are only a few seasons in which I have chosen to show more than one cover, and in those cases it is because the cover change (a) related specifically to Seattle hockey and (b) was a significant design change.

The images below are thunbnailed for easier downloading.  To see a larger image, just click on the program you want to see.

My thanks to Seattle hockey collector Dave Eskenazi for the images of a number of the earliest Seattle hockey programs.

1916-17 Metropolitans
Stanley Cup Champions

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1928-29
Courtesy of Dave Eskenazi

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1929-30 Eskimos

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1930’s

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1934-35 Sea Hawks
Courtesy of Dave Eskenazi

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1934-35 City League
Courtesy of Dave Eskenazi

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1936-37 City League

1936-37 Seattle Eskimos
Courtesy of Dave Eskenazi

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1938-39 Sea Hawks
Courtesy of Dave Eskenazi

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1939-40 City League
Courtesy of Dave Eskenazi

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1939-40

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1940-41 Olympics

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1941-42 City League

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1946-47 Ironmen

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1947-48 Ironmen
Different players featured

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1948-49 Ironmen
Also in red and green

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1951-52 Ironmen
Also in yellow and green

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1952-53 Bombers

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1953-54 Bombers
(My favorite!)

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1955-56 Americans

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1956-57 Americans
All covers feature Fielder

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1957-58 Americans

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1958-59 Totems
Different players featured

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1959 Exhibition
vs. Detroit Red Wings

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1959-60 Totems
Different players featured

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1960-61 Totems

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1961-62 Totems

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1962-63 Totems
Also with "$1,000 MJB Puck Shoot"
across the front

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1963-64 Totems

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1964-65 Totems

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1964 Exhibition
vs. Toronto Maple Leafs

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1965-66 Totems
Two pull out player photos
in each edition

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1966-67 Totems

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1967-68 Totems
Majority of season

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1967-68 Totems
Late season and playoffs

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1968-69 Totems

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1969-70 Totems
Art by Stu Moldrem

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1969-70 Totems
Art by Stu Moldrem

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1969-70 Totems
Art by Stu Moldrem

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1969-70 Totems
Art by Stu Moldrem

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1969-70 Totems
Over a dozen different known

1970-71 Totems
Most resemble 1969-70
At least two are in this format

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1971-72 Totems
Many different photos used

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December 25, 1972
Totems vs. Russia

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1972-73 Totems
Different photo each issue

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December 25, 1973
Totems vs. Czechoslovakia

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January 5, 1974
Totems vs. Russia

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1974-75 Totems
Different photo each issue

 

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