Two hockey teammates have a locker room altercation, and one of them is injured with a head wound. He does not go with his teammates for a post-practice drink and is later found dead in the locker room from a second blow to the head.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Langston Wallace
Jerome Bradley
Eddie Driscol
Dylan Trowbridge ...
Samuell Farrell
Archibald Simpson
Lydia Driscol
Felicity Wallace
Guy Bannerman ...
John Ross Robertson
Russell Ferrier ...
Harry McLaughlin


Detective Murdoch investigates the murder of Archie Simpson, a hockey player who is found dead in the team's locker room. Simpson had earlier had a punch-up with his teammate Eddie Driscoll, who happens to be George Crabtree's old friend and the man who married, Lydia, a woman George had once been interested in. The team is owned by Langston Wallace who for the first time has a team that may win the Stanley Cup. There was tension on the team as well with new players arriving and rumors that one of them may be a paid professional, the scourge of hockey. Dr. Grace is having problems of her own when the case brings her into contact with Jerome Bradley, the man to whom she was once engaged to. Written by garykmcd

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Crime | Drama | Mystery





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The Stanley Cup was created in 1892 as the Dominion Hockey Challenge Cup by Lord Stanley of Preston, the English Governor-General of Canada. It remained a challenge cup from 1893 through 1914, and professional teams were first permitted to compete in 1906. In 1915 the cup was presented to the winner between two professional leagues: the National Hockey Association (NHA) and the Pacific Coast Hockey Assoociation (PCHA). The NHL took over as the sole surviving professional league in 1926. The Stanley Cup is unusual as a sports trophy as the winner does not keep it but passes it on to the next year's winner. Ironically Lord Stanley never saw a championship game or presented the cup as he was recalled to Britain in 1893. See more »


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Inspector Thomas Brackenreid: There is no greater stain on the face of hockey than the specter of professionalism.
Inspector Thomas Brackenreid: Greater than cold-blooded murder?
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The love of money is the root of all evil
12 November 2016 | by (Wales) – See all my reviews

The Toronto Wellingtons, an ice hockey team, is having a successful season, but there are squabbles between some players. Two players in particular Eddie Driscoll, the star, and Archie Simpson, the captain, have a dust up in the dressing room which leaves Simpson bleeding from a head wound. Later he is found dead.

As soon as the investigation gets under way, we discovered that Driscoll is married to Lydia, an old flame of George Crabtree, while Doctor Grace was to have married another player, Jerome Bradley, five years previously, but called it off. The team owner, Langstone Wallace, may, according to rumours, be paying Driscoll to play, which would be against the amateur ethos of the sport, and could see the team expelled from competition.

The Wellingtons are due to meet the Montreal Shamrocks for the Stanley Cup, and Chief Constable Giles is reputedly the Wellingtons' biggest fan, so when he finds out what has happened, the pressure is on.

Dr Grace finds a second head injury to be the cause of death, so now the crime is murder, not manslaughter, as it first appeared. Her estimated time of death is at a time when many players are at the pub. Bradley begins stalking Dr Grace. Meanwhile, Driscoll goes after other women behind her back.

Secrets and lies abound, along with many petty jealousies. Most are red herrings, of course, but that's what Murdoch specialises in sorting out.

This is a good story, well played, and with the additional interest for hockey fans.

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