A record setting game remembered
New Waterford paid tribute to one of it’s greatest athlete’s on Monday evening, July 14, when Leo Fahey, one of Pictou County’s legendary sportsmen, was once again Inducted into The New Waterford and District Sport Hall of Fame.
Leo Fahey was presented a painting of the Kid Line that led the New Waterford Strands to the Town’s first and only Cape Breton Senior Hockey League Championship in 1946. Fahey scored the winning goal scoring after 153 minutes of play: 93 minutes into overtime.
Leo accepted the Honorary Plaque inducting the New Waterford Strands Senior Hockey team for winning the town’s first and only Cape Breton Senior Hockey League Championship by defeating the Sydney Millionaires in 1946.
All games were played at the Sydney Forum because New Waterford did not have an indoor rink: practicing mostly at Pushies Pond and playing their games at the Forum. All three games in the final series were played at the Forum.
Sydney won the first game of the best two of three series before New Waterford won the next two games to clinch the series. Fahey scored in all three games.
The final game was played before 4,000 fans, the Strands holding a 3-1 lead heading into the final 3 minutes of the game when Fahey took a two-minute penalty: and the Millionaires scored twice to tie the game at 3-3.
The teams played and played until 2:30 a.m. when the Championship was decided on a goal by Fahey at the 153rd minute of play: a goal that stood for many years as the longest final amateur play-off game in history.
Near the conclusion of the Induction ceremony, Leo was presented with a painting of the legendary “incredible” Kid Line composed of Leo, Mel Gadd and Doug Petrie by well-known local artist Karl Marsh. The Kid Line finished one, two and three in League scoring with Fahey winning the scoring title followed by Gadd and Petrie.
Leo’s son Gus stated that attending the ceremony was a trip down memory lane.
“I had often heard about the Kid Line from many Cape Bretoners over the years. My father, the line and that Strand’s Championship season still lives vividly in the minds of New Waterford residents,” Gus said. “Since my father wore number 7 during his outstanding nine year career as a player, captain and coach (five years) with the New Glasgow Rangers; it was only fitting that this was his 7th Induction into a Sport Hall of Fame. The entire evening was proper and well-deserved ending to an illustrious athletic career."