Hod Stuart (1879–1907) was a Canadian professional ice hockey
cover-point (now known as a defenceman) who played nine seasons for
several teams in different leagues. He also played briefly for the
Ottawa Rough Riders football team. With his brother Bruce, Stuart
played in the first professional ice hockey league, the American-based
International Professional Hockey League (IPHL), where he was regarded
as one of the best players in the league. Frustrated with the violence
associated with the IPHL, he left the league late in 1906 and returned
to Canada, where in 1907 he helped the Montreal Wanderers win the
Stanley Cup, the championship trophy for hockey. Two months later, he
died in a diving accident. To raise money for his widow and children,
the Eastern Canada Amateur Hockey Association hosted an all-star game,
the first of its kind to be played in any sport. In an era where
defencemen were expected to stay behind during the play, Stuart became
known for his ability to score goals while playing a defensive role,
and for his ability to remain calm during matches that often turned
violent. His efforts were acknowledged when the Hockey Hall of Fame was
created in 1945 and he became one of the first twelve players to be
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The ultimate aim of government is not to rule, or restrain, by fear,
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