In Search of Dit Clapper

Just like reusable packaging at its best, the legendary but now increasingly forgotten Dit Clapper was incredibly durable. He played 20 years for the Boston Bruins, ending in 1947. He achieved a number of firsts, including being the first to play 20 seasons, as well as being the first to be elected as a first all star on both forward and defence. In February 1947 he was elected directly to the Hall of Fame while still an active player-coach.

In February 1942 Dit found himself tangled up with Bingo Kampman, a journeyman Maple Leaf defender who had made one of his rambling rushes up the ice. Dit’s achilles tendon was severed, requiring 100 stitches internally as well as 100 stitches externally to repair. He was far from finished. He returned the next Fall to continue playing for 4 more seasons.

I’m here at the Society for International Hockey Research Fall Meeting in Toronto, on my journey to find out more about Dit. It has been a very good meeting, and SIHR is clearly a worthwhile group to join.

One of the great benefits of joining associations such as the SIHR, or more topically the Reusable Packaging Association or the Western Pallet Association, is the warm welcome and helpful membership, that can help a newbie get up to speed so much more quickly.

Here’s to Dit, here’s to durability, and here’s to association. Next post is from the Reusable Packaging Pavilion at PACK EXPO.

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