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NICHOLAS MERCER: A Miners tale

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06.09.2019

Quick question.
What is your favourite Newfoundland and Labrador song about senior hockey?
Having trouble finding one?
Good. When I was asked that same question a couple of months back I had the same response.


That's when my boss pointed me in the direction of Khaki Dodgers, by Matthew Hornell and the Diamond Minds.
Centered around the Town of Buchans and named after the cookie treat given to miners in the middle part of the century, the song is a trip through time that follows Matthew’s grandparents through their connection to that period.
James Hornell Sr. arrived in 1949 to work in the Newfoundland mining town with an eye on playing for the Miners.
Hailed as a magician with the puck and a strong skater, Jim was a right winger with the Buchans Miners until 1954 and won three Herder Memorial Championships with the club.
Matthew Hornell was 20 years old when he started learning a bit more about his grandfather, and his connection to the Minors.
He was inspired........

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