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Spotlight: Hockey player Fred Higginbotham

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By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

In this spotlight story, we’ll look into the career of former hockey player Fred Higginbotham. He played from 1890 through 1896.

Before making his professional hockey debut, he played lacrosse in the late 1880s. When hockey debuted in the 1890s, he was one of the first players to play in the 1890s. Higginbotham was part of a Stanley Cup Championship team in 1896.

Hockey Puck
Hockey Puck (Photo by Pixabay)

His Winnipeg Victorias team defeated the Montreal Victorias. He was listed as a defenseman. However, he was considered not a ‘true’ defenseman.

The Canadian native competed when there were just seven players on the ice, including a goaltender. Higginbotham played the ‘cover-point position, which is the role that many NHL defensemen play in today’s game.

The hard-hitter was responsible for bringing the puck out of the defensive end. He passed away in September 1896. He was involved in a riding accident at a friend’s house that resulted in his death.

He suffered a spinal cord injury in the accident. The next morning, he passed away.

Higginbotham is buried in his hometown of Bowmanville, Ontario, Canada.

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Anthony Caruso III
Anthony Caruso III
Anthony Caruso III is the Publisher of The Capital Sports Report. He has been in the Journalism field since August 2002. Since that time, Mr. Caruso has covered many marquee events. This includes 13 Heisman Trophy ceremonies, 2 Little World Series events, and one Army-Navy College Football game.
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