Call Number: A2006-78
Arthur Tyrell "Art" Puttee was an ice hockey goaltender and an engineering student at the University of Manitoba. He was born 14 October 1904 in Winnipeg, and his father was the noted Canadian politician and newspaper editor Arthur W. Puttee.
Art Puttee played in goal for the University of Manitoba Senior Varsity hockey team from the 1927-28 season through to his graduation after the 1930-31 season. During his first season, the team won the Allan Cup at the 1928 Canadian senior men's hockey championship, shutting out the Montreal Victorias 1-0.
Three years later, Puttee and the team known as the "University of Manitoba Grads" went on a 25-game tour of Europe that included games in London, Berlin, Prague, St. Moritz, Hamburg, and Paris. The tour involved representing Canada at the 1931 World Championships in Krynica, Poland. The team won the world title in a 2-0 final game against the Unites States (represented by the Boston Hockey Club) in the 21st game of the tour, and was undefeated in all of those 21 games. Additionally, Puttee had a six-game shutout during the world championship tournament. Puttee had to return to Winnipeg to write final exams during the final games of the tour, at which time Sam McCallum took over in net for the team.
Puttee's goaltending skill during the European tour attracted offers from European hockey clubs. He played for the Swiss club Grasshoppers Zürich in 1931-32, together with another Canadian player, Blake Watson. Puttee played in Zürich for another two years in addition to representing various Zürich city teams. He was also lent to Austrian team Wiener EV when they toured England in 1932. Aside from playing games, Puttee was sometimes hired to officiate international games between club teams and he refereed several games during the 1933 World Cup tournament in Prague.
Arthur Puttee worked as a civil engineer for the City of Winnipeg in the later years of his life, and he and his wife Eleanor had two children, Arthur Robert and Mary Eleanor. Puttee passed away in Winnipeg at the age of 62 on 18 October 1966. In 2004 two of the teams Puttee played for were inducted into the Manitoba Sports Hall of Fame - the 1928 Allan Cup winners and the 1931 World Champions.