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For a dozen or so seasons the Rockets played their home games eight kilometres away in Winchester.

In Quebec City, Beliveau was more than a superstar. He was a hockey god.

In the 1950 51 season the Rockets clawed their way to the Eastern Canada Memorial Cup semifinal.

Chances are you won't find either on a map of any significance but in the spring of 1951 Inkerman was front and centre on the Canadian junior hockey map.

Rockets were the little team with big talent

So how did a junior hockey team from a town with no indoor rink and fewer than 100 people become a junior hockey power?

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The Cits and Beliveau were filling up the 10,040 seat Colisee on a regular basis. Built in 1949, the Colisee became known as the "House that Beliveau built".

The Rockets had a humble birth.

By the 1944 season the Rockets were Ottawa and District Hockey Association champions.

The Rockets were no match for the Citadels, who swept them aside before losing to Barrie Flyers in the Eastern Canada final. Nevertheless, the fact that a team with no corporate sponsor and from a village with fewer than 100 inhabitants was able to go so far was of historic proportions.

LePorte got a deal on a set of sweaters at an Ottawa sporting good store.

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The only rink in Inkerman, population approximately 100, was the public school outdoor rink.

Not bad for a team that didn't have an indoor rink of its own.

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The Rockets were developing a following. In an ODHA playoff game against Ottawa St. Pats, a crowd of 5,000, most of them from Dundas County, piled into the old Ottawa Auditorium on Bank Street.

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Inkerman is a sleepy hamlet just north of the even sleepier hamlet of Vinegar Hill.

A Rocket even made it to the Hockey Hall of Fame. Leo Boivin spent a season on LePort's blueline before advancing up the pro ranks to the NHL.

Some of the players had never been to Inkerman.

Instead, he remained with the Citadels. And why not.

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In mid April the Rockets were just one of four Eastern Canada teams in the hunt for the country's top junior hockey prize, the Memorial Cup. The others were Toronto Marlboros, Barrie Flyers and Quebec Citadels.

Several Cornwall players were recruited by the Rockets. They included outstanding goalie Donnie Grant, Moe Savard, George Marlin, Mort Belmore, Aime Leblanc and Pete Payette.

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LePorte served as team general manager and coach.

After the Citadels, Le Gros Bill signed with the senior Quebec Aces for more money than the Canadiens were willing to pay him. One of Beliveau's Citadel teammates was Camille Henry who edged out Les Gros Bill for NHL rookie of the year in 1954 and had a splendid pro career.

LePorte, asked each to contribute $5 to get a junior B hockey team up and running.

Their opponents were the Quebec Junior Hockey League champion Quebec Citadels.

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Between periods of the second game against the Rockets, Beliveau was presented with a new car. He thanked the fans with two unassisted goals and four assists.

The Citadels had a 19 year old centre named Jean Beliveau. The story was that Beliveau turned down a contract offer from the Montreal Canadiens for $15,000 a year. That was more than Maurice Richard was earning.

It all started in the fall of 1941 when a group of local farmers were invited to a meeting in the one room school house.

Brian McFarland, Prada Pumps Black who became a Hockey Night in Canada fixture, played for the Rockets. In his book "It Happened in Hockey", McFarland called the Rockets the "Little team with big talent."

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It is said that the Inkerman club was christened the Rockets because Palladium Waterproof Leather Wool Boots

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