SIHR Spotlight | Former Trail Smoke Eater, Sydney Millionaires: Alex Birukow

Alexander Daniel Birukow

SIHR Spotlight

Position Forward/Defence

Shoots Right

Height 5′ 5” / 165.1 cm

Weight 145 lbs / 65 kg

Born Jun 21, 1927

Died Dec 07, 2017 (Age: 90)

Birthplace Fort William, Ontario, Canada

Gender Male

Source: Society International Hockey Research

Source: SIHR

Birukow was inducted into the Nova Scotia Sport Hall of Fame in 2000 as part of the 1948 Sydney Millionaires hockey team.

1948 Sydney Millionaires

The 1948 Sydney Millionaires had good young players on their way through the system, blended with strong outside influences, which included Memorial Cup winners from the previous year’s Winnipeg Monarchs. The Millionaires played in the Cape Breton Senior Hockey League, with Glace Bay, and North Sydney (one of the best leagues in Canada at the time). The Millionaires knocked off the Halifax St. Mary’s club on their way to provincial and Maritime titles, before disposing of the Pembroke Lumber Kings to advance to the Allan Cup Eastern Canadian final against the mighty Toronto Marlboros.

The Marlies were overwhelming favourites in the best-of-five series to played entirely in Maple Leaf Gardens. Sydney shocked the Marlies 1-1 in the first game after a scoreless 10-minute overtime. The Marlboros won the second game 5-3 and the Millionaires tied the series with a dramatic 5-4 overtime-win in game three. The Marlies prevailed in the remaining games, with a 4-2 score in game four and a 5-4 overtime-win in game five. The tournament was a remarkable performance by a Millionaire team that was not expected to be a serious contender, but which came close to pulling off one of the major upsets of the era.

Members of the 1948-49 team: Johnny Arundel, Alex Birukow, Maurice Dowling, Doug Fritz, Jack Fritz (coach), Bruce Gallagher, Jackie Gibson, Bernie MacDonald, C.A. MacDonald (club president), Ray MacDonald (equipment manager), Jim MacInnis, George McCabe, George McDougall, Don McRae, Lou Medynski, Ernie Moore, Johnny Myketyn, Ron Nelson, Joe Petit, Paul Platz (captain), Cliff Roach, Ed Tucker, Joe Watts, Don Whalen.


• Won the Provincial Title
• Won the Maritime Championship
• Won the Maritime Championship
• Made it into the Allan Cup Playoffs

Source; Nova Scotia Sport Hall Of Fame

Trail Commercial Hockey League, Bella Tire: (L-R) Top row: Alex Birukow, unidentified, B. Siemen, G. Derosier, B. Bonin, F. . Bottom: Al Cronie, B. McIntyre, unidentified, Ross Saundry, unidentified. Source:

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Smokies Fall Behind, Comeback, Win In Shootout Against Wenatchee 3-2 Saturday Night

Photo Source and Copyright Holder: Trail Smoke Eaters, And Is Being Used For News Purpose, As Per Canadian Copyright Act, Section 29.

Smoke Eaters follow same script as Friday night game against the Wild with a difference, a 3-2 shootout win.

Trail falls behind 2-0, but get goals from Mathieu Cobetto-Roy on the power play and Brady Hunter, in regulation. In the shootout, Josh Schenk and Brady Hunter make it count to beat Wenatchee.

Wenatchee outshoots Trail 50-39. Smokies 1 for 4 on power play and 6 for 6 on penalty kill.

Next game Friday, December 2 in Trail against the same Wenatchee Wild.