The mid 1920's saw professional hockey grow in popularity and many Sudbury players were being recruited to play professionally. Red Green, "Shorty" Green, Alex McKinnon, and Charley Langlois were among the local hockey stars who were recruited to the NHL. All four men played for the Hamilton Tigers and during their first season, they were in competition for the eastern division championship and a shot at the Stanley Cup. The Sudburians had noticed that their contracts only paid them for 24 games and as they had already played 30 games with two more to go, they requested $200 each in compensation. When the club refused to pay, they staged the first players' strike in NHL history.