My Hockey Heritage: Victor Lindquist, Canadian Olympic Hero.

Folks who read my hockey blog probably assume that I have hockey in my blood.  Well they would be right and almost quite literally.  My great-great-great uncle Victor Lindquist represents that hockey history family linkage.

Victor Carl Lindquist was born on March 22, 1908 in Gold Rock, Ontario.  Vic, a left winger played junior hockey with the Kenora Thistles in Kenora, Ontario where my grandmother Serena was born. 

Vic later moved to Winnipeg, Manitoba where he played senior hockey for the 1931 Winnipegs team that won the Allan Cup.  Vic scored a goal and added two assists in a 3-1 series victory over the Hamilton Tigers.  With the series victory the Winnipegs earned the right to represent Canada in the 1932 Winter Olympics in Lake Placid, NY. 

Before there were “Miracles” and “Winter Classics” they played Olympic hockey outdoors in the North Country of New York.  1932 marked the first time Lake Placid, NY had hosted the Winter games and was the first time a North American city held the games as well.  In team Canada’s opening game, Lindquist scored the game winning goal in overtime, a 2-1 victory over team USA.  Vic also scored in wins over Poland and Germany and with a 2-2 tie in their final game against team USA, the Winnipegs won Olympic gold medals for Canada.

As his hockey career progressed Victor Lindquist played for the senior Winnipeg Monarchs.  Upon winning the Manitoba title in 1934, the team was invited to tour in Europe, representing Canada in the world championships in Davos, Switzerland.  The team won an astounding 64 times in 66 games and brought home a world tournament victory in 1935 with Lindquist totaling 31 goals.  The Monarchs scored 49 goals against 7 in the world tournament to become Manitoba’s last world champion hockey club.

Nicknamed “The Swift Swede,” Vince Leah in his book “Manitoba Hockey A History,” had this to say of Vic.  “I have seen few skaters in hockey to match him for grace and smoothness.” 

In his post playing days Lindquist coached the Swedish national team during the 1936 Olympics and was a well respected referee for more tham 30 years at the provincial, national and international levels.  His referee career also included officiating at the 1960 Olympics, 1962 and 1963 World Championships as well as several Allan Cup Finals. 

Though Vic Lindquist passed away November 30, 1983, his legacy would live on to be long celebrated.  He was inducted into the Northwestern Ontario Hall of Fame in 1994.  In 1997 he was inducted into the International Ice Hockey (IIHF) Hall of Fame, which was established that same year when 30 individuals were inducted at the world championships in Helsinki, Finland.  He was also inducted as an “Honoured Member,” into the Manitoba Sports Hall of Fame and Museum in 2004.

That my friends is my hockey heritage and a profile of the great and my great-great-great uncle Victor Lindquist. 

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