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Born in Gold Rock in 1908, this outstanding athlete learned the game of hockey growing up in Kenora, contributing to the success of the Kenora Thistles Junior Hockey Team from 1923-28. An employee with the Canadian Pacific Railway, a transfer to Winnipeg saw him playing for the company team in that cities Big Four League.

Playing for a variety of different senior hockey teams in Winnipeg, from 1929 to 1940, Vic enjoyed great success at the local, national and world level. On left wing for the Winnipegs from 1930-33 he won an Allan Cup in 1931.

Earning the right to represent Canada at the 1932 Olympic Winter Games, the Winnipegs won all of their games in round-robin play, thanks to a brilliant overtime goal scored by Vic in the teams match against the U.S. Because of that early victory, the Canadian team's 2-2 tie against the U.S. in the final was all that was needed for Canada to clinch the gold medal. A member of the Winnipeg Monarchs, Vic added the 1935 World Hockey Championships title to his record of success.

In 1936 Vic returned to the Olympics, this time as a coach of the Swedish National Hockey leading them to a 5th place finish. Retiring as a player after close to 20 years, Vic became a respected referee. He oversaw hundreds of games at the local, provincial, national and international level for 30 years, including the 1963 World Hockey Championships. This outstanding individual, who contributed so much to our nation's hockey heritage, passed away in Winnipeg in 1983.

Inducted into the Northwestern Ontario Sports Hall of Fame, September 10th, 1994

Victor Lindquist

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