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1921 Winnipeg Junior Falcons

Team/Hockey
Inducted 1992

1921 Winnipeg Junior Falcons Hockey Team Roster:

Top Row: Dave Patrick (Forward), Sammy McCallum (Defence), Fred Comfort (Goal), Harry Neil (Defence), William McPherson (Forward).

Middle Row: Frank Woodall (Forward), Wally Fridfinnson (Forward), Herb McMunn (Forward), Art Somers (Forward).

Bottom Row: J. Austman (Trainer), Connie Neil (Manager/Coach), F. Thordarson (Secretary/Treasurer), T. Swainson (Trainer).

 

One year after the Senior Falcons had won the world's highest honour at the 1920 Olympics, the Winnipeg Junior Falcons had the honour of bringing the OHA Memorial Cup to the West in 1921 for the first time in history. This sterling band of players was composed chiefly of the former Pilgrim and YMLG players of the year previous.

The Falcons were provincial champions of a 10-team Manitoba League, defeating Portage la Prairie, "B" Division winners, 10-0, in the final for the Turnbull Cup. Their hardest fight came in their own league, however, when they were forced to be at their best to defeat Selkirk 2-1, and 5-4.

They went on to defeat Regina Vics 5-4, and 3-1, at the Winnipeg Amphitheatre in the Western semi-final and overwhelmed Fort William YMCA 9-3, and 11-4, in the Western final for the Abbott Cup. They qualified for the Canadian championship in Toronto against the Stratford Midgets, who were led by one of hockey's immortals, Howie Morenz.

The Falcons walloped Stratford 9-2, in the first game of the total-goal series, but Stratford won the second 7-2. Falcons were Canadian champs on the strength of the aggregate score of 11-9. After the first game, the Toronto Globe and Mail wrote: "Falcons, like the great team that won the World honours at Antwerp last spring, are speed merchants and are great back-checkers." The World said: "They are fast and tricky and have no weak spot. Comfort in the nets is the finished article. His defence works in fine co-operation with him."

In later years, Art Somers played in the NHL with the New York Rangers. Harry Neil was captain of the Selkirks in the Winnipeg Senior League before coaching in Junior hockey. Harold McMunn was picked up by the Toronto Granites, Allan Cup winners in 1923, and helped them with an Olympic championship in 1924. Wally Fridfinnson performed occasionally in the Bankers' League, and Sammy McCallum went on tour with Varsity Grads when they won the World championship.

1921 Winnipeg Junior Falcons Hockey team is also a member of the Manitoba Hockey Hall of Fame.

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1921 Winnipeg Junior Falcons Team's Induction Video