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1941 Winnipeg Rangers

Inducted 2004

1941 Winnipeg Rangers Hockey Team Roster:

Left to Right: Lorne "Baldy" Northcott (Coach), Mike Peters (Spare Goal), Hugh Millar (Defence), Glen Harmon (Defence), Bernie Bathgate (Forward), Bill Heindl Sr. (Defence), R.A. "Sammy" Fabro (Forward), Les Hickey (Forward), Bob Balance (Forward), Hub Macey (Forward), Manning "Babe" Hobday (Defence), Lou Medynski (Forward), Earl Fast (Forward), Doug Baldwin (Defence), Bill Mortimer (Defence), Alan Hay (Forward), Billy Robinson (Forward), and Hal Thompson (Goal).

Missing from photo: Tommy Bredin (Forward).

The 1941 Winnipeg Rangers won the Memorial Cup, emblematic of the Canadian junior hockey championship. The first of four junior titles for Manitoba in that decade, Rangers started a three-year run of Memorial Cups (Portage Terriers - 1942, Rangers - 1943). Winnipeg Monarchs won the fourth title in 1946. Rangers won the Manitoba title by beating East Kildonan Bisons in three straight games.

They next eliminated Port Arthur to reach the Western final where their opponent was the powerful Saskatoon Quakers. The teams traded victories for the first two games played in Winnipeg and the trend continued for the next four games played in Saskatoon. Back home at the Winnipeg Amphitheatre for the final game, Rangers won the title with a 7-3 victory. Then it was on to Maple Leaf Gardens in Toronto for the first game of a best-of-five for the Memorial Cup. Representing the east for the first time was a team from Quebec, Montreal Royals. Royals had bested Oshawa Generals (1939 & 1940 Canadian champions) to advance.

Rangers won game one 4-2, but lost game two in Montreal 5-3. The series moved back to Toronto for game three and Rangers came away with a 6-4 victory. Back home in Montreal, Royals forced a fifth game by edging Rangers 4-3 on two late power play goals. Playing in the "friendly" confines of Maple Leaf Gardens, Rangers won the deciding game 7-4. The victory was a complete team effort. Rangers coach "Baldy" Northcott said, "We had eighteen good men (teams could dress a goalie and 11 skaters for each game) and we were able to throw in replacements at any time without weakening our team. Our defence was better because they could score. On the whole, however, the balance of power rested in goaltending."

The 1941 Winnipeg Rangers Hockey team is also a member of the Manitoba Hockey Hall of Fame.

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