DONALD H. “DAN” BAIN
As a hockey player, cyclist, gymnast, trap shooter, and roller skater, Donald H. “Dan” Bain made a name for himself as one of Winnipeg’s and Canada’s greatest athletes.
Bain’s athletic career began in 1887 when, at the age of 13 years, he won the Three Mile Roller Skating Championship of Manitoba. At 17, Bain was named the province’s All Round Gymnastic Champion and then captured Manitoba’s top cycling trophies for three consecutive years. From 1895-1902, Bain played centre for the Winnipeg Victorias hockey team. In 1896, Bain helped the Victorias win the Stanley Cup and retired from hockey competition after they regained the trophy in 1901. During his athletic career, he also won more than a dozen figure skating titles including the pairs, fours, and dance categories. Bain was considered one of Manitoba’s top lacrosse players and the nation’s finest trap shooter after he won the Canadian Trapshooting title in Toronto in 1903. His interest in trap and skeet shooting led to Bain’s appreciation of wild fowl and, consequently, the acquisition of a large acreage of marshland. Later, this property was given to Ducks Unlimited, another of Bain’s many interests.
Bain was a driving force in the establishment of the old Winter Club in Winnipeg (now the HMCS Chippewa) and after the Second World War, he helped organize the new Winter Club, a social and sporting club that still features figure skating. Bain was among the first automobile enthusiasts in Western Canada and, at one time, owned thirteen vehicles, among which were a number of racy English sports models. Bain continued to compete in numerous sports until his retirement as an athlete in 1930. Donald H. Bain is also a member of Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame.
b. February 14, 1874
d. April 15, 1962