In 1923, Ernie Draffin was introduced to soccer as a schoolboy and his team twice won the Wilton Cup which was symbolic of the School championship. As a member of the Brooklands team, Draffin won provincial titles at the juvenile level in 1925 and 1926 and at the junior level in 1927 and 1930. In 1931, Draffin joined the Westbrook team and went on to win the John Queen Cup before joining the United Weston club in 1933. That year, United Weston won the Second Division title and promotion to the First Division where they won the Manitoba League championship in 1934. Draffin then joined the Elmwood United club in the Second Division where he ended his 16 year career as a goalkeeper in 1940.
After WWII, Draffin assisted in the formation of the National League. Draffin served as the league’s vice-president for a few years and with the help of the Manitoba Football Association (MFA), he was successful in obtaining the use of the property where the former Alexander Park was located.
In 1955, Draffin was elected President of the MFA and held that position for 7 years. During the 1967 Pan American Games, Draffin was appointed Technical Director for Soccer and was the sport’s Provincial Registrar in the 1970’s. Draffin was one of the founding directors of the Manitoba Sports Federation and was honoured with lifetime memberships to the Federation as well as the Manitoba Soccer Association. In 1978, Draffin was the provincial representative to the Canadian soccer championships in Edmonton. He was elected to the Provincial Legislature as a member of the Co-operative Commonwealth Federation (CCF), the precursor to the NDP, in 1945 and later his extensive volunteer work on behalf of building of the Brooklands Community Club.
b. September 21, 1909
d. December 19, 1982