One of the finest senior amateur teams in Allan Cup hockey, the 1932 Winnipegs Team brought the City of Winnipeg an aura of excitement that can be compared to few other moments.
Formed in 1930, the Winnipegs were largely sponsored by the local grain trade. In 1931, they won the Allan Cup Championship and thus were selected to represent Canada at the 1932 Winter Olympics in Lake Placid, New York. Prior to arriving in Lake Placid, the Pegs played a series of exhibition games. Their first official game was against a strong U.S. team in their home country. A close match throughout the game, the teams were tied at one all after regulation play with Harold “Hack” Simpson scoring the goal for the Pegs. A brilliant individual play by Vic Lindquist five minutes and fifty seconds into the overtime enabled the Pegs to come away with the victory.
With four countries represented in the Games, the Pegs played each team twice. Their next game was against a stubborn German team whom they defeated 4-1. They finished the first round robin by thrashing the team from Poland 9-0.
The Pegs started the second round by defeating Germany 5-0, and Poland 10-0, setting the stage for the Gold Medal game between Canada and the U.S. If the Pegs won or tied the gold medal was theirs, while if the Americans won, another game would be needed to decide the Olympic Champions. The Americans led the game 2-1 late in the third period. With 33 seconds left, Romeo Rivers slashed a shot by the American goalie, the two teams headed into overtime. Nothing could be settled, as the teams battled for more than 30 minutes. The game was called, the Pegs walked away with the Gold Medal. It was a courageous effort by the Pegs and they were very deserving Olympic Champions.
Roster: C. Crowley F. Woolley H. Malloy H. Sutherland R. Henkel A. Duncanson F. Wooley V. Lindquist S. Wise K. Moore G. Garbutt R. Rivers H. Simpson W. Cockburn S. Wagner W. Monson W.J. Robertson - Manager J. Hughes - Coach W. Bowman - Trainer D.G. Thomson - President N.W. Leslie - Vice-President J.E. Meyers - Secretary-Treasurer E.A. Gilroy - President Manitoba A.H.A. C. Robinson - Associate Manager, Canadian Olympic Winter Sports
View a gold medal from their 1932 Olympic win