Vic Lindquist was born in Gold Rock, ON and played junior hockey for the Kenora Thistles. After moving to Winnipeg, he played senior hockey and was a member of the Winnipegs team that won the Allan Cup in 1931. Winnipegs beat Hamilton Tigers 2-1 and 3-1 in the series played at the Winnipeg Amphitheatre. Lindquist and linemate Romeo Rivers led the way with Rivers scoring three times and Lindquist contributing a goal and two assists. The victory earned Winnipegs the right to represent Canada in the 1932 Winter Olympics in Lake Placid, NY. Lindquist scored an overtime goal to give Canada an opening game 2-1 victory over the USA and he also scored in wins over Poland and Germany. A 2-2 tie in the final match with the USA earned Winnipegs the gold medals.
Lindquist later joined the senior Winnipeg Monarchs. After winning the Manitoba title in 1934, Monarchs were invited to tour Europe the next season and represent Canada in the world championship in Davos, Switzerland. They played 66 games in Great Britain and the continent, winning 64 times. Lindquist scored 31 goals during the triumphant tour that was highlighted by a world tournament victory. Labelled “The Swift Swede,” Lindquist was one of the finest skaters in the game and in his book Manitoba Hockey A History, Vince Leah wrote, “I have seen few skaters in hockey to match him for grace and smoothness.”
Vic Lindquist had an outstanding second career of more than 30 years as a referee at the provincial, national and international levels. He is a member of the Manitoba Hockey Hall of Fame and the Northwestern Ontario Sports Hall of Fame.
b. March 22, 1908
d. November 30, 1983