My great-great-great uncle Victor Lindquist represents a nice piece of hockey history in our family.
Before there were “Miracles” and “Winter Classics” they played Olympic hockey outdoors in the North Country of New York. 1932 marked the first time Lake Placid, NY had hosted the Winter games and was the first time a North American city held the games as well. In team Canada’s opening game, Lindquist scored the game winning goal in overtime, a 2-1 victory over team USA. Vic also scored in wins over Poland and Germany and with a 2-2 tie in their final game against team USA, the Winnipegs won Olympic gold medals for Canada.
As his hockey career progressed Victor Lindquist played for the senior Winnipeg Monarchs. Upon winning the Manitoba title in 1934, the team was invited to tour in Europe, representing Canada in the world championships in Davos, Switzerland. The team won an astounding 64 times in 66 games and brought home a world tournament victory in 1935 with Lindquist totaling 31 goals. The Monarchs scored 49 goals against 7 in the world tournament to become Manitoba’s last world champion hockey club.
Nicknamed “The Swift Swede,” Vince Leah in his book “Manitoba Hockey A History,” had this to say of Vic. “I have seen few skaters in hockey to match him for grace and smoothness.”