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Artefacts of the Month

Many people remember the Winnipeg Falcons as the first team to win the Olympic Hockey gold medal in 1920, but there was another team from Winnipeg that also won gold just 12 years later. They were called the Winnipeg Winnipegs! What a remarkable name, right?

Going into the games, the Winnipegs had to compete against a strong USA squad, a team from Poland, and a team from Germany. It was a double-game style tournament, meaning Canada had to play each team twice, and the team with the best overall record would win Olympic gold.Winnipeg Winnipegs

In the first round, the Winnipegs narrowly beat the Americans before rolling through Germany and Poland. In the last round, the Winnipegs again beat Germany and Poland, setting up a final game versus the USA. The USA led 1-0 late in the game. A USA victory would force a third game for a tie break. But, with 33 seconds left, Romeo Rivers played the hero and tied it up, forcing overtime. That was the extent of the drama as the Winnipegs held the Americans scoreless in overtime and captured the gold medal after finishing with a better overall record!

 

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