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 Chris Fridfinnson

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Chris Fridfinnson

Original Name Kristmundur Numi Fridfinnson
Birth
Baldur, Pilot Mound Census Division, Manitoba, Canada
Death 10 Nov 1938 (aged 40)
Selkirk, Selkirk Census Division, Manitoba, Canada
Burial Winnipeg, Greater Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
Plot D2-0612-0
Memorial ID 22595489 View Source
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Olympic Games Gold Medalist Athlete. He was a member of the 1920 Canadian Olympic Ice Hockey team that won the Gold Medal during the 1920 Summer Olympic Games at Antwerp, Belgium. Born of Icelandic descent in Baldur, Manitoba, he played several positions for the Winnipeg Falcons, the top amateur men's ice hockey team in Canada at the time. When ice hockey was introduced as a sport for the 1920 Summer Games, the Falcons were selected by the Canadian Olympic committee to represent the country in the sport (1920 was the only year ice hockey was held during the Summer Games; it was moved to the Winter Games for 1924 and beyond). The Canada team easily cruised to a Gold Medal championship, with Chris Fridfinnson scoring one of Canada's goals against the team from Sweden as they won the match 12 to 1. That same year, he was also awarded the Allan Cup. His hockey career also included playing for the Canadian Hockey League's Winnipeg Maroons, the Y. M. L. C. Juniors, and the Winnipeg Monarchs. Retiring from amateur hockey in 1929, he settled in Edmonton, Alberta, where he was hired as a coach for the University of Alberta's varsity hockey team. He was soon given the nickname, "The Miracle Man" for turning the university's consistently losing team into a solid winning team. Under his leadership he led the squad to two city finals in both 1930 and 1931. When he became seriously ill in 1931, he again retired, and moved to Winnipeg, Manitoba, where he worked as an accountant until his death in 1938. He was inducted into the Manitoba Sports Hall of Fame and Museum as a member of the Winnipeg Falcons in 1980.

Bio by: Peterborough K


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  • Maintained by: Find a Grave
  • Originally Created by: Peterborough K
  • Added: 31 Oct 2007
  • Find a Grave Memorial 22595489
  • Find a Grave, database and images (www.findagrave.com/memorial/22595489/chris-fridfinnson : accessed ), memorial page for Chris Fridfinnson (21 Jun 1898–10 Nov 1938), Find a Grave Memorial ID 22595489, citing Brookside Cemetery, Winnipeg, Greater Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada ; Maintained by Find A Grave .