Konrad Jonasson “Konnie” Johannesson

Konrad Jonasson “Konnie” Johannesson

Birth
Argyle, South Interlake Census Division, Manitoba, Canada
Death 25 Oct 1968 (aged 72)
Winnipeg, Greater Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
Burial Winnipeg, Greater Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
Plot D5-0145-0
Memorial ID 22638874 · View Source
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Olympic Athlete, he won a gold medal in the 1920 Olympics. Born of Icelandic descent in Glenboro, Manitoba, he was an early ice hockey player for Canada's Olympic Hockey Team. Made up of players of the Winnipeg Falcons, the Olympic Team featured Johannesson playing the position of Defense. While participating in the 1920 Summer Olympics in Antwerp, Belgium, his team was awarded the gold medal thanks to His teammate Chris Fridfinsson's winning goal. That same year, he was also awarded the Allan Cup. A gifted stick handler, dangerous rusher, and known for packing a terrific shot, he was considered one of the giants of the team. His hockey career also included playing for the Winnipeg Maroons of the Central Hockey League, the Moose Jaw Maroons and Regina Capitals of the Pro Hockey League, and St. Paul and Winnipeg teams for the American Hockey Association. He played throughout Canada and parts of the United States before finally calling it quits in 1929. During World War I, he served as a pilot with the Royal Flying Corps in England and Egypt from 1916 to 1919. He later became a manager and flying Instructor and opened several flying schools, in order to help train pilots for the Royal Canadian Air Force. At the outbreak of World War II, Johannesson tried to enlist but was denied entry. In 1942, he entered politics and ran as a Federal Candidate in the General Election. He unfortunately lost. After the election he returned to Winnipeg and opened up the Rivercrest Air Strip for float planes. It was also during this time that Johannesson lost his son in a plane crash. He spent his final years living in Winnipeg, where he passed away at the age of 72. He was inducted into the Manitoba Sports Hall of Fame and Museum as a member of the Winnipeg Falcons in 1980.



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  • Created by: Peterborough K
  • Added: 3 Nov 2007
  • Find a Grave Memorial 22638874
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Konrad Jonasson “Konnie” Johannesson (10 Aug 1896–25 Oct 1968), Find a Grave Memorial no. 22638874, citing Brookside Cemetery, Winnipeg, Greater Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada ; Maintained by Peterborough K (contributor 46537737) .