In a brand new Heritage Minute, the Winnipeg Falcons hockey team from the 1920 Olympics is remembered. The Falcons won the first ever Olympic hockey gold medal in Antwerp, Belgium.
Canada’s jubilation over the past two Olympic gold medals – 2010 in Vancouver and 2014 in Sochi – is warranted, but the little piece of hockey history that Canadian fans may not know is that the very first gold was brought home by a Canadian squad.
In one of the newest Canadian history minutes (remember these?), the tale of the 1920 Winnipeg Falcons is told. You can watch the video below:
Strangely, the medal was officially a Summer Olympics medal, as both hockey and figure skating were played in advance of the 1920 games in Antwerp, Belgium. Several members of the team would go on to play in the NHL.
You may recall the jerseys worn by the Falcons. The deep yellow with the black bar and bold maple leaf has been worn by a number of Canadian teams since the Falcons donned it for the 1920 Olympic games.
The Heritage Minute premiered during intermission of the Winnipeg Jets and Pittsburgh Penguins game on Nov. 6.